Katy B at V Festival 2013 review

'The kind of sleek club pop that Kylie would kill for'

Photographer:Rebecca Laurence

Chris Eustace - 17 August 2013

Katy B is all business today - no big build-up required, she just appears matter-of-factly onstage and goes straight into 'What Love Is Made Of', with her band and an impressive quartet of dancers, each repping LDN via matching t-shirts, behind her. She doesn't let things drop from there, inviting Jessie Ware on for 'Aaliyah', essentially 'The Boy Is Mine' via Rinse FM, and showcasing her new single 'What Love Is Made Of', the kind of sleek club-pop that Kylie would at least maim someone for. It's her Magnetic Man collaboration 'Perfect Stranger' that really gets the crowd going though - and as we get people pogoing and drinks flying for the first time today, the bar gets set even higher as her calling card, 'Katy On A Mission' comes next.

Katy B is a dab hand at this festival stuff by now, demanding singalongs and hands in the air, and with everyone keen to oblige, it looks like her Arena Stage show has woken V up after a subdued start to the festival. Unfortunately, "this right here will end far too soon" is right - she only has one song of her criminally short set left - luckily it's 'Lights On', and as a slightly fragile conga forms near the front, it looks like its plea to keep the party going no matter what has been noted. A new album should see a longer set next year - until then, mission accomplished.

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