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V Festival
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Dates Penultimate weekend of August
Location(s)
Years active 1996 - present
Website
http://www.vfestival.com

The V Festival is an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend in August. The event is held at two parks simultaneously which share the same bill; artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The sites are located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Although predominantly a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres are accepted; in recent years pop acts have become more common.

The "V" represents the Virgin Group, with the event being sponsored by Virgin Media. It was previously televised by Channel 4, predominantly on their sister channel 4 Music, although for the 2014 edition of the festival it was announced that television broadcast rights would be returned to MTV.

History[edit]

The idea for V came in 1996 when Pulp's front man Jarvis Cocker announced he would love to play two outdoor venues in two days. Pulp's promoters got together and came up with the idea of putting the gig into Victoria Park Warrington and Hylands Park Chelmsford giving fans in both the North and South a chance to see the band. Then came the idea of adding more bands to the bill, putting on a second stage and letting people camp for the weekend. In the end Victoria Park was just too small for 3 stages and camping. So in August 1996 there was one day of artists in Victoria Park and 2 days at Hylands Park with camping. The northern leg of V97 was switched to Temple Newsam, Leeds to provide room for camping and three stages. In 1999 the Northern leg of the festival was moved to Weston Park in Staffordshire, and has remained there since.

Previously it had been held at Temple Newsam in Leeds, before being replaced by Carling's Leeds Festival. Originally, the festival took the name of the current year, with the first festival being named "V96". Since 2003 it has been known as simply the V Festival. Its weekend format, low queuing times and professional organisation have given it a loyal audience. The festival sold out in record time in 2006.

Mel C, Dido, and N.E.R.D. have all performed at the festival, and both Razorlight and Faithless performed in 2006. V showcases a mix of British and international musicians, from up-and-coming bands such as Coldplay in 2000 and the Kaiser Chiefs in 2003 and 2008, and glam rockers El Presidente in 2005, to veteran crooner Tony Christie. Girls Aloud also performed at the 2006 show, and received rave reviews for their performance. V97 was the first V Festival to be webcast. This was audio-only, and had about 30,000 unique listeners

Festivals and line-ups by year[edit]

V96[edit]

The first V festival took place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August 1996, and had two stages and one tent.

V stage: Pulp, Paul Weller, Supergrass, The Charlatans, Cast, Lightning Seeds, Gary Numan, Shed Seven, Stereolab, Incognito, Jonathan Richman, The Mike Flowers Pops, Longpigs, Edge Park

2nd Stage: Elastica, Sleeper, Heavy Stereo, Menswear, Fluffy, The Cardigans, Super Furry Animals, The Wannadies, Denim, Kula Shaker, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, Space, Tiger, Pusherman, Orbital

Dance Arena: Tricky, The Aloof, Morcheeba, Lamb, Mad Professor, Alan Hale & Helen Welch

V97[edit]

This year introduced the NME stage.

V Stage: Blur, The Prodigy, Kula Shaker, Beck, Dodgy, Foo Fighters, Reef, Placebo, Pavement, Fluke, Teenage Fanclub, Apollo 440, The Supernaturals, Echobelly, Linoleum

NME Stage: Ash, The Bluetones, Mansun, Gene, The Divine Comedy, Longpigs, Monaco, Echo & the Bunnymen, Symposium, Geneva, Silver Sun, Veruca Salt, Embrace, Hurricane#1, AC Acoustics, Stereophonics, The Driven, Radish

Virgin High Energy Tent: The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Dreadzone, Propellerheads, Death in Vegas, Sneaker Pimps, GusGus, Lionrock, Jimi Tenor, Olive, Finley Quaye, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Carl Cox, Trademark

V98[edit]

V Stage: The Verve, The Charlatans, The Seahorses, Texas, Green Day, Robbie Williams, The Lightning Seeds, Space, Iggy Pop, James, Chumbawamba, Stereophonics, Marion, Feeder, Whale, Rialto, Young Offenders, Headswim

NME Stage: Underworld, Fun Lovin' Criminals, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ian Brown, Catatonia, PJ Harvey, Saint Etienne, Morcheeba, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Republica, Gomez, The Dandy Warhols, The Montrose Avenue, theaudience, Midget, One Lady Owner, Superstar, The Smiles

Dance Tent: James Brown, All Saints, Roni Size, K-Gee, Björn Again, Cornershop, Roachford, 67y, Karen Ramirez, Faithless, Regular Fries, DJ Norman Jay, Tin Star, Lionrock, Dean Thatcher, Moloko, Boom Boom Satellites, Disque Blu, Cuba

V99[edit]

