The count down for V Festival!

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Chris Knight

It’s that time of year again. Think tents, wellies, alcohol, live music, and hopefully not much mud!  That’s right music lovers, the much watched countdown timer on V Festival site says less than 24hours to go, and those lucky enough to have a golden ticket are preparing themselves for what is set to be an immense weekend.

This year Smashed Music will be covering the event in full, with the usual live photos and updates from all around the festival, and all the news and reviews to give those watching from home on their TV a little insight into the events!  With fantastic headliners, and an unbelievable atmosphere seen at V year in year out, this is the event of the summer, for all you music lovers!

Here’s the low down on the acts we’re looking forward to see:

Rihanna and Eminem

Surely these two are must see for everyone going to V fest this year. These two are headlining this year, and will have the entire population of V Festival surging towards the stage for a glimpse.  Their single ‘Love the way you lie’ was an outstanding collaboration combining soulful tones with rapping, and a chorus we all know, love and sing along to!  For those attending, prepare for a hot performance from this duo, full of chemistry, as they never disappoint on stage.

Ellie Goulding

For something totally different, to chill you out after the manic excitement of Rihanna and Eminem, don’t miss the mellow harmony of Ellie Goulding’s amazing voice.  With top hits such as her take on Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and the slightly edgier dance tunes ‘Starry Eyed’ and ‘Under The Sheets’. Ellie’s angelic breathless voice will have you zoning out into a relaxed chilled mood.

The Artic Monkeys  

Not many can claim to have been hailed by NME as “our generation’s most important band” but the Artic Monkeys have this stamp of approval from the industry giants, as well as the population at large, having conquered the charts more than once.  Since they first hit the music world by storm in 2006, this Sheffield foursome have kept banging out the hits, and even knocked Lady Gaga off the top of the music chart earlier this year.

The Noisettes 

Those who enjoy some old school tunes will appreciate the appearance of the Noisettes.  Reminiscent of the Libertines and the Camden scene, the Noisettes provide us with soul infused melodies, and a marriage of music which will stay in your head long after they leave the stage.

Tinie Tempah 

Tinie has been hailed as the UK’s Kanye West, and if his recent success is anything to go by, he will be sticking in the charts for a long time.  After his single ‘Pass Out’ rocketed him to the dizzying heights of the top of the chart, Tinie hasn’t looked back.  Having prevously collaborating with  Ellie Goulding and now Kelly Rowland, Tinie has injected some female vocals into his traditional rhyming raps, and is pulling off his expanding musical repartee.

Calvin Harris 

After collaborating with numerous artists and having hit after hit I’m quite excited to see what Calvin Harris has in store for all V fest goers! His disco / electro sounds are popular in dance clubs and he is set to turn V into one huge party when he starts playing those much loved songs such as ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ and as I was born in the 80’s, I’ll be jumping around and singing along with the rest of you!

Jessie J 

She’s the voice of 2011 and it seems the music world has plucked Jessie J from relative obscurity to become the next big thing. After speaking with our writer who went to The Big Chill they said “Watching Jessie is like seeing the next Lady Gaga or Rihanna in the making, and this upcoming artist with a songwriter past has every reason to be confident.”  Some of her tracks – ‘Do it like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’ give a fresh, edgy version of pop, along with catchy lyrics.

This list is just a fraction of the talent lined up for V Festival which we are looking forward to see,  it really is going to be a musical extravaganza, with plenty for every music taste and genre.  Now it’s time to pack that tent, and start planning outfits ready for some festival fun!