V Festival 2011 in Photos

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V Festival 2011 in Photos

Arctic Monkey's told NME they opted to play V Festival this year "to do something different", playing a set that heavily featured their latest album 'Suck It And See'.

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The Sheffield rockers were joined on Saturday night by Miles Kane at the Chelmsford show

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Arctic Monkeys played the V Festival for the first time this weekend, and gave many fans the first glimpse of Alex's new retro haircut.

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Glasvegas play the Staffordshire site at V Festival on Sunday. The band were unfortunately bottled off stage after only four tracks during their performance later in the weekend at Chelmsford.

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Their position in the line up gave a clue as to why they were bottled. The Glaswegian band were sandwiched between Katy B and Chase & Status.

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Primal Scream play V Festival in Chelmsford on Sunday (Aug 21).

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Bobby Gillespie shakes his maracas at Chelmsford. To keep up to date with all things festival, point your eyes at NME.COM/festival.

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A change of hairdo and outfit for day two of the Rihanna extravaganza

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Kaiser Chiefs follow Lostprophets on the Virgin Media Main Stage. Watch their backstage interview at NME.com/video.

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"Nobody's perfect, not even Jessie J". Jessie J live on the 4Music Stage.

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Hurts duo, Theo and Adam, take their theatrical show to The Arena Stage Chelmsford

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A walk in the park for Jessie J as she basks in the sunshine over Staffordshire

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Jahmaal Fyffe a.k.a Chipmunk followed Kele on The Arena Stage Staffordshire

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The girls got balls...

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Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes, leading the second high energy performance of the weekend

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Flying high on Staffordshire's fairground

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John Power leads Liverpool's Cast through a set of brit-pop classics

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Crowds get ready for Jessie J's afternoon slot on the 4Music Stage Staffordshire

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Ellie Goulding heads to Chelmsford for her second day of the festival, following her on the Virgin Media Main Stage were Scouting For Girls

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Temperatures rise and Rihanna's performance lives on through the weekend.

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N-Dubz were spotted in the Staffordshire crowd dancing to Rihanna, before heading to Chelmsford for their second performance of the festival.

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Coca Cola run a 'Swap for Swag' initiative, collect plastic bottles and exchange them for festival essentials

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Goddaughter of the late Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield performs on The Arena Stage in Chelmsford

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Luminous paint at the ready for Kaiser Chiefs.

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Alex Winston and her Sisterwives woo the Staffordshire crowd with their performance of new single 'Velvet Elvis'.

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Ziggy Marley brings peace, love and handstands

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"My name is Chip Diddy Chip", Chipmunk works the crowd from left to right

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Following on from The Wanted, Eliza Doolittle played The Arena Stage, performing hits 'Pack Up' and 'Skinny Jeans'.

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Charlie Simpson opens the Arena Stage at the Chelmsford site.

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Older and wiser, with certainly less hair, Hanson play 'Mmmbop' to The Arena Stage Chelmsford.

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Imelda May performs at Chelmsford on the Virgin Media Main Stage for day two of the festival

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The final day of the festival is well under way, with Fun Lovin Criminals kicking things off at Staffordshire

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Arctic Monkeys headline the first night of V Festival 2011 in Chelmsford

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Alex Turner's new hairdo brought excited fans flocking to the Hylands Park Virgin Media Main Stage

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Rock chic Rihanna performs her hit singles in a Union Jack punk vest before mounting a huge pink cannon

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Eminem is joined on stage by special guests D12 for a full performance of 'Purple Pills'

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Eminem played a medley of 'My Name' 'Real Slim Shady' & 'Without Me'

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Tinie Tempah follows Jessie J on the 4Music Stage, Chelmsford

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Dizzee fans prepare to go 'Bonkers'

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Dizzee Rascal plays his hits 'Fix Up Look Sharp', 'Bonkers' and 'Old Skool'.

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All in a spin for Dizzee Rascal, as he headlines the 4Music Stage in Chelmsford

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Riot gags aside, Kaiser Chiefs play an evening slot on the Virgin Media Main Stage in Chelmsford

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Brit School graduate Katy B plays on The Arena Stage before headliners Chase And Status

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The Courteeners warm up the crowd for Primal Scream on the 4Music Stage at Weston Park

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No need for an umbrella as fans welcome Rihanna to the main V Stage

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Jessie J playing an amazing set in Chelmsford, despite a broken foot.

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East Jail inmates join the flurry of fancy dress, an obvious Arctic Monkeys fan on the right.

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Songstress Jessie J performing a mixture of tracks from her debut album 'Who You Are'.

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British rapper Professor Green flaunts his lyrical flare to the Chelmsford crowd

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Bruno Mars brings his Californian cool to V Festival Chelmsford

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Elliot Gleave a.k.a Example, entertains the Chelmsford crowd with his top singles

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Manic Street Preachers playing a career spanning set, including hits 'Design For Life' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'.

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Most of the weekend was bone dry and bright sunshine during V 2011. Keep up to date with all the festival action at NME.COM/festivals.

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Never failing to impress, Nicky Wire dons an interesting patch-work jacket and facial glitter

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The sun breaks through and Lostprophets take to the Main V Stage, Chelmsford.

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Maximum capacity is reached, as Hard-Fi play to a packed out Undercover stage.

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Ex Bloc Party frontman, Kele, warms up the Arena stage for his afternoon show

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Punters prepare for the worst, with on and off showers all afternoon

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Ellie Goulding sings 'Guns & Horses' to a packed out crowd on the main V Stage

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The first ever headliner of V Festival was Pulp in 1996.

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Kids In Glass Houses let it all out on the 4Music stage in Chelmsford

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Last year's headliners were Kings Of Leon and Kasabian

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Cheeky chap Olly Murs salutes his audience on the 4Music stage

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The V Festival came together when Jarvis Cocker said he wanted to play two outdoor festivals over the same weekend.

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New cub on the block and future star of the Emerge NME Radar Tour Wolf Gang belts our some big hits.

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"Everybody say 'eh-oh'!": Teletubbies fans pose for the cameras

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Alongside the 4Music stage there are three other stages, including two comedy tents.

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Fans get ready for a chair-raising set from Primal Scream

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NYC trio Fun Lovin' Criminals play an array of songs to the Hylands Park audience.

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Imelda's Irish charm spreads through the crowd, as the day kicks off to a great start.

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This year, a huge rush for tickets saw the festival sell out just hours after going on sale

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West Midlands girl Claire Maguire pops down south to Chelsmford before her return to Staffordshire on Sunday.

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Katy B draws in some dedicated fans for her afternoon performance on The Arena Stage in Chelmsford

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A big thumbs-up from the Staffordshire festival goers Squueze take to the stage

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Imelda May plays a blues filled set, as she opens Saturday with a well received performance

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Distant murmurings of 'Mmmbop' pull many into The Arena Stage for Hanson's nostalgic performance

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Some people begin their long wait for Staffordshire's Saturday headliners Rihanna and Eminem

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Looking dapper and in need of a dollar, Aloe Blacc is joined by the crowd in chorus.

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Eminem and Arctic Monkeys head up a pretty diverse bill that includes everyone from Rihanna to the Manic Street Preachers

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A busy afternoon on the 4Music Stage in Staffordshire, with D12 playing, followed by the Noisettes and Good Charlotte.

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