V Stage: Manic Street Preachers, Suede, The Beautiful South, Stereophonics, Placebo (withdrew due illness, replaced by Kula Shaker), Happy Mondays, Supergrass, Cast, The Levellers, Gomez, Faithless, The Cardigans, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Afro Celt Sound System, The Saw Doctors, Melanie C

NME Stage: James Brown, Massive Attack, Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Shed Seven, DJ Shadow, Travis, Gay Dad, dEUS, Red Snapper, A, Death in Vegas, Dot Allison, Eve 6, Liz Horman, YY29, Medal, One Lady Owner

JJB Arena Stage: Orbital, Finley Quaye, Ian Brown, Lamb, Rae & Christian, Freestylers, Sneaker Pimps, The Egg, Groove Armada, Mishka, Richie Hawtin, Luke Slater, Regular Fries, Technique, ManCHILD, Archive

Reebox Arena: Paul Oakenfold, DJ Sneak, Dave Ralph, Derek Carter, Dope Smugglaz, Justin Robertson, Aphrodite, Dave Angel, Jumpin Jack Frost, Andy Wetheral, Layo, Mr. C, Matthew B

V2000[edit]

Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve) goes solo and Travis unveil their cover of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time"

V Stage: Travis, Richard Ashcroft, Macy Gray, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, James, All Saints, Cypress Hill, Morcheeba, Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic, Brand New Heavies, The Bootleg Beatles, Björn Again, Andreas Johnson, Toploader

MTV Stage: Supergrass, Moby, Mansun, Beth Orton, Bloodhound Gang, Joe Strummer, Saint Etienne, Feeder, Dum Dums, The Dandy Warhols, Soulwax, Coldplay, Hefner, SX 10, Big Leaves, The Webb Brothers

JJB Puma Arena: Underworld, Leftfield, The Flaming Lips, Death in Vegas, Moloko, Groove Armada, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Kelis, M. J. Cole, Horace Andy, Jamelia, Day One, ManCHILD, LSK, Emilíana Torrini, Hybrid, Dara

Shockwaves Club Tent: Pete Bromley, Sander Kleinenburg, Guy Ornadel, Sasha, Seb Fontaine, Hybrid, Junkie XL, Lee Burridge, Dean Wilson, Craig Richards

V2001[edit]

V Stage: Texas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Charlatans, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, David Gray, Faithless, Placebo, Embrace, Neil Finn, Nelly Furtado, Idlewild, The Spooks, Powderfinger, Jimmy Barnes, Witness

WTV Stage:, Muse, Toploader, JJ72, The Divine Comedy, Shed Seven, Doves, Wheatus, Public Image Limited, Starsailor, Ben Folds, Nina Persson, Spearhead, Webb Brothers, Phoenix, Turin Brakes, Snow Patrol, Ed Harcourt, Ben's Symphonic Orchestra, Lifehouse (Hylands Park only), Santa's Boyfriend (Weston Park only)

JJB Puma Arena: Kylie Minogue, Ian Brown, The Avalanches, Grandaddy, Mos Def, Tricky, Alabama 3, Sparklehouse, Zero 7, Rea and Christian, Atomic Kitten (Weston Park only both days), Red Snapper (Hylands Park only both days), Hooverphonic, Alfie, Big Dog, The Bush The Tree And Me, Relish

Slinky Dance Tent: Daniel Bailey, Andy Passman, Garry White, Scott Nuskool, Matt Cassar, Marc Vedo, Dave Lea, John Dale

V2002[edit]

V Stage: Stereophonics, The Chemical Brothers (switched to V Stage), Alanis Morissette, Primal Scream, Nickelback, Gomez, Supergrass, Starsailor, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, The Bluetones, Kosheen, Mull Historical Society, Beverley Knight, Ed Harcourt, Rhianna

NME Stage: Basement Jaxx, Manic Street Preachers (replaced Travis), Ian Brown, Doves, The Beta Band, Idlewild, Sigur Rós, Elbow, My Vitriol, The Coral, Halo, The Donnas, Athlete, Seafood, The Burn, Phantom Planet (Hyland Park only), The Leaves, Crescent, Longview

JJB Puma Stage: Badly Drawn Boy, Groove Armada, Turin Brakes, Soft Cell, Paul Heaton, Lamb, Stereo MCs, Röyksopp, McAlmont and Butler, Sugababes, Gemma Hayes, Custom, Damien Rice, Ashton Lane, Kid Galahad, Venus Hum, Montana High Rise, Rachel Mari Kimber

Strongbow Golden Dance Arena: Stanton Warriors, David Holmes, Adam Freeland, Unkle, Plump DJs, DJ Touché, Ali B, Medicine, Dean Wilson, Pete Bromley, James Camm, Sounds,[disambiguation needed] Freestylers, Tayo, Complete Communion, Dean Wilson

V2003[edit]

