V Day Festival Day 2 Review: Rihanna, Years and Years & Little Mix

Little Mix

Little Mix

So I was back at V Festival again Sunday and it was so much better than Saturday in terms of the quality of acts, weather and general enthusiasm. Here are the highlights…

First up I saw All Saints who were such a great throwback. They sounded tight, they looked incredible (Mel Blatt esp) and did retro 90s choreography that I love. They gave people what they wanted by sticking to the hits and top tunes were obviously Never Ever and Pure Shores.

I wanted to catch Fleur East but there was an overlap but I managed to get there in time for Sax, which is what I hoped for! Her energy is insane. Both her dance moves and singing were impressive, she looked banging and she gave it her all. Following her, I had a gap so I stuck around for Sigala, who managed to make his DJ set more interesting by using a proper band, various singers, dancers and an emcee. He also does some dancing to his own tunes away from the decks. Lots of fun.

The biggest letdown of the day (which is nothing compared to yesterday’s disappointments) was Example because the sound quality was awful. I can’t barely hear what he was singing and I had to rely on people around me so I could figure out what song it was. This might not have been his fault though.

Years & Years

Years & Years

The standard for the evening was set by Years & Years, who are in my top three favourites of the whole festival. Frontman Olly Alexander is adorable and you could tell he appreciated being there. He wore this crazy crop top and skort combo, danced like crazy around the stage and seemed to enjoy partying to his own music. His chat was genuine and sweet and you could tell he was overwhelmed and so happy to be there. I’ve saw them last year and his singing and confidence have improved so much – he was fantastic even with so much dancing. He even busted out a routine with professionals – anything he can’t do?! Want him to be my best friend please.

I knew Little Mix would be good from what I’d seen on TV and I wasn’t wrong. They exceeded expectations, their vocals were so good and their choreography was on point too. They looked so fit in their leotards and it’s no surprise. They stuck to the hits as well with top mentions being Black Magic, Wings and Hair. They also mixed things up with covers of Run the World (Girls), You’ve Got That Vibe and Fester Skank with Lethal Bizzle himself!

I managed to catch the end of Katy B and that worked out well too cos I saw my faves Crying For No Reason, Lights On and Katy On a Mission. She is good at getting the crowd hyped and the songs provide a great party vibe but I wasn’t sure how much she was actually singing. Next up was David Guetta who was good and I danced the most to his set but it paled in comparison to Calvin Harris at Wireless. A lot of his beats sounded the same and the production of his show wasn’t as epic. It is still great for a party though and not awful – Calvin’s was just AMAZING.

Rihanna

Rihanna

Then the headliner Rihanna. She turned up 25 mins late and I was disappointed the previous time I saw her in 2011 (that review can be seen here) so my expectations were low but she completely changed them. She put on a fantastic show, commanded the stage, nailed the sexy or sassy dance moves, and her voice was the best I’ve heard it.

Her chat seemed sincere, she seemed happy, like she was enjoying herself, and she didn’t do a ton of stuff from Anti, which I had feared. She has too many hits to possibly do them all but kept us all happy with tunes like Umbrella. Highlights include Diamonds, Bitch Better Have My Money, and the medley of Live Your Life, Run This Town and All of the Lights.

You can read my Saturday review here. Check out my pix below.

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