Often feeling like two festivals in one - the chart radio friendly acts draw in the mainstream, while surprisingly credible groups crop up in the tents - this year's V Festival seemed to merge its alter egos for the event's climax at least.
Still retaining the feel of someone randomly switching between radio stations as far as billing goes - Example mixed with Rodrigo Y Gabriela on the mainstage - the weekend's apex made perfect, Mancunian sense for the mainstream and credible alike.
Noel Gallagher, with a set of solo songs and reworked Oasis favourites, proved a worthy enough headliner in his own right as he performed against the backdrop of the setting sun (though sadly didn't play Setting Sun, his Chemical Brothers collaboration, which would have fitted in nicely alongside less obvious Oasis selections like Whatever), before he was followed by The Stone Roses, who for once didn't disappoint at an English festival (see below).
Indeed such was Manchester's dominance of the weekend that the other night's headliners The Killers covered both Joy Division and Oasis so as not to be left out.
Q's act of the weekend
In 1995 The Stone Roses should have rightfully retaken the leadership of British music from the Britpop new comers by headlining Glastonbury, but John Squire's collarbone had other ideas (as did Jarvis Cocker). By the time they did crop up on an English festival stage, a year later at Reading, they were the living dead, a shambolic, zombie version of their former selves. At V this year the band finally delivered. The likes of I Am The Resurrection and Fool's Gold were simply immense. John Squire was inspired; Reni and Mani's rhythm section possessed; and even Ian Brown's voice glided with style and élan over every note he was required to sing. Rumours of internal strife persist, but after finally reaching their festival potential, it would be a shame if The Stone Roses couldn't now find some way to continue.
11:33 AM | 20/08/2012
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