I’ve had the most fantastic weekend at V Fest! I’ve never been to a festival before and was a little apprehensive about a couple of things – the mud, pickpockets, the TOILETS – however the heavy rain and the facilities being like something left after the apocalypse didn’t affect my weekend at all, I loved it!
Here’s my little summary of V Festival – Weston Park:
On the Friday night, once we’d traipsed across 2 car parks, 4 fields and finally put up our tents and settled in, we went to explore the arena. There was so much to see and do – fairground rides, food vans ranging from burgers and chips to steak and shrimp, and 5 stages hosting the acts for the weekend. The only entertainment on the first night was the silent/headphone disco – which I’ve never experienced before – but we went to investigate and had a fantastic time! It’s hilarious watching people singing and dancing to totally different songs, and there was something for everyone! I think this was one of my favourite venues throughout the weekend!
The Acts – Saturday
We stuck mostly to the main stage over the course of the weekend. On Saturday we got to the arena in time to watch Years & Years. Ollie Years’ voice was just incredible, and he and his dancers put on a fantastic show!
Years & Years was followed by one of the festival’s surprise highlights – Little Mix. I absolutely love the girls, and was expecting them to be good, but they KILLED IT. They really got the party started and the crowd pumped with Salute, Move, Wings, Hair and Black Magic to name a few, and had a surprise cameo from Craig David!
The crowd were definitely in a party mood, and David Guetta kept this going with a high energy set of his greatest hits. Everyone was jumping and dancing and the atmosphere was electric!
Finally we got to the headline act for Saturday – Rihanna. We expected Rihanna to get on stage crazy late and be a bit of a diva, but this was not the case at all. She was bang on time, and really seemed to be enjoying herself. However the set was a bit monotonous, and a definite anticlimax after the standard Little Mix and David Guetta had set.
We were a little disappointed following Rihanna’s 90 minute set, but appeased ourselves by heading back to the silent disco until 3am.
The Acts – Sunday
The sun finally got his hat on on Sunday, and we took advantage and had a little picnic and a sunbathe before heading to the arena in the afternoon.
We caught the end of Jess Glynne’s set – I’m not a huge fan, but you cannot deny her voice is fab and Hold My Hand is a catchy little number! Jess was followed by Bastille, who put on a great show.
However the highlight of Saturday was Sia. This woman has PIPES, and put on an incredible, artistic show – you could tell so much thought and time had gone into it. She belted out hits such as Cheap Thrills, Titanium and Chandelier accompanied by the most amazing dancers, and was just phenomenal.
The headliner for Sunday was the one we’d all been waiting for – Justin Bieber.
I have so much to say about this, I’m giving it it’s own subsection. I am definitely a Belieber, and he was was the act I was most looking forward to seeing after failing to secure tickets to his Purpose tour. I even wore JB jammies over the course of the weekend. However I was SO disappointed.
Justin sauntered on to stage and started his first song, and there was something immediately off. JB’s voice could be heard clearly, however half the time the star didn’t have the microphone anywhere near his mouth. I am not against lip-syncing – there’s plenty of reasons you might need to do it – but at least TRY to make it look like you’re performing. His dancing was also lazy and lacklustre, it seemed like he didn’t want to be there at all (despite it being his biggest audience since 2013).
Then there was his stage chat. I mean, I didn’t expect him to come out with anything particularly profound and life altering, however pointing out random chip vans in the arena and telling us how to eat pop tarts? And starting sentences and not even bothering finishing them? At one point he even turned his back to the audience and said he liked talking to us better like that…insulting much?
Finally in the lead up to V Fest we were promised a spectacular finale featuring 800 gallons of purified water – well that didn’t happen. We left feeling particularly deflated, and didn’t even have the silent disco on the final night to perk us up again.
If you also spent the weekend at V Fest I’d love to hear your thoughts!