V Festival: 10 Acts You Cannot Afford To Miss

  • V Festival takes place this weekend in Essex and Staffordshire. If you're going, here are the performances you'll kick yourself if you miss. Starting with, The Killers. This will be the fourth time the Las Vegas rockers headline V. Their most recent headline appearance came in 2012. Their set featured Oasis and Joy Division covers, so be prepared for surprises.

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    Added: 17 Jun 2013

  • Manic Street Preachers The Welsh band are on the campaign trail for the brilliant recent album 'Futurology', which reached Number 2 in the Official Albums Chart, gaining an 8/10 review from NME on the way. The boys have also claimed they're looking to celebrate the 20th anniversary of album 'The Holy Bible' with a host of gigs – could this be one of them?

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    Added: 28 Jun 2014

  • Miles Kane Miles Kane recently claimed to be writing a 1960s-set film with Alex Turner, inspired by X-Men. Before they stop mucking around and hopefully start writing that new Last Shadow Puppets album, don't miss Kane light up the MTV Stage with tracks from his two solo albums.

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    Added: 18 Aug 2012

  • Blondie New-wave legends Blondie play the MTV Stage right after Miles Kane, promoting their recent album 'Ghosts of Download'. For those less interested in the Godlike Genius' latest offering, there's still the chance to screech along to classics like 'Heart of Glass' and rap along to 'Rapture'.

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    Added: 27 Jun 2014

  • Janelle Monae Currently working on her new studio album, a 'big concept' piece which we're 'not going to see coming', Janelle Monae takes a break to bring V Festival her exuberant live show, sure to appeal to lovers of R&B, funk, electro. Basically, a chance to boogie with the 'part-android'.

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    Added: 16 Jul 2012

  • Elbow Elbow's festival domination continues apace, as they headline V's MTV Stage. With a setlist packed full of crowd-pleasers and sing-along anthems, Elbow fans should avoid missing the set – even if just to see the drunk, emotional audience croon along to 'One Day Like This'.

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    Added: 17 Apr 2014

  • Chic feat Nile Rodgers After the success of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky', on which Nile Rodgers featured, disco is back. Get on your dancing shoes and hear classics such as Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and Madonna's 'Like A Virgin', as well as Chic originals 'Le Freak' and 'Good Times'. There's no better way to get a strong shot of unadulterated joy.

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    Added: 03 Mar 2014

  • Chloe Howl Once a member of a singing group called The TrollMates, more recently Chloe Howl was a BBC Sound of 2014 nominee and her self-titled debut is due for release in September. NME has high hopes for her, calling her new songs 'no-nonsense, anti-bullshit yarns… with hooks aplenty and musical nods to the likes of Talking Heads and New Order'.

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    Added: 16 Jun 2014

  • Kaiser Chiefs When lead singer Ricky Wilson is not spinning around on a giant red chair, he's at the helm of long-standing rockers Kaiser Chiefs. Having last played the festival in 2011, the band will be keen to introduce the V crowd to their recent Number 1 album 'Education, Education, Education & War'.

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    Added: 14 Jul 2014

  • Katy B With Peckham-born singer Katy B's second album 'Little Red' recently going to Number 1, Katy will be 'On A Mission' to keep her stock high with a great performance on the MTV Stage. Encompassing elements of dubstep, pop and R&B in her music, the performance is sure to please those with eclectic tastes.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2014