Nearing the end of Summer, festivals appear to end the hot months on a high. In particular, V Festival occurred last weekend, and I was in attendance.
It required us to get up early on Friday so we could grab room for tent pitching. If there’s one thing I learnt this weekend (expect this in a future festival tips blog post!) campers will fit into any space they can find!
Once inside, it was a long walk from the car park to the entrance, then to the “Blue” campsite (which, according to past visitors, boasted “decent” showers and toilets – which was true). We pitched and re-pitched, before exploring the arena.
Once inside, the stalls consisted mostly of mobile phone charging points (of course), clothing, food and – quite weirdly – oxygen bars. I was confused by them… Surely they must cause health issues?
Anyway, I bought a programme on Friday, and after a few tough decisions, I had a clear programme. More on that on the next page, but before that, I thought I’d talk about how awesome Silent Discos are!
For those who don’t know, a Silent Disco is where, unlike a normal performance played through speakers or organically, it is played through headphones. The idea here is that only those who have headphones will know what other people are dancing to. To others, they’ll just look silly.
It’s great fun as there was two DJs playing different songs at the same time. So, you’d either be singing along with the majority, or on your own. Also, I know this happens with other concert styles, but when people sing along with you it is just awesome. There needs to be more silent discos in the UK!
OK, so now to the acts on Saturday… As this is already turning out to be a ridiculously long post, I’ll do a quick review of each act I saw:
The first act of Saturday was definitely one to set the party mood. Neon Jungle combine rap, grunge and great vocals from all group members to make songs you can sing along to. One memorable song from their performance was Braveheart, a track that got the audience singing along at the chorus, before raving when the beat drops.
A singer with a impressive vocal range, with Rather Be and Right Here being set highlights.
Aloe Blacc is clearly a singer with great talent and able to grasp a variety of different styles. As well as excellent live performances of The Man and I Need a Dollar, Aloe was able to get the audience to dance and perform reggae. Overall, he was a great performer.
For this performance, I was able to stand at the front. I knew most of the songs Chlöe performed, and if there were songs I didn’t know, then it would make me look forward to her debut album – her set definitely did.
Since this clashed with Chlöe Howl, I was only able to catch Stay with Me. However, his vocal talents were brilliant, and enough to get the audience waving their arms to the beat.
I was only able to see her performance of Overdrive, but even then, it gave the audience a glimpse of her vocal talents.
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers
This was another performance I was unable to see in full. Nonetheless, I was surprised how many tracks I know by Chic. As well as the great performance, Nile Rodgers was a great addition to Chic’s set, who was great at interacting with the crowd.
Despite Cee-Lo’s set consisting of only a few songs from his The Lady Killer album, his set definitely had a diverse range of styles, with special guests as well!
Sub Focus is one of my favourite musicians. So when I saw his set I loved the tracks that got me dancing, as well as the fascinating set design on the stage.
The headline act of Saturday was definitely a great one. With songs such as Spaceman, Human and Smile Like You Mean it being great songs from the set. Overall, the set was a brilliant end to the day, with their rendition of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy being a hilarious addition, making them a legendary band to see live.
This day was less stressful in terms of my schedule. It was the last day too, which led to us packing up early Sunday so we could leave late Sunday.
Fuse ODG’s set combined calypso style music with groovy rap to make a catchy performance for the start of the day.
There were some great songs in the first 30 minutes of their sets. However, the laid-back and relaxed songs can contradict the pop hype created by other acts at the festival.
I was only able to catch the last two songs by George Ezra, including the number one single, Budapest. From those two songs alone, it is clear that his debut album offers diversity.
With Foxes having past collaborations with Rudimental, Sub Focus and Zedd, I knew that she was one to listen to. Aside from collaborations, her solo tracks such as Let Go For Tonight and Holding on to Heaven showcases her solo talent.
With the help of a talented band, John Newman was great at performing his set. Tracks such as Love Me Again and his collaboration with Rudimental, Not Giving In, were the highlights of his set.
I was only able to see the last few songs from their set, including the Ruby and I Predict a Riot. Aside from the excellent talent of the band, frontman Ricky was great at interacting with the crowd. At moments, he talked straight into the camera, and kissed the camera at the end of the performance.
A great act to see live, with Bastille frontman Dan interacting with the crowd, as well as a great performance of a diverse range of chart singles we love.
Old followers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Example – I saw him live in February last year. He is great live as he is always able to get crowds jumping with a great range of dance anthems.
Ed Sheeran’s vocal talents mixed with his skills with a loop pedal make him a great act to see live. In particular, Sing was a great song to get the crowd singing along.
With Alesso being one third of the massive dance group Swedish House Mafia, it was clear that a variety of hardcore dance anthems. I only saw the first 30 minutes of his set, as well as the last few minutes. Nonetheless, his set was likely to have been a great one in full.
Standing at the front, the performance by Alex Clare was brilliant. A diverse range of tracks were performed, and Too Close was an amazing end to a great set. I am definitely going to look at his albums after seeing his performance.
When listing all those artists out, I’m quite surprised at how many people I saw. Anyway, the festival weekend was amazing. For my first proper festival, it was a great start!