V Festival - Staffs 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.
A twist of class in amongst the weekend's festival carnage, the Bacardi B-Bar caters to the more sophisticated punters who enjoys their cocktails mixed in with some ice cool DJs.
Aside from the one DJ who inadvertantly drives to Chelmsford, The Strongbow Rooms at the Staffordshire leg of V festival is another roaring success with DJ Yoda and Justin Robertson among the highlights.