So, we attended V Festival on the weekend. It was awesome. Here is a random assortment of highlights, lowlights and other shit.
- Muse. Best gig of the weekend.
- The Presets. This was the first act we saw and the only disappointment was its extreme brevity. 25 minutes is not enough Presets. We were left wanting more, much more.
- The Hoosiers. Don't think I'd heard of them before, but they put on an awesome show.
- The Zutons. After listening to their latest album You Can Do Anything a lot, I was really looking forward to seeing these guys. They sure didn't disappoint. Their version of Valerie was amazing live and really highlighted how boring the Amy Winehouse gig was, as we'd heard her sing Valerie about 15 minutes earlier.
- The Kooks. I'd never really got into their music, but seeing them live was a treat. There was something about their gig which just screamed quality.
- Kaiser Chiefs. Closing the festival, they put a huge exclamation mark on the weekend. What a show.
- Friends. As always with these kinds of events, the friends we hung out with really topped it off. It wouldn't have been as great without them.
- The camping facilities. The other three day music festival I've camped at a few times is Splendour In The Grass. The toilets and showers1 at V are seriously lacking when compared to Splendour. You definitely have to expect a degree of disgusting shit when you camp at a festival, but most times I visited the toilets at V there was very literally2 shit up to the rim of the bowl. They were simply unusable.
- Amy Winehouse. Boring! That's all I can say, not that I expected or hoped for much.
- Line-up changes. Spending ages in the crowd working our way right to the front and waiting for Sam Sparro didn't pay off when we found he'd been switched with Robyn, who was also cool, but we were there for Sam.
- Waiting. There is too much waiting between shows.
- Missing The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. I'd seen them both before so we chose Muse and Kaiser Chiefs instead, choices I don't regret, but it would have been awesome to see them both again.
- Unidentified flying liquids. There was far too many unknown liquids being thrown around for comfort. I don't mind a bit of water being thrown around a hot crowd, in fact I love it, but it's simply rude to throw anything else. It's very sad that people do because they can. An extreme lowlight was being hit (along with many people around us) with a distinctly warm liquid; much to warm to be a warm beer.
- Extreme inebriation. Seeing a chick who had pissed her self and was left stumbling around looking dazed with soaked jeans was a bit funny - in a sad kind of way.
The whole weekend really was a blast, and it's re-invigorated my love of (live) music. The other acts we saw were: Royworld, Alphabeat, Taio Cruz, Lost Prophets, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, The Pigeon Detectives and Stereophonics.