V Stage: Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, David Gray, Ash, Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives, PJ Harvey, The Cardigans, Morcheeba, Reel Big Fish, Inspiral Carpets, Echo & the Bunnymen, Skin, Eisley, Tom McRae

NME Stage: Feeder, Underworld, Turin Brakes, The Coral, Killing Joke, Tim Burgess, Athlete, Evan Dando, Damien Rice, The Distillers, The Bees Shack, The Basement, Spearhead, Martin Grech, Haven, Futureheads, The Stands, Rachel Mari Kimber, The Zutons

JJB Puma Arena: Lemon Jelly, Kosheen, Moloko, Asian Dub Foundation, Goldfrapp, Appleton, David Holmes, Mint Royale, Misteeq, Dirty Vegas, I Am Kloot, Gus Gus, Slovo, Jamie Cullum, Uncut, Amy Winehouse, The Rainband, Just Jack, Bell X-1, Speedway, Mankato

Strongbow Golden Dance Arena: Jon Carter (Hyland Park only), Jacques Lu Cont (Weston Park only), Way Out West, Junior Sanchez, Freq Nasty, West London Deep, Freestylers, Themroc, Barry Ashworth, Will White, Tayo

V2004[edit]

V Stage, Muse, The Strokes, Dido, Pixies, The Charlatans, N.E.R.D, Faithless, The Thrills, Pink, Badly Drawn Boy, Athlete, Snow Patrol, The Divine Comedy, Jamie Cullum, Big Brovaz, Kosheen

NME Stage, Kings of Leon, Massive Attack, Embrace, Starsailor, Elbow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Keane, Scissor Sisters, Dashboard Confessional, The Zutons, The All-American Rejects, Fountains of Wayne, The Killers, Mull Historical Society, Hal, Goldie Lookin Chain, Thirteen Senses, Chikinki, 10,000 Things, Kasabian, Blacklight

JJB Puma Arena, Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream, Kelis, Groove Armada, Amy Winehouse, Beverley Knight, The Human League, Audio Bullys, Jamelia, Roni Size, Freestylers, Kristian Leontiou, Aqualung, Josh Ritter, Phoenix, Chicane, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Fried, Backlight, Headway

New Band Stage: The Bees, Delays, Hope of the States, The Stands, Longview, The Concretes, Tim Booth, South, Easyworld, InMe, The Dead 60s, The Infidels, The Crimea, Thea Gilmore, Cath Davey, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, Kevin Mark Trail, Rooster, Polly Paulsuma, The Casuals, Colour of Fire, Magnet, Mohair, Stateless

V2005[edit]

The 10th V Festival took place from Saturday 20 August to Sunday 21 August 2005, headlining with Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, and Scissor Sisters. Performing acts included:

Chelmsford Saturday/Staffordshire Sunday:

V Stage: Oasis, The Streets, Maroon 5, The Zutons, Jet, The La's, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Stands, Vulcan

Channel 4 Stage: The Chemical Brothers, Doves, Kaiser Chiefs, The Bravery, Good Charlotte, KT Tunstall, The Magic Numbers, The Departure, Tom Vek, Road To V Winner

JJB Puma Arena: Texas, Robert Plant, Sonic Youth, The Polyphonic Spree, Lucie Silvas, The Proclaimers, The Presidents of the United States of America, Tom Baxter, Emilíana Torrini, Tara Blaise

Chelmsford Sunday/Staffordshire Saturday:

V Stage: Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand, Embrace, Athlete, Joss Stone, Tony Christie, Idlewild, Rooster

Channel 4 Stage: The Prodigy, The Hives, The Music, Turin Brakes, The Ordinary Boys, Thirteen Senses, I Am Kloot, The Frames, El Presidente, No Hope In New Jersey

JJB Puma Arena: Ian Brown, The Roots, Dizzee Rascal, Goldfrapp, Natasha Bedingfield, Jem, Estelle, BodyRockers, k-os, Tyler James

Volvic Stage (across the weekend): Super Furry Animals, Nine Black Alps (replaced 22-20s), The Kooks, Kubb, Morning Runner, Stephen Fretwell, Róisín Murphy, Ray LaMontagne, Tooty Reynolds

V2006[edit]

The 11th V Festival took place on Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August.

Tickets for the festival went on sale on Monday 27 February, exclusively to Virgin Mobile customers, and went on general sale on Friday 3 March.

There were complaints from festival-goers in 2006 due to the excessive price of food and merchandise, and lack of prior information about the band schedules, the only timetable available being a programme sold at the festival. Despite knowing the numbers attending, the print run of programmes was sold out.[1]

The "Road To V" competition for 2006 was won by Bombay Bicycle Club and Keith.

