Foo Fighters surprised festival-goers with a secret afternoon set under the pseudonym of '606' at Chelmsford as the first day of the V Festival went off spectacularly.
To the delight of a small crowd of earlybirds, front-man Dave Grohl led his band through an hour long acoustic set on the Channel 4 Stage. Violin and accordion added a country feel and the early start did nothing to dilute Grohl's humorous upbeat between-song banter, which was on fire as he forced the piano player (clearly a novelty for the Foo Fighters) to noodle in every musical style he could think of (ranging from classical and jazz to boogie-woogie).
He explained, "This is just nice way to warm you up for when we make the big noise on that other stage tonight."
The full acoustic set-list was: 'Skin And Bones', 'Marigold', 'My Hero', 'See You', 'Cold Day In The Sun', 'Big Me', 'But Honestly'.
Dave later obliged VF Editor Ross Purdie's request for a '2 second chat' literally by saying, with a big grin: "It was great! That was two seconds!". The joker.
The Saturday later closed with electric performances from headline acts The Killers (Staffs) and Foo Fighters (Chelmsford) whilst Primal Scream almost tore the JJB Tent roof off in Chelmsford with a dynamite set that closed with encore 'Loaded'. Singer Bobby Gillespie told the crowd: "We're havinga fucking good time tonight!"
Keeping the torrential rain at bay (down south, at least), 160,000 V Festival goers enjoyed some sun soaked show-stopping performances from some of the biggest names in music and some surprises too.
In Chelmsford, Kanye West led the glam happenings with a flamboyant set (playing tribute to an absent Amy Winehouse by inciting a mass singalong of the chorus to 'Rehab') while Pink followed in style with her unique punk pop and a rousing rendition of 4 Non Blondes’ ‘’What’s Up’.
Over in Weston Park, Staffordshire, the likes of James Morrison, The Cribs, The Fratellis, McFly, KT Tunstall and many more pulled off blinding sets. V goers celebrated Mika’s birthday, welcoming him on stage by singing ‘Happy Birthday’.
Celebrities were in full attendance, as usual, with appearances from Peter Kay (getting up on stage to help introduce James) Matt Lucas (spotted side of stage at the Foo’s early set) and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint (spellbound by Pink). Abusing the free cocktails in the exclusive Virgin Mobile Louder Lounge and Virgin Radio 'Retox' zones were Chantelle, James Nesbit, Paul Rudd, Holly Willoughby, Gareth Gates and The Feeling's Dan Gillespie among the usual assembly of Big Brother cast-offs and Eastenders (Chelmsford) and Hollyoaks (Staffs) actors.
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