Plan B played an incident-packed set at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2011, as Arctic Monkeys' headline performance loomed.
Following an introduction by beatboxer SFX, Plan B, a.k.a. Ben Drew, and his band launched into a rapturously received ‘The Recluse’.
More tracks from hit album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ followed, including singles ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ and ‘Prayin”, before Drew leapt down to the crowd barriers to perform ‘She Said’.
Keen to keep the crowd interaction going, he asked: “Are we going to sing it together?” as he started up a cover of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.
SFX reappeared halfway through to give the song a dubstep-flavoured “remix”. It then segued into a cover of ‘Kiss From A Rose’ by Seal, with Drew, in a nod to tomorrow night’s headliner, rapping Eminem’s verses from ‘Forgot About Dre’ at the song’s end.
After a rock-tinged version of ‘Pieces’, Drew had an apparent spat with his drummer before final song ‘Stay Too Long’.
Having already appeared to have had cross words earlier in the set, the song’s intro was aborted as the pair argued, with Drew then shouting “Play it then, you cunt!” to get things restarted.
The pair reconciled at the song’s end however, with the whole band coming to the front of the stage to take the applause, with Drew revealing that “this is one of the last Strickland Banks gigs – we wanted you to share it with us.”
Beforehand, Kaiser Chiefs played an energetic set, with Ricky Wilson also bounding down to the barriers for ‘Ruby’.
Songs from new album ‘The Future Is Medieval’ like ‘Man On Mars’ and ‘Kind Of Girl You Are’ rubbed shoulders with hits like ‘Angry Mob’ and ‘Oh My God’, with the never-more-topical ‘I Predict A Riot’ getting the biggest response.