V FESTIVAL - REVIEW
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:13 PM
mne.com: Amy Winehouse performed what is expected to be her third last gig before she takes an extended break from playing live at V Festival this evening. Taking to the V Stage with the rain pouring down at the Staffordshire leg of the event, the singer’s band emerged first nearly 20 minutes late, then paused and just stood there in limbo doing nothing for several long minutes. Following a mixture of cheers and boos from the waiting festival crowd, Winehouse broke the mood, dramatically scampering onstage at 6.30 (BST). Wearing a skimpy, black and white checked top and rolled up half-jeans, the singer greeted the crowd with a simple “Hello, alright?” However whatever ill-feeling might have been festering evaporated with sing-a-longs to the likes of ‘Back To Black’ and ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ as even the weather appeared to favour the singer, as the rain eased up. “How you feeling, listen you look gorgeous in waterproofs,” Winehouse then told the audience. ” I’m telling you, you all look gorgeous.” The singer dedicated ‘Wake Up Alone’ to her husband - Blake Fielder-Civil who is currently severing a 27 prison sentence - which caused some boos from the crowd, but ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ and ‘You Know I’m No Good’ soon restored the positive spirits as the singer danced about on the spot. Despite picking up her white guitar on several occasions, the Winehouse did not play as she and her band chopped her set around to accommodate the lost time. ‘Rehab’ earned loud cheers, as Winehouse moved towards the climax of her V Stage appearance. Finishing with The Zutons‘ cover ‘Valerie’ a now smiling Winehouse led the crowd through the laid back sing-a-long, then thanked them and left the stage, leaving her band to wrap the set up with a short flourish.
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