V Stage: Radiohead, Morrissey, Faithless, Paul Weller, Beck, Keane, Bloc Party, Sugababes, Hard-Fi, The Magic Numbers, The Dandy Warhols, Kubb, Gavin DeGraw, The Divine Comedy, The Dead 60s, Daniel Powter

Channel 4 Stage: Razorlight, The Charlatans, Starsailor, James Dean Bradfield, Delays, The Feeling, Morning Runner, The Rifles, Dogs, Kasabian, Editors, The Ordinary Boys, We Are Scientists, The Cardigans, Orson, Kula Shaker, Biffy Clyro, The Saw Doctors

JJB/Puma Arena: Groove Armada, Rufus Wainwright, The Beautiful South, Gomez, Nerina Pallot, Imogen Heap, Richard Hawley, Bic Runga, Lily Allen, Mutemath, The Boy Least Likely To, Fatboy Slim, The Go! Team, Girls Aloud, Kano, Echo & the Bunnymen, Xavier Rudd, Matt Willis, Shack, Phoenix, Pure Reason Revolution, Rushmore

Virgin Mobile Social: The Cooper Temple Clause, The Dears, Bell X1, The Pipettes (Weston Park only), The Crimea, Oceansize, Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family, Jim Noir, Lorraine, James Morrison, Butch Walker, The Grates, The Dodgems, Love Bites, Sandi Thom, Mew, Regina Spektor, My Morning Jacket, Matisyahu (Hylands Park Only), Art Brut, The Young Knives, Captain, The Upper Room, Paolo Nutini, Seth Lakeman, Director, Milk Teeth

V2007[edit]

The line-up for V Festival 2007 was revealed on Virgin Radio on Monday 26 February 2007 and tickets went on sale on 1 March.

The line-up was as follows:

V Stage: The Killers, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Vulcan, James, Pink, The Fratellis, Kanye West, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Editors, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Proclaimers and Just Jack.

Channel 4 Stage: The Kooks, Manic Street Preachers, Lily Allen, Mika, Guillemots, The Hours, Basement Jaxx, The Coral, Babyshambles, Jet, The Fray, The Cribs and Captain, as well as Road To V winners Rosalita and The Brightlights. Foo Fighters also performed an acoustic set under the name 606.

JJB/Puma Arena: Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Lemar, Willy Mason, Rilo Kiley, McFly, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mutya Buena, Seth Lakeman. Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Jarvis Cocker, Ocean Colour Scene, Dizzee Rascal, Sinéad O'Connor, Beverley Knight, Martha Wainwright, Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers, Jesse Malin and Chungking.

Virgin Mobile Union: Graham Coxon, Robyn, Stephen Fretwell, Bedouin Soundclash, Air Traffic, The Rumble Strips, Remi Nicole, Cherry Ghost, Tiny Dancers, Unklejam, Passenger, The Dodgems, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Boy Kill Boy, Plan B, The Holloways, Mr Hudson & The Library, Mumm-Ra, Switches, The Wombats, Ghosts, The Hoosiers, Pop Levi and Rebecca.

Amy Winehouse was supposed to play but cancelled due to admittance into rehab. She was replaced by Happy Mondays. Babyshambles were four hours late for their set at Weston Park after being held up by traffic.[2][3] Robyn replaced The Bravery.

V2008[edit]

Day V Stage 4Music Stage JJB Champion Arena Virgin Mobile Union Sessions Stage






Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
Muse


Stereophonics
The Kooks
Maxïmo Park
Lostprophets
Alanis Morissette
The Futureheads
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Vulcan

The Prodigy


The Pigeon Detectives
Newton Faulkner
The Hoosiers
Duffy
Amy Macdonald
The Hold Steady
Shed Seven
Air Traffic

Ian Brown


The Pogues
Michelle Bateman
Jamie T
The Twang
Sugababes
Estelle
David Jordan
The Script
The Presets
Royworld

Richard Hawley


Sia
Siouxsie Sioux
Will Young
The Long Blondes
Roots Manuva
The Dykeenies
Paul Heaton
Tokyo Police Club
Beth Rowley
The Like
Runaway Sons

Carbon/Silicon


Infadels
Bryn Christopher
Team Waterpolo
One Eskimo
Julian Velard
Gary Go
Iglu & Hartly
Sparkadia
The Troubadours







Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
The Verve


Kings of Leon
Amy Winehouse
Lenny Kravitz
The Feeling
Girls Aloud
Squeeze
The Stranglers

Kaiser Chiefs


The Zutons
The View
Reverend and the Makers
Scouting For Girls
OneRepublic
The Courteeners
Delays
The Rifles
The Rebs

The Chemical Brothers


The Charlatans
Hot Chip
Travis
Calvin Harris
Robyn
Sam Sparro
Alphabeat
Gabriella Cilmi
Taio Cruz
Captain

