AN EXCPETIONAL line-up of talent, weather which defied a somewhat bleak forecast and hidden comedy gems made sure yet another V Festival, was one not to be forgotten.
Festival goers are no doubt still suffering with the V Festival blues following three incredible days of live music, camping with friends and fairground rides.
But, despite the disappointment at packing away the sleeping bag and chopping of the wristband, those who descended on Weston Park in Stafford at the weekend left with a smile and some life-long memories.
Much to the relief of ticket holders, many of whom set up tents at various camp sites following long and muddy walks from their car parks in the pouring rain on Friday morning, the remainder of the weekend was pretty much wet weather-free this year.
Aside from some short showers on Saturday, there was sun to be soaked up and temperatures warm enough to justify ‘just vests’ on Sunday, adding to the already ‘YOLO-like’ atmosphere.
The weather may have been a big bonus for revellers, who embraced the opportunity to smear paint on their faces, don sunglasses and sit on the grass, but it was the artists taking centre stage which people were really on site for.
For many people one of the best things about V Festival is the varied line-up, and this year there were rock and indie bands in abundance, including The Courteeners, Everything Everything, Travis, Ocean Colour Scene, Two Door Cinema Club, Fun, The Pigeon Detectives and Of Monster and Men, to name just a few.
There were also a set from ‘Post-Break up Sex’ singers The Vaccines which had people on their feet, Welsh rockers the Stereophonics and American group Kings of Leon, who headlined on the Saturday night.
For dance music lovers, there was Rudimental, Basement Jaxx, Steve Angello and Calvin Harris to catch in full flow, or for people who fancied a bit of nostalgia there was a performance from boy band five, who recently re-gained fame by starring on ITV2 show The Big Reunion.
Finally, music-wise anyway, it’s hard to forget the four female soloists who stood out from the crowd for all the right reasons over the course of the weekend.
Paloma Faith had people swaying side to side as they sipped on their pints to ‘Just Be’, ‘New York’ and ‘Picking up the Pieces’ as well as many of the other big hits from her album ‘Fall to Grace’.
Her soulful sound at some points drew a silence as the crowd listened intently to the meaningful-lyrics which could have drawn a tear from the driest eye.
However, any wet cheeks were soon mopped up as parts of her set also had people in hysterics. The quirky individual soon made sure her personality came through as she joked along with the audience while wearing an unusual hair accessory and showing off her unique dancing style.
A treat for fans was also offered in the form of a sneak peak at a track from her soon-to-be-completed next album.
Emeli Sande was also a huge hit with the large audience which gathered to hear her and Jessie J sang a number of her much-loved hits much to the delight of her fans.
Strutting her stuff around the entire stage in a barely-there outfit, with her now famous short hair style, her energetic set and pitch-perfect vocals made for an amazing show.
Finally, doing it for all the independent women was Queen B aka Beyonce, who sporting a new sleek blonde bob, took to the Virgin Media Stage on Sunday night in front of the largest crowd of the whole weekend.
She showed off a number of different outfits, covered many of the hits from her impressive catalogue, and embraced audience participation, with ‘Irreplaceable’ proving to be a particularly popular sing-a-long.
It was the perfect way to finish off the festival experience, with the only downside to the whole event being that with such a great-line up you cannot possibly be at all four stages at once, meaning you also miss lots of talent.
However, that just provides the perfect excuse to go again next year.