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Photo Gallery: V Festival 2009

  • Fans at V festival 2009, dressed for the occasion. Temperatures hit a sweltering 30 degrees this year as the summer heat roasted the event. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • A fan declares her love for V Stafford, in the form of a homemade paint tattoo. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • A dash of glamour as tea ladies serve up afternoon treats backstage at V Chelmsford. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Fans 'large it' at V Stafford 2009. Oasis headlined the Saturday night at the northern end of the twin-venue event, before being forced to pull out of V Chelmsford due to Liam being unwell. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • A packed crowd for topless Scots rockers Biffy Clyro at V Stafford 2009. The band played two new songs during their V Festival appearance at the bash's Stafford site. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Biffy Clyro at V Festival. The Scottish trio – who were all shirtless for the entire set – surprised much of the crowd by starting with new single 'That Golden Rule'. The song – released this Monday (August 24) – proved to be a massive success, with the crowd singing along with the chorus. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • The NME signing tent at V Stafford. NME is bringing fans the chance to meet artists and bands at both ends of the event this year. See the photos on NME.COM/Festivals from Monday. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Fans go wild down the front at V Stafford. Headliners this year included Oasis, British Sea Power, Keane and MGMT. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Comedic Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain  entertained the crowd at a baking hot V Chelmsford on Saturday (August 22). Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Blonde songstress Pixie Lott and fans enjoy the summery weather conditions - and copious amounts of beer - at V Chelmsford 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • The Enemy's Tom Clarke fills the video screens at V Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • The Enemy's Tom Clarke lets rip in front of a huge crowd at V Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • V Festival 2009. What would any festival be without the presence of an inflatable pink guitar? Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Nope, it's not Hot Chip. Purple-clad fans at V Festival Stafford throw the devil horns. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Dizzee Rascal played to a giant crowd who seemed to know every word to chart-topping hit 'Bonkers' at V Chelmsford. The grime-pop artist dazzled in the summer sun with a set that included new single 'Holiday' and 'Fix Up Look Sharp'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Calvin Harris salutes the crowd at V Festival Chelmsford 2009. The Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Daniel Merriweather belts out his songs at V Festival 2009. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Do birthdays get any better? Scorching sunshine and a ridiculous hat. What more do you need at a festival in 2009? Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • "Bez has quit the band. And so has the drummer," griped Shaun Ryder at V Festival Chelmsford 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong strut the stage at V Festival Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Kid British make their feelings clear at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Pop sensation Katy Perry  took to a sun-blasted 4Music stage in red hot-pants and a white crop-top. The singer belted out faves like 'Hot N Cold' and 'Thinking Of You' before giving the crowd what they really wanted with breakthrough smash 'I Kissed A Girl'. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Howling Bells rock V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Oasis' Liam Gallagher performs at V Festival 2009, before having to pull out of the Chelmsford leg of the bash due to a throat infection. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Noel Gallagher of Oasis at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Oasis headline V Festival 2009 in Stafford, shortly before announcing that they wouldn't be able to play the Chelmsford leg due to Liam's viral laryngitis. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • The Noisettes get the entire crowd singing along to "Go baby, go baby, go!" at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Singer Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets strums at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Why does Glastonbury hardly ever get weather like this? James Morrison takes to the stage at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Brandon Flowers of headliners The Killers at V Festival 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • The dangers of too much beer plus a bargain... Oxfam sell budget wedding dresses at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • And this was just the queue for the toilet. Thousands of fans enjoy Chelmsford's V Festival 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • MGMT at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. The band played new songs as they headlined The Arena, and did a cover of 'Live Forever' in Chelmsford after Oasis pulled out. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Fans hear the latest Ashes score down the front of the crowd of V Chelmsford. Girls like cricket too, you know. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Birmingham's The Twang didn't have far to travel to play to the crowd at V Festival Stafford 2009. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • VV Brown at V Festival 2009 in Chelmsford. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • The Arena tent at V Festival Stafford - home to Ladyhawke, The Streets, MGMT and Lady
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  • The Specials continue their UK festival domination. A successful set at Glastonbury plus Amy Winehouse joining them onstage at V this weekend have made the comeback band firm festival favourites. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Pixie Lott takes the Arena at Chelmsford by storm at V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • With the weather pushing 30 degrees heat, sombreros weren't the worst idea at V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Razorlight's Johnny Borrell played a 'greatest hits' set at Chelmsford including 'Golden Touch' and 'America'. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • The crowd takes on a Native American theme at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Girl-band The Saturdays dropped by the NME signing tent before delivering their saccharine pop hits to the Chelmsford crowd V Festival 2009. See all the photos at NME.COM/Festivals from Monday.Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Pendulum bring their crowd-pleasing, energetic drum 'n' bass to V Festival 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Peter Doherty headlines V Festival 2009 in Chelmsford. He got a kiss from Amy Winehouse later. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Amy Winehouse joined The Specials onstage for versions of 'You're Wondering Now' and the 1981 UK Number One single 'Ghost Town'.
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  • Lady GaGa was booed before and after her V performance after arriving late onstage. The notoriously over-the-top singer caused mass boos after she kept the packed Arena tent waiting 15 minutes past her allotted stage time, with several fans shining their laser pens on the stage backdrop in protest.
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  • Lady GaGa appeared onstage at one point covered head to toe in diamonds. As she sat at a silver piano, she took the opportunity to pay tribute to the audience. "I live for nothing more than my fans, you guys are the fucking coolest fans on the planet," she said, before adding, "I always have pies, chips and mushy peas when I'm here..."
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  • The roasting sun finally sets at V Chelmsford. The weather in Essex over the weekend couldn't have been better, with sunburn being the only concern for the many revellers who dozed in the heat.
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  • Paolo Nutini got a little help to get the crowd dancing at the during a sun-drenched set in Staffordshire. The Scottish crooner roped in a brass band to help out on four of the tracks he performed. The star played six tracks from his recent UK Number One album 'Sunny Side Up', alongside crowd favourite 'New Shoes' and one-off track 'Sleepwalking'.

