Festival Preview: The V Festival

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The V Festival is ultimately a pop festival, but it still manages to pull in massive headline acts such as Beyonce last year, and there aren’t many people bigger than her in music at the moment. You’re not going to find any indie gems or fresh talent but what you can guarantee is a star studded, world renowned lineup.

Headliners
As the V Festival performances are only across two days, it opts to have two headline acts as apposed to the three seen at most festivals nowadays, both are pretty good but nothing incredible – The Killers and Justin Timberlake. JT is a good artist but you can have enough of him, he’s got a lot of great songs including the many hits from his early years, not to mention his chart-topping, radio-raping tracks like Suit & Tie. The Killers could also be described in exactly the same way, a lot of good songs, some are great, but there’s only so many times you can hear a drunk person say how good either of them are because they know all the words to Mr Brightside or Mirrors. 

Rock
Don’t feel too great using this title because The Manic Street Preachers, The Stranglers and I guess, to a degree, Elbow, Embrace and The Wonder Stuff are the only real ‘rock’ acts, and no, do not call The Kaiser Chiefs a rock band. But like I said, it’s not a rock concert so for what they have got consider it a success.

Hip-Hop/Rap
There aren’t any.

Dance/Electronic/Dubstep
The V Festival have nabbed a couple of decent acts in this category; from experience Chase & Status and Sub Focus are incredible live so expect a memorable performance, although I can’t vouch for a DJ Set in Chase & Status’ case, Alesso would play a few crackers as well.

Indie
Ed Sheeran‘s not really indie anymore so that leaves Paulo Nutini and Newton Faulkner, who I know little-to-nothing about.

Pop
With each of the four above paragraphs particularly brief, it’s because near enough every act at The V Festival is a pop act, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I for one, know how good Bastille and Rudimental are live, so put those in your planner if you’re thinking of going to The V Festival, the naturally gifted Foxes, Katy B and Sam Smith would all be vocally helmed performances showcasing their innate singing ability and the likes of Train and Jason Derulo would house big crowds ready for a singalong.

Highlights
There’s a few underrated acts at The V Festival 2014, Chic ft Nile Rogers is quite a highbrow act responsible for a massive catalogue of well known songs and I’m personally looking forward to seeing irish indie group Kodaline at Glastonbury, and it looks like they’ll be playing The V Festival as well. I also tip Aloe Blacc to be a great performer backed up with a lot of brass and a live band.

Summary
If you listen to the radio a lot, if you buy whatever’s in the charts, if you like pop music, then The V Festival couldn’t be more for you. However, if this doesn’t sound like you, you can’t criticise The V Festival, especially if you’re looking to see a fresh new act like CHVRCHES or Chance The Rapper, you also can’t really criticise it if there isn’t the variety you’re looking for at a festival, just go somewhere else, which is exactly what I’m going to do.

NB – Rizzle Kicks and Example are not rappers and that’s why I didn’t write about them in the Hip-Hop/Rap category.

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