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V Festival 2013 – Whose Going To Be In The Lineup

With its headline acts of Beyoncé and Kings of Leon alternating venues on Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, the annual United Kingdom V Festival 2013 has come a long way since its inception back in 1997.

The dream for this festival came from front man for Pulp, Jarvis Cocker. He indicated that he would love to do two outdoor gigs in two days. With his promoters, they decided to do Hylands Park in Chelmsford as well as Victoria Park, Warrington. This would cover fans from both the North and the South. Soon, however, more bands were added to the bill and the concept grew into a weekend-long festival. Victoria Park proved to be too small to allow camping, so it limited the festival to one day only at that venue. After a move to Temple Newsam in Leeds in 1998 the Northern leg moved to Weston Park in Staffordshire where it has been ever since.

The title V Festival was adopted in 2003 and is still used. What makes loyal festival goers attend year after year is the professionalism of the organisation; the fact that queuing time is relatively short and that it lasts for a weekend.  There are critics who feel that the festival organisers have become greedy. They cite the price of the programme at £10; burgers at £7 and bottled water at £2 as being over the top. Despite these complaints, the overwhelming feeling is that ‘a rougher element’ was being kept out (The New Statesman).

International as well as British musicians are highlighted annually, and attendees have been exposed to the likes of Dido and Mel C; Razorlight, Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs. While largely punted as a rock festival, a wide genre of performers has played there to great acclaim. Initial webcasting was audio only, but since V98 selected video webcasts have been managed through Virgin.

V Festival 2013

Saturday17 August will see Beyoncé headline at Hylands Park and Sunday 18 August will see her at Weston Park. At the same time Kings of Leon will perform on Saturday at Weston Park and at Hylands Park on Sunday.


Other acts that have been confirmed are:

Jessie J

Emeli Sande

Beady Eye

Calvin Harris



The Script.

Also set to perform are:

Basement Jaxx

Olly Murs

Paloma Faith


Rita Ora

The Courteeners, Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Of Monsters and Men, Maverick Sabre, Travis, Jessie Ware, Maximo Park, Rudimental, Deacon Blue, Little Mix, Ocean Colour Scene, The Fratellis, Gabrielle Aplin, Laura Mvula and Tom Odell.

For the full line-up, see the V Festival website at

As at the time of writing, early bird tickets are no longer on sale. (These had consisted of  weekend tickets plus camping at £185 or without camping at £160). Currently, only Saturday day tickets at £89 are available. Car park passes go at £20 and campervan passes at £99. Still obtainable are luxury VIP camping, and combined coach packages.

Each venue has the capacity to hold 90 000 people. The venue will open at 10am on Friday and will remain open until Monday at noon. The arenas open at noon on Saturday and on Sunday and will close after the last performances each night (at approximately 11 pm)

Restrictions with regard to campfires and glass have been imposed. Alcohol is not permitted in the arena, although it will be sold in the bars in exchange for vouchers which can be purchased from designated booths. Non-alcoholic beverages in collapsible containers are allowed. Campers will have to exchange their tickets for identity wristbands. Concessions have been made for disabled visitors, in particular those who have carers assisting them.

Logistics and arrangements for both venues are similar, but festival goers are advised to check the website to address specific questions and queries. Updates with regard to performances can also be found on the website.

Only a few months to go! So, make sure that you get your tickets soon.

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