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V Festival Review

Helen Ramsbottom gets on the cider in a field in Staffordshire

Written by . Published on August 30th 2011.

V Festival Review

FESTIVALS are fun. Heaps of fun. Especially when the sun has got his hat on.

My first V Festival was in 2002 and in that time, I’ve seen a difference in my dotage on the recovery. My 34-year-old tush doesn’t take to tenting it like it did ten years ago. It's taken a good few days to feel unbent back into shape. But it was worth it.

"Saturday’s main event was Rihanna. A feisty, firey performance as she strutted her saucy stuff. What a bombshell. She. Is. Hot."

P1030260Travelling down early Saturday morning comes highly recommended. On previous visits I’ve had Friday motorway horrors with every man and his dog wanting to get pitched and settled. If you can face a half hour walk to a further campsite you could save yourself five hours of teeth-gritting gridlock. That’s got my vote.

Trolley dolliesBut take a trolley of some sort, or hire one onsite. That will be your best spend of the weekend when you smugly swan past sweating people buckling under their rucksacks.

Anyway enough of the Mum tips.

Lift off was enabled with copious amounts of cider at Strongbow’s specially constructed, 'The Graft & The Glory'.

P1030152Blood, sweat and tears had gone into this boozer with five regular blokes hand-building it. Bloody great it was too. With an extensive DJ and live music line-ups I’m glad we fell in here first. We fell out a few hours later.

The rest of the day passed in a happy apple-charged haze.

Scouting for Girls opened with 'Famous' then moved onto 'Heartbeat' and more of their hits. Proper crowd pleasers. I fell in love with Danny O’Donoghe, The Script’s lead singer, thanks to hiss dulcet Irish tones.

The Saturday’s pulled out an Aloe Blacc cover to, in their words, prove they could sing. And they could. In the Guest Tent, karaokeing festival goers were doing a good job of slaughtering some of their other songs, however.

Saturday’s main event was Rihanna. A feisty, firey performance had everyone bouncing about as she strutted her saucy stuff. What a bombshell. She. Is. Hot.

(Click here to add text)Eminem drew in a huge audience but seemed sedate in comparison. Without the big show and coupled with sound problems he was sotto mumbling in parts. We got bored and went looking for Calvin Harris in one of the tents instead. A sweat-tastic way to rave and misbehave.

After sleeping on a semi-inflated air bed (I wish I’d shelled out for the luxury V Style accommodation) the V Food court was a brilliant breakfast destination with a whole host of quality stalls. We managed to bag a couch, some papers and a brie and bacon bagel and a mocha. 

Opting for a hungover hill spot, overlooking the Four stage, Aloe Blacc provided the soundtrack for a good armchair boogie.

Kids in Glass Houses weren't really my cup of tea. We spotted Dane Bowers mooching past, with a buxom +1. “He’s always got a pair of tits on his arm," somone remarked.

P1030198Scouse throwbacks Cast won a few points for calling the Chelmsford revellers “shit” the day before and promptly rocked it out.

Then Olly Murs sent the pleasuregraph through the roof amid lots of screams. George Michael and Morrissey covers went down a treat. Example was another high point and Jessie J put on a good performance too, despite sliding around on a cream couch in parts.

As night fell, Tinie Tempah claimed it was the “best night of his life” during his set. Hmmm. I'm not sure about that, but thanks for the sentiment. He did get everyone going though, and from where we were sat it looked like one massive mosh pit.

I wasn’t really fussed about seeing Rascal, the Dizzee Rascal, so we packed up and headed off happy.

An odd mix of pop and indie this time around, but enough of a mix to keep the festival fresh and pull in the crowds.

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