V Festival

V Festival Chelmsford and Staffordshire UKV Festivals takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Staffordshire, UK

V Festivals 2012 dates – 18th to 19th August

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Saturday 18th August Hylands Park
The Stone Roses
Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds

Sunday 19th August Hylands Park
Snow Patrol

Saturday 18th Weston Park
Snow Patrol

Sunday 19th Weston Park
The Stone Roses
Noel Gallagher’s Flying Birds

Also appearing across the weekend:
Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Example, Tome Jones, Keane, Madness, James Morrison, NERO, Emeli Sande, Friendly Fires, Happy Mondays, Professor Green, Olly Murs, Noah & The Whale, Ben Howard, Rizzle Kicks, Frank Turner, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, The Enemy, Miles Kane, Dappy, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Pixie Lott, Lissie, Shed Seven, The Ting Tings, The Human League, The Proclaimers, The Stranglers, Reverend and the Makers, Inspiral Carpets, The Rifles, DJ Fresh, LMFAO, Frank Ocean, Beverley Knight, The Feeling, Cher Lloyd, Rita Ora, StooShe, The Rifles, Gossip, Sub Focus, Newton Faulkner, Wretch 32, Childish Gambino, Cover Drive, The Twang, Dodgy, Jack Beats, Lawson

The History of V Festivals
The idea for V came in 1996 when Pulp’s front man Jarvis Cocker announced he would love to play two outdoor venues in two days. Pulp’s promoters got together and came up with the idea of putting the gig into Victoria Park Warrington and Hylands Park Chelmsford giving fans in both the North and South a chance to see the band. Then came the idea of adding more bands to the bill, putting on a second stage and letting people camp for the weekend. In the end Victoria Park was just too small for two stages and camping. So in August 1996 there was one day of artists in Victoria Park and two days at Hylands Park with camping. The northern leg of V97 was switched to Temple Newsam, Leeds to provide room for camping and three stages. In 1999 the Northern leg of the festival was moved to Weston Park in Staffordshire and has remained there since.

Previously it had been held at Temple Newsam in Leeds, before being replaced by Carling’s Leeds Festival. Originally, the festival took the name of the current year, with the first festival being named “V96”. Since 2003 it has been known as simply the V Festival. Its weekend format, low queuing times and professional organisation have given it a loyal audience. The festival sold out in record time in 2006.

Mel C, Dido, and N.E.R.D. have all performed at the festival, and both Razorlight and Faithless performed in 2006. V showcases a mix of British and international musicians, from up-and-coming bands such as Coldplay in 2000 and the Kaiser Chiefs in 2003 and 2008, and glam rockers El Presidente in 2005, to veteran crooner Tony Christie. Girls Aloud also performed at the 2006 show, and received rave reviews for their performance. McFly performed at the festival in 2007 and received a huge turnout and great reviews that were not expected.

V Festival Line Up 2011
Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Rihanna, Plan B, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, Razorlight, Pendulum, Chase & Status, Scouting For Girls, Tinie Tempah, The Courteeners, The Wombats, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, N-Dubz, Big Audio Dynamite, Example, Hurts, Kt Tunstall, Squeeze, The Saturdays, Katy B, Olly Murs, You Me At Six, Wiz Khalifa, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Imelda May, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Eliza Doolittle, Bellowhead, The Script, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Glasvegas, The Wanted, Chipmunk, Lostprophets, Noisettes, Good Charlotte, Kids in Glass Houses, Dionne Bromfield, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Labrinth, Chiddy Bang, D12, Slaughterhouse, Aloe Blacc, Kassidy, Big Country, The Knux, Twenty Twenty, Ziggy Marley, Hanson


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