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Preview: V Festival 2010

 
By on Thursday, 25th March 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

We like a good festival here at There Goes the Fear, and as those anticipated summer months swiftly approach, we’re going to start having a nosey round at some upcoming music events across Blighty this 2010. So, to kick things off, grab your wellies, we’re heading off to V Festival!

All the action will be taking place across the weekend of Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd of August, at two major sites – Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, and Weston Park, Staffordshire. Tickets for this year event sold out in record time – proof of the wide appeal of this varied festival.

As expected, the bosses at Virgin are serving up quite a commercial line up this year. While the two headliners, Kasabian and Kings of Leon, are certainly worth forking out for, how about the rest of the acts?

Well, erm, if Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk, Pixie Lott, Sugababes, Mika, Paloma Faith, Scouting for Girls and Paolo Nutini float your boat, then certainly, this fest is for you. However, if that’s not your kind of thing – never fear! There are some artists across the weekend set to salvage the festival from the prying hands of pop.

Kinda…

That husky voiced lot Stereophonics (pictured right) are the act on prior to Kings of Leon taking to the stage, as well as aging mod Paul Weller. Kasabian, meanwhile, will be following rave maestros, Faithless, and curly-haired indie kids, The Kooks.

Other acts appearing on the main stage at V include Editors, Madness, The Courteeners, Passion Pit and Skunk Anasie. Yay…

Headling the 4 Music stage this August is David Guetta and The Prodigy (who seem to have an inability to NOT appear at some sort of festival). Other acts appearing include Florence and the Machine, Calvin Harris, White Lies and The Temper Trap.

Meanwhile, The Arena shall be boasting of Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada, Goldfrapp, La Roux, The Charlatans, Ellie Goulding and Imogen Heap. So at last we can all breath a sigh of relief that there is some decent music at this year’s V.

To conclude – while this festival may not be for musical purists out there, if you’re looking for a fun weekend out, V Festival will certainly prove a jolly good weekend.

Tickets have now sold out for the event, erm, not that I’m sure you mind after reading this, however.

 

V Festival 2010 announces headliners

 
By on Monday, 1st March 2010 at 6:01 pm
 

The first details of 2010’s V Festival have been announced.

Kings of Leon and Kasabian are the two headliners, whilst Stereophonics, Faithless and the Prodigy all play the most commercial of the big music festivals.

Playing Chelmsford on Saturday and Staffordshire on the Sunday will be:

Kings of Leon
Stereophonics
Paul Weller
Editors
The Courteeners
Passion Pit

Playing Staffordshire on the Saturday and Chelmsford on the Sunday will be:

Kasabian
Faithless
The Kooks
Paolo Nutini
Madness
Skunk Anansie
Pixie Lott

David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Mika, The Temper Trap, La Roux, Sugababes, Ellie Goulding, White Lies, Scouting for Girls, Paloma Faith, Plan B, Groove Armada, Kate Nash, Goldfrapp, Newton Faulkner, Imogen Heap and Cheryl Cole all play too on days yet to be decided.

The 2010 event takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August, with the bill transferring between Staffordshire’s Weston Park and Chelmsford’s Hylands Park as normal. It’s the 15th year of the event.

More info regarding which days each band will play and ticket prices etc as we get it.

Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday morning (5th March), and cost £165.00 for a weekend pass with camping, £140.00 weekend pass without camping, £78.50 day ticket.

 

Preview: V Festival 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 18th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Oasis (live, V Festival, credit)It’s undeniable that V Festival is a lot more commerical than other music festival’s across the country, and while the bash has certainly recieved the odd bit of criticism for it’s uber radio-friendly line up, the fest is no less fun in our eyes. Certainly – going by the awesome line-up, it’s unsurprising that the event managed to sell out in just two hours this year.

The summer bash – which is happening on Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd August – will be taking place across it’s two usual sites this ’09: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Oasis (pictured right) and The Killers are the two big name headliners confirmed to be playing the festival’s top spot this year. Other major acts gracing the fest’s main stage (aptly titled ‘V Stage’) across the weekend include Razorlight, Snow Patrol, The Specials, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Lily Allen, James, Seasick Steve and, intriguingly, Taylor Swift.

