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Download 'Road To V' Podcast, 01 Oct 2006
See all the action from this year's 'Road To V' competition in an exclusive podcast - from the opening rounds of live gigs to winners Bombay Bicycle Club and Keith triumphing at V Festival...

A-Z Of Get Loaded In The Park, 23 Aug 2006
Headlining 'Shambles man Pete Doherty may have trouble reciting the alphabet from time to time, but his band's closing set is bound to be one of Get Loaded's highlights. Read on for an entire A-Z of more...
Scenes @ Reading Festival 2003
Boy Kill Boy on the Carling Weekend, 21 Aug 2006
With the Reading and Leeds festivals rapidly approaching, Boy Kill Boy give some citizen's advice on the bands most likely to be making the biggest noise - and a few tips on other ways to pass the time...

Cuban Brothers Lost In London!, 18 Aug 2006
While you've been watching the World Cup and sweating through July, body-popping marxist exiles The Cuban Brothers have been trying to find their way to Clapham Common for Get Loaded In The Park. See for yourself...

Dogs' Guide To V Festival, 14 Aug 2006
Like the four-legged beasts behind the name, London garage rockers, Dogs, have a good nose when it comes to sniffing out what's worth a good chew. Playing their first V this weekend, guitarist Rik gives his lineup lowdown...

Bombay Bicycle Club interview, 18 Aug 2006
Winners of this year's Road To V contest, Bombay Bicycle Club are all still in school, despite having a mature sound in the style of Editors. After playing easily the biggest shows of their lives, VF caught up with the band...

Keith interview, 17 Aug 2006
Runners-up in the Road To V competition, Keith opened the Channel 4 Stage at Staffs and Chelmsford with crowds flocking to see them - and helping to cheer on guitarist Mark's sister getting married...

Shelter at The Secret Garden, 14 Aug 2006
Festival goers at the forthcoming Secret Garden Party are being invited to The Living Room, a cosy chill-out space featuring acoustic sets throughout the weekend - all brought to you by the good people at the charity, Shelter...

'Local Heroes' blog - Merla, 13 Aug 2006
Winners of our UK talent search to find the best new live act, Merla kicked of their festival tour prize at Summer Sundae in Leicester. No money, no rider, incessant rainfall. How did they weather the storm?

Follow the 'Road To V' ... on TV!, 25 Jul 2006
Two more bands gunning for the opening slots at V Festival will be profiled on TV this week. Tune into Channel 4 on Wednesday night to see Sunny Days Set Fire and The Pinch playing live - meet them first here...

The Young Knives For Pre-V Gigs, 20 Jul 2006
The Young Knives, who shot to fame after winning last year's Road To V competition, are set to play two special gigs at the beginning of August to gear up for this year's V Festival - and they'll be joined by two more bands...

V Festival Unveils Fourth Stage, 18 Jul 2006
My Morning Jacket, Paolo Nutini, Art Brut, The Cooper Temple Clause and Sandy Thom are among the acts confirmed for the Virgin Mobile Union tent at this year's V Festival double header...

'Shine On' Syd Barrett, 12 Jul 2006
When you're sitting on a grassy knoll at a festival this summer, enjoying a warm beer whilst listening to the soaring harmonies of the latest prog pretender, spare a thought for the recently departed Syd Barrett.

New Lost Prophets album - hear it here!, 22 Jun 2006
With Download festival now nothing more than a bad case of tinnitus and a sweaty souvenir t-shirt, we thought we'd lift the rock-starved gloom with an exclusive listen to the new Lost Prophets album ahead of its release...

See more at Wireless..., 19 Jun 2006
With the headliners pretty much speaking for themselves, some of the best finds at this week's Wireless Festival in London are to be found further down the bill. Here's our pick of the bunch...

Supermassive Muse Album Preview, 24 May 2006
As they set off to re-take the world, headlining the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as a clutch of European events, we bring you an exclusive preview of Muse's fourth LP.

Hi:Fi - The summer starts right here, 18 May 2006
Newcomer Hi:Fi bursts into action at the end of this month with enough superstar power to rival the UK's most established festivals; fusing the divide between dance and rock to deliver an experience that is sure to be as unforgettable as it is eclectic.

Latitude - re-inventing the festival, 27 Apr 2006
Snow Patrol, Antony & The Johnsons and Mogwai will headline the UK's freshest new festival, Latitude, which takes place on July 14-16 at Henham Park, Suffolk. See what it's all about here...

Last call for new bands to open V Festival, 06 Apr 2006
The Road to V competition is offering new and unsigned bands the gig of a lifetime, performing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Morrissey, Faithless and Kasabian at this year's V Festival. Entries close on Monday, April 10th...

Where to go with no Glasto..., 08 Mar 2006
Whether its the Green Fields, the headliners, the crazy goings-on, the Somerset dirt, or just the general ambience of Glastonbury, you can still find little bits of the festival in your travels elsewhere this summer...

Make some NOISE for online art fest, 27 Feb 2006
The first ever online multimedia arts festival has been launched to give young creatives a career springboard. Known as NOISEfestival.com, if you're under 25 you're invited to go make some...

