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V Festival Sunday Shenanigans

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V Festival Sunday Shenanigans

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Mizzle

V Fest is a new experience for the senses, and festivals are certainly for the open-minded.

This, my first ever festival, was fantastic on every level!  Okay, loos are the exception but armed with VIP area passes my companion, Ava, and I managed pretty well.  It is deliciously noisy, food stalls everywhere serving almost everything, and plenty of it.  Expensive fast food, but soul food nevertheless.  Michelin it isn’t, but who wants that at a festival?

VIP passes for me are a must.  Cash bar, cocktails, sparkling wine, cosy cushions and no litter, a little bit of tranquility amongst the masses.  Having said that we did enjoy watching a bit of karaoke in the covered bar, whilst sitting comfortably on squashy sofas.  We spent much time in this area, just chilling out and chatting to people.

The music at V is fantastic, and includes four stages and a Glee comedy tent.  We spent Sunday morning packing up and carting it all to our car, a mile away.  Twice.  Lesson number one, pack light!

We watched some of our first gig of the day from our car park; Kassidy were first of the day on the 4Music Stage, and armed with a free beer from a generous fellow festival goer, we enjoyed the chillout whilst recharging our phones.

Next up, we watched a couple of numbers by Bruno Mars on the Virgin Media Stage, whilst mooching about for something to eat.  Good performance.

We actually spent some time in the Glee Tent which proved to be an entertaining escape from the hubbub, being thoroughly entertained by a Hypnotist and his ‘victims’.  Some of which were clearly not under his spell, but it all added to the escapism of the weekend.

The highlights of my day were Plan B and Olly Murs.  The latter played on the 4Music Stage and were surprisingly awesome!  Olly brought with him fun and frivolity and even the guys were lapping it up.  The audience were singing, dancing and generally having a great time.  I mentioned to a chap next to me that I was surprised the guys were so into it and in response he said “Yeah but Olly’s such a nice genuine guy, isn’t he”.  Say no more.

Next up, Plan B.  What can I say?  Totally brilliant!  We managed to get a pretty good pitch right in front of the sound tent in order to avoid as much as possible the cups of beer and lord knows what else being flung into the midst of the crowd.  Great place to be, we ended up next to a friendly bunch of people and had a great time.  Ben Drew’s (Plan B) playlist was taken from his album The Defamation of Strickland Banks album, which is one of my favourite albums, so for me this was music nirvana.

After which we were entertained by a chap who decided dancing naked was the order of the day.  Worked for me.

We finished up with headliners Arctic Monkeys, which proved an uncomfortable experience and not particularly enjoyable for either of us, so we ditched this to struggle through the scrum to enjoy the last couple of songs by Dizzee Rascal.  A much better end to a fantabulous fun weekend – can’t wait to go again!

Louisa Cockayne

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!