V Festival - Chelmsford 2005 Reviews
V would be better named Q (ueue) on its opening morning, as thousands scramble round the exterior fence for the shortest and most painless battle to get in.
Tom Vek kick starts the day over on the Channel 4 Stage, thankfully in better weather conditions than his opener at this year's Glasto, giving his twisted pop a deserved sprinkle of summer.
Replacing the New Bands at the V Festival, The Volvic Stage showcases not only new talent this weekend, such as Kubb and Kooks, it also pays homage to some undiscovered legends - Josh Rouse and Ozomatli immediately spring to mind.
The dark, broody aura of the JJB/Arena is the perfect venue to get lost in, boasting alternative acts from a variety of genres and, er, Natasha Beddingfield.
The Chelsea FC of UK festivals, the tenth anniversary V Festival sees heavy weights Scissor Sisters, Oasis, and Franz Ferdinand leading the attack. But what of the rest of it? We have it all...
And win tickets to V 2006! North or south, wet or dry, chav or Channel 4 exec? How was V for you? Does it have the stature of a decade old festival, or are the big name bands covering a few cracks? You tell us.