The smaller sized ‘4Music’ stage will also be featuring further super cool artists including Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Wombats, Keane, The Enemy, Katy Perry and Dizzee Rascal.

If nothing has still managed to catch your eye (or ear!), why not head over to ‘The Arena’ where you can check out a varied selection including MGMT, Lady GaGa, Happy Mondays, The Streets, Pete Doherty, and latest girl band sensation, British Sea PowerThe Saturdays.

If that’s still not enough, the festival has another 50 acts up its sleeve to announce in the coming few weeks. Exciting!

As I told you earlier, tickets for the Chelmsford leg have sadly sold out. There are still some available for the Staffordshire event, however. For more information regarding ticket outlets, check out V Festival’s website.

Top photo comes from stevec77’s flickr stream, and side photo from John Griffiths’ flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

 

Festival Guide 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 3:30 pm
 

Hydro Connect MudWebsites crashing from traffic overload… frustratingly engaged phone lines…eventual resortment to eBay – ah the fun that is purchasing festival tickets. If you’re still not sure as to who’s mud you want to tread in your wellies this 2009, check out our summary below detailing all major festival line-up news to be announced so far!

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What? Isle of Wight Festival
Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Charlatans
Rumoured? Elbow, Paul Weller
Tickets? Available now, £140 for full weekend camping.

What? Download Festival
Where? Donington Park, Leics
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Slipknot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Korn, Motley Crue, Limp Bizkit
Rumoured? Biffy Clyro, New Found Glory, Enter Shikari
Tickets? Available now, £135 for full weekend camping

What? Glastonbury Festival
Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset
When? Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Franz Ferdinand and Bruce Springsteen
Rumoured? Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Neil Young
Tickets?Sold Out sadly.

What? Lovebox Festival
Where? Victoria Park, London
When? Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2009
Who? Confirmed: Duran Duran, N*E*R*D, Friendly Fires, Florence and the machine, Groove Armarda, Ladyhawke, Simian Mobile Disco
Tickets? On sale now, £42.50 for each day, or £75 for both days.

What? Wireless Festival
Where? Hyde Park, London
When? Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascall, The Streets
Tickets? On Sale Now. £40 a day.

What? Heavenly Planet Festival (Brand new and free!)
Where? The Promenade, Reading
When? Friday 10th – Saturday 11th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Sharon Shannon Big Band, The Wonder Stuff
Tickets? FREE!

What? T in the Park
Where? Balado, Scotland
When? Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Blur, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Rumoured? Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, The Specials
Tickets? On sale THIS FRIDAY (27th February) at 9am.

What? V Festival
Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford / Weston Park, Staffordshire
When? Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Oasis, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Keane, The Killers
Tickets? On sale on Friday 6th March at 10am.

What? Reading / Leeds Festival
Where? Little Johns Farm, Reading / Bramham Park, Leeds
When? Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, White Lies

 

Road To V

 
By on Monday, 16th April 2007 at 8:52 pm
 

EDIT: Please Note that “Original Cast” have been removed from the top 14 as they were in fact signed. They were replaced by The Guests.

So they’ve announced the new Road to V shortlist today, and to be honest I’m a bit disappointed. The judges seem to have gone for the bands with the most “buzz”, the most positive press, or the most sell-able sound, rather than simply the best bands. Whilst I’m glad that Bo Pepper are included, I’m disappointed at the lack of singer-songwriters, or simply good songs consistently available.

The top 14 are, along with their MySpace page links are:

  1. Bo Pepper
  2. The Brightlights
  3. Dylan James
  4. India Mill
  5. Johnny Foreigner
  6. The Jubilees
  7. Kagura
  8. Maxfield
  9. New Cassettes
  10. Original Cast
  11. Our Fold
  12. Outside Royalty
  13. Rosalita
  14. Seven Heroes

Of these, I most like Bo Pepper, The Brightlights, Kagura, Maxfield, New Cassettes, and Outside Royalty, though expect me to change my mind repeatedly as the competition progresses. Some of them however I think are just outright shite (see Seven Heroes, and India Mill).

Expect much heated talk from me regarding these bands in the coming weeks.

 
 
 

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