Monday, April 15, 2024

Lucy Does…V Festival 2010.

THIS weekend the sleepy corner of Essex that we call Chelmsford was no more. In it’s place stood a whirling pit of musical mayhem as V Festival celebrated its 15th year – and what a celebration it was!

As a ‘V Festival-Virgin’ I didn’t know what to expect but it’s obvious that Richard Branson is the guy in charge – this festival was well managed and a joy to be at. If you needed it, they had it and you didn’t have to queue that long for it. But if you needed to find your friends after a trip to the bar you had no chance, as the whole place was a phone signal muddler.

The great thing about any festival is how it produces a completely mixed bag of individuals, having fun and 95% far from sober. V was no exception. 20 Fred Flintstones appeared to watch Paul Weller, all drinking beer from measuring jugs. Full frontal nudity was completely acceptable. And everyone drew inspiration from this clip ( and the whole place was screaming and shouting Alan!?

But lets get down to the nitty gritty: the music. The line-up was incredible with iconic acts such as Madness getting the over-whelming audience skanking, Florence and the Machine bringing people to tears and Faithless creating a sea of hands raised and pumping the air. Kasabian closed the festival on Sunday and went out with a major bang, with their lead singer declaring ‘This is why you came!’ to their audience.

That’s not why I went to V Festival, but after watching them it might be why I go next year!


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