As this year's V Festival drew to a close, the clouds have gone and the atmosphere has remained electric. 2007 has been - without doubt - the best V Festival for years.
Basement Jaxx and The Killers brought the festival at Hylands Park to a close after a day which saw music fans enjoy performances from the likes of The Fratellis, Mark Ronson, Mika, Manic Street Preachers and Damien Rice.
Crowds at Weston Park enjoyed afternoon performances from Editors, Kanye West and Paolo Nutini as well as evening sets from Snow Patrol, The Foo Fighters, Jarvis Cocker and many more.
Our highlights from today in Chelmsford included:
Road To V winners The Brightlights joining Guillemots on stage for their final track ‘Trains To Brazil’ with percussion instruments. The Grimsby winners were obviously delighted with the weekend and their riotous dancing and drumming proved a fitting end to a marvellous half an hour.
Lily Allen's very energetic set and in particular, her banter. The London singer dedicated a song to the US Immigration services after she was refused an American visa recently before she lifted her bottle of cider in the air and said: “Here’s to Amy Winehouse.” For her penultimate song, Allen covered Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ in a funk style.
Kasabian dropping a thunderous set on the main stage, announcing to the crowd: “You are so much better then Staffordshire.” The Leicester group continued with their tradition and finished with ‘L.S.F’ leaving the crowd chanting for more, long after the band had left the stage and the rain came down.
Basement Jaxx bringing the festival to a close with a pounding set of their classics but in front of a surprisingly small crowd. ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ and ‘Bingo Bango’ were among the crowd pleasers with a brilliant lightshow eclipsing the stages around them. Once their set finished and the act were taking a bow, one of the Jaxx’s lead singers repeatedly said “Thank you Weston Park,” to the Hylands Park audience.
Sophie Ellis Bextor joining Mika on-stage at Hylands Park in a babydoll costume.
With Pete Doherty and Babyshambles safely away in Weston Park, Kate Moss was back on festival form at Hylands Park in trademark wellies and dark glasses – causing typical organisational havoc and having the official backstage photographer ejected prior to her entrance – go girl!
And in Staffs:
Dave Grohl invading the main stage in Staffs when Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody dedicated their first track to the Foo Fighters legend. Dave defied security to give him a big hug. Then, in his own set afterwards, Grohl brought his mum out on-stage and serenaded her!
Word on site is that a few acts are a little worse for wear today after a heavy night’s drinking in the Chelmsford artists' bar last night. Ocean Colour Scene were reprotedly led quite 'astray' by those naughty Primal Scream boys.
Stay posted for our full coverage of this year's V Festival.
A limited number of tickets for V Festival 2008 go on sale at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday 21st August) and if you’re quick you can get them at the 2007 price. Click here to buy (link will only work after 9am, Tuesday.)