Review and gallery: Sia, V Festival 2016

Australian singer/songwriter Sia gave V Festival an insight into her theatrical brilliance, which shone out like the Diamonds she writes about, in heavy rainfall on Sunday.

Review and gallery: Sia, V Festival 2016

Sia at V Festival 2016

Sia, whose full name is Sia Furler, certainly likes to make a dramatic entrance. She took to the centre of the main stage wearing an exceedingly large, ruffled and layered white outfit that resembled an antique wedding dress.

The mysterious 40-year-old, kept us guessing what might happen next as she sang in disguise at V Festival's 21st Birthday year, hidden behind a two-tone fringe to the bottom of her nose, under a large upright bow placed rather awkwardly on her head.

Her reduced vision led to her appearing to be a little static, at times resembling a modern twist on the aloof character Miss Haversham from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

Diamonds the beautiful track she wrote for Rihanna gave festival-goers goose bumps.

But Chandelier, the song from her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear in 2014 was the one most of us had been waiting for.

The set was a memorable performing-arts extravaganza in which the dancing was as impressive as her singing.

Luckily there were no delays in the performance, like there had been at Chelmsford the previous night, when heavy winds hindered progress and caused fears about the safety of the props.

There were many moments when the  dancers, in unison and dressed in skin-coloured leotards, were extraordinary.

And her song Cheap Thrills added a welcome Caribbean warmth to the cold, dark summer's evening and went down very well.

By Sally Williams

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