Kasabian closed the final night (August 22) of the 2010 V Festival by headling the V Stage in Chelmsford. As the band told NME the show was their last before recording a fourth album and so served as the send off party for their current release 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'.
Kings Of Leon closed the V Festival in Staffordshire (August 22), with frontman Caleb Followill declaring the headline slot one of his "favourite shows ever". The band drew the biggest crowd of the weekend to the Main Stage as they brought the two-day bash to a close, showcasing three new songs – 'Mary', 'Radioactive' and 'Southbound' – from their forthcoming debut 'Come Around Sundown'.
Those wellies weren't strictly necessary, were they?
The Prodigy headlined the 4Music stage, with singer Maxim urging the crowd at Weston Park to go "fucking mental" as they started their set.
Kasabian pose backstage before their headline set.
Alison Goldfrapp came dressed as Betamax from The Mighty Boosh.
Goldie Lookin' Chain: they've still not grown up, then.
Plan B covered Eminem, Paolo Nutini and Seal during his set at V. The rapper, real name Ben Drew, who played the 4 Music Stage stage with his live band, also started his set with another cover, Reel 2 Reel's 'I Like To Move It'.
Punters down the front in the Nissan Juke Arena.
White Lies at V. Watch our backstage video interview with the band at V Festival.
Passion Pit hang out backstage. Don't miss our video interview with the band.
Paolo Nutini at V. Head to NME.COM/festivals for more V coverage.
Kasabian close the final night (August 22) of the 2010 V Festival by headling the V Stage in Chelmsford. As the band told NME the show was their last before recording a fourth album and so served as the send off party for their current release 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'.
La Roux takes to the stage at V Festival over the weekend (August 21-22).
Rising stars Lissie and Ellie Goulding play exclusively for Richard Branson and celebrity guests including Hollywood stars and royalty (Drew Barrymore, Princess Beatrice) in the ultra-VIP area the Virgin Media Louder Lounge in Chelmsford. Guests were treated to free food and drink, Mac make-up and even a free hair salon.
Drew Barrymore and on-off partner and film co-star Justin Long take to the stage in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge, backstage in Chelmsford.
Neil Tennant sports an unusual choice of head gear during the Pet Shop Boys' headline set of the Nissan Juke arena at V Festival over the weekend (August 21-22).
Chipmunk plays V Festival over the weekend (August 21-22).
Florence And The Machine dedicated a song to Dizzee Rascal during their V Festival slot on Saturday (August 21). Frontwoman Florence Welch paid tribute to the rapper before playing 'You've Got The Love', the track she performed with her pal at this year's Brit Awards and then Glastonbury.
White Lies hang out backstage at V Festival over the weekend. For a video interview with the band check out NME.COM/video
The Courteneers take to the stage at V Festival over the weekend (August 21-22).
Paloma Faith brings her unique style to the V Festival crowds, wearing a long red dress and carrying a interesting umbrella. Which was useful with the wet weather over the weekend.
La Roux sports her usual quiff and a gold jacket as she hangs out backstage at V Festival.
Fans enjoy the music at V Festival over the weekend (August 21-22). Kasabian, Kings Of Leon and Faithless played to thousands of festival attendees across both sites in Staffordshire and Chelmsford.
The Charlatans play at V Festival. The band previewed songs from album 'Who We Touch' which is released September 6, they also performed 'One To Another' and 'The Only One I Know' back-to-back triggering a loud sing-along in the packed tent. Later they had time to fit 'North Country Boy', 'How High' and 'This Is The End' in before the curfew.
X Factor reject Diana Vickers plays V Festival as the new series of the reality show kicks off. The quirky blond haired singer met fans in the signing tent earlier in the day.
Madness took a pop at Calvin Harris at the V Festival in Staffordshire on Saturday afternoon (August 21). The ska veterans had a dig at the dance star after they previously locked him in a toilet for a prank at Camp Bestival before he was due onstage a few weeks ago. Saxophonist Lee Thompson said: "I would like to apologise to that prick Calvin Klein, sorry Calvin Harris."
Editors take to the stage at V Festival at the weekend (August 21-22) wearing their usual black outfits and sunglasses.
