V Festival review and gallery: Echo and the Bunnymen
Liverpool's Echo and the Bunnymen ripped through a greatest hits set to the delight of a loving crowd at V Festival's MTV stage.
The band, who formed back in 1978, still sounded as fresh as ever, with their melancholy anthems drawing rapturous applause from a crowd spanning all ages.
Coming on stage to moody choral music, it was clear the band weren't here to play the pop game. Instead they simply focused their energy on a tight, emotional set, with little room for banter or crowd participation.
Frontman Ian McCulloch was in classic form, swaggering across the stage, dressed in a black blazer and jumper, blue jeans and Adidas trainers, full of charisma and effortlessly mesmerising the crowd with his vocal skills.
McCulloch has earned a reputation as a no nonsense rock and roller and he fully lived up to expectations today.
In his only interaction with the crowd, he bemoaned the 'absolute s***e' acts set to follow their set, claiming he 'hoped it rained' once he and the Bunnymen had finished their set, but saving the day by saying he hoped those who came to watch the Liverpudlians didn't get caught in any showers.
The biggest crowd pleaser came in the shape of Nothing Lasts Forever, which was merged with Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side', which was a nice touch.
When it was time to go, a quick thank you was said and that was that.