Give us a V sign: A V Festival preview

We preview the big two-site pop and rock festival

Rebecca Laurence on 08 August 2012

 What about the music?

Born in 1996, back when guys with guitars reigned supreme in the charts, V still has a strong lad-rock tradition, but now includes a broad spectrum of all things popular – you’re as likely to see Pixie lott on the bill as Primal Scream.

What’s on this year?

To prove our point, ooh look, there’s Pixie lott is on the bill! There’s no Primal Scream, but your 90s indie fans are well and truly catered for, with the likes of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Shed Seven, Inspiral Carpets and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (nearly – they play Oasis songs in their set). 

On a pop tip, there’s the aforementioned Pixie, X Factor alumni Olly Murs and Cher Lloyd plus Example. If epic’s your thing, V gives you The Killers and Snow Patrol. Fancy an earnest singer-songwriter? Try Ed Sheeran, James Morrison and Newton Faulkner. That high priest of the chart-topping banger, David Guetta will be making an appearance, while Labrinth, Maverick Sabre and Wretch 32 fill the urban contingent.

Bearing in mind the broad (pop) spectrum, there’s not much in the way of hidden gems on offer at V, nevertheless here’s a selection of what tickles our fancy…

The Stone Roses

Missed out on Heaton Park? Here’s your chance to see Ian Brown and the boys’ only English festival headliner. The classics will be out in force, such as this little wonder:

'I Am The Resurrection'

Emeli Sandé

Having only just released her debut LP, it was a bit of a surprise to see Emeli pop up at the Olympics Opening Ceremony – but her awesome performance on the biggest stage imaginable proved she’s got the talent. And guts.


Frank Ocean

After OFTWGKTA member Frank’s solo debut, 'Channel Orange' was released this summer, the plaudits have been coming in thick and fast, and for good reason.


Nicki Minaj

Ever-so fashionably late to T in the Park, Ms Minaj might keep the V crowds waiting but she’s definitely worth it – expect explosions of Barbie pink and formidable charisma.


Friendly Fires
Carnival by way of the unlikely avenue of St. Albans, the star of any FF show are doubtless none other than Ed Macfarlane’s hips. Astounding.

'Hawaiin Air'

V Festival 2012
takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire from Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 August 2012.

Click here for the V Festival Staffordshire line-up.

Click here for the V Festival Chelmsford line-up.

As previously reported, The Stone Roses and The Killers will top the bill, with Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, David Guetta, Example, Professor Green, Labrinth, and Rizzle Kicks all set to play too.

While the initial run of tickets for the event quickly sold out, a second batch was recently made available, and there are a handful of Weekend camping tickets available for the Chelmsford leg of the festival, with day tickets for both Chelmsford and Staffordshire still on sale.

V Festival tickets for both sites are priced as follows:

Weekend Tickets with Camping - £180.00 plus a maximum booking fee of £10.50
Weekend Tickets with no Camping £155.00 plus a maximum of £9.70 booking fee
Day Tickets £86.00 plus a maximum of £8.20 booking fee
Campervans - £99.00 plus a maximum of £5.95 booking fee

Click here to buy V Festival Staffordshire tickets.

Click here to buy V Festival Chelmsford tickets.


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