Faithless perform on the V Stage, playing an hour-long set that spanned tracks from across their career. Opening with 'Happy', the band were joined by a plethora of guest singers throughout their set, including Harry Collier who sang on 'Feel Me'.
Stereophonics perform before headliners Kings Of Leon on the V Stage. Playing the event for the sixth time, they opened with 'Innocent' from last year's 'Keep Calm And Carry On' album, and played five others from the record during their 18-song set. The rest of the performance was given over to hits including 'Mr Writer', 'Pick A Part That's New' and 'Just Looking'.
On Saturday (21 Aug), V Festival hit Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire for its 15th year.
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill told the crowd "We came here to party with you guys tonight," after playing 'Crawl' and 'My Party'. "It's always an honour to be back and to the place that made us who we are," he said. "Thank you all for being here. I know you could be somewhere else, I know you paid a lot of money to come to this festival."
The Courteeners' set was composed mainly of tracks from the band's second album, 'Falcon'. Before playing 'Not Nineteen Forever', frontman Liam Fray asked the crowd, "Who's 19?". "Yeah right!" he joked, as fans screamed an affirmative answer.
Diana Vickers helped kick off V Fest at Weston Park in South Staffordshire with an early afternoon set on the Juke Arena Stage.
The Virgin-Group sponsored musical event attracts all sorts of punters, including this police officer and his walking suitcase.
Editors, dressed in black, played a set including 'Blood' and 'Bullets' and 'Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool', taken from their latest album 'In This Light And On This Evening'.
Florence And The Machine debuted a new song on Saturday night. "Hope you're having a good time, right now we're going to play you a brand new song: 'Heavy In Your Arms'," she told the crowd. And before playing 'You've Got The Love', Florence said "I'd like to dedicate this next one to a friend of mine, he's here but he's not performing. Wherever he is, Dizzee [Rascal] this one is for you."
Who ever said mimes can't enjoy live music? This guy looks ready to snap some photos of Kings of Leon and Florence.
On-again, off-again celebrity couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long were spotted looking rather affectionate in the VIP area at this year's V Fest in Chelmsford.
La Roux dedicated her set to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool's Charles Haddon, who committed suicide Friday. "Right I just wanna say something quickly," she said. "Yesterday a friend of ours died. His name was Charley and he was from Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. They supported us on tour, and he died yesterday at Pukkelpop. So the whole of the set is for him really. Can we have a big hand for Charley please?"
Kasabian's Tom Meighan said to the crowd: "Staffordshire listen to me now. I cannot believe this. We started this band in 1997 and now we are here with you, it's about fucking time."
Punters get into the live music spirit at V Fest 2010 in Chelmsford.
White Lies played at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on Saturday evening (21 August).
Plan B's set included a few covers, including Eminem, Paolo Nutini and Seal's 'Kissed By A Rose' (before which he said to the crowd "who the fuck is ready to feel the pain?").
The Coral take a break from the music to joke around backstage at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on Saturday.
The Prodigy headlined Weston Park's V Stage, with singer Maxim urging the crowd to go "fucking mental" as they started their set. "No rain is gonna hold us down," he later told fans. "All the people here, bring the fucking ruckus!"
These girls are all set to camp out for the two-day festival in Chelmsford.
The live music kicked off in the early afternoon for fans at the Chemsford V Festival on Saturday. The punters seem to be enjoying the sun and the fresh air.
Kate Nash was joined on stage by The Cribs' Ryan Jarman during her set. She introduced Jarman onstage for her final song, 'I Just Love You More', during which he played guitar for the entire track.
Virgin boss and the man behind the festival Sir Richard Branson looked nervous while standing on the stage in front of a huge crowd, but took the time to personally introduce Modfather Paul Weller.
Paul Weller, who had helped kick off the Festival in 1995, received a special welcome from Sir Richard Branson before appearing on stage. The Virgin boss said, "It gives me great pleasure to introduce the next band. Fifteen years ago he headlined the very first V Festival, ladies and gentlemen The Modfather!"
Rod Hull and Emu: the fetish club years.
The Sugababes, donned in colourful dresses, played at Weston Park in South Staffordshire on Saturday (21 August).
