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V Festival 2011 - 20 acts you have to see

  • The mighty V 2011 is this weekend, make sure you don't miss these acts. Who: Rihanna When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, Virgin Media Stage Why you’ve got to see them: She might be a poptastic chart topper, but try listening to ‘What’s My Name?’ and not tapping your feet. The perfect warm-up for her duet partner Eminem.

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    Added: 20 May 2011

  • Who: Arctic Monkeys When and where: Saturday – Hylands Park, Sunday – Weston Park, Virgin Media Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Not had your chance to see 'Suck It And See' live yet this summer? Don't miss their headline set at V.

    Photo: Amy Brammell/NME

    Added: 14 Jun 2011

  • Who: Tinie Tempah When and where: Saturday – Hylands Park, Sunday – Weston Park, 4 Music StageWhy you’ve got to see them: The BRIT award winner never fails to disappoint. With a sack full of hits, he’s bound to get you up on your feet…until you pass out… Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

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    Added: 16 Jun 2011

  • Who: Kaiser Chiefs When and where: Saturday – Hylands Park, Sunday – Weston Park, Virgin Media Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Their big come back at the start of this festival season has made them a must-see sing-a-long set of the summer. Expect tunes from ‘The Future Is Medieval’ and older hits.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 11 Aug 2011

  • Who: Kele When and where: Saturday- Hylands Park, Sunday - Weston Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: A chance to see Kele without his right hand men shouldn’t be overlooked. Still on hiatus from Bloc Party, his solo experimentation pays dividends with his live shows.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 01 Aug 2011

  • Who: Hurts When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: After winning NME’s ‘Best New Band’ at our awards bash and their performances at Glasto and T In The Park, it would be a shame to miss the Mancunian duo and their 80s inspired synthpop.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 11 Jul 2011

  • Who: Mark Ronson And The Business Intl When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: He may have one of the biggest egos in indie but Mark Ronson is always an intriguing one to watch. And don’t worry, the blonde Ronson is no more.

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    Added: 15 Aug 2011

  • Who: Calvin Harris When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Replacing original headliners Duran Duran, Calvin isn't quite Le Bon and gang but the Scottish singer and producer isn’t to be missed.

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    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • Who: Wolf Gang When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Virgin Media Under Cover Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Radar favourites are gracing our shores to delight the crowds in Britain with their sound. Their sing-a-long choruses, foot-tapping beats and guitar instrumentals ensure a must-see show.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • Who: Glasvegas When and where: Saturday- Hylands Park, Sunday - Weston Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: From their self titled debut to this year’s ‘Euphoric Heartbreak’, the Scottish indie rockers (with new Swedish drummer Jonna Lofgren) will bring their tunes to V.

    Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Added: 08 Jul 2011

  • Who: Manic Street Preachers When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, Virgin Media Stage Why you’ve got to see them: It's time to go back to basics with some old school alt rock in the form of Manic Street Preachers and their early evening set.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 11 Jul 2011

  • Who: Example When and where:Saturday – Hylands Park, Sunday – Weston Park, 4 Music StageWhy you’ve got to see them: After steaming through the charts, Elliot Gleave - AKA Example - is set to release his third album ‘Playing In The Shadows’ later this year. Catch some of it live at V.

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    Added: 08 Aug 2011

  • Who: Wiz Khalifa When and where: Saturday- Hylands Park, Sunday - Weston Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With all the hype about Wiz Khalifa, it’s high time you saw him live for yourself. Clever lyrics and melodic beats should be enough to get you to The Arena Stage.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • Who: Katy B When and where: Saturday- Hylands Park, Sunday - Weston Park, The Arena Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With a refreshing take on the charts, Katy B will keep the crowds dancing with hits ‘Lights On’ and ‘Broken Record’.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 08 Aug 2011

  • Who: Chromeo When and where: Saturday- Hylands Park, Sunday - Weston Park, The Virgin Media Under Cover Stage Why you’ve got to see them: This Canadian duo bring a well needed break from the indie-pop dominating the festival. Their mix of electro and piano with old school 70s synth makes disco officially cool once more.

    Photo: Guy Eppel/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2010

  • Who: Fenech Soler When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Virgin Media Under Cover Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The electro kings will compliment the sunshine or get everyone dancing in the rain. Hits ‘Demons’ and ‘Lies’ should not be missed when the boys, who’ve remixed the likes of Marina & The Diamonds, play V.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 15 Aug 2011

  • Who: Eminem When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, Virgin Media Stage Why you’ve got to see them: One of only a handful of UK shows this summer, be sure to see Eminem perform at V. With Rihanna sharing the bill, fans are hoping that she might make a special guest apperance for ‘Love The Way You Lie’.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 10 Jun 2011

  • Who: Stornoway When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, The Virgin Media Under Cover Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Setting the mood with their indie folk melodies and performing songs from their new album. Add us as a BBM contact using the pin 26E588A4 (Hylands Park) or 22E955A0 (Weston Park) for all the action.

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    Added: 11 Jun 2011

  • Who: Primal Scream When and where: Saturday – Weston Park, Sunday – Hylands Park, 4 Music Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Get ready to hear Bobby Gillespie and his band play the legendary ‘Screamadelica’ in full. Download our NME Festival App - Powered By BlackBerry.

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 07 Jul 2011