V Festival review: Kings of Leon, Stereophonics and Beyonce among those entertaining revellers

V Festival crowd

V Festival crowd - Credit: James McCauley

The rain may not have stayed away for the whole weekend, but nothing could dampen the spirit of more than 100,000 revellers who enjoyed another memorable Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park.

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon - Credit: James McCauley

Bringing the Chelmsford leg of the festival to a fitting finale on Sunday night were American rockers Kings of Leon, who really were on fire.

Stereophonics

Stereophonics - Credit: James McCauley

Starting with new single Supersoaker, they went through a full repertoire of their classics including Use Somebody and Radioactive, before ending with Sex on Fire, which was screamed back at them by the swaying throng of fans.

V Festival logo

V Festival logo - Credit: James McCauley

Stereophonics had warmed the crowd up with a terrific performance as the sun was setting over Essex. Playing a range of hits from Mr Writer and Dakota through to more up-to-date tunes including recent release Indian Summer, the large crowd really did Have a Nice Day.

Earlier in the day, Scouting For Girls fans missed a Heartbeat as the three-piece put on a fantastically energetic performance with the full range of their smash hits, including perfect festival anthem, She’s So Lovely.

Also thrilling the crowds on day two of the festival were Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, The Saturdays, home-town boy Olly Murs, Maximo Park and Basement Jaxx among others.

Music fans were Crazy in Love with Beyonce by the end of her rollercoaster headline set in the rain on Saturday night. The singer, sporting a new blonde bob haircut, got off to a storming start, but a few too many costume changes left a lull and a strange calm around the Virgin Media stage.

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However, Queen B picked the pace up again with her smash hits including Single Ladies and Halo having everyone singing in the rain.

Over on the 4Music Stage, Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye may have pulled out, but revellers were not looking back in anger as Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello put in a stunning performance, with tracks like Don’t You Worry giving Hylands Park an Ibiza-style atmosphere.

Other amazing sets on the first day included The Script, who had the audience at fever pitch with Danny O’Donoghue climbing down from the stage to meet fans, putting the band into the V Festival Hall Of Fame.

Paloma Faith, Two Door Cinema Club, The Courteeners, Jessie J and Labrinth also showed off their talents to the Essex crowd.

Meanwhile, over in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge, celebrities, media folk and guests of Virgin Media were spoilt something rotten yet again.

Celebrities and music stars enjoying the experience included Little Mix, Niall from One Direction, Tulisa, Union J, Cara Delevingne, Laura Carmichael and Idris Elba.

Guests were able to get their hair and make up done, receive a bronzed natural spray tan, and even kick back and relax in a hot tub. As if the free-flowing drinks and beauty treatments were not enough, there were also stunning acoustic performances from the likes of Paloma Faith and Scouting For Girls.

See you again next year, V.

Advance tickets for next year’s Virgin Media V Festival go on sale on August 22. Visit vfestival.com for more.

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