Kings of Leon set V Festival alight

Kings of Leon on stage

Kings of Leon on stage

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HEADLINERS KINGS of Leon helped set Chelmsford's V Festival alight as tens of thousands of music fans descended on the musical extravaganza in Hylands Park.

But day one of the two-day event arguably failed to live up to the high standard set in previous years.

Crowds packed out the venue, split over two main stages and several other tents, and festival newcomers would have left still singing their favourite hits.

However murmurs could be heard from experienced festival goers that the line up was lacking the number of star attractions seen previously.

Those who had camped overnight or arrived at the start were treated to a promising set by Feeder, an alternative rock band whose biggest hits came in the late 90s, who performed on the V / Main stage.

Another of the early performers to get the crowds onto their feet and dancing along were The Coral with hits "In the Morning" and "Dreaming of You" getting the biggest cheers.

The Magic Numbers, Divine Comedy and Paloma Faith were among the daytime highlights on the 4 Music stage with Gabrielle Cilmi, Shaun Ryder, Robyn and Tinie Tempah all in the alternative arenas.

By late afternoon the crowd was showing its appreciation for the set by the Editors but it wasn't until Scouting for Girls and Paul Weller were competing for listeners that the festival showed its split personalities.

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On one stage the piano pop group had fans who knew all the words bouncing up and down and singing along in massive numbers to "She's So Lovely" and Elvis Ain't Dead".

On the other a more chilled performance by Paul Weller was being enjoyed by the more relaxed and older audience.

In the evening festival favourites the Stereophonics and relative newcomers Florence and the Machine helped set up the main stages for Kings of Leon and David Guetta.

And it was Kings of Leon which stole the show for many of the visitors.

The internationally acclaimed hits "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody" may be the best known of the Tennessee band's hits but they kept the crowds adulation for the whole of the 90 minute set.

Away from the music the bars and food stalls were kept busy by some of the 180,000 expected to attend over the two days.

And while this may have only been an average day for a festival, rather than an unforgettable experience, the enthusiastic crowd still enjoyed almost every minute of it.

Mark Chamberlain, of Dale Close, Colchester, who was at his fifth festival, summed it up best. He said: "It is quality. Not as good as previous years and the Saturday line up is not as good as Sunday but there is still lots of different music and a great atmosphere."

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7:36am Sun 22 Aug 10

el caballero de la noche says...

Hot News NEW LAWS TO BEAT TRAVELLERS !!!!!

Well Done Tories
Hot News NEW LAWS TO BEAT TRAVELLERS !!!!! Well Done Tories el caballero de la noche
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8:38am Sun 22 Aug 10

benfleetgeeza says...

Was a good day yesterday just even more over priced than last year beers had gone up and food prices were a joke
Was a good day yesterday just even more over priced than last year beers had gone up and food prices were a joke benfleetgeeza
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1:19pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Taximan01 says...

I spent 2 hours & 111 miles to try to pick a regular customer up. People were being sent round & round in circles trying to pick others up & the police & stuerds were useless, every road you tried to acess was blocked off. It was absolute chaos, If there are 5000 cars going to pick people up & they block all the roads off, then there are STILL going to be 5000 cars there but all being squeezed into one route. Advice to anybody going to pick up, forget the A12, they make you go to Ingatstone & the come back up northbound, then turn you round again! Go through Chelmsford town (it was dead) & get your friends etc to find a road name & pick them up on your sat nav. AVOID THE A12 it's been monumentaly botched.
I spent 2 hours & 111 miles to try to pick a regular customer up. People were being sent round & round in circles trying to pick others up & the police & stuerds were useless, every road you tried to acess was blocked off. It was absolute chaos, If there are 5000 cars going to pick people up & they block all the roads off, then there are STILL going to be 5000 cars there but all being squeezed into one route. Advice to anybody going to pick up, forget the A12, they make you go to Ingatstone & the come back up northbound, then turn you round again! Go through Chelmsford town (it was dead) & get your friends etc to find a road name & pick them up on your sat nav. AVOID THE A12 it's been monumentaly botched. Taximan01
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1:22pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Taximan01 says...

What's going on here??? every story about V fest has got comments about travellers?????????
What's going on here??? every story about V fest has got comments about travellers????????? Taximan01
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1:39pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Boris says...

Probably the sort of people who go to the V festival don't read the Gazette on line, not while the festival is still on.
Probably the sort of people who go to the V festival don't read the Gazette on line, not while the festival is still on. Boris
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1:45pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Boris says...

Y además, está loco el requetehijo de puta de Hockley, no le prestes atención. Apoyemos a los gitanos, que son buena gente.
Y además, está loco el requetehijo de puta de Hockley, no le prestes atención. Apoyemos a los gitanos, que son buena gente. Boris
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2:43pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Tony Bman says...

No hay tal cosa como la gente "buena".
No hay tal cosa como la gente "buena". Tony Bman
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3:15pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Taximan01 says...

Boris wrote:
Y además, está loco el requetehijo de puta de Hockley, no le prestes atención. Apoyemos a los gitanos, que son buena gente.
eh?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Y además, está loco el requetehijo de puta de Hockley, no le prestes atención. Apoyemos a los gitanos, que son buena gente.[/p][/quote]eh? Taximan01
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4:44pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Boris says...

Taximan, it was in answer to your querying the hispanic Hockleyite's irrelevant comment about travellers.
I said: "Don't pay attention to the (expletive deleted) from Hockley, he is crazy. Let's support the gipsies, they are good people."
Taximan, it was in answer to your querying the hispanic Hockleyite's irrelevant comment about travellers. I said: "Don't pay attention to the (expletive deleted) from Hockley, he is crazy. Let's support the gipsies, they are good people." Boris
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7:47pm Sun 22 Aug 10

Taximan01 says...

Boris wrote:
Taximan, it was in answer to your querying the hispanic Hockleyite's irrelevant comment about travellers.
I said: "Don't pay attention to the (expletive deleted) from Hockley, he is crazy. Let's support the gipsies, they are good people."
Ahhh, Yakshimash :0) hey Boris, I know what you mean but it was intended for those trying to pick up mate..... god help them!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Taximan, it was in answer to your querying the hispanic Hockleyite's irrelevant comment about travellers. I said: "Don't pay attention to the (expletive deleted) from Hockley, he is crazy. Let's support the gipsies, they are good people."[/p][/quote]Ahhh, Yakshimash :0) hey Boris, I know what you mean but it was intended for those trying to pick up mate..... god help them! Taximan01
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11:39pm Mon 23 Aug 10

BillBill says...

They set V alight... surely they should have been arrested then. Arson surely.
They set V alight... surely they should have been arrested then. Arson surely. BillBill
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