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Competition searches for acts to open V Festival 2008

The Young Knives
The Road To V competition is set to run again this year, giving bands and musicians the chance to play the opening slot at the V Festival.

The competition, now in its fifth year, will see two bands open the main stage at the event's sites in Staffordshire and Chelmsford. For the first time the competition is open to bands and acts from all genres.

Previous winners of The Road To V include Young Knives, The Holloways, Bombay Bicycle Club and 10,000 Things, the band which featured Sam Riley, the star of Anton Corbijn's Joy Division biopic 'Control', on vocals.

The winning bands will be chosen by a panel of industry experts including NME's Mark Beaumont.

The closing date for entries is April 6. The 14 finalists will be chosen on April 21.

For more information, visit Roadtov.com.

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