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V Festival 2008

  • Girls Aloud, V Stage, Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. The girl group covered 'With Every Heartbeat' by Robyn, who also appears at Weston Park today, as well as Salt'N'Pepa's 1988 hit 'Push It'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Girls Aloud at V Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. Before 'Love Machine', Sarah Harding teased the audience: "Have we got any love machines in the house tonight? Sounds like we've got a few!" Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Hold Steady, Channel 4 Stage, V Chelmsford. The Minneapolis band ended their set with 'Slapped Actress', ending the song by singing the chorus a capella. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Stine Bramsen of Danish pop outfit Alphabeat onstage at V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. The band will be touring throughout the UK extensively, in October and November. Pic: Jo McCaughey

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  • Singer Stine Bramsen of Alphbeat, bathed in a pink glow, during the Danish poppers' set in the JJB Arena at V Festival, Staffordshire. Keep one eye here throughout the weekend for more updates on the festival with pictures, news, blogs and interviews. Pic: Jo McCaughey

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  • The Courteeners main-man Liam Fray on the 4Music Stage at V Festival 2008, Weston Park. The indie tykes performed tracks from their debut album to a large crowd, including the recently released new single, 'No You Didn't, No You Don't'. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Courteeners fans salute Liam Fray and co, down the front at the 4 Music Stage, V Festival Stafforshire. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Alanis Morissette onstage at V Festival in Chelmsford. The Canadian singer played a hit-heavy set including 'Hand In My Pocket', 'You Oughta Know', and ballads 'Ironic' and 'Thank U'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Singer Ian Watkins of Welsh rockers Lostprophets entices the crowd into a sing-along from the main stage at V Festival in Chelmsford. Watkins teased the crowd for their lukewarm response, joking, "You're like a Kenny G crowd!" Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Ian Watkins, singer with Lostprophets, shows the crowd some attitude with a two finger salute onstage at V Festival in Chelmsford. The band performed a new song, 'Streets Of Nowhere', from their long-awaited new album which will be released next year. "We've taken far too long over it, so sorry," exclaimed Watkins to a raucous crowd. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Lenny Kravitz sucks his cheeks in on stage at the Weston Park leg of V Festival 2008. The veteran rocker, who hasn't had sex for three and a half years, struggled to engage a main stage crowd whose enthusiasm had been dimmed by heavy rain. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Lenny Kravitz, V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. The leather-clad rocker, who plans one day to be a farmer, ended his set with an extended version of 'Let Love Rule', during which he tried, and resolutely failed, to elicit a singalong from a dejected, sodden crowd. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Reverend And The Makers mainman Jon McClure mouths off at V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. Shortly after coming off stage, The Rev dropped by the NME Signing Tent to meet his fans. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Amy Winehouse drew one of the largest crowds of the day at a rain-slashed V Festival, Staffordshire. The singer's band emerged first, nearly 20 minutes late, then waited in limbo for several minutes until Winehouse took to the stage sporting a skimpy black and white vest and jeans. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Amy Winehouse thanks one of her backing singers for his patience, after her late entrance onstage, with a kiss. The singer played a set of hits that ended with her cover of The Zutons' 'Valerie' and complimented the crowd on their wet-weather attire, stating "You look gorgeous in waterproofs."

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  • Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure meets his fans at V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire, Saturday August 16. Check out an impromptu backstage acoustic session from The Rev at NME.COM/VIDEO. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Maximo Park on the main stage, V Festival, Chelmsford, Saturday August 16. Frontman Paul Smith made reference to US comedy series 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', asking the crowd to make a 'V' shape with their hands - a gesture which, in one memorable edition of the show, signals 'huge vagina'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Sugababes bring some glamour to the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2008. The most passionate crowd response was reserved for hits 'Round Round' and 'Freak Like Me'. Tomorrow (Sunday August 17) Chelmsford plays host to Sugababes' girl band rivals, Girls Aloud. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Sugababes onstage at V Chelmsford, Saturday August 16. It has been rumoured that super-producer Timbaland has signed up to produce the band's upcoming sixth album, due for release at the end of 2008. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The Chelmsford faithful give it up for Sugababes on the JJB Stage. The girl-band's next single 'Girls', which is said to showcase a "funkier" sound, is slated for release in September 2008. Pic: James Quinton

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  • UK hip-hop star Roots Manuva appears in the Virgin Mobile Union tent - V Festival's fourth biggest stage - at the Chelmsford leg of the two-day bash, Saturday August 16. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Festival goers at Staffordshire's Weston Park enjoy a brief appearance from the sun during V Festival 2008. Check back here throughout the weekend for the latest from the event, in news, pictures, blogs, interviews and more. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • Punters at the Staffordshire leg of V2008 enjoy a quick tipple. Day one of the northern-based festival site was plagued for much of the day by rain showers. For more mud, bands and backstage gossip, keep one eye here throughout the weekend. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • V goers get creative with their wet-weather garb in Staffordshire at V Festival 2008. Check back here throughout the weekend for the latest from the event in pictures, news, interviews, blogs and more.

