Beyonce, Virgin Media Stage
Queen Bey prepares to bid a fond farewell to these shores as her Mrs Carter juggernaut makes its final stop at V this weekend: an excellent chance to see the world’s premiere popstar before she returns to the US to finish crafting the follow-up to ‘4’.
Two Door Cinema Club, Virgin Media Stage
Two Door frontman Alex Trimble had the temerity to label The Rolling Stones as being “past it” at Glastonbury in June. Time, then, for him and his bandmates to prove they have what it takes to take top billing in the future?
The Courteeners, Stage 2
Having proved their big-crowd chops with a couple of huge homecoming shows in their native Manchester in June, Liam Fray and co should be finely tuned-up for the Chelmsford and Staffordshire crowds this weekend.
Of Monsters And Men, Stage 2
The Icelandic indie folk-poppers have been peddling their ‘My Head Is An Animal’ album for the past two years solid, so the wildly optimistic among you may see this as a prime opportunity for them to test out a handful of new tunes on the big stage.
Lissie, Stage 2
It seems like a bloody age since Lissie released her debut album, 2010’s ‘Catching A Tiger’. Thankfully, she’s set to release the follow-up effort this September, so catch her giving a sneak-preview of the forthcoming ‘Back To Forever’ at V.
Katy B, Arena Stage
“There is love and sex and passion and jealousy on this record, for sure… with this album, I’ve had another relationship and that has been… realer. Life is less of a fantasy.” Hark at grown-up Katy B! And find out exactly how the ‘mature’ successor to ‘On A Mission’ is shaping up…
Goldie Lookin Chain, Futures Stage
There were shocks all around when, inexplicably, Goldie Lookin Chain were scandalously omitted from our recent 40 Years Of Hip Hop issue. So here’s hoping the authors of such pivotal rap gems as ‘Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do’ and ‘Your Mother’s Got A Penis’ prove they belong among Jay Z, Kanye et al once and for all.
Jessie Ware, Arena Stage
It’s nearly exactly a year since our Jessie released her slinky, sophisticated debut ‘Devotion’ and became everyone’s favourite sophisticated pop princess in the process. Catch her at V as she caps off a blinding 12 months – and, just maybe, to see if she throws any new songs our way…
A*M*E, Future’s Stage Londoner A*M*E has had quite the year since guesting on Duke Dumont’s club-smash ‘Need U (100%)’ back at the start of 2013. There’s plenty more where that came from.
Kings Of Leon, Virgin Media Stage
Once upon a time, the prospect of being blasted by Caleb Followill’s ‘Supersoaker’ would’ve been a filthy, shameful affair ending in a furtive trip to the clinic. But Kings Of Leon’s new single has whetted our appetite for new album ‘Mechanical Bull’; here’s hoping they don’t skimp on the new tracks this weekend.
The Vaccines, Virgin Media Stage
Justin and his denim-loving troupe were looking pretty tasty at Glastonbury – they’ve now perfected that exuberant early-evening pick-me-up festival set, puffing your breakfast-beer droopy sails taught again with their bouncy riffs, ra-ra-ra singalongs and lovably puppyish exuberance.
Rudimental, 4Music Stage
Even if you’d never consider watching them anywhere else, V Festival is exactly the place to watch these massively popular crossover dance bods kick some serious shit in their natural environment – and you’d need to be a seriously miserable sod not to crack at least a little smile as the bodies go flying to those insistently massive beats.
Maximo Park, Stage 2
Never underestimate the power of the Park – these festival veterans will literally never tire of hammering those keys and executing those star jumps. They’ll get the crowd moving with old favourites like ‘Apply Some Pressure’ before blasting the cobwebs from your brain with the best bits of 2012’s excellently angry ‘The National Health’.
Eels, Arena Stage
Life’s not all sunbeams and dandelions, you know. It is the thinking person’s duty to periodically contemplate the darker side of things. Pain. Fear. Death. Mark ‘E’ Everett and his perenially oddball indiepop crew understand this. Fortunately, with the likes of ‘Dog Faced Boy’, they also make the process beautifully bleak fun.
Kendrick Lamar, 4Music Stage
The man whose remarkable debut ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ brought a fresh new credibility to mainstream hip-hop brings much of the same to V, with his moody, atmospheric tunes and whipsmart coming-of-age tales.
Lianne La Havas, Arena Stage
The singer-songwriter’s 2012 debut ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ was one of the year’s slow-burn successes and garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination to boot. And, if you’re feeling a tad rough from all the excess booze, her folky, gentle wares should be just the soothing tonic you’re after…
EE have been a tad snippy about the UK festival scene this summer, complaining earlier in the year that Kraftwerk had been forced to play under Calvin Harris at T In The Park. Wonder how they feel that they’ll be playing second fiddle to McFly this weekend, then? Still, ace band.
James Skelly & The Intruders
Wistful pop and soulful bonhomie aplenty beckons when The Coral’s ringleader brings his recently-released ‘Love Undercover’ to V this year – proof that you don’t need a backing band that resembles a Scouse army to put on a decent show.
Idris Elba (DJing)
Sadly, Beady Eye’s decision to pull out of V means we won’t get a follow-up to the ding-dong Idris and Liam Gallagher had at this year’s NME Awards But still, the coolest motherfucker to ever star in a BBC police procedural will still be on hand and is dab hand at the decks, too.
5ive, Arena Stage
‘Ah!’ you may think to yourself. ‘A chance to snigger at 5ive, and laugh at how far the mighty have fallen.’ But it’s a festival, a time of cheer and goodwill. Surely you can find it in your hearts to show some (mild) appreciation for a long-in-the-tooth boyband, no?