As threatened the much delayed V-Fest post - as with previous years the post has been split into the two days :-
Saturday - August 18th - with this year's summer the wettest recorded in the UK for 100 years and with the days preceding wetter than an otter's pocket, it was with some relief that day one turned out to be scorchio, with nothing but blue skies and sweltering heat.
Once again we were joined for the first day by our friends Kirsty and Joe (being young they don't seem to have the stamina to get through two days... and even worse, just because they are getting married a week after next year's V-Fest they have decided they can't make it at all next year ....How light weight is that....?).
Personally I felt it wasn't as strong a line-up as in previous years - certainly in depth. This however provided a bonus in that studying the clash sheet allowed me to organise the day around the two main stages - without feeling I was missing very much.......For me, the only viewing casualties on the Saturday were The Ting Tings and Friendly Fires..... Having just two areas allowed me to work my way forward through the crowd while Mrs B could stay back a bit, avoiding any crushing and being splattered by any plastic cups of suspiciously warm liquid...... I have heard that it is meant to be good for your hair but since I neither have enough of it to worry about (hair) nor the inclination to find out (Suspicious warm liquid) I try and avoid it when I can - .....
The Twang - 4 Music Stage
"Push the Ghost" from
" Love It When I Feel Like This
Inspiral Carpets - 4 Music StageI remember them as being good from the 80's but they seemed to have forgotten how to sing in tune - a very unimpressed Mrs B started making noises about perhaps just going for a single day next year - Thanks Inspirals - very un-inspirational....
|Stephen Holt - Lead singer|
"Dragging me Down"
They were certainly dragging Mrs B down....
|Marin Walsh Bass Player|
"Find Out Why?"
They are still going.......
Harsh but fair.....
Reverend and the Makers - 4 Music Stage
|Lead Singer Ian "The Reverend " McClure|
It certainly looks like The Reverend just had the
Bass guitar rammed where the sun don't shine
The Charlatans - 4 Music Stage
|Tim Burgess - Lead Singer|
"How High " from "Tellin' Stories"
|"You're So Pretty - We're So Pretty"|
Well thanks very much but I think
you mean Mrs B
Keane - Virgin Media Stage
|Tom Chaplin - lead singer|
"Can't stop now"
|Jesse Quin - Bass|
"Run with me"
Example - Virgin Media Stage
"The Evolution of Man"
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Virgin Media Stage
|This one is for My Brother.... |
"If I had a Gun....."
I can only assume Liam was in the audience....
Stone Roses - Virgin Media StageMrs B was not a fan - so it made for an early exit - after all I want to come back next year....
|Ian Brown - Lead Singer|
2 albums in 29 years - you can hardly
accuse them of a being prolific band ....
"She Bangs the Drums"
what's an extra s between friends???
Faces in the crowd
|You just know that this guy is going |
to be a complete knob....
|This year V-Festival launched a new service |
"Dump your useless partner"
Fortunately for me Mrs B didn't see it....
|Chelmsford - be sure to wear some|
flowers in your hair..
|Even the Cookie Monster needs a break....|
|The Sweat Gun|
99.9% of all known beads of sweat
|As the drugs kicked in so did the paranoia and |
Herbert found himself having to watch his back...
|This poor bloke was invisibly Crucified for |
taking more than his alcohol allowance...