The Guillemots


Echo & the Bunnymen
The Young Knives
Little Man Tate
Tom Baxter
Drive-By Truckers
Goldie Lookin' Chain
Jack McManus
Passenger
Noah and the Whale
Sam Beeton

SugaRush Beat Company


Attic Lights
Emmanuel Jal
Magistrates
The New York Fund
The Dodos
Das Pop
Animal Kingdom
Arno Carstens
The Rushes
Sons of Albion

Tickets went on general sale on 7 March 2008 at 10am, and sold out in 90 minutes.[4]

On 26 June 2008 at 10:00, extra tickets for both venues went on sale.[citation needed]

V2009[edit]

4music stage

Tickets for V 2009 went on general sale on 6 March 2009. A limited number of tickets went on sale at 10am on 19 August 2008, following the end of the 2008 festival. Weekend tickets were priced at £132.50 (no camping) and £152.50 (with camping) for the weekend. On 2 March 2009 NME confirmed The Killers and Oasis as headliners.[5] However, Oasis did not perform in Chelmsford due to illness (viral laryngitis).[6] Oasis split-up as a band just weeks later, making their Staffordshire show their last.

The event was held on 22 & 23 August 2009.

Day V Stage 4Music Stage The Arena Virgin Media Union






Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
The Killers


Razorlight
The Specials
Lily Allen
The Script
Vulcan
Taylor Swift
Starsailor
McFly

Fatboy Slim


Pendulum
The Ting Tings
The Wombats
Dizzee Rascal
The Noisettes
Red Light Company
Jet
Mr Hudson
Underline the Sky

2ManyDJs


Calvin Harris
Happy Mondays
The Saturdays
Will Young
Ladyhawke
N-Dubz
Asher Roth
Tinchy Stryder
Pixie Lott
Carolina Liar
Matt Trakker

Pete Doherty


Alphabeat
The Sunshine Underground
Howling Bells
Pete Murray
Goldie Lookin Chain
VV Brown
Kid British
Raygun
Wallis Bird
Zarif
Exit Calm







Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
Oasis


Snow Patrol
Elbow
James
Biffy Clyro
James Morrison
Ocean Colour Scene
Björn Again

Keane


The Enemy
Paolo Nutini
Katy Perry
Athlete
Alesha Dixon
The Proclaimers
The Lightning Seeds
The King Blues
The Last Republic

MGMT


Lady Gaga
The Streets
The Human League
Lemar
Natalie Imbruglia
Daniel Merriweather
Sneaky Sound System
Ben's Brother
The Blizzards

British Sea Power


The Twang
Mystery Jets
Gary Go
Seth Lakeman
Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Mike Snow
Vagabond
Iain Archer
The Gay Blades
One Eskimo

V2010[edit]

The 2010 lineup for V Festival was officially announced on 11 March 2010 through the festival's site and on Absolute Radio. The headliners for both days were Kings of Leon and Kasabian. Tickets went on sale on 5 March 2010 at 9:00, with Virgin Media customers pre-sale tickets being available on 2 March, and Essex residents tickets being available on 4 March from 9:00. General sale tickets became available at 9.00am on 5 March 2010. Organisers said they sold out in record time, just one and a half hours.[7] Cheryl Cole was supposed to headline the Arena but had to cancel due to Malaria.

Day V Stage 4Music Stage Nissan Juke Arena Virgin Media Union






Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
Kings of Leon


Stereophonics
Paul Weller
The Coral
Editors
The Courteeners
Passion Pit
Feeder

David Guetta


Florence and the Machine
White Lies
Scouting for Girls
The Temper Trap
Newton Faulkner
Paloma Faith
The Divine Comedy (Solo)
The Magic Numbers
Daisy Dares You
The Pretty Reckless

Groove Armada


Chase & Status
Ellie Goulding
Robyn
Jason Derulo
Tinie Tempah
The Hoosiers
Joshua Radin
Hurts
Gabriella Cilmi
Diagram of the Heart

The Charlatans


Tricky
Mark Lanegan
Paul Heaton
Matt and Kim
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed
The Parlotones
Lissie
Goldie Lookin Chain
Alex Gardner
The High Wire
Chew Lips
White Belt Yellow Tag







Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
Kasabian(HL)


Faithless
The Kooks
Paolo Nutini
Madness
Seasick Steve
Skunk Anansie
Pixie Lott

The Prodigy


Doves
Calvin Harris
Jamie T
Eels
Amy Macdonald
Shed Seven
Plan B
The Saw Doctors
Professor Green
Matthew P

Pet Shop Boys


Mika
Goldfrapp
La Roux
Sugababes
Kate Nash
Chipmunk
Diana Vickers
Example
Peter Andre
Tiffany Page

Air


Imogen Heap
Frightened Rabbit
Cherry Ghost
Rox
Sarah Blasko
Kirsty Almeida
Eliza Doolittle
Detroit Social Club
Jack McManus
Joe Brooks
The Boy Who Trapped the Sun
Joe Brooks
Rachel Furner

Line Up according to the official V Festival programme.

