V Festival takes place this weekend (21-22 August)
Going to V? There’s plenty to get excited about besides the headline acts, whether it’s on-the-up bands like Is Tropical (check out NME New Music Editor Jaimie Hodgson’s new band recommendations here) or returning goliaths such as Doves.
We thought we’d put together a playlist of the alternative anthems of the weekend.
Hurts – Better Than Love
Bands with Proper Choons always go down well at V, and Hurts look likely to be the ‘did you see?’ word of mouth hit of the weekend.
The Coral – 1000 Years
The perfect soundtrack to a lazy afternoon pint, and – if you’re that way inclined – perhaps even a crafty schmoke.
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
They’re unlikely main stage fodder, perhaps (and let’s hope they play some new material) but this song never sounds less than awesome.
White Lies – Death
They get a lot of stick, White Lies, but those stabbing chords at the start of ‘Death’ always get the adrenaline flowing.
Jamie T – Sticks N Stones
Having to postpone his UK tour through illness rather knocked the wind out of Jamie T’s ‘Kings And Queens’ campaign, which is a shame, because it’s a brilliant album.
Professor Green – I Need You Tonight
The east London Eminem should be a highlight on the T4 stage, especially when he plays this INXS-sampling tale of frustrated lust.
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
If this heartbreak anthem doesn’t move you, you’re probably a cyborg.
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
The highlight of their Glastonbury set, no doubt it’ll sound equally majestic at V.
There are plenty more screamingly obvious choices – Kasabian’s ‘Fire’, Kings Of Leon with mum-pleaser ‘Sex On Fire’ and The Prodigy pumping out surefire anthems like ‘Smack My Bitch Up’.
But which not-so Fearne Cotton-friendly track or undercard band are you most looking forward to? Who’s got you setting the reminder alarm on your mobile to make sure you don’t miss them?
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Oh, and here’s a streamable V Festival playlist from the good folk at We7.