Preview the new Belle & Sebastian album!, 01 Feb 2006
Voted Scotland's best ever band in a poll last year, Belle & Sebastian return with their seventh studio album, 'The Life Pursuit'. Hear it here...

First Impressions of The Strokes album?, 19 Dec 2005
Destined to be one of THE festival bands of 2006, we've got an online copy of The Strokes' forthcoming album 'First Impressions Of Earth' weeks before its official release. Check it here.

Glasto Winners: Where are they now?, 16 Nov 2005
What happens when you win Glastonbury's unsigned comp and get to play at the festival? Following the success of The Subways, who triumphed in 2004, we caught up with this year's winners to find out...

UK Festival Awards - The Reaction, 09 Nov 2005
In true Oscar style, the winners of this year's UK Festival Awards have been gushing their hearts out on the virtual stage. Funnily enough all of them are thanking you, the voters...

HOT TICKETS: Bon Jovi, 06 Oct 2005
Yes! Jon the Bon, his otter-resembling hairdo, and the rest of the band are returning to the UK, this time opening the new Wembley Stadium and gracing a few more. Get tickets and hotel packages here!

UK Festival Awards 2004: Breakdown, 05 Dec 2004
17,000 members of the festival going public, have spoken, in three weeks of frenetic voting. Here we reveal the results in more detail - with the winners' Oscar-like acceptance speeches. Expect some tears and sentimentality!

See US election under the Coldcut knife, 21 Oct 2004
With the race for the White House now dirtier than Christina Aguilera's armpits, Big Chill faves and recent headliners Coldcut have taken a cheeky pop at the whole charade in a sample-slicing video.

Make Trade Fair: Charity Concert - Interviews, 15 Sep 2004
Michael Stipe polished my shoes tonight ... at least he gobbed on one of them mid-set. But I’m sure if he’d had a spare minute he’d have grabbed a stage towel and buffed it to a gleaming shine…


The spirit of Joe Strummer rocks Glasto!, 09 Jul 2004
This year, we were invited to bring something very special to Glastonbury - a whole night of live music, on the Left Field stage, dedicated to Joe Strummer and his legacy, courtesy of some of his friends, Clash bandmates and contemporaries.

Revealed: The Best Guitar Solo Of All Time!, 21 Apr 2004
This year's Download Festival headliners slaughter the opposition to seize the crown in the world's biggest online rock survey to date!

Strummerville Foundation for New Music, 05 Mar 2004
Joe Strummer was one of the greats, so how could we not give our wholehearted support to a Trust set up in his name to further the development of new musical talent?

Elbow's Cast Of Thousands, 18 Jul 2003
INtense, beautiful, emotional; Elbow are finally back with their long awaited second album. We caught their live return at the London Scala and here we present you wtih tracks from their new LP to hear for yourself.

The world's rock stars turn Green at Glastonbury!, 03 Jul 2003
We're used to see bands turning red on stage at rock festivals under the heat of the lights and the pressure of performing to tens of thousands. But Glastonbury 2003 saw some of the world's most popular bands and artists turn well and truly green.

Strongbow Rooms - back at the festivals for 2003, 11 May 2003
"Get Refreshed" is the rallying cry of Strongbow fans across the UK as they descend on that big laid-back party tent at half a dozen of the best festivals of 2003.

Album Reviews 3rd May 2003, 19 Apr 2003
VF takes apart some of the long players that have graced our ears recently

Avril Lavigne Vs Hope Of The States, 30 Mar 2003
A live musical face-off of terrifying proportions. Hope Of The States make VF 'cum in its pants' whilst Avril Lavigne sends us into 'a violent sweat'.

New Virtual Festivals Chat Room!, 23 Jan 2003
Due to popular demand, we are developing a great new chat room, so you can banter to your heart's content about festivals, love, life and stuff. We've got a prototype version ready now, so please help us put it through its paces!

Give Otway a #1 Hit : Bunsen Burner, 01 Oct 2002
Bunsen Burner makes it to Number 9 in the charts, makking John Otway a very happy man - but shame on you if you didn't buy it!

Leeds 2002 - Backstage Gossip, 30 Aug 2002
Without the organised confines of an exclusive backstage lounge to DJ in (Reading), the stars were forced to amuse themselves and conduct their offstage business in a more open setting at Leeds!

The Secret Diary of a Competition Winner, 18 Jul 2002
They won 2 vip passes to the 4 day Move Festival featuring David Bowie, Paul Weller and New Order. Their hotel balcony overlooked the stage. They got drunk on free beer with John Lydon and Tim Burgess (pictured, left). This is their story and it's messy!

Culture Clash: Oasis Vs The Mardi Gras!, 09 Jul 2002
On Saturday 6th July 2002, two worlds collided. One contained Britain's biggest rock n' roll band, Oasis and their legion of troglodytes. The other was the country's biggest, campest and most colourful gay and lesbian festival...

Ever danced with the Devil at the Fleadh?, 08 Jun 2002
In a Tenacious D 'Tribute' video stylee, we donned our horns and collared a few hapless stars on a cross-roads backstage at the London Fleadh, and gave it to them straight. Give us the 'best song in the world' or your soul, on a plate!



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