V Festival 2017: James Arthur - review

Pop icon James Arthur attracted huge crowds when he played V Festival's main stage this afternoon.

The X Factor winner performed as the sun shone over his thousands of fans, as he donned a short-sleeved black and white shirt and skinny black jeans.

Rapping and singing above a lively crowd, the singer-songwriter had fans screaming, dancing and eagerly singing along.

"My name is James Arthur," beamed the star.

"How's everybody doing today - you good?

"It's sunny out here.

"Today's gonna be a really good day.

"I think we need to make a beautiful energy in this place.

"Who's with me?"

James Arthur on the Main Stage at V
James Arthur on the Main Stage at V

And, as cheers echoed across the arena, James dedicated Sober to the 'ladies' in the crowd - before giving a passionate performance of the slow-paced, popular hit.

The 29-year-old then treated the audience to an awesome rendition of Sisqo's Thong Song, provoking both laughter and eager dance moves from fans.

Throughout the set, James' voice was strong, wide-ranging and faultless.

His four-piece band, made up of keys, drums, bass and guitar was tremendous too - delivering a stonking, clean and powerful sound throughout.

Another highlight was slow number Sun Comes Up, which James sang beautifully alongside an acoustic guitar.

"Thank you very much" said James.

"Five years ago I won a show called The X Factor.

"I never thought I'd be here playing the main stage at V Festival in front of all you beautiful people.

"Never ever give up on your dream.

"This song is where I started my journey."

James Arthur on the Main Stage at V
James Arthur on the Main Stage at V

And with that, he gave a spine tingling rendition of Impossible - originally by Shontelle.

This, of course, was a real hit with the fans who sang along to every word as James touched the hands of the front row.

Other songs performed included Can I Be Him and Say You Won't Let Go to end.

"You've been a phenomenal crowd," added James.

"Thank you."

No James, thank you.

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