Everything that happened at V Festival 2017!

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Becky Weaver

We brought you coverage from across the weekend at this year’s V Festival, Staffordshire! From headline slots to bumping into our favourite comedians, take a look at what we got up to!

Sunday Headliner
P!nk

Nothing could prepare us for what P!nk had in store for her V Festival crowd this weekend. Last Thursday, she revealed to BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw that she would be doing a couple of covers, which included her mashing together her hit Funhouse with No Doubt’s Just a Girl, but other than that the rest of what her set held remained a secret to the very last minute.

Opening with Get This Party Started from her 2001 album, Misunderstood, the 37-year-old made a triumphant return to the stage as she performed some of her biggest hits that span across her outstanding 17-year career, earning her countless awards throughout the years. Her catalogue of songs is seriously impressive, from the feisty U + Ur Hand to the beautifully stripped back version of Who Knew.

A born entertainer, she set about making conversation with the crowd, asking some members if they’d had their chests painted with glitter and whether it would be worth her doing it once she’d completed her set.

Her talent is unprecedented, and whilst some questioned whether she was the right person to close V Festival – myself included – it didn’t take long before P!nk won the crowd over and had them eating out the palm of her hand with her witty personality, love for her fans, incredible dancers and the music industry as a whole.

Of course, P!nk’s set wasn’t complete without a little touch of acrobatics. The woman knows how to put on one heck of a show and that was proven when she returned for her encore of So What, attached a harness around her waist and catapulted herself into the sky, flying above the crowd whilst continuing to deliver faultless vocals.

A truly fantastic way to bring this year’s V Festival to a close, we’re hoping that P!nk won’t stay away from the Midlands for too long!

Craig David

17 years after coming onto the scene, Craig David proved that he’s still got what it takes when it comes to dropping the “garage vibes”. His set was spilt straight down the middle with Craig performing his classic tunes including 7 Days, Fill Me In, Walking Away and an impressive cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself, whilst delivering faultless soulful vocals with strong rapping skills. But it wasn’t long before he turned it up a notch as he transformed the stage for Craig David’s TS5 where he got party well and truly started and warmed up – despite the weather – ahead of tonight’s leading lady, P!nk.

George Ezra

“We’re here to help you sing away the rain and bring back the sunshine,” those were the words of George Ezra as he took to the Supervene stage. And although the rain didn’t stop, it got worse in fact, the 24-year-old still went on to keep the crowd in high spirits with his soul filled voice and heart-felt lyrics as he worked his way through new material from his up and coming second album, as well as performing songs from his debut album Wanted on Voyage. The set highlight was when George performed his stunning single Barcelona, which he dedicated to the victims to last week’s horrific attacks. Forever the gent in thanking the crowd for coming out and showing their support, George closed his set with the lovely Budapest.

Madness

After leaving The Vamps, we managed to dash over to the Supervene stage to catch the legendary Madness in action! A popular group here a V who always attract a crowd, it was a pleasure to see the ska band, fronted by Suggs, perform their iconic songs including Baggy Trousers and It Must Be Love, even when the weather began to take a slight turn for the worst!

The Vamps

We couldn’t miss The Vamps making their debut appearance at V Festival, especially when it comes to supporting our fellow Brummies Brad Simpson and Connor Ball! The guys put on one heck of a set and quite quickly had their huge crowd dancing and singing along. Full of energy, lead singer Brad was continuously encouraging the crowd to clap their hands and shout out the lyrics to the band’s songs. With a setlist that included Middle of the Night, Can We Dance, Somebody to You and a surprising cover of The Killers’ Mr Brightside, The Vamps ruled the stage with an incredible performance featuring show-stopping vocals and stage presence that got V Festival well and truly in the mood for the rest of the day.

Delicious Food

Being lucky enough to have the VIP treatment here at V meant that we were able to indulge in some seriously good food. From spicy burritos to mouth-watering pizza, we were left spoilt for choice by all the delicious street food on offer.

Busted

Making their very first appearance at V Festival, Busted were the first act to step on stage at the second day. After the release of their latest album Night Driver earlier in the year, Charlie, James and Matt are no strangers to UK festivals having played at both Glastonbury and Isle of Wight. The trio had no trouble getting the crowd going as they played their biggest songs from the early 2000’s including What I Go to School For, Crashed the Wedding, Air Hostess and 3AM before closing their set and sending the crowd wild one last time with the iconic Year 3000.

DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

Scouting for Girls

Scouting for Girls on the Main Stage

It was pop trio Scouting for Girls that kicked V Festival 2017 off in Style. Celebrating their 10th year as band since releasing their debut self-titled album, Roy, Greg and Peter took to the Supervene main stage to perform their biggest hits including Heartbeat, Elvis Ain’t Dead and She’s So Lovely. They also surprised V with some great covers including Bon Jovi’s iconic Living on a Prayer, which went down a treat with the crowd. Regular favourites at V Festival, having last played in 2014 where they opened up the MTV stage, their 2017 set certainly disappoint or fail to get the crowd dancing.

Joe Lycett

Whilst exploring the arena, we bumped into our favourite Brummie, Joe Lycett! Of course, we couldn’t miss his set at The Glee Club stage, which turned out to be one of our highlights of the day – especially when a woman in the crowd lifted him over the barrier so he could get up-close-and-personal with his audience. From tales about moving into his new house in Birmingham to his hilarious stories about how he trolled Olympic diver Tom Dayley, we couldn’t help but find ourselves in fits of laughter on multiple occasions.

VIP Guest Area

We were lucky enough to receive the VIP treatment, so we made sure to take some time to sit back, chill and recuperate in the VIP Guest Area, just a short walk from the main stage. As the sun emerged from behind the clouds, it was only right that we enjoyed some Pimm’s in the ‘chill out’ garden area,  whilst enjoying one of many private DJ sets throughout the day. We were spoilt for choice with street food options, from stone baked pizza to chilli nachos, but eventually decided on burritos (a solid choice), before heading back out to watch some of our favourite acts.

Emeli Sande

Ahead of her gig at Genting Arena later this year, Emeli Sande made a welcome return to V Festival for the first time sine 2012. Winner of the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, Emeli has gone on to become one of the most successful female solo artists in the country with a catalogue of impressive hits to her name. She wowed the crowd with her outstanding vocals, making her way through her beautiful tracks including Heaven, Next to Me, My Kind of Love and Breathing Under Water, alongside songs from her latest album Love Live the Angels. You can catch Emeli in Birmingham on October 25.

Giggs

Over on the MTV stage, Giggs was hyping up the crowd in the sunshine. The rapper, who recently featured on Drake’s More Life album, kept fans bouncing to Landlord, Lock Doh and Whippin’ Excursion to name a few.

The Wombats

Welcoming indie band The Wombats to the MTV Stage was a blast from the past and a set that I couldn’t wait to see. The band, who were full of energy and brought a wicked vibe to V performed a number of songs, but the highlight was when they sent the crowd wild with the fantastic Moving to New York!

Ellie Goulding

What can we say about Ellie Goulding? Despite the rain coming down the blonde bombshell took the crowd by storm (excuse the pun) with her incredible set. It’s a tough job warming up for the headline act, but it’s something Ellie managed to do with ease as she bombed around the stage, switching from guitar to drums, whilst still delivering spellbinding vocals. Not only was her setlist packed with her chart-topping singles including Anything Could Happen, Army and Figure Eight, she sent the crowd wild when performing I Need Your Love, a single she featured on Calvin Harris’ 2012 album, 18 Months. From spectacular lighting to soothing melodies, Ellie was one of the stars of the day for us on our first day at V!

Saturday Headliner
Jay-Z

It’s been a few of years since V Festival welcomed a rapper to its main stage as a headline act following Eminem’s appearance in 2011. But who better to follow in Slim Shady’s footsteps than the legendary Jay-Z. The 47-year-old took to the stage to bring the first night of V to a close, where he performed his brand new album 4:44 in full live for the very first time.

Hidden behind sunglasses, cap and hoodie, the Brooklyn-born rapper delivered skilful vocals as he performed to his crowd, addressing them to thank them for taking the time out to come and watch his set. Whilst his more popular tracks 99 Problems, No Church in the Wild and Empire State of Mind had the crowd singing along, it was his encore that really caught the hearts of his audience as Jay-Z paid tribute to the late, great Chester Bennington who tragically passed away last month, closing his set with Numb/Encore. “Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester?” he asked the crowd. “Linkin Park, one time, tonight. Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight!”

Whilst Jay Z may not have been to everyone’s taste as a headline act for V Festival, you can’t deny his incredible talent and respect for the world of music.