V Festival 2012 rumours round-up

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V Festival 2012 rumours round-up

Photographer:Shirlaine Forrest

Chris Eustace - 10 January 2012

Christmas is done, the New Year has been blearily waved in and it’s back to the grind. Pretty miserable then. So surely it’s the perfect time to daydream about getting sunburnt in a field watching bands with a can of cider in your hand?

We’ve been hard at work using our all-purpose disguise of floppy hat, meat dress and “Make Trade Fair” hand scrawl to find the most credible (and incredible) V Festival rumours floating around to give you the soundtrack to that Chelmsford/Staffordshire daydream.

The higher up the list the band appears, the more times they have been mentioned around the web. Where acts have been referenced an equal amount of times, they are ordered in suitability and the likelihood of them appearing.

The official V Festival 2012 line-up Chelmsford and V Festival 2012 line-up Staffordshire are expected to be announced in March, when tickets will go on general sale.

The current V Festival 2012 rumours are as follows:

Looking V Likely

The Stone Roses
The undisputed number one rumour for V, to the extent that several sites we visited appear to think they’ve already been announced (they haven’t – no-one has). With Isle Of Wight’s headliners already confirmed, Melvin Benn ruling them out of Reading & Leeds and the little matter of the V promoters being the same as those behind the Roses’ Heaton Park shows, it’s more ‘What The World Is Waiting For’ than ‘Fool’s Gold’ to have them top of the list.

Florence & The Machine
With new album ‘Ceremonials’ making itself as comfortable in the charts as ‘Lungs’ did, many are wondering if Flo and Co. could headline. That might not happen this summer, but talk of sub-headlining at Weston and Hylands Park just won’t go away.

The Vaccines
Having slayed Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds last year amid a bumper festival summer, V Festival and Reading & Leeds will be fighting over them for 2012. Maybe they’ll want a change of scene for their victory lap?

Professor Green
We understand he’s been asked, at least. No doubt he’ll be high on the bill with ‘Read All About It’ hitting number one. A big mid-afternoon slot on the 4 Music stage like Example or Jessie J’s last year perhaps?

With no Glastonbury this year, they’re going to need somewhere else to show off ‘Mylo Xyloto’, and they’d be on friendly territory at V Festival. Versatile enough to headline over a Florence or an Elbow, and yet also top a more pop-orientated  bill, perhaps one featuring… 

Lady GaGa
Easily big enough to headline, but would be willing to sub Coldplay too we think. She’s already confirmed she’ll be touring this year, and a supposed leak of the ‘Born This Way’ tour dates http://musictitans.com/2012/01/lady-gaga-born-tour-dates-2012-2014/ has her playing V, but appears to have her at both sites on the same day, which is unlikely to be the case. Would be a popular choice though, it seems.

Educated Guesses

Snow Patrol
Back with ‘Fallen Empires’ and still filling arenas, they’re a safe pair of festival hands, and it all roads point to a ‘Chasing Cars’ singalong for V 2012.

Jessie J
She enjoyed a triumphant homecoming show in Chelmsford on the 4 Music stage last year. What price Main Stage, and able to stand up this time round?

Scissor Sisters
With ‘Shady Love’ signalling a big 2012 comeback for them, hands would be in the air for Jake Shears and his cohorts.

Beady Eye
“Support them? I’d sell hot dogs for them!” said Liam G on the Roses reunion. A decent shout for Main Stage that day then, or keep an eye out around the burger vans. With added Oasis songs promised, there may be room for only one of them and…

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Surely both brothers won’t be at the same festival? While Noel’s name keeps coming up, it may be that the Birds are flying to R&L instead this year, but the lure of The Stone Roses could yet make them stop here.

Ed Sheeran
Another name likely to be fought over by the big late-summer heavyweights, he packed out the Festival Republic tent at R&L last year, and with ‘+’ selling by the bucketload, will be on the big stage this time.

Emeli Sande
A good bet to guest with Pro Green if he plays, she could well be huge in her own right by then, with the Brits Critics’ Choice award and a classy, soul-pop debut album on the way.

He’s becoming a V stalwart now, but you can bet he wouldn’t mind yet another year. Should make the upper reaches of the bill if he plays, giving Roses fans nightmares if he and Wretch are anywhere near the stage when ‘Fool’s Gold’ starts up.

Swedish House Mafia
V catered pretty well for the danceheads last year, and SHM appear to be the rumour-monger’s choice to head that side of things this year.

Rizzle Kicks
The duo have had three big hits now after dipping their toes into the festivals at R&L and Underage last year. They will be everywhere this summer.

The Kooks
We’re thinking a sunny main stage afternoon slot, or a sweaty evening in the tent for Luke Pritchard’s boys.

Noah & The Whale
Arms aloft on the Main or 4Music stage for some fun Springsteen-aided folk-pop, anyone?

One Direction
Did you see how well The Wanted went down in the tent last year? They’re going to want some of that.

Their heartfelt anthems are perfect for the sunset sub-headline spot. A lot of places have them before the Roses.

The Killers
Brandon says a new album is “definitely” out in 2012, but opinion is split as to exactly which big festival they’ll be playing it at.


Mumford and Sons
White Lies
The Wanted
Pixie lott
Miles Kane
Matt Cardle
Cher Lloyd
Wretch 32
The Saturdays
Olly Murs
The Enemy
Katy B
Friendly Fires
Paolo Nutini
Calvin Harris
Marina & The Diamonds
Foster The People
The Temper Trap
Tinie Tempah
The Specials
Two Door Cinema Club
James Morrison
Chase & Status
Will Young
Adam Ant
David Guetta
Maroon 5

Don’t Bet On It

Jay-Z & Kanye West
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Foo Fighters
The Strokes
Robbie Williams


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