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Timberlake wows V Festival crowd

Justin Timberlake has poked fun at the British weather and gave shout outs to Ed Sheeran and Michael Jackson as he headlined the Virgin Media V Festival.

The American singer performed at the Essex site as the event opened on Saturday in Chelmsford, then headed to Weston Park in Staffordshire the following night.

Soon after opening his first show with hits such as Pusher Love Girl and FutureSex/LoveSound, he asked the crowd: "So wait... Let me get this straight - this is summer weather, right? Mmm. This is warm to you guys? I guess I'm a pussy."

Clad in a Tom Ford suit and pork pie hat, Justin praised British star Ed Sheeran, who had performed earlier on, saying: "My brother from another red-headed mother Ed Sheeran - he's a bad motherf****r!"

And he told revellers before he launched into Not A Bad Thing: "Two fingers in the air tonight for Michael Jackson."

The star showed off his signature dance movies and performed a mix of newer hits and older tracks like Cry Me A River, which went down a storm with the audience.

Other acts included Lily Allen, Tinie Tempah, Elbow and The Killers, who were headlining for the fourth time.

The Las Vegas rockers performed several of their own hits and also put their own spin on Iggy Azalea's Fancy.

Before they launched into the summer anthem, frontman Brandon Flowers told the crowd: "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it."

As the others performed, Ronnie Vannucci stopped drumming and came to the front to dance to the song.

Festival-goers also got to see acts like Miles Kane, Blondie, Example and Rudimental take to the stages at the two sites.

However there was disappointment for some when rock band Manic Street Preachers were forced to cancel their performance in Essex after being stranded in Hungary.

Writing on Twitter, a band spokesman said: "After five hours on runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival last night, MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly. The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation."

Over the weekend more than 90,000 people attended Weston Park and about 180,000 flocked to Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

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