V2011[edit]

Day Virgin Media Stage 4Music Stage Big Blue Tent Virgin Media Undercover Stage






Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
Arctic Monkeys


Plan B
Kaiser Chiefs
Lostprophets
Bruno Mars
KT Tunstall
Ziggy Marley
Fun Lovin' Criminals

Dizzee Rascal


Razorlight
Tinie Tempah
Jessie J
Example
Olly Murs
Cast
Kids In Glass Houses
Aloe Blacc
Big Country
Kassidy

Chase & Status


Glasvegas
Katy B
Professor Green
Chipmunk
Kele Okereke
Labrinth
Clare Maguire
Wretch 32
Twenty Twenty
Wiz Khalifa

Goldie Lookin' Chain


Gomez
The Airborne Toxic Event
Chromeo
Yasmin
The Enemy
Frankmusik
Beardyman
Maverick Sabre
Alex Winston
Parade
Alice Gold
Morcheeba







Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
Eminem


Rihanna
The Script
Manic Street Preachers
Scouting For Girls
Ellie Goulding
Squeeze
Imelda May

Pendulum


Primal Scream (*)
The Courteeners
The Wombats
N-Dubz
Good Charlotte
You Me At Six
Ocean Colour Scene
Noisettes
D12
The Knux

Calvin Harris


Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
Big Audio Dynamite
Hurts
The Saturdays
Eliza Doolittle
The Wanted
Dionne Bromfield
Chiddy Bang
Hanson (band)
Slaughterhouse

Jaguar Skills


I Am Kloot
Stornoway
Bellowhead
The Pierces
Fenech-Soler
Hard Fi
The Mummers
Kitty Daisy & Lewis
Fitz and the Tantrums
Morning Parade
Emma's Imagination
Wolf Gang

  • Pendulum headlined the 4Music stage but Primal Scream closed the stage.

V2012[edit]

The final line-up for V Festival 2012 was announced on Tuesday 7 August. In contrast to previous years, some tickets remained on sale until the week of the festival.

Nicki Minaj cancelled her appearance at this weekend's festival because of damage to her vocal cords.[8] LMFAO was moved up to headliner spot whilst DJ Fresh performed in LMFAO's place.

In the week running up to V Festival both Frank Ocean and Dappy were removed from the line up due to undisclosed reasons, they were replaced by The Charlatans and Wiley.

Performers such as Sean Lock and Milton Jones appeared in The Glee Club Comedy Tent.

Pop Artist James Wilkinson was appointed Official Artist to the V Festival. The first person to be appointed in 16 years of the Festival. url=http://www.nme.com/photos/v-festival-2012-in-photos/280661/1/1#14

Day Virgin Media Stage 4Music Stage The Arena Stage Virgin Media Undercover Stage






Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
The Stone Roses


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Example
Keane
James Morrison
Emeli Sandé
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
The Proclaimers

David Guetta


Friendly Fires
Ben Howard
Rizzle Kicks
Labrinth
Maverick Sabre
The Charlatans
Reverend and the Makers
Inspiral Carpets
The Twang

Ed Sheeran


Professor Green
Gossip
Sub Focus
Newton Faulkner
The Ting Tings
Wretch 32
Childish Gambino
Jack Beats
Cover Drive
Angel

Propaganda DJ's


Delilah
Niki and the Dove
Ren Harvieu
Tim Minchin
Devlin
Dot Rotten
Marlon Roudette
Aiden Grimshaw
Gabrielle Aplin
Random Impulse
Juan Zelada







Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
The Killers


Snow Patrol
Tinie Tempah
Tom Jones
Madness
Olly Murs
Tulisa
The Stranglers

Nicki Minaj


LMFAO
Noah and the Whale
Frank Turner
The Enemy
Miles Kane
Shed Seven
The Feeling
The Rifles
Dodgy

Nero


Happy Mondays
Pixie Lott
The Human League
Cher Lloyd
Frank Ocean
Beverley Knight
DJ Fresh
Rita Ora
Stooshe
Lawson

Australian Pink Floyd


The Milk
All The Young
Bo Bruce
Minus The Bear
Gentleman's Dub Club
Josh Osho
Conor Maynard
Mull Historical Society
Selah Sue
Lonsdale Boys Club
Nneka
Josh Kumra

V Festival 2013[edit]

