The Best New Bands At V Festival This Year

V Festival takes place this weekend (21-22 August). Here, Radar Editor Jaimie Hodgson selects the new acts you miss at your peril

We’ve made no secret of our soft-spot for the greyscale boyband melodrama of this theatric faux-Berliner Manc duo. Expect plenty of smoke, and maybe even a few mirrors to boot.
Nissan Juke Arena, Saturday at Hylands Park, Sunday at Weston Park

Is Tropical
Sticky-faced ne’er-do-wells from London’s squat party scene, making a rasping concoction of epic anti-indie and parping no-fi synth work. We’ve called it doss-pop. Definitely the most out-of-place looking band on the V bill.
Bowtime Bar, Saturday at Hylands Park, Sunday at Weston Park

The straight-talkin’ souf London rude gyal whose bowel-quaking soul pipes have wooed none other than indie heritage powerhouse Rough Trade to come begging, contract-in-hand.
VMU Stage, Saturday at Hylands Park, Sunday at Weston Park

Lissie’s sun-bleached Americana has the power to make you want to run bare-foot across perilous desert plains in a billowy white linen shirt, screaming into the sunset, which might just be perfect accompaniment to a a cloudy afternnon in Essex.
VMU Stage, Saturday at Weston Park, Sunday at Hylands Park

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Going to V? Come meet us, as well as your favourite bands, at the signing tent