Snow Patrol cover Oasis at V Festival
While The Killers close curtain in Staffordshire
Photographer: Paul Kerr24 August 2009
And the Scottish rockers did so by chucking a couple of Oasis covers
in their set, with seminal tracks 'Wonderwall' and 'Champagne Supernova' both getting an acoustic makeover
during their encore.
Gary Lightbody and Co didn't take all the plaudits though, with the singer admitting, "the mighty Oasis should be here tonight."
From their own back catalogue 'Run', 'Chasing Cars' and 'Spitting Games' were the numbers that shone greatly amongst their newer material, before the band closed with 'You're All I Have'.
Keane were quick to mark the absence of the Manchester legends too by grabbing the acoustic guitar for their version of 'Cast No Shadow', while Liam Gallagher did make it on stage with MGMT for their cover of 'Live Forever'. Well, at least a cardboard cut-out of the singer did.
Up in Staffordshire, The Killers' scheduled headline show passed without much incident. However, singer Brandon Flowers did reveal to the crowd, "this is our last show in the UK for a long time. We are going to play this last song as hard as we can," before set closer 'When You Were Young'.
The violinist who performed on 'Smile Like You Mean It' in Chelmsford followed suit in Weston Park, while numbers from their debut LP 'Hot Fuss' including a mammoth 'Somebody Told Me' and early single 'Mr Brightside' were the real crowd-pleasers.
Joy Division's 'Shadowplay' was aired for a second night running but the Las Vegas group's more flamboyant tracks 'Human' and 'Spaceman' hardly proved to be out of this world.
Following Amy Winehouse's surprise appearance at their V Festival show in Chelmsford, The Specials went it alone up in Staffordshire this afternoon (Sunday) but still gave a performance worthy of the papers with singer Terry Hall labelling Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a 'cunt'.
"We're still bombing the shit out a country we shouldn't be and the Prime Minister is still a cunt," Hall said in his infamous grumpy manner, adding, "The only difference is Man United are the champions."
They also noted England's Ashes victory, dedicating 'Message To You Rudy' to the national cricket side before finishing with 'Ghost Town' just as they had in Essex.
Lily Allen, who had been checking the cricket in Chelmsford yesterday, was - like England all-rounder Stuart Broad - in glorious form during her Staffordshire show today. 'Smile', 'LDN' and 'Womanizer' were all included in the set in which Allen went offstage to smoke.
The Enemy proved about as controversial as Allen and her crafty cigarette in Chelmsford, joining in the debate about Lady GaGa's gender.
"Has Lady GaGa got a penis?" asked lead singer Tom Clarke during their energetic set in which they mixed tracks from both their albums. 'We'll Live And Die In These Towns' proved to be the crowd pleaser rather than their banter, before the Coventry trio finished with 'You're Not Alone'.
Check back for our Rated review of V Festival 2009.