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Festival Review: V-Festival 2013

21st August 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.

V Festival 2013The 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.  

Campers seemed almost delighted to arise to warm sunshine on the Sunday, and the weather remained that way for the rest of the festival. 

Paloma faith graced the main stage of the festival looking glorious as ever. She delivered an impeccable performance of some of her most well-known songs. The set list provided a great sing-a-long for the emerging afternoon crowds, and her crazy outfits didn't disappoint. She continued with her gymnastic-style dance routines despite the metallic sleeves on her dress making her arms bleed. There's a performer.

The men of the Sunday stages were Labrynth and American band Fun, rocking out the 4Music stage one after the other. Labrynth had crowds bouncing. Fun on the other hand were great to sit down and enjoy, however front-man Nate Ruess seemed to spend more of his time encouraging the audience to sing his lyrics for him.

Beyonce naturally stole the show as the headline act on the second night. Admittedly, she did strut out to a sea of boos as she'd left the crowds waiting for over half an hour, but was quick to regain the favour of the audience as soon as she started her 'dutty wine' dance moves.

According to NME, "As a result of the delay, the singer was forced to rejig her set and played a markedly different set of tracks from her show at Hylands Park the previous night, delivering a performance that lasted for just over 70 minutes." 

The singer also incorporated five costume changes and step perfect 'all the single ladies' routine. The closing number of the entire festival was 'Halo' which prompted a sea of swaying lighters and a slightly weird sense of togetherness between the audience.

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