infobox music festival
music_festival_name = V Festival
South Staffordshire, Staffordshire
years_active= 1996 - present
dates = Penultimate weekend of August (2 days)
genre = Pop
website = http://www.vfestival.com
The V Festival is an annual music festival in
England, the first to be held simultaneously at two sites - currently Hylands Parkin Chelmsfordand Weston Parkin South Staffordshire, organised by SJM Concerts. Previously it had been held at Temple Newsamin 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.
The idea for V came in 1995 when Pulp's front man Jarvis Cocker announced he'd 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 Leeds Temple Newsham 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.
The "V" represents the
Virgin Group, and began as another means of promoting Richard Branson's companies. The event is sponsored by Virgin Mobile, with Virgin Radiothe official radio station.
The festival generally takes place during the penultimate weekend of August. Its weekend format, low queuing times and professional organisation have given it a loyal audience. The festival sold out in record time in 2006.
Although predominantly rock music, the festival books a wide range of music and is probably the most likely amongst UK festivals to book some pop acts each year. Mel C, Dido, and
N.E.R.D.have all performed at the festival, and both Razorlightand Faithlessperformed in 2006. V showcases a mix of British and international musicians, from up-and-coming bands such as Coldplayin 2000 and the Kaiser Chiefsin 2003 and 2008, and glam rockers El Presidente in 2005, to veteran crooner Tony Christie. Girls Aloudalso performed at the 2006 show, and received rave reviews for their performance. McFlyperformed at the festival in 2007 and received a huge turnout and great reviews that were not expected.
Festivals and line-ups by year
The first V festival took place on Saturday
August 17and Sunday August 18, 1996, and had two stages and one tent.
Tricky, The Aloof, Morcheeba, Lamb, Mad Professor
This year introduced the NME stage.
NME Stage: Ash,
The Bluetones, Mansun, Gene, The Divine Comedy, Longpigs, Monaco, Echo and the Bunnymen, Symposium, Geneva, Silver Sun, Veruca Salt, Embrace, Hurricane #1, ac acoustics, Stereophonics, Linoleum, The Driven
Virgin High Energy Tent:
The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Dreadzone, Propellerheads, Death in Vegas, Sneaker Pimps, Gus Gus, Lionrock, Jimi Tenor, Olive, Finley Quaye, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Carl Cox
The Verve, The Charlatans, The Seahorses, Texas, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Lightning Seeds, Space, Iggy Pop, James, Chumbawumba, Stereophonics, Marion, Feeder, Whale, Rialto, Young Offenders, Headswim
NME Stage: Underworld,
Fun Lovin Criminals, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ian Brown, Catatonia, PJ Harvey, Saint Etienne, Morcheeba, Lo Fidelity Allstars, Republica, Gomez, Dandy Warhols, Montrose Avenue, theaudience, Midget, One Lady Owner, Superstar, The Smiles
James Brown, All Saints, Roni Size, K-Gee, Bjorn Again, Cornershop, Roachford, 67y, Karen Ramirez, Faithless, Regular Fries, DJ Norman Jay, Tin Star, Lionrock, Dean Thatcher, Moloko, Boom Boom Satellites, Disque Blu, Cuba
Manic Street Preachers, Suede, The Beautiful South, Stereophonics, Placebo (withdrew due illness, replaced by Kula Shaker), Happy Mondays, Supergrass, Cast, The Levellers, Gomez, Faithless, The Cardigans, Eagle Eye Cherry, Afro Celt Sound System, The Saw Doctors, Melanie C
James Brown, Massive Attack, Super Furry Animals, Mercury Rev, Shed Seven, DJ Shadow, Travis, Gay Dad, dEUS, Red Snapper, A, Death In Vegas, Dot Allison, Eve 6, Liz Horman, YY29, Medal, One Lady Owner
Richard Ashcroft(of The Verve) goes solo and Travis unveil their cover of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time"
V Stage: Travis,
Richard Ashcroft, Macy Gray, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, James, All Saints, Cypress Hill, Morcheeba, Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic, Brand New Heavies, Bootleg Beatles, Björn Again, Andreas Johnson, Toploader
JJB Puma Arena: Underworld,
