This may just be the best pass offer from Jukely yet! There was a pre-warning that passes would go live 2 days before, so I set myself a reminder and grabbed 2 passes for Saturday at Highlands Park in Chelmsford. After a bit of a palaver picking up our tickets, we finally made it into the site just in time for James Bay.
I’ve been a fan of James Bay since the beginning (Spotify even confirmed I was in the top 1% of users listening to him before the hype!) so it’s been great to see him grow and play to bigger audiences. After his set, that had everyone singing, we legged it to one of the tents to catch the end of Tove Lo’s set. Next, we wandered around the rest of the site, taking in the fairground rides and market stalls. We finally bought ourselves friendship bracelets, picked up some vintage accessories, and grabbed ourselves some tasty food!
Amy bought us some seafood and chicken paella, and a chorizo dish with rice. I definitely preferred the seafood to the chorizo – absolutely delicious! We sat in the shade eating and listening to The Courteeners’ set from the main stage. Dessert came in the form of a Twister ice lolly from one of the many ice cream vans scattered around the site. Fed and watered, it was time to get our place for Hozier’s very much anticipated set. That man has such a beautiful voice, which was even more so in the glorious sunshine.
After Hozier’s set, we had to make a dash to the MTV stage where we managed to catch the last few songs from Chvrches. Their new stuff is sounding great! The crowds around this stage started to quickly fill up as next on was the legend that is Sir Tom Jones!! This was who me and Amy were most excited to see. His snazzy version of Sexbomb was probably my highlight of the festival, closely followed by Imelda May joining him on stage for a couple of songs. This made me exceptionally happy as we’d missed her own set earlier that day.
We joined the crowd at the main stage for a couple of Kasabian’s tunes before heading into the Arena tent for Nero’s spectacular lightshow! Their set was intensely epic, with only the 2 DJ’s silhouettes visible in front of a brightly lit perfect white triangle. Nero’s songs feature such amazing build-ups, they’re perfect for festivals with your bestest friends!
Did you go to V Festival? Who did you manage to catch?