At the 2013 edition of the festival, Beyoncé made only her second and third European festival appearances of the calendar year. The other main stage headliner was Kings Of Leon, with headliners on other stages including Jamie Cullum, Basement Jaxx and former Swedish House Mafia DJ Steve Angello.[9][10]

For the 2013 edition of the festival, one stage was renamed: the stage previously known as 'Virgin Media Undercover Tent' now became known as 'Futures Stage'. A poster released by the organisers initially seemed to suggest that the stage previously known as '4Music Stage' had been renamed as 'Stage 2', leading to speculation that Channel 4 had ended their sponsorship of the event, however a revised version of the poster released later reinstated the original name of the stage.[11][12]

Multiple changes were made to the bill in the days leading up to the festival. Beady Eye were scheduled to headline opposite Beyonce on the 4Music Stage, however they had to cancel all live shows through August 2013 because of the hospitalisation of member Gem Archer. Thus, their headlining slot on the 4Music Stage was taken over by Steve Angello, whose own previous headlining slot on The Arena Stage was taken over by Ocean Colour Scene. Ocean Colour Scene had themselves previously been scheduled to play an earlier timeslot on the main stage on the opposite day - that slot was taken over by Scouting For Girls, whose previous slot on the 4Music Stage was in turn taken over by previously-unannounced act Reverend and The Makers. In unrelated developments, Little Mix were removed from the line-up for undisclosed reasons, and their fellow The X Factor winner James Arthur also cancelled his appearance the very day before the festival, citing a throat infection. Finally, on the official V Festival lanyard offered to festival attendees upon their arrival on site, it was confirmed that four previously-unannounced acts had been added to the Futures Stage - these were James Bay, Hero Fisher, Gamu Nhengu and Paul McCartney's son James McCartney.

The majority of the line-up, with day and stage splits, was announced on May 30, 2013. With the Comedy Stage line-up announced later, as well as the changed outlines above, the full bill ended up as follows:

Day Virgin Media Stage 4Music Stage The Arena Stage Futures Stage Glee Club Comedy Tent




Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
Beyoncé

The Script
Jessie J
Two Door Cinema Club
Paloma Faith
James
Deacon Blue
The Fratellis

Steve Angello

The Courteeners
Fun.
Labrinth
Of Monsters & Men
Maverick Sabre
Lissie
Conor Maynard
The Pigeon Detectives

Ocean Colour Scene

DJ Fresh/Live
Travis
Mark Owen
Katy B
Jessie Ware
Netsky Live!
Gabrielle Aplin
Idris Elba
Nina Nesbitt
K-Koke

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Monsta
Misha B
Hoffmaestro
Sam Smith
Tori Kelly
A*M*E
Goldie Lookin' Chain
Nell Bryden
Ed Drewett
Moya
Silhouette
Vox Empire

Eddie Izzard

Josh Widdicombe
Shappi Korsandi
Katherine Ryan
Andrew Bird
David Fulton
Eddy Brimson
Danny Slim Gray
Suzi Ruffell
Andrew Ryan
Nathan Caton
Justin Moorhouse

MC: Mark Olver





Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
Kings of Leon

Stereophonics
Emeli Sande
The Vaccines
Olly Murs
Jason Mraz
Scouting For Girls
The Saturdays

Calvin Harris

Rita Ora
Kendrick Lamar
Maximo Park
Rudimental
Seasick Steve
Tom Odell
Reverend & The Makers
The Heavy
Lawson

Basement Jaxx

Jaguar Skills
Ellie Goulding
Eels
Lianne La Havas
McFly
Everything Everything
Laura Mvula
John Newman
5ive
The Original Rudeboys

Jamie Cullum

Naughty Boy
Lewis Watson
The Skints
Lucy Spraggan
Diana Vickers
James Skelly & The Intenders
Exit Calm
James Bay
James McCartney
Hero Fisher
Gamu

Jon Richardson

Paul Chowdhry
Rob Beckett
Andrew O'Neill
Ricky Grover
Imran Yusuf
Joel Dommett
Mark Simmons
Elis James
Fredrik Andersson
Peter Johansson
Angela Barnes

MC: Kevin McCarthy

V Festival 2014[edit]

The 2014 edition of the festival, the first to be staged with the new shareholders Live Nation and new broadcaster and sponsor MTV, took place over the weekend of 16–17 August 2014. The main stage headliners were Justin Timberlake and The Killers, as announced at 8pm on Monday 3 March 2014, with tickets on general release the following Friday morning. Other high-profile bookings included Paolo Nutini and Ed Sheeran, who had between them released the two biggest-selling albums of the year up to the festival, and festival debutants included Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Janelle Monae and Kodaline.

