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V Festival Checklist

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V Festival Checklist

Posted on 19 August 2011 by Chris Knight

Those lucky few with a ticket to this weekend’s V Festival will be busy packing over the next 24 hours.  With huge names in the line-up, and the promise of good weather, this year’s V looks set to be an unforgettable event.  However, there are certain items you should be bringing with you to make the experience as comfortable and practical as possible.   Most of us aren’t used to roughing it in tents on a regular basis, we make an exception for an event like V, but bringing a few essential items can make all the difference:

  • A waterproof tent

Most festival goers will be camping in a tent, and it is essential you have a waterproof one without holes.  The weather forecast might be predicting sunny skies but in the UK we can never bank on it staying dry, so make sure you aren’t cold and damp at night, by packing a decent waterproof tent which includes a floor sheet to keep you out of the mud.

  • A waterproof coat

We’re not trying to rain on your parade (ha) by going on about the possibility of bad weather, but if you want to avoid being a soggy sad sack shivering in time to the music, bring a waterproof jacket just in case.

  • Wellies

Wet or dry, you’ll be getting muddy spending the weekend in a field, so forget shoes of any type other than wellies.  They’ll keep your feet dry, bottom of your jeans clean, and teamed with a cosy thick pair of socks, you’ll be as comfortable as in our old faithful slippers at home.

  • A torch

For midnight walks to find food or toilets, a torch is essential.  Think ahead and bring extra batteries as it’s bound to get a lot of use.

  • Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

We mentioned the T word just then.  Toilet.  The dreaded domain of any festival goer, but at some point over the weekend you’re going to need the loo.  Think portaloo.  Well if you want an accurate picture think something out of SlumDog Millionaire (but with better music in the background!)  It’s true that the loo’s will be pretty dire but it’s all part of the experience so get some tissues or wipes ready and hand sanitizer too.  Our advice – get in and out as quickly as possible and try not to look around.  Or breathe.

  • Your own food and drink

To cut costs while at the Festival bring as much of your own food and drink as you can carry – prices are notoriously expensive at the event.  You will be allowed to bring food and drink to the camping area but not the stage area so plan ahead what to bring.  Paper plates and plastic cups are another good idea.

  • A flag

“But I’m not that patriotic” I hear you cry.  This isn’t a God save the Queen moment, this is a god where’s our tent moment, as yours is likely to become lost among thousands.  Those who are smart will bring a flag to mount to theirs and enable them to spot it from afar.

  • An umberella

Rhianna’s going to V, and she said you can stand under her umbrella, but you’re not all going to fit under there so bring your own.  Be careful not to poke anyone in the eye with it in the crowded area in front of the stage.

Now that you’ve ticked off the essentials from our checklist, you can relax, set up your camping spot and enjoy the weekend safe in the knowledge that you’ve got everything you need.  Now where are those tent pegs…. Tent pegs anyone?  The list didn’t mention the pegs… damn.

The count down for V Festival!

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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!

The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’

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The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’

Posted on 16 July 2011 by Mizzle

Not one you would normally find on Smashed Music but for some reason this song makes me think of summer holidays so i think its a must have considering its Summer and all that!

Have a V Fantastic Summer

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Have a V Fantastic Summer

Posted on 19 June 2011 by Chris Knight

It’s that time of year again, as summer draws near we all know what is coming, it’s the season of the Festival.  So find those dancing wellies, and recover your moth eaten tent from the garage, because this year’s festivals look set to impress, with fantastic line ups and the promise of hot weather.

V Festival has become a massive hit in the festival calendar. The event is held in 2 locations over 2 days and artists perform at both swapping on each night.  The action will take place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire (near Stafford), and the fun will be broadcast live on Channel4.

V festival was originally created by Richard Branson in 1996, and like anything Branson touches, it turned to gold, and fast became one of the big boys of the music festivals, with an impressive line up year on year and a track record of success.

With the exception perhaps of Glastonbury, V Festival is the King of the Festivals.  You only have to look at the line up to know this is no ordinary event.  With big names such as Rhianna, Eminem, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J, The Saturdays, and many more, visitors will be hard pressed to cram all the headliners in.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry have played at V, with this year being no exception, and many break through acts got their break right on the V stage, before taking the Country by storm.

Already sold out, with just over 2 months to go until the event, the demand for tickets speaks for itself, as music lovers scramble to get these coveted tickets.  Now, the only options left to V Festival hopefuls is to win competitions for tickets, or beg steal or borrow from the few who find they can’t make it.

V festival has seen such success it has now branched out globally, with V festivals popping up in Australia and Canada, however like so many things, the original is always the best, and it is the UK V festival that draws in the big names and music fans in their masses.

The musical line up always features current chart toppers, alongside breakthrough acts and big name established groups.

This summer is set to be a hot one, which makes V an even more attractive prospect, as though another reason was needed!  If you’re a music lover, and like partying your way through summer, then V is the event for you.

If 2010 is anything to go by then you will not want to miss V in 2011.  With more announcements being made all the time, V Festival is the place for music lovers to be this summer.

Those lucky few with tickets can prepare to be spoilt by a line up like no other to find out more check out www.VFestival.com