The series of free shows kick off tonight...

Some of the UK’s hottest bands will go head-to-head tonight (July 15) in a bid to grab the opening slot on the NME STAGE at this year’s V FESTIVAL with the VIRGIN MOBILE LOUDER ROAD TO V.

The competition will continue tomorrow (July 16) and Saturday (17) at a series of free gigs at London’s Islington Carling Academy.

Kicking off at 6pm, the events will be filmed and then later shown on the T4 morning show from Monday to Thursday, weeks commencing July 26 and August 2.

Viewers will then be asked to text in their own reviews of each different band. Each review will then be considered by a panel of music industry judges and the band which proves to be most popular will be announced during a V Festival preview show at 11.45am on August 20.

The winning band will open the V Festival on the NME Stage at Chelmsford’s Hylands Park on August 21 and Staffordshire’s Weston Park on August 22.

The band schedule is:

The Brand / Iain Archer / Victor Molloy (July 15)

10,000 Things / Taz / The Infadels (16)

The Glitteratti / Jokers Wild / Shystie (17)