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V Fest

V Fest 09 Report from Zildjian's Tina Clarke


vfest vfestThe weekend festival over two sites (bands switching venues over night) saw Chris Sharrock with Oasis aptly conquer the crowd at Weston Park, Staffordshire on Saturday, so it was with much disappointed that Oasis did not perform at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on the Sunday.

Luckily, Jonny Quinn with Snow Patrol stepped up with their best feet forward to fill the headline slot and went down a storm, with covers of Oasis' "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova."

The weekend was a who's who of British rock and pop stars, with some international talent thrown in, particularly from the ladies, Katy Perry (Adam Marcello), Ladyhawke (Ben Kennedy), Natalie Imbruglia (Simon Merry) and Alesha Dixon (Donavan Hepburn).

The boys were not to be outdone with performances from Zildjian Artists: Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong (James Craig), The Twang (Matty Clinton), Athlete (Steve Roberts), Paulo Nutini (Seamus Simon), The Enemy (Liam Watts), Keane (Richard Hughes), James Morrison (Neal Wilkinson), Elbow (Jupp), Pete Murray (Andrew Sylvio), Will Young (Ash Soan), Calvin Harris (Benny Calvert), Mr Hudson (Andrew Wilkinson), Red Light Company (James Griffiths), Ting Tings (Jules De Martino), Starsailor (Ben Byrne), Jet (Chris Cester) and Razorlight (Skully).

It was Pendulum (Paul Kodish) who were by far the loudest of the whole weekend with their block rocking drum and bass...they really went for it as it was their last gig of the year as they now take some time off to write their next record.

Many festival-goers had turned up to see The Specials (Brad Bradley), seen pictured above, hanging backstage with one of their fans Jon Brookes of The Charlatans. It was a surprise to all when Amy Winehouse joined them on stage for "You're Wondering Now" and "Ghost Town."

One of the weekend favourites was Calvin Harris (Benny Calvert) who brought the disco to the dancefloor with his recent #1 "I'm Not Alone."

Whereby Benny had this to say - "V was awesome, as was last year's. Stafford was our favourite this year. It went right OFF! We couldn't quite believe the response! The whole place went nuts. All credit to Calvin's number one album! Can we all imagine the buzz?? That's it right there! Those EFX trash crashes are perfect too...they're bright and crisp but FAST. Even on these massive stages, they're cutting through. The Oriental Trash Splashes are the best splashes I've ever heard. Hit the 9" and 11" together for a crash of splashy heaven! I'm still buzzing after Stafford. Ash Soan was brilliant with Will Young too. Did anybody see that? What an awesome band!"

And so it was left to Ronnie Vannucci and The Killers to round off the weekend at Weston Park, their last UK show for "quite some time now," was one of pure Vegas glamour culminating with an almighty pyrotechnic display which saw Ronnie throw his sticks to the crowd and as the rest of the band exited the stage, he remained, stood alone, arm aloft. Yes, they came and conquered V, before heading back off to London and Abbey Road studios to lay some tracks down for the new record.

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