Festival Review: V-Festival 2013
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A soggy start to Saturday forced wet-revellers into the covered Arena and Future stages to witness some of the smaller talent on show like Ellie Goulding, Nina Nesbitt and Lewis Watson. The Future’s stage turned out to be one of the places to be this year with a fine array of musical talent. Undoubtedly the best performance went to the reggae/hip hop fusion band The Skints. Their catchiest song 'Rub-A-Dub' incorporating the gorgeous reggae vocals by front-woman Marcia were backed by front-man Joshua's insane lyrics. Others such as Swedish band Hoffmaestro left us feeling like we'd done a workout, with the band demanding the audience run from side to side of the arena whenever they call, through fear of being soaked. Their set was completely refreshing during the usual festival mid-day slump. Topping the first day were stadium-indie types Kings of Leon who were note perfect throughout, and the crowd practically exploded at their closing 'Sex On Fire.' Despite their effortless cool, it probably would have done the lads some good to have shared in some of the audience's enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris was performing over on the 4Music stage. His amazing set and catchy tunes had captured an astonishingly large dance crowd. We found ourselves torn between the two artists, but thankfully the layout of this year's V made for a two minute walk between the two larger stages.
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