Lily Allen keeps eye on the cricket at V Festival

Natalie Imbruglia's microphone breaks during day one

Lily Allen keeps eye on the cricket at V Festival

22 August 2009

The 'Smile' star couldn't contain her excitement during her 14-song show at the Chelmsford leg of the event, as she learned that England had stretched their lead over Australia to more than 500 runs.

"We're thrashing the Aussies at the cricket,"
Allen declared, just before the national side did too, "I fucking love the cricket."

The star was on sparkling form matching her eye make-up as she ran through hits like 'LDN', 'The Fear' and 'It's Not Fair' as well as covering Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' and 'Oh My God' by the Kaiser Chiefs.

Dizzee Rascal was also at the top of his game as he mixed some of his old favourites like 'Just A Rascal' with upcoming single 'Holiday' and smash of the summer 'Bonkers'.

The rapper was in a playful mood on the 4 Music Stage in Chelmsford as he split the crowd into three and started an old fashioned who can cheer the loudest competition before DJ Semtex dropped fan-favourite 'Fix Up Look Sharp'.

A depleted N-Dubz made the most of their large audience in The Arena by getting one unsuspecting girl to join them onstage to sing. The group were reduced to a duo after singer Tulisa Contostavlos was forced to stay away because of suspected swine flu.

They did manage to squeeze hit single 'Number 1' into their shortened set but there was no collaboration with Tinchy Stryder, who raps on the record, despite him performing on the same stage just a few hours earlier.

Natalie Imbruglia
's performance at the Staffordshire leg of V Festival was the most memorable of the day so far though, with the singer made to leave the stage after her microphone didn't work.

The star, who returned after a few minutes, made the most of the rest of set though playing new tracks 'Fun' and 'Want', which have both been co-written by Coldplay's Chris Martin.

But it was old classic 'Torn' that proved to be the most popular song of the show with the 1997 hit prompting a huge sing-a-ling from the massive crowd.

V Festival 2009
continues with performances from The Killers, Oasis, Fatboy Slim and more.

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