V Festival's Awesome Line-up

The V Festival is a weekend festival that takes place in two different venues, one in Chelmsford one in South Staffordshire, at the same time. The bands swap so that they will play in one place on Saturday and in the other on Sunday, making sure that the line-up is identical although the order is reversed. The festival, although not as prestigious as Glastonbury or Reading, is one of the biggest of the season, drawing many heavy hitters. This year it falls on the 16th and 17th of August. You can read more about it on our wiki-page here.

Line-up

We said that the festival draws heavy hitters, and boy is that true for this year's edition. Pop superstar Justin Timberlake will be head-lining. Remember when he used to be part of 'N Sync? Neither do we. Joining him are luscious lady Lilly Allen and crooner Paolo Nutini. The peculiar thing about V Festival is it's genre bending line-up. Not content with dominating the pop-music field, organisers booked some titanic rockers as well, including The Killers, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs. To complete this unholy triad of awesome, the electronic field will be covered by Axwell/Ingrosso, Chase & Status and Above & Beyond.

Too Corporate?

No one can deny the impressive selection of artists, but for some of the more refined musical palates the choices seem obvious and too main-stream. The festival has earned a reputation as being somewhat corporate, a far cry from the mud, sweat and debauchery of most other music festivals. With tickets at £200 a pop (which includes camping) perhaps the accusation is justified. Nevertheless if you don't feel comfortable rocking out with teenagers, or just want to get away from the rampant drug-use and alcoholism that typifies so many other festivals, and instead want to just enjoy a weekend of great music, then V Festival is for you.

Scandals

Despite its more staid reputation, V Festival has appeared in the gossip mags, although it was pulled in rather obliquely. Allegedly, former N-dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos assaulted a blogger backstage last year. Rumours have it that the blogger released Contostavlos' sex-tape on-line, which led to the retaliatory move. The trial is ongoing.