Oasis call V Festival headline crowd 'biblical'
The Killers close Chelmsford leg, Lady GaGa booed
Photographer: Bob Rose23 August 2009
The band, lead by the notoriously mouthy Gallagher brothers, were happy to let their music do the talking
during the show playing tracks like 'Roll With It', 'Songbird' and 'Champagne Supernova'.
"This next song is dedicated to anyone here from Manchester," said Noel Gallagher before 'Half The World Away', adding, "all of you want to live and stay there."
'Wonderwall' was the most popular number of the night with the huge crowd more than happy to join in and sing along.
The Manchester outfit closed with a cover of The Beatles 'I Am The Walrus'. "This is the our song," Liam Gallagher said, "you've been biblical and we're out of here. I am the fucking walrus."
Down at the Chelmsford leg of the festival it was up to The Killers to wrap up the first day.
Lead singer Brandon Flowers revealed the band's intentions early on in the set claiming, "We want to turn this field into a giant dance floor, it's The Killers after all."
Their more Euro pop sounding numbers seemed to do the trick with 'Human' and 'Spaceman' both getting big cheers, but it was tracks from their debut LP 'Hot Fuss' that were the most impressive with a violinist joining the band on stage for 'Smile Like You Mean It'.
The Las Vegas quartet also covered 'Shadowplay' by Joy Division during an unmemorable set which was brought to a close with an encore of 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine' and 'When You Were Young'.
In a much more entertaining show, Lady GaGa took to The Arena stage late to the disappointment of fans who booed and slow clapped.
But once her performance got underway, the crowd were soon won over as the flamboyant pop star changed her costume several times stripping down to her bra and pants for 'Boys Boys Boys'.
For finale 'Poker Face' GaGa was dressed in diamonds, but halfway through her sparkling performance, the singer had to stop the song to another a chorus of boos. "I'm so sorry, but I have to go. I'm so sorry, but I love you so much," she said.
The line-ups will change sites tomorrow (Sunday) with the Chelmsford leg due to host Oasis, while The Killers will bring V Festival 2009 to a close in Staffordshire.