Saved by The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses - V Festival 2012 - Weston Park

With V Festival now in its seventeenth year, your everyday reveller may have expected a clear and defined personality and identity. However this year’s offering was as commercial and uninspiring as it comes, and featured a who’s who of teenage magazine gossip columns. The Stone Roses and The Killers boosted the quality of artist; they were supported through the ranks with what was a huge gulf in talent. If this were a football division these two would romp home without even breaking sweat.

The offerings were distinctly lacking in passion and soul, with a strange mish mash of commercial teen hip hop “flavas” and the odd credible four-piece band to keep the rest of us from climbing the walls in X factor-esque hell.

Highlights from day one, included the always credible and soulful Tom Jones on the Virgin Media Stage, whom as much as you may love to mock his predictable swagger, he really does never seem to let one’s self down when it comes to sheer talent and uncompromising charm, easily seducing the crowd with his silky vocals and his easy sing along catalogue of hits.

Also frequenting the same stage were Tinie Tempah, Olly Murs and Madness. Lest we not forget the unquestionable talent *rolls eyes* of Tulisa. Punching her hands in the air “come on Weston, lets F****** ‘ave it!” followed by a can of Strongbow hurling its way toward her, only to fall just short.

The Killers played us out with what was a predictable but well received and desperately needed light show, a pinnacle moment for the event. The day’s debacle could easily have been forgotten after this fully credible performance. The Killers didn’t disappoint here, banging out hit after hit, such as ‘Mr. Brightside’, ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’. Not forgetting their own rendition of Oasis’s ‘Dont Look Back in Anger’, which, going by public opinion, was the highlight of day one.

Day two offered a slightly more Manc-like feel to the order, everyone we met seemed to be from Manchester or Warrington. The Charlatans came in as a last minute replacement, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Reverend and The Makers amongst a whole catalogue of higher grade talent to day one, if we just politely ignore the offerings of David Guetta for the afternoon of course.

But of course Sunday was all about The Stone Roses, belting all their old hits out including ‘Made of Stone’ with Brown introducing the track to the younger crowd "A lot of you weren't born when we wrote these songs, but this is the sound of the unemployed." ‘Fools' Gold’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘I Am The Resurrection’ all made up favourite moments for the set. The great light show production and the excellent atmosphere and interaction from the “mad fer it” crowd all made for a great end to proceedings.

The terrible start at day one is now firmly in the back of our mind and The Stone Roses and their monumental die hard crowd have saved the day, for another year at least.

Words by Damien Fell
Photo by Gobinder Jhitta

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