V Festival 2011: a ticket-buying guide

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V Festival 2011: a ticket-buying guide

Dane Cobain - 03 March 2011

Excitement is high after the first artist announcement with Eminem and Arctic Monkeys due to headline and a whole host of acts including Plan B, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum and Duran Duran set to perform, so the scramble for tickets is likely to be intense.

Click here to see the current V Festival line-up.


But don't worry – if you follow our tips, you can maximise your chances of success and make sure that you and your friends are heading to Staffordshire or Chelmsford this summer.

Step 1: Know where you're going
It's all very well deciding that you're going to V Festival this summer, but make sure you and your friends have talked beforehand and know which one you're going to – the festival takes place simultaneously in Staffordshire and Chelmsford, so make sure you're all going to the same one. Think of the horrible irony if you spend ages getting a ticket and then find out that you're going to Hylands Park alone while your friends have fun in Weston Park!

Step 2: Register on ticketing websites in advance
Make sure you register with all the ticketing websites to make the check-out process faster. It’s worth trying multiple sites at the same time, so it can help to have an account registered with each – just make sure you don't forget your password!

Step 3: Get your links ready
Why waste time Googling and waiting for irrelevant web pages to load? Know what you're getting in advance and save the links in your browser – that way you can load the pages before the tickets go on sale and just refresh until they're available.

Here are the links you’ll need:

Weston Park, Staffordshire
Weekend and camping tickets through SEE.
Weekend and camping tickets through Ticketmaster.

Weekend-only tickets (no camping) through SEE.

Weekend-only tickets (no camping) through Ticketmaster.

Saturday-only tickets through SEE.

Saturday-only tickets through Ticketline.

Sunday-only tickets through SEE.

Sunday-only tickets through Ticketline.

Also try The Ticket Factory and Gigs and Tours.

Hylands Park Chelmsford
Weekend and camping tickets through SEE.

Weekend and camping tickets through Ticketmaster.

Weekend-only tickets (no camping) through SEE.

Weekend-only tickets (no camping) through Ticketmaster.

Saturday-only tickets through SEE.

Saturday-only tickets through Ticketline.


Sunday-only tickets through SEE.

Sunday-only tickets through Ticketline.

Also try The Ticket Factory and Gigs and Tours.

Step 3: Consider coach travel - you're more likely to get tickets
If you've not already made other arrangements, why not consider coach travel? It’s an easy and affordable way to travel to the festival site that cuts down on carbon emissions. Combination coach tickets (that’s travel and entry into the festival) are often in less demand and can be easier to get hold of. You may want to even try the link below first is you simply cannot miss V Festival 2011.

Click here to buy coach travel and entry to V Festival through Big Green Coach.
Click here to buy coach travel and entry to V Festival through SEE Tickets.

Step 4: Try the Internet and the phone simultaneously
Have the numbers of the ticketing agencies saved to your mobile on speed dial and try to get through at the same time as button-mashing F5. If anything, it's even harder to get through to the phone lines, but it can help to maximise your chances of getting your ticket.

Contact Numbers:
See Tickets – 0844 871 8816
Ticketmaster – 0844 844 0444
Ticketline – 0844 888 9991
The Ticket Factory – 0844 338 8000
Gigs and Tours – 0844 871 8816

Step 5: Make sure your alarm goes off
It's equally important that you're in good enough shape to get out of bed – don't celebrate prematurely by going out the night before, you'll roll out of bed at 11am and find that tickets have sold out. Double check that your clocks are right (you can check the current time here) and make sure that your alarm is set, working and loud enough to wake you up.

Step 6: Work with others and buy as a group
Two heads are better than one. Make sure you and your mates are trying at the same time – but use different Internet lines. Once through, you should be able to buy up to four tickets, so let your mates know you’re in and buy theirs too if they’re struggling.

Step 8: Be prepared and don't give up
Tickets go on sale at 9am, so make sure that you're sitting at your computer at ten to with a cup of tea and an empty bladder. It can take a while to get through, but don't give up – it's only so difficult because you're up against thousands of people that are just as determined as you. If you think you'll need extra motivation, make a playlist of all of the artists that you want to catch at V this summer.

Good luck!


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