Review and Gallery: V Festival, Weston Park

Oozing style and cockiness, Justin Timberlake brought V Festival to a spellbinding close.

Review and Gallery: V Festival, Weston Park

Justin Timberlake performing for the crowds at the V Festival at Weston Park

And he did not keep the screaming crowd waiting  – in fact he was five minutes early for his headline performance last night. There was no dramatic entrance, he simply rose from under the stage and opened with Pusher Love Girl.

A red feather in his trilby completed his black suit, white shirt and white trainers outfit. 

He asked: “Are you here to party, Weston Park?” before smoothly moving straight in to Rock Your Body.

The former ‘N Sync star also paid tribute to Michael Jackson and jumped off stage to take selfies with fans.

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To warm up the main stage for the American pop star, crowds were treated to sets by Ed Sheeran, Example and the Kaiser Chiefs. Over the two days, more than 85,000 people have been on site with acts including The Killers who headlined on Saturday night. There was no messing around from the Las Vegas rockers who launched straight in with Mr Brightside, sending the biggest crowd of the day wild. 

All the sunshine had seemed too good to be true – but as the heavens inevitably opened last night the downpours didn’t deter the thousands of revellers from enjoying a rousing end to another spectacular and star-studded V Festival at Weston Park.

The 85,000-strong crowd had sunbathed, danced, rocked out and sung along with more than 100 music acts throughout the weekend so it would have taken a lot more than a little rain to dampen the spirits.

From headliners The Killers and Justin Timberlake to the energetic  Kaiser Chiefs and young soul star Sam Smith there was the cream of the crop from the current music scene.

While festival veterans Blondie, The Stranglers and the Black Country’s own The Wonder Stuff showed the younger ones how it’s done.

Kicking off proceedings on the Virgin Media stage were 90s favourites M People who got everybody bopping about on Saturday followed by singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner.

American rock band Train, who had flown in from San Francisco, performed hits including Drops of Jupiter and Drive By to a relaxed crowd of sunbathers but the party atmosphere was cranked up when Chic arrived on stage.

The 1970s disco band featuring Nile Rodgers performed a string of classic hits before filling the stage with party goers when they performed their hit Le Freak.

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While at the MTV stage, crowds were being entertained by Wake Me Up singer Aloe Blacc, and Katy B. The latter took to the stage with her backing dancers, following last minute rehearsals back stage and said she ‘couldn’t wait’ to perform again for fans in the West Midlands again in October in Birmingham.

Twenty-two-year-old Sam Smith also proved a hit with crowds following his latest hit Stay With Me, as crowds swayed in time to the emotional lyrics.

The line-up got better as the evening went along with the top three acts on the main stage starting with Lily Allen, who danced surrounded by large baby bottles. The stage set up didn’t tame her choice of tracks, which included Smile.

Showing off her tiny waist in a pink crop top and denim shorts she told the crowd: “I am happy, honoured and humbled to be here.Thank you.” 

Scottish crooner Paolo Nutini gave fans a rather sombre show before the stars of the night took to the stage and had the crowd jumping from the off. Las Vegas rockers The Killers opened their 80-minute set with fans favourite Mr Brightside before performing hits  including  All These Things That I’ve Done , Human and Somebody Told Me and Read My Mind. They chose to finish with the uplifting and energetic When We Were Young.

The main Virgin Media stage was opened by punk outfit The Stranglers yesterday, who treated fans to Hanging Around before playing Get a Grip (On Yourself) and Peaches. The rock band were followed by Kodaline before Tom Odell took the spotlight mid afternoon and Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille and Example played into the evening. 

Ahead of the main man was Ed Sheeran who admitted that performing before Justin Timberlake would make him work twice as hard. 

The singer’s latest album has spent the past seven weeks at number one in the UK and he said before the show that he couldn’t wait to perform. Music fans also had the choice of Blondie, Miles Kane and John Newman. Blondie singer Debbie Harry treated fans to a string of her hits and the 69-year-old looked incredible on stage dancing around like a teenager. Also performing on the MTV stage was Pixie Lott and Starsailor while headlining was Mercury Music Prize winner Elbow.

Welsh Rock band Manic Street Preachers had disappointed fans at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on Saturday when their flight from the Sziget Festival in Budapest failed to take off.  But fans at Weston Park need not have worried as Manics members Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore made it in time to take to the stage last night. With three stages, DJ tents and a comedy tent there was plenty for visitors to enjoy.  Festival-goers also had an action packed stand up line up provided by the Glee Club comedy tent including funny man Alan Carr.

He attracted thousands who watched on the big screens surrounding the tents. Other comedy acts over the weekend included Paul Chowdhry and Dapper Laughs.

As the festival drew to a close last night Justin Timberlake was obviously eager to get out and strut his stuff hitting the stage five minutes early and opening with Pusher Love Girl. The singer was sporting a trilby with a red feather, topping off his outfit of black suit, white shirt and white trainers. 

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