Leftfield, Flaming Lips, Death in Vegas, Moloko, Groove Armada, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Kelis, MJ Cole, Horace Andy, Jamelia, Day One, ManCHILD, LSK, Emiliana Torrini, Hybrid, Dara
V Stage: Texas,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Charlatans, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, David Gray, Faithless, Placebo, Embrace, Neil Finn, Nelly Furtado, Idlewild, The Spooks, Powderfinger, Jimmy Barnes, Witness
WTV Stage:, Muse,
Toploader, JJ72, The Divine Comedy, Shed Seven, Doves, Wheatus, Starsailor, Ben Folds, Nina Persson, Spearhead, Webb Brothers, Phoenix, Turin Brakes, Snow Patrol, Ed Harcourt, Ben's Symphonic Orchestra, Lifehouse (Hylands Park only), Santa's Boyfriend(Weston Park only)
JJB Puma Arena:
Kylie Minogue, Ian Brown, The Avalanches, Grandaddy, Mos Def, Tricky, Alabama 3, Sparklehouse, Zero 7, Rea and Christian, Atomic Kitten(Weston Park only both days), Red Snapper (Hylands Park only both days), Hooverphonic, Alfie, Big Dog, The Bush The Tree And Me, Relish
Slinky Dance Tent:
Daniel Bailey, Andy Passman, Garry White, Scott Nuskool, Svetlana, Matt Cassar, Marc Vedo, Dave Lea, John Dale
Chemical Brothers, Stereophonics, Alanis Morissette, Primal Scream, Nickelback, Gomez, Supergrass, Starsailor, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Bluetones, Kosheen, Mull Historical Society, Beverly Knight, Ed Harcourt, Rhianna
Manic Street Preachers, Basement Jaxx, Ian Brown, Doves, Beta Band, Idlewild, Sigur Rós, Elbow, My Vitriol, The Coral, Halo, The Donnas, Athlete, Seafood, The Burn, Phantom Planet(Hyland Park only), The Leaves, Crescent, Longview
JJB Puma Stage:
Badly Drawn Boy, Groove Armada, Turin Brakes, Soft Cell, Paul Heaton, Lamb, Stereo MCs, Royksopp, McAlmont and Butler, Sugababes, Gemma Hayes, Custom, Damien Rice, Ashton Lane, Kid Galahad, Venus Hum, Montana High Rise, Rachel Mari Kimber
Strongbow Golden Dance Arena:
Stanton Warriors, David Holmes, Adam Freeland, Effects, Plumb DJs, DJ Touche, Ali B, Medicine, Dean Wilson, Pete Bromley, James Camm, Sounds, The Freestylers, Tayo, Complete Communion, Dean Wilson
Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, David Gray, Ash, Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives, PJ Harvey, The Cardigans, Morcheeba, Reel Big Fish, Inspiral Carpets, Echo and The Bunnymen, Skin, Eisley, Tom McRae
Feeder, Underworld, Turin Brakes, The Coral, Killing Joke, Tim Burgess, Athlete, Evan Dando, Damien Rice, Distillers, The Bees Shack, The Basement, Spearhead, Martin Grech, Haven, Futureheads, The Stands, Rachel Mari Kimber, The Zutons
JJB Puma Arena:
Lemon Jelly, Kosheen, Moloko, Asian Dub Foundation, Goldfrapp, Appleton, David Holmes, Mint Royale, Misteeq, Dirty Vegas, I Am Kloot, Gus Gus, Slovo, Jamie Cullum, Uncut, Amy Winehouse, The Rainband, Just Jack, Bell X-1, Speedway, Mankato
Strongbow Golden Dance Arena:
Jon Carter(Hyland Park only), Jacques Lu Cont(Weston Park only), Way Out West, Junior Sanchez, Freq Nasty, West London Deep, Freestylers, Themroc, Barry Ashworth, Will White, Tayo
Kings of Leon, Massive Attack, Embrace, Starsailor, Elbow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Keane, Scissor Sisters, Dashboard Confessional, The Zutons, All American Rejects, Fountains of Wayne, The Killers, Mull Historical Society, Hal, Goldie Lookin Chain, Thirteen Senses, Chikinki, 10,000 Things, Kasabian, Blacklight
JJB Puma Arena,
Basement Jaxx, Primal Scream, Kelis, Groove Armada, Amy Winehouse, Beverly Knight, Human League, Audio Bullys, Jamelia, Roni Size, Freestylers, Kristian Leontiou, Aqualung, Josh Ritter, Phoenix, Chicane, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Fried, Backlight, Headway
New Band Stage: The Bees,
The Delays, Hope of the States, The Stands, Longview, The Concretes, Tim Booth, South, Easyworld, InMe, The Dead 60s, The Infidels, The Crimea, Thea Gilmore, Cath Davey, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Kevin Mark Trail, Rooster, Polly Paulsuma, The Casuals, Colour of Fire, Magnet, Mohair, Stateless
Channel 4 (Second) Stage:, El Presidente,
The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs, The Hives, Thirteen Senses, Doves, The Numbers, KT Tunstall, The Ordinary Boys, Good Charlotte
Super Furry Animals, Goldfrapp, Nine Black Alps(replaced The 22-20s)
