V, 2, 1.. The countdown to V Festival 2011 begins

Scenes at V Festival Staffs 2008 by Shirlaine Forrest
Scenes at V Festival Staffs 2008 by Shirlaine Forrest

Sophie Morton looks ahead to the biggest upcoming festival draw, V Festival 2011, complete with Spotify playlist.

V? What does that stand for? Very good line up?

Well, no, it stands for Virgin, as that’s who sponsors it, but it’s got a pretty good line up too. It started way back in 1996 and it has come a long way since then and now boasts four different stages at each venue, with a mixture of world-famous artists and up-and-coming talent.

The line-up is a bit random, isn’t it? Rock and rap for the headliners?

A little bit, but that’s the good thing about V: there’s something for everyone, whatever genre you’re into. Festivals are known for rock music, but if you’re more into pop, rap or dance, it doesn’t matter here because there’s always going to be a performance you’ll want to see.

Is there anything to do once the music finishes?

Sure. If you don’t want to go back to your tent, there is an overnight area at both sites where you can watch a film, visit the market stalls or just have a go on one of the funfair rides.

I hear it’s held on two sites?

It is. Weston Park is just half an hour from Birmingham, while Hylands Park is in Chelmsford, in Essex. So expect a few well-known locals to pop down for the day – the only way is Essex, after all.

Does that mean my favourite band might not play where I am?

No, because the artists swap over on Saturday night and travel to the other site, ready to play the next day. Both venues get the same line-up, just on opposite days. So don’t worry; whether you’re in Staffordshire or Essex, you’ll still be able to see them.

That’s alright then. But who should I go and check out?

There’s such a mixture of music, but for a start, try these:


If you want to see the chart-topping rapper this year, get yourself to the main stage to see his only UK performances. With over a decade’s worth of hits to choose from, the set is bound to make the crowd go wild. His group, D12, are also playing earlier in the day – could they make a surprise appearance with him?

Eminem – My Name Is on MUZU.TV


The Barbadian star just can’t seem to stay out of the media at the moment, and wowing pop fans with hits such as ‘S&M’ will ensure the attention remains on her. She’s on the main stage just before Eminem, which begs the question: will they team up for a performance of ‘Love The Way You Lie’? We certainly hope so.

Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World) on MUZU.TV

Arctic Monkeys

Headlining their first ever V, the Sheffield boys are back on the UK scene with a bang after the release of their fourth album, ‘Suck It And See’. Expect a mixture of new material and classics such as their breakthrough hit ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’.

Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair on MUZU.TV


If drum n bass is what gets you going, make sure you check out Pendulum. If previous live sets are anything to go by, the visual aspect to the performance will be as good as the music, so make sure you get a good place to bounce.

Pendulum – Watercolour on MUZU.TV

Kaiser Chiefs

Back after a three-year absence, the Leeds rockers will be playing the main stage at their third V Festival. New album ‘The Future Is Medieval’ was released in June, so expect songs from that as well as crowd favourites such as ‘Ruby’. We predict a riot.

Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat on MUZU.TV

Sounds great! Anything else to get me in the mood?

Try the V Festival Spotify playlist for a taster.

How much are tickets?

They’re sold out but secondary ticketing site viagogo will guarantee each ticket bought from them or your money back. 

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