EVER since Eminem burst on to the British airwaves with hit single What’s My Name just over a decade ago, I knew this was a man I had to see live.
It was refreshing to see him smash the hip hop mould, shaking up a genre that was firmly stuck in its ways, and his clever, and at times comical, lyrics had me instantly hooked.
But the chance never arose, so when I heard he was headlining the V Festival I knew I had to get my hands on some tickets.
Thankfully, the American rapper didn’t fail to disappoint, rounding off the first day at the Weston Park outing of the festival spectacularly.
Dressed in his Slim Shady uniform of hoody, T-shirt, baggy jeans and a cap, Eminem burst on to the stage ready to perform an energetic set that took in a stack of his tunes from the last decade. Churning out top hits including The Way I Am, Stan, My Name Is and I Need A Doctor, the thronging crowd went wild when he was joined on stage by Rihanna – who had performed before him – for Love The Way You Lie.
Despite Eminem being the highlight of my day, there were plenty more acts that kept the thousands who flocked to the Staffordshire site entertained.
After battling through the crowds, we decided to settle into the festival vibe at the Strongbow tent where a string of DJs were pumping out the tunes.
The PeteBox blew us away with his incredible beatboxing skills that saw him solely perform The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and Basement Jaxx’s Where’s Your Head At.
After mingling with a few festival-goers, we headed to the main stage and caught the end of Irish trio The Script’s set so we could secure ourselves a spot for the next act to grace the stage, Bajan beauty Rihanna.
With a lot of booty shaking and dancehall moves, RiRi had the crowd in the palm of her hand as she strutted her stuff on stage in a pair of denim hotpants – the hot fashion accessory of the V Festival – Union Jack T-shirt and sky-high heels.
With a tonne of energy, Rihanna reeled off her hits, including What’s My Name, Umbrella, Only Girl (In The World) and Don’t Stop the Music.
A bit of stage swapping went on next as we tried to fit in a bit of man-of-the-moment Calvin Harris, who was headlining in the Arena tent.
And thankfully we managed to make it in time to catch the tent bouncing to the sounds of his hit single, Bounce, and a remix of classic dance anthem, You Got the Love by Candi Staton before heading back for Eminem.
So with another successful V Festival under our belt, we headed home and hung up our wellies until next year.