V Festival 2005

Hylands Park, Chemlsford

> Hylands Park, Chemlsford

In their only festival appearance of the year, Oasis more than justified their top billing at this year's V Festival.

Swaggering and predictably cocky, the Gallagher brothers gave a glittering performance, playing a good mix of old and new including material from their latest album, Don't Believe the Truth.

But it was hits like Live Forever, Wonderwall and Don't Look Back in Anger, where the crowd sang louder than the band, that made the Saturday night at Hylands Park magical.

Pop sensations the Scissor Sisters closed last night's bill, squeezing the last life out of a weary crowd with hits like Take Your Mama, and Laura.

Other brilliant performances over the weekend were provided by the big names including Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5, the Streets, Embrace and Doves.

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Further down the bill of the festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, were some amazing performers.

Six months after being newcomers on the NME tour in January, Kaiser Chiefs had a rammed Channel 4 stage pogo-ing to I Predict a Riot and Oh My God!

New York rockers the Bravery played a spectacular set.

And brother and sister four-piece the Magic Numbers were overwhelmed by the size of the audience.

But the real hidden gems of the weekend were Tom Vek, Northampton-based newcomers the Departure, and Nashville singer-songwriter Josh Rouse.

And despite the threat of rain, resulting in the 130,000-strong audience sporting a wide array of multi-coloured wellies, Chelmsford stayed dry.

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