Festival Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett + Wayne Fox

See the complete V Festival 2015 photoset here.

V Festival Crowd

For years, the chart topping foundations of V festival has drawn in the mainstream music crowds, the playlist hand-picked when ripe by the elitists of the industry; put together with the ease of celebrity status. Yet, this year, they seemed to have missed their quota amongst the to-be-seen at summer events loosing a third of ticket sales, with something lacking from their line up.

V Festival Crowd

Saturday’s event displayed a Celtic tribute, introducing Ireland’s acts The Script and Kodaline; Welsh raised Stereophonics, Scotland’s main headliner Calvin Harris, and twin act The Proclaimers.

Lawson

Lawson Lawson

Early in, attractive pop boy band Lawson gathered the all screaming, all dancing, girl demographic in the Sure tent with chart tracks ‘Roads’, ‘When She was Mine’ and ‘Juliet’; women being the common feature in their lyrics. The fans other halves and unwillingly dragged along lad mates seemed to cringe from the beginning, but eventually were won around by the pure cheese of it all.

Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

Tongue in cheek comedian Shappi Khorsandi hauled in controversial and relatable subjects, of race, feminine functions and motherhood. After she humiliated a tedious, attention-seeking heckler who referenced her accompanying cute canine; she laughingly befriended both audience and photographers as she posed Loreal style and jested that the youthful observers were her pension.

Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre

V Festival Crowd

Soul come reggae fusion singersongwriter Maverick Sabre, blended the line up and proved his distinctive soulful and raspy vocals are still alive in today’s music climate. Off the back of his hit track ‘Let me Go’ and ‘I need’ he retains a legion of committed fans clutching a talent top spot during the day.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

V Festival Crowd

Contrasting act, The Charlatans brought an appreciated reminiscence upon festival goers with their electronic rock ambience. Delivering ‘The Only One I Know’ and ‘One To Another’ lead singer Tim Burgess’s stand out manner, shades, and smile, made for a compelling and easy-going watch.

V Festival Crowd

The MTV stage pitched the superior line up with the dynamic Ella Eyre’s modernised set list, creating an active ambience, and Kodaline’s emotionally based eerie rock vibe with prevalent album ‘In the Perfect World’.

V Festival Crowd

Similarly to Ella Eyre, the impressively smooth vocals of Ellie Goulding stormed the grounds, livening the movement of V attenders. Frantically throwing herself into popular songs ‘Burn’ and ‘Anything Could Happen’, the big screens flitted rapidly between her fiery drum playing and the audiences motions. With sheer sass this female idol has come a long way since her debut ‘Starry Eyed’.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Stereophonics, playing on a separate stage, took a shark sized bite out of the Calvin Harris crowd, with Muse infused sounds in 2015 song ‘C’est La Vie’ and favourite tracks ‘Mr Writer’ and Dakota. The boozy odours and sweat-infested numbers were overpowered by the summit of Stereophonics sound.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris Calvin Harris

V Festival Crowd

Calvin Harris submerged us into a time warp of tracks from ‘Bounce’ to ‘Feel So Close’ portraying his longstanding fame and earning of fans. Receiving considerable appreciation and striking special effects, fireworks brought the evening to an end on a prospective future for DJ headliners.

V Style + Lake

Puglife!

Sunday packed a punch as expectations accelerated with headliner Kasabian, newcomers Hozier, indie acoustic George Ezra and James Bay, plus a power ballad, gospel infused performance from Sam Smith.

Sinead Harnett

Sinead Harnett

Sinead Harnett

Under the radar for many, stunning vocalist Sinead Harnett failed to pull in numbers, without any eminent tracks. Her crisp tones and determination should lessen her anonymity, as she’s already featuring alongside Disclosure.

Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds

Doll like diva Marina and the Diamonds paraded the stage in Electric yellow get up and a feisty attitude. Making acquaintance with the much-obliged photographers, she stunned the crowd with an operatic version of ‘I’m not a Robot’.

James Bay

James Bay

James Bay

James Bay held the attention of the midday masses, but didn’t quite ‘Hold back the River’ whilst crowds stood in a sorrowful array of saturated wellies, hoods and parka replicas, whilst a surge of blinding ponchos emerged as if a Mexican wave across the grounds.

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo V Festival

Fresh to the table, Tove Lo has a recognisable, radio exhausted set list, which only filled the tent due to the persistent downpours outside. Nauseating humidity and a dull playlist drove us out before remixed hit track ‘Stay High’ could triumph.

V Festival Crowd

Cramped into a thunderous dance encouraging Annie Mac DJ set, an inebriated crowd was awoken by a colourful, exotic inspired set of palm trees, gigantic balloons and a lightshow, regardless of the contradicting weather.

Jess Glynn

Jess Glynn

V Festival Crowd

Current No.1 in the UK Singles Chart, Jess Glynn showcased her talents to a multitude of generations as she demonstrated her extensive range of collaborative records suited to most tastes. Admirers grew as she sung ‘Real Love’ and ‘Rather Be’, which we couldn’t help but unintentionally regurgitate back to her.

Sam Smith’s

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s effortless and catchy lyrical memoirs ‘Lay Me Down’ and ‘Stay with Me’ completed the much improved Sunday scene and revitalised the atmosphere as the sun set to an energetic, audience involved ‘Money on my Mind’.

Kasabian

Kasabian

Kasabian

Casaba

The countdown clock anticipated Kasabian’s detonating entrance to the stage with the gritty Brit rock track ‘shoot the runner’ as the band amplified the volume with vibration generating guitar riffs which sent the audience into a full throttle high. Charging the set with thrill activating track ‘Underdog’, and album ‘Empire’ they permanently placed themselves as worthy headliners, intensifying the audience at the end of the event.

Big Wheel

Another year, another mud bath and happy revellers left content.

Muddy V Festival

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