Day Virgin Media Stage MTV Stage The Arena Stage Futures Stage Glee Club Comedy Tent




Hylands Park Saturday /
Weston Park Sunday
Justin Timberlake

Ed Sheeran
Example
Bastille
Kaiser Chiefs
Tom Odell
Kodaline
The Stranglers

Elbow

Manic Street Preachers**
Blondie
Miles Kane
The Wailers - performing Legend in full
John Newman
Pixie Lott
George Ezra
Starsailor
The Rifles

Alesso

Above & Beyond
Janelle Monae
The Human League
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
James Arthur
Foxes
Keisza
All Saints
Fuse ODG

Alex Clare

Birdy
Hoodie Allan
The Strypes
Icona Pop
Josh Record
Neon Trees
To Kill A King
Dan Croll

Alan Carr

Paul Chowdhry
Dapper Laughs
Jimmy McGhie*
Andrew Bird*
Jarlath Regan
Dave Fulton**
Ben Hurley
John Fothergill
Dave Twentyman*
Jim Smallman**
Boothby Graffoe

MC: Kevin McCarthy





Hylands Park Sunday /
Weston Park Saturday
The Killers

Paolo Nutini
Lily Allen
Rudimental
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers
Train
Newton Faulkner
M People
The Saturdays

Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Tinie Tempah
Jason Derulo
Rizzle Kicks
Katy B
Childish Gambino
Sam Smith
Aloe Blacc
The Wonder Stuff
Sheppard

Chase & Status (DJ Set)

Sub Focus
Rita Ora
Ceelo Green
Nina Nesbitt
Ella Eyre
Jess Glynne
Neon Jungle

Embrace

Howling Bells
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
Vance Joy
The Magic Numbers
Becky Hill
Chloe Howl
James Bay

Adam Hills

Rob Beckett
Andrew Maxwell
Geoff Norcott**
Phil Nichol
Pat Cahill
Matt Reed
Peter White
Matt Richardson
Keith Farnan
Andrew Askins
Steve Gribbin

MC: Charlie Baker

*Hylands Park only
** Weston Park Only

Manic Street Preachers had to cancel their show at Chelmsford due to being delayed in Budapest, Hungary at the airport after the Sziget Festival.[13]

Criticisms and reputation[edit]

The festival has been noted for its commercial nature[14] in comparison with other British music festivals. V Festival has received criticism for charging £10 to buy a programme - the only way festival-goers can see what time artists are performing - while others have mentioned the fact burgers cost £7 and water bottles are sometimes confiscated at the entrance, costing up to £2 once inside the grounds. Buying four crates on site would cost a person the same price as a ticket.[15] Some fans have referred to the organisers of the event as 'greedy'.[16]

Despite this, the New Statesman argues that the commercial nature has some advantages:
"Yet there are undeniable advantages to the [commercial] environment. V is a remarkably non-threatening festival, with few of the rougher edges prevalent at other large-scale gatherings."[14]

The Evening Standard gave the 2009 festival 3/5 stars after headliners Oasis pulled out of the Hylands Park leg of the festival due to illness.[17] Furthermore, approximately 800 people were injured, mainly due to falls causing sprains and ankle injuries.[18]

In 2012, during Cher Lloyd's performance, the crowd booed and a bottle filled with urine was thrown at her, causing Lloyd to walk off stage. She came back on to finish her set but another bottle was thrown and she ended her set early.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival fans condemn 'greedy' V". BBC News. 22 August 2006. 
  2. ^ NME-Babyshambles V Festival Stafford set delayed
  3. ^ NME - Babyshambles finally play V Festival Stafford
  4. ^ V2008 Sell Out BBC News Report
  5. ^ "Blue and The Saturdays to headline V Festival". NME. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Oasis cancel V festival Chelmsford headline slot | News". Nme.Com. 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  7. ^ "V Festival tickets sell out fast". BBC News. 6 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "MINAJ CANCELS UK FESTIVAL SHOW DUE TO VOCAL CORDS". AP. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Line-up". Vfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Beyoncé's blonde bob makes stage debut but manages to cause controversy by refusing cameras to film her live set at V Festival". Daily Mail (London). 17 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Brown, Helen (17 August 2013). "V Festival 2013: day one review". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Hawksley, Rupert (18 August 2013). "V Festival day two: Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Emeli Sandé, review". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Manic Street Preachers pull out of Chelmsford V Festival". BBC News. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  14. ^ a b New Statesman - The most commercial of music festivals
  15. ^ Festival fans condemn 'greedy' V BBC News
  16. ^ Fans call V Festival organisers ‘greedy’ Festival News
  17. ^ V Festival crowd looks back in anger London Evening Standard
  18. ^ Almost 800 festival-goers treated BBC News
  19. ^ "Cher Lloyd walks off stage at V Festival after a reveller throws bottle of urine at her". Daily Mail (London). 

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