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  • Luke Kooks makes his point from onstage during the band's main stage V Festival performance in Chelmsford. The skinny-jeaned quartet played a enthralling gig to a rapturous crowd in Hylands Park before Welsh indie-icons Stereophonics and stage headliners Muse. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Stereophonics' Kelly Jones salutes the crowd at V Festival. The Welsh rockers have played the main stage at V more times than any other band. They are currently revving up for the release of 'Decade In The Sun: The Best Of Stereophonics', due to surface on November 17, 2008. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Stereophonics storm the main stage at V Festival Chelmsford, warming the crowd up for Muse, whose frontman Matt Bellamy was once embroiled in a public feud with Kelly Jones. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • The Pigeon Detectives, Channel 4 Stage, V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Saturday August 16. Singer Matt Bowman asked the crowd: "Are you having fun? Well you've got work on Monday so you'd better fucking be!" Pic: James Quinton

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  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy sends the main stage crowd into a frenzy at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2008. Meanwhile, The Verve were playing to a rain-sodden crowd up north at Weston Park, Staffordshire. To learn 30 amazing facts about Muse - including an unexpected connection between Matt Bellamy and Winston Churchill - head to NME.COM/PHOTOS. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Muse bring the first day of festivities to an explosive close on the main stage at V Chelmsford. In a recent NME interview frontman Matt Bellamy told fans to expect a mind-blowing live show, including a UFO launched from the stage. Did it happen? Find out at NME.COM/NEWS. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy sends the main stage crowd into a frenzy at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2008. Meanwhile, The Verve were playing to a rain-sodden crowd up north at Weston Park, Staffordshire. To learn 30 amazing facts about Muse, head to NME.COM/PHOTOS. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • An intrepid Ricky Wilson heads out amongst festival goers during the Kaiser Chiefs' headlining slot on the second stage at V Festival, Weston Park. The Leeds quintet staged a frenetic show for festival goers, whose spirits remained high despite some appalling weather conditions.

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  • Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs onstage at V Festival in Staffordshire. The band are to release third album 'Off With Their Heads' on 13 October 2008. Stick here all weekend for the latest updates in news, pictures, interviews, blogs and more from the event.

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  • Keith Flint from The Prodigy takes to the 4Music Stage at V Festival in Chelmsford. The legendary dance trio performed to a euphoric crowd in Hylands Park on the Saturday (August 16), and will be playing at the Weston Park, Staffordshire site tomorrow (August 17). They will go on to perform a series of shows throughout the UK this December. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The Charlatans warm the JJB Arena crowd up for headliners The Chemical Brothers at Chelmsford, Saturday August 16. Earlier in the day frontman Tim Burgess had been in the crowd for The Courteeners and Calvin Harris. Pic: Sonia Melot

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  • MC and vocalist Maxim of beats-architects The Prodigy onstage at V Festival 2008, Chelmsford. The trio first played V Festival back in 1997, and then again in 2005. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The Verve's Richard Ashcroft on V Festival's main stage at Weston Park. The band defied rumours that they were on the verge of cancelling their appearance and performed a storming show that included the crowd-favourites â

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  • Last night's torrential downpour reduced the V Festival Staffordshire site to a muddy mire. The site opened an hour late whilst festival organisers tried to drain the main arena of excess water. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Jarvis Anderson and Sam Martin of Californian rockers Iglu and Hartly onstage at V Festival in Staffordshire. The hotly-tipped quintet played a raucous set to a packed-out tent on the second day of the northern leg of the festival. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Iglu and Hartly stir up the crowd during their debut appearance on V Festival Staffordshire's Session Stage. The band release their lauded track 'In This City' as a single in September and will be performing at Ibiza Rocks on September 9 and Club NME, Paris on October 17. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Ian Watkins from Lostprophets feels the love during the Welsh rockers' main stage performance at V Festival Staffordshire. The band are currently putting the final touches to their over-due and yet-to-be-named fourth album - scheduled for release next year. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Girls Aloud pictured on the main stage at V Festival Chelmsford, Sunday August 17. The chart-topping pop group received a rapturous response for their hit-laden set, drawing one of the largest crowds of the day, at the Essex leg of the event. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Courteeners main-man Liam Fray on the 4Music Stage at V Festival 2008, Weston Park. The indie tykes performed tracks from their debut album to a large crowd, including the recently released new single, 'No You Didn't, No You Don't'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Festival goers packed-out the JJB Arena tent for the Sugababes late afternoon appearance at V Festival in Staffordshire. The pop-trio performed forthcoming new single, 'Girls', during their 40-minute set, which is due to be released on October 6. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Sugababes Keisha Buchanan, Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah onstage at V Festival Staffordshire. The chart-topping, London-based pop trio are expected to release their sixth studio album on October 20. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Lenny Kravitz onstage at V Festival Chelmsford in black leather jacket, shades and sporting a black Flying V guitar, Sunday August 17. The legendary rocker delighted festival goers with renditions of some of his most classic tracks, including 'Fly Away' and 'American Woman.' Pic: PA Photos

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  • A punter reveals a muddied thigh to lucky NME photographer Tom Oxley at the Staffordshire leg of V Festival 2008. The northern site of V2008 has been plagued by rain for much of the weekend, resulting in a muddy quagmire.

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  • One excessively clean V Festival goer in Staffordshire tries to escape the muddied clutches of one excessively dirty one. Keep one eye on NME.COM for more pictures, news, interviews and blogs from the weekend. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Kooks' lead-man Luke Pritchard sports a waistcoat and boho scarf for the band's appearance on the main stage at V Festival Staffordshire. The indie quartet performed tracks from recently released second album 'Konk' as well as better-known tracks from 2006 debut 'Inside In/Inside Out'. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • The Kooks' Luke Pritchard onstage at the Staffordshire stint of V Festival 2008. The indie-pop icons delivered a crowd-rousing set, drawing the biggest cheers for hit track, 'Naive'. For an exclusive video interview, featuring Luke Pritchard and Maximo Park's Paul Smith chatting candidly about penis size, head to NME.COM/VIDEO Pic: Tom Oxley

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