The 11th V Festival took place on Saturday
19 Augustand Sunday 20 August.
Tickets for the festival went on sale on Monday
27 February, exclusively to Virgin Mobilecustomers, and went on general sale on Friday 3 March.
There were complaints from festival-goers in 2006 due to the excessive price of food and merchandise, and lack of prior information about the band schedules, the only timetable available being a programme sold at the festival. Despite knowing the numbers attending, the print run of programmes was sold out. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5272420.stm]
The "Road To V" competition for 2006 was won by
Bombay Bicycle Cluband Keith.
Radiohead, Morrissey, Faithless, Paul Weller, Beck, Keane, Bloc Party, Sugababes, Hard-Fi, The Magic Numbers, The Dandy Warhols, Kubb, Gavin DeGraw, The Divine Comedy, The Dead 60s, Daniel Powter
Channel 4 Stage:
Razorlight, The Charlatans, Starsailor, James Dean Bradfield, Delays, The Feeling, Morning Runner, The Rifles, Dogs, Kasabian, Editors, The Ordinary Boys, We Are Scientists, The Cardigans, Orson, Kula Shaker, Biffy Clyro, The Saw Doctors
Groove Armada, Rufus Wainwright, The Beautiful South, Gomez, Nerina Pallot, Imogen Heap, Richard Hawley, Bic Runga, Lily Allen, Mute Math, The Boy Least Likely To, Fatboy Slim, The Go! Team, Girls Aloud, Kano, Echo & The Bunnymen, Xavier Rudd, Matt Willis, Shack, Phoenix, Pure Reason Revolution, Rushmore
Virgin Mobile Social:
The Cooper Temple Clause, The Dears, Bell X1, The Pipettes(Weston Park only), The Crimea, Oceansize, Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family, Jim Noir, Lorraine, James Morrison, Butch Walker, The Grates, The Dodgems, Love Bites, Sandi Thom, Mew, Regina Spektor, My Morning Jacket, Matisyahu(Hylands Park Only), Art Brut, The Young Knives, Captain, The Upper Room, Paolo Nutini, Seth Lakeman, Director, Milk Teeth
The line-up for V Festival 2007 was revealed on Virgin Radio on Monday February 26th 2007, and tickets went on sale on the 1st of March.
The line-up was as follows:
V Stage: The Killers,
Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, James, Pink, The Fratellis, Kanye West, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Editors, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Proclaimersand Just Jack.
Channel 4 Stage:
The Kooks, Manic Street Preachers, Lily Allen, Mika, Guillemots, The Hours, Basement Jaxx, The Coral, Babyshambles, Jet, The Fray, The Cribsand Captain, as well as Road To V winners Rosalita and The Brightlights. Foo Fightersalso performed an acoustic set under the name 606.
Damien Rice, Corinne Bailey Rae, Iggy Pop& The Stooges, Lemar, Willy Mason, Rilo Kiley, McFly, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mutya Buena, Seth Lakeman. Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Jarvis Cocker, Ocean Colour Scene, Dizzee Rascal, Sinéad O'Connor, Beverley Knight, Martha Wainwright, Glenn Tilbrook& The Fluffers, Jesse Malinand Chungking.
Virgin Mobile Union:
Graham Coxon, Robyn, Stephen Fretwell, Bedouin Soundclash, Air Traffic, The Rumble Strips, Remi Nicole, Cherry Ghost, Tiny Dancers, Unklejam, Passenger, The Dodgems, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Boy Kill Boy, Plan B, The Holloways, Mr Hudson & The Library, Mumm-Ra, Switches, The Wombats, Ghosts, The Hoosiers, Pop Leviand Rebecca. Amy Winehousewas supposed to play but cancelled due to admittance into rehab. She was replaced by Happy Mondays. Babyshambleswere 3 hours late for their set at Weston Park due to an accident on the road going to the gig, although they had left late after drinking in london. Robynreplaced The Bravery.
