Arctic Monkeys use Kane at V Festival

Arctic Monkeys at Lowlands Festival 2011 by Jason Downes
Arctic Monkeys at Lowlands Festival 2011 by Jason Downes

Arctic Monkeys were joined by Miles Kane at the end of a triumphant headline set, as day one of Chelmsford's V Festival 2011 came to a close.

Opening with ‘Library Pictures’, Alex Turner, sporting a quiff, furthered his recent comments that the band were trying to “save guitar music” by announcing: “We’re here to give you some rock ‘n’ roll.”

‘Brianstorm’ and ‘This House Is A Circus’ quickly followed, before ‘Still Take You Home’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Keyboard player John Ashton then joined the band to play ‘Pretty Visitors.’

Turner later hailed drummer Matt Helders – or “Matthew Helders the third” as he called him – when the sticksman took lead vocal duties on ‘Brick By Brick’.

Following a pounding ‘The View From The Afternoon’, the Sheffield stars unleashed ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, powering to the end of the main set with ‘Suck It And See’, ‘If You Were There, Beware’, ‘Do Me A Favour’ and, with Turner asking for the lights to be turned up so he could see the audience, a crowd-pleasing ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.

The band returned for a three-song encore, asking if fans were “familiar with a song called ‘Mardy Bum'”, asking for a singalong as they played an campfire-style rendition of the song.

Turner also revealed that they “had never been to V before” as they launched into ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’.

In what is fast becoming a tradition, Turner’s fellow Last Shadow Puppet Miles Kane then took to the stage, playing guitar on seismic set closer ‘505’.

V Festival 2011 continues tomorrow, with Eminem headlining the Chelmsford leg.