Now V Festival is totally not my usual style of music, for a start you can hear everything they’re saying and it can be aggressive in a different sense but there’s something which draws me to pop music. Maybe it’s the performance, it’s the fact that there are dancers, and the fun factor of the music. So knowing it wasn’t going to involve time off work I headed to Chelmsford in Essex for last weekends’ V Festival. Justin Bieber headlining was pretty much the main reason I opted to buy a ticket but it was a whole lot more than just him.
Arriving in Friday night I flew in with zero traffic and with my tent already being set up (love my friends) we headed to the main arena for a dance and to attend my very first silent disco which was an experience. I thought this would be something I’d only love if I was drunk (which I wasn’t in the slightest) but it was so much fun and they played so many tunes including some rock stuff which I was shocked to hear.
Saturday began with a few bands I hadn’t heard of aka indie inspired Walking on Cars and female fronted Foxes who were both really good. We popped to see Mike Posner but the sound was so quiet on main stage where we were that you could barely hear anything. Zara Larrson was next up and I was shocked how many of her tracks I knew. I think this is the thing about pop music I hear stuff on the radio in passing and never know who sings them, and Zara was amazing, a definite highlight. From here on we moved to main stage to see Jess Glynn who is always amazing, Bastille who were on form and Sia who was certainly interesting. Again I knew more of her music than I thought I would and the performers were good but her music just doesn’t seem festival friendly, it’s all massive ballads so I think it would work better at a show of her own. Now this was Bieber’s headline day and I’m not going to lie I was psyched but it was so disappointing. He mimed pretty much everything and didn’t even try to hide it, he moaned he was hungover and the set was just a bit lackluster. Sorry Bieber you didn’t shine.
Sunday actually turned out to be a really good day with Sigala putting on a fun-filled Carribean vibed set, BIG Sean giving me ample time to people watch and Lukas Graham being amazing. ‘7 years’ really doesn’t give the best representation of what the band are like and I thoroughly enjoyed their set, so much so I would definitely see them again. Now again it was off to main stage to hear some of Years & Years who are always great and catch Little Mix who were my other must see, and my god they were great. If any band needs evidence of how you can sing and dance watch these ladies. It was feel good, hit-filled and just incredible, I’d hands down see them again. David Guetta was of course great and gave me time to dance around like a loon then it was time to see the final act of the weekend of which I opted for Craig David’s TS5 which is him performing but also remixing old school tracks which is the perfect combination. I saw this set at Glastonbury but this hands down was so much better (probably as we were like second row in the middle) but wow he still has it.
Is V the type of the festival you’d go to?