Sunday 27 May 2018

Kasabian scorch through headline set at sun-drenched V Festival

Kasabian headlined the Virgin Media Stage on the first day of V Festival at Hylands Park
Kasabian headlined the Virgin Media Stage on the first day of V Festival at Hylands Park
Jess Glynne performs on the MTV stage at V Festival
Labrinth proposed to his girlfriend on stage at V Festival
The crowd watching Marina and the Diamonds at the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford
Roy Stride of Scouting for Girls performs at the V Festival, at Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire
The crowd watching James Bay at the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford

Kasabian capped off a sun-kissed day at V Festival with a raucous set of crowd-pleasing classics.

Their guitar riffs tore through the tranquil Essex countryside as they played anthems such as Club Foot and Shoot The Runner.

But it was British singer Labrinth who claimed the day's most memorable moment - after proposing to his girlfriend on stage.

The now-engaged 26-year-old stopped his set on the MTV Stage and brought his partner out to pop the question to the delight of onlookers.

Temperatures reached as high as 30C (86F) at Hylands Park, with as many as 50,000 music-lovers soaking up the rays.

An eclectic mix of acts kept punters happy throughout the afternoon, with Sir Tom Jones drawing one of the day's biggest crowds.

A sister event in Staffordshire was expected to attract up to 65,000 revellers.

Earlier Jess Glynne had an emotional return to the stage after vocal surgery and became tearful after hitting the high notes in My Love.

The 25-year-old chart-topper, who was watched from the wings by friend Sam Smith, said: "The past 24 to 48 hours has just been the most emotional point in my career and standing on that stage in front of all those people and hearing them sing back, it just hit me.

"I was trying to sing and not cry, I had my dad on the side of the stage getting me all teary and I went to sing the note and it just hit me."

Acoustic singer James Bay also attracted flocks of increasingly sunburnt fans, who loudly sang along to hits including Hold Back The River.

Backstage, artists shared some of their weirder festival moments - including MistaJam once having a chimp's tea party set up on stage behind him.

The heavens are forecast to open on Sunday for the festival's final day of music, which will see Calvin Harris, The Script and Ellie Goulding perform.

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