Chelmsford Saturday/Staffordshire Sunday:
*V Stage: Muse,
Stereophonics, The Kooks, Maximo Park, Lostprophets, Alanis Morissette, The Futureheads, Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Prodigy, The Pigeon Detectives, Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers, Duffy, Amy Macdonald, The Hold Steady, Shed Seven, Air Traffic
*JJB Champion ARENA:
Ian Brown, The Pogues, Jamie T, The Twang, Sugababes, Estelle, David Jordan, The Script, The Presets, Royworld, Svetlana
*Virgin Mobile Union:
Richard Hawley, Sia, Siouxsie Sioux, Will Young, The Long Blondes, Roots Manuva, The Dykeenies, Paul Heaton, Tokyo Police Club, Beth Rowley, The Like, Runaway Sons
Carbon/Silicon, Infadels, Bryn Christopher, Team Waterpolo, One Eskimo, Julian Velard, Gary Go, Iglu & Hartly, Sparkadia, The Troubadours
Chelmsford Sunday/Staffordshire Saturday:
The Verve, Kings Of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Lenny Kravitz, The Feeling, Girls Aloud, Squeeze, The Stranglers
Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons, The View, Reverend And The Makers, Scouting For Girls, One Republic, The Courteeners, Delays, The Rifles
*JJB Champion ARENA:
The Chemical Brothers, The Charlatans, Hot Chip, Travis, Calvin Harris, Robyn, Sam Sparro(cancelled due to illness), Alphabeat, Gabriella Cilmi, Taio Cruz, Captain
*Virgin Mobile Union:
The Guillemots, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Young Knives, Little Man Tate, Tom Baxter, Drive-By Truckers, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Jack McManus, Passenger, Noah and the Whale, Sam Beeton
SugaRush Beat Company, Attic Lights, Emmanual Jal, Magistrates, The New York Fund, Dodo's, Das Pop, The Rushes, Animal Kingdom, Arno Carstens, Sons Of Albion
Tickets went on general sale on
March 7, 2008, at 10am, and sold out in 90 minutes. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7283981.stm V2008 Sell Out BBC News Report]
June 26th, 2008at 10am, extra tickets for both venues went on sale.
There was a lot of disappointment surrounding 4 Music's coverage of the event, as after promising coverage of the headliners, Muse, they showed only three songs of the band's performance. There was further disappointment due to the 4 Music stage and the main stage changing places.
August 22ndand August 23rd, 2009, a limited number of tickets for went on sale at 10am, August 19th, 2008. Weekend tickets priced at £125 (no camping) and £145 (with camping) for the weekend.
Atmosphere and reputation
The festival has been noted for its commercial nature [ [http://www.newstatesman.com/200708210001 New Statesman - The most commercial of music festivals ] ] in comparison with other British music festivals. This has been referred to by both the mainstream media and festival fans, comparing it to its rivals [ [http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/v/ V Festivals ] ] . However the "
New Statesman" argues that this may have some advantages:
"Yet there are undeniable advantages to the [commercial] environment. V is a remarkably non-threatening festival, with few of the rougher edges prevalent at other large-scale gatherings"[ [http://www.newstatesman.com/200708210001 New Statesman - The most commercial of music festivals ] ]
These "rougher edges" include crowd trouble, alcohol and drug use, mud-bathing and pelting of acts at other festivals such as Reading - although this does not mean these festivals are anarchic or non-commercial. Recently, the festival has begun to include more "edgy" acts, some of whom have made comments such as "Can we get paid now?" [ [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/festivals/article2289412.ece V Festival - Times Online ] ] .
Increasingly, the festival has experienced non-ticket holders attempting to enter the venue illegally via insecure fence boundaries. Also a popular scam is for a member of a group of attendees to "lose" their camping wristband (which allows them entry to the camping area) whereupon a replacement is issued by the organisers. The "lost" band is then distributed to non-camping ticket holders. Other attempts in the past as weekend wristband was blue at the time included attempting to enter the venue using a wristband of the previous year, using electricians tape (that was until the event introduced the cloth wristband in 2005 which made it less prone to tampering). Common scams includes
toutingweekend wristbands off to concert goers.
List of music festivals in the United Kingdom
V Festival (Australia)
* [http://www.vfestival.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.virginmedia.com/vfestival/ Virgin Media V Festival 2008 site]
* [http://music.virgin.com/ Official Virgin Group site]
* [http://www.virginradio.co.uk/music/festivals/v_festival/ Virgin Radio V Festival Site]
* [http://www.virtualfestivals.com/V_Festival/ Virtual Festivals coverage]
* [http://www.festivalnews.co.uk/vfestival Festival News]
* [http://www.warnfestivals.co.uk/v-festival/ Warnfestivals V Festival site]
* [http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/v/chelmsford/2008/ eFestivals coverage]
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