What a difference a day makes.
Saturday downpours gave way to blazing sunshine on Sunday as nearly 90,000 music lovers flocked to Staffordshire’s Weston Park for the second day of the V Festival.
Sunday opened with excellent performances on the main stage from Feeder and The Coral. Over on the 4 Music stage were The Magic Numbers who performed familiar favourites such as This Is A Song.
One of the best Sunday performances came from Paloma Faith, who chatted to the crowds, mocked David Guetta and came off the stage to mix with front row fans.
The crowds seemed to get bigger as Paloma and her excellent band played on and she encouraged sing-alongs with New York, Stone Cold Sober and Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful.
Paul Weller kicked off last night’s acts on the main stage and was followed by The Stereophonics and Kings of Leon.
Playing to a packed main arena, Weller mixed new material with popular older hits, including Changing Man, A Town Called Malice and You Do Something To Me.
However, some sections of the audience were left disappointed when he failed to come out for an encore and had earlier sworn at the crowd for throwing bottles at the stage.
The Stereophonics, on the other hand, proved to be real crowd pleasers, with the Welsh rockers performing almost all of their hits.
Kings Of Leon saved the best until last, whipping the crowd – the biggest of the weekend – into a frenzy with songs including Use Somebody and Sex On Fire.
The Charlatans, David Guetta and Groove Armada headlined the three other stages.
There was the usual array of weird and wacky fancy dress, including Flintstones characters, men in Lederhosen outfits and others dressed as Where’s Wally. And long queues for beer is now as expected as the huge queues for the loos.
Katie Pearce, an HR director from Sutton Coldfield, said: “The band I really came to see was Kings Of Leon, but Plan B were excellent on Saturday. They both really got the crowds going. I feared the worse when I saw the forecasts, but even the camping has been great.”
Her friend Annie Phipps, an IT worker from Sutton Coldfield, added: “Saturday’s rain did not affect the atmosphere at all. It has been really good.
“I love Peter Andre. I am probably his biggest fan and I thought he was brilliant. I was a bit disappointed with The Kooks but I loved the Stereophonics.”
The festival opened with torrential downpours on Saturday and a set from Pixie Lott.
Pixie got a whole lotta love from the crowd, who continued to pour in for performances by Skunk Anansie, Amy Macdonald and Paolo Nutini.
As the deluge continued, thousands piled into the indoor Nissan Juke Arena to see Peter Andre.
X Factor favourite Diana Vickers was another huge indoor hit, transformed from shy songbird to sexy rock chick.
The biggest Saturday afternoon crowds were for East London rapper Ben Drew, better known as Plan B.
After telling the crowd it was “the biggest he had ever performed in front of” he launched into chart hits Stay Too Long, She Said and Prayin’ plus an unusual, but well-received version of Seal’s Kiss From A Rose.
Madness took to the main stage and got the park bouncing with old favourites such as Baggy Trousers, Our House and It Must Be Love.
If you could have been in two or even three places at once you could have enjoyed performances from Eliza Doolittle, madcap Mika, Eels, Doves and Calvin Harris.
But the big draw was the run of headliners on the main stage, which included Kooks, Faithless and Leicester heroes Kasabian, who were given a run for their money by The Prodigy on the 4 Music stage.