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  • Guy Garvey led Manchester multi-award-winners Elbow through a triumphant set on the V Stage. The band drew one of the largest main crowds as they began to round off the sensational live campaign for 'The Seldom Seen Kid' album that saw them become one of the largest bands in the UK. During the set Garvey declared that it was time for a "classic Elbow reverse Mexican wave".
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  • Katy Perry wore a sparkly bra and hot-pants for her V Chelmsford set - which was more than much of the crowd were wearing in the sizzling summer heat.
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  • Snow Patrol covered Oasis on the final night of V, after they filled in as headliners. Gary Lightbody's men topped the bill after Liam Gallagher caught viral laryngitis. To make-up for their absence, the group covered 'Wonderwall' and 'Champagne Supernova', with frontman Lightbody declaring: "The mighty Oasis should be here tonight!"
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  • Paulo Nutini sings his track 'New Shoes'. As the singer finished the song, he joked: "If it wasn't for your shoes what would your feet be like now?"
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  • Katy Perry suggested that all the women at V leave  their ex-boyfriends a naughty message. Talking to the crowd, the star told the ladies to leave their old lovers a themed voicemail message relating to her track 'Ur So Gay' before singing the hit.
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  • Paulo Nutini strums backstage at V. The singer played a lively set at both sites that included tracks 'High Hopes', 'Candy' and 'Mexico'.
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  • Where's Wally?-themed revellers up the style stakes at V Chelmsford.
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  • Coverntry trio The Enemy asked the crowd at V Chelmsford: "Just a question, has Lady GaGa got a penis? Who knows?"
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  • Elbow tried to inspire the crowd to "fall in love" during their set at V. The band, two of whom are pictured here with MGMT, prompted the audience to talk to one another between songs, hoping some romance might blossom.
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  • Reality TV star and erstwhile singer Alesha Dixon entertains the Chelmsford corwd with songs from her album 'The Alesha Show'.
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  • One of many 'hilarious' T-shirt slogans on display at V this year. Pic: Jared Papall

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  • Lily Allen at V. The singer launched a venomous tirade against fashion mags, singling out Grazia, Now and Heat. "They make us ladies feel awful," Allen said, to cheers of approval from the crowd. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh soaks up the backstage hospitality at V. Pic: PA Photos

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  • James' Tim Booth arrives in the NME signing tent. Were you one of the thousands of people who quoued to meet their favourite bands at V? If so, you may well find your picture in our signing tent photo gallery. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil feels the love in the NME signing tent. Pic: Hugo May

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  • Jet take a break with hanging out with footballers to pose for NME's photographer outside the NME signing tent. Last week, Premiership footballer David Bentley crashed his £98,000 Porsche after a night hanging out backstage at a Jet gig. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Natalie Imbruglia at V, airing tracks from her forthcoming 'Come To Life' album, which features tracks penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Revellers soak up the heat at V Festival 2009. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Mystery Jets take a breather backstage before hitting the signing tent to meet their fans. Pic: Hugo May

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  • The Noisettes arrive backstage. Earlier in the day we followed them as they walked onstage at V - watch the results at NME.COM/video. Pic: Hugo May

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  • The Mystery Jets' Blaine Harrison throws the Vs backstage at V. Head to the Bands' Blog to read about the songs that changed Blaine's life. Pic: Hugo May

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  • Radar favourites The Gay Blades clown around for NME's photographer backstage at V. Pic: Hugo May

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  • Biffy Clyro pose for our snapper after a signing session that saw hundreds of fans queing for a chance to meet the Scots rockers. Pic: Hugo May

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