During The Charlatans' performance on the Virgin Media Union Stage (Chelmsford), the band previewed songs from album 'Who We Touch', which is released September 6. "I'm enjoying this!" frontman Tim Burgess told the crowd, before the band closed their set with the 'Sproston Green'.
Dizzee Rascal and Alexa Chung watched Richard Branson's son Sam (far left) perform a surprise set in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge at V Festival with new band Delilah. Jamie Burke - frontman of the band Burke and a former fling of Kate Moss - was on the vocals.
The Coral, along with The Courteeners and Editors, flew the flag for British indie at V Festival in Chelmsford on Saturday. The Coral opened their set with 'Goodbye', and also played hits such as 'In The Morning' and 'Dreaming Of You'.
Tinie Tempah attracted a massive audience, as punters were spilling out of the tent. His set included new song 'Invisible', for which he rapped along to Kelly Rowlands' vocal parts on tape. The rapper thanked everyone for his "best year ever".
Doves played the 4 Music Stage, right before The Prodigy, on Saturday night at Weston Park in South Staffordshire.
UK-based electro duo Hurts played at the Nissan Juke Arena on Saturday in Chelmsford.
Alison Goldfrapp, who stood in front of a backdrop shaped like a huge doughnut, made an appearance in Stafford, playing a bunch of material from her new album 'Head First'.
Frightened Rabbit performed on the Virgin Union Stage at Weston Park in South Staffordshire on Saturday. Headliners Air played this same stage for their end of the night closing set.
V Fest 2010 sold out in two hours. The festival has a capacity of 90,000 people.
Madness apologised to Calvin Harris during their set, in response to locking him in a toilet for a prank at Camp Bestival a few weeks ago. Lead singer Suggs told the crowd: "I would like to make a public announcement and make an apology for something that happened at Camp Bestival." "I would like to apologise to that prick Calvin Klein,sorry Calvin Harris," joked Lee Thompson.
Some punters dressed as grannies take a caffeine break to boost their energy for the day.
Example played in the early afternoon at Weston Park in South Staffordshire on the Juke Arena Stage on Saturday. Diana Vickers, Chipmunk, Kate Nash and Mika played the same stage later that day.
Here's Feeder relaxing backstage. The band kicked off the festival on Saturday with an early set on the V Stage in Chelmsford.
The Eels played the 4 Music Stage on Saturday at Weston Park in South Staffordshire.
We didn't know KISS were making an appearance at this year's V Fest. And is that Slash, a Beatle, and Katy Perry we see?
During their performance, Madness joked about floating condoms they spotted in the crowd. They wrapped up their set with 'Nightboat To Cairo'.
Kasabian took a dig at Kings Of Leon as they made their first ever headline performance on the main stage of V Fest. Just before set closer 'LSF' singer Tom Meighan said "Fuck Kings Of Leon. This is the Kasabian show."
Shaun Ryder made an appearance at this year's V Fest, but Peter Andre fans were disappointed when they saw "TBC" in the stage's schedule, expecting to see Jordan's ex. "This isn't a Happy Mondays' gig, this is SWR," he told the crowd as he took the stage, causing them to chant: "who are you?" Ryder played a greatest hits set, including 'Reverend Black Grape' and 'Hallelujah'.
On the 4Music Stage, David Guetta stood atop of a giant, illuminated tower. He asked the crowd if they were ready to "party!" before playing some of his biggest hits. "UK I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and making this record a Number One record,' he told the crowd. "Thank you, I love you all!"
Here's Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos belting out some hits on Saturday afternoon in Chelmsford.
Kings Of Leon headlined the V Festival in Chelmsford Saturday night, with frontman Caleb Followill admitting the band used to be "scared shitless" when they first played the event.
Mika told the crowd: "It is an honour to be on the stage just before Pet Shop Boys." His set included hits like 'Relax, Take It Easy', 'Grace Kelly', and 'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)'. He closed his performance with 'Lollipop', during which he and his band hammered drums on metal bins.
Jamie T urged the crowd to sing along to the chorus for '368'. "Seeing as though we're at a festival and it is one of our last, how's about helping me out," he said. Later he asked the crowd, "How's the festival going? Is everyone drunk yet? Well you should be."