Photo Gallery: V Festival 2009

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Fans at V festival 2009, dressed for the occasion. Temperatures hit a sweltering 30 degrees this year as the summer heat roasted the event. Pic: Tom Martin

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A fan declares her love for V Stafford, in the form of a homemade paint tattoo. Pic: Tom Martin

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A dash of glamour as tea ladies serve up afternoon treats backstage at V Chelmsford. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Fans 'large it' at V Stafford 2009. Oasis headlined the Saturday night at the northern end of the twin-venue event, before being forced to pull out of V Chelmsford due to Liam being unwell. Pic: Richard Johnson

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A packed crowd for topless Scots rockers Biffy Clyro at V Stafford 2009. The band played two new songs during their V Festival appearance at the bash's Stafford site. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Biffy Clyro at V Festival. The Scottish trio – who were all shirtless for the entire set – surprised much of the crowd by starting with new single 'That Golden Rule'. The song – released this Monday (August 24) – proved to be a massive success, with the crowd singing along with the chorus. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The NME signing tent at V Stafford. NME is bringing fans the chance to meet artists and bands at both ends of the event this year. See the photos on NME.COM/Festivals from Monday. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Fans go wild down the front at V Stafford. Headliners this year included Oasis, British Sea Power, Keane and MGMT. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Comedic Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain  entertained the crowd at a baking hot V Chelmsford on Saturday (August 22). Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Blonde songstress Pixie Lott and fans enjoy the summery weather conditions - and copious amounts of beer - at V Chelmsford 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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The Enemy's Tom Clarke fills the video screens at V Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The Enemy's Tom Clarke lets rip in front of a huge crowd at V Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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V Festival 2009. What would any festival be without the presence of an inflatable pink guitar? Pic: Tom Martin

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Nope, it's not Hot Chip. Purple-clad fans at V Festival Stafford throw the devil horns. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Dizzee Rascal played to a giant crowd who seemed to know every word to chart-topping hit 'Bonkers' at V Chelmsford. The grime-pop artist dazzled in the summer sun with a set that included new single 'Holiday' and 'Fix Up Look Sharp'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Calvin Harris salutes the crowd at V Festival Chelmsford 2009. The Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Do birthdays get any better? Scorching sunshine and a ridiculous hat. What more do you need at a festival in 2009? Pic: Richard Johnson

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"Bez has quit the band. And so has the drummer," griped Shaun Ryder at V Festival Chelmsford 2009. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong strut the stage at V Festival Stafford 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Kid British make their feelings clear at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Howling Bells rock V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Oasis' Liam Gallagher performs at V Festival 2009, before having to pull out of the Chelmsford leg of the bash due to a throat infection. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Noel Gallagher of Oasis at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Oasis headline V Festival 2009 in Stafford, shortly before announcing that they wouldn't be able to play the Chelmsford leg due to Liam's viral laryngitis. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The Noisettes get the entire crowd singing along to "Go baby, go baby, go!" at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Singer Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets strums at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Tom Martin

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Why does Glastonbury hardly ever get weather like this? James Morrison takes to the stage at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The dangers of too much beer plus a bargain... Oxfam sell budget wedding dresses at V Festival 2009 in Stafford. Pic: Richard Johnson

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VV Brown at V Festival 2009 in Chelmsford. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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The Arena tent at V Festival Stafford - home to Ladyhawke, The Streets, MGMT and Lady
Gaga on Saturday. Pic: Richard Johnson

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The Specials continue their UK festival domination. A successful set at Glastonbury plus Amy Winehouse joining them onstage at V this weekend have made the comeback band firm festival favourites. Pic: Andy Willsher

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Pixie Lott takes the Arena at Chelmsford by storm at V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

40Razorlight at V festival Chelmsford, for nme 22/08/09

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With the weather pushing 30 degrees heat, sombreros weren't the worst idea at V Festival 2009. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Razorlight's Johnny Borrell played a 'greatest hits' set at Chelmsford including 'Golden Touch' and 'America'. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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The crowd takes on a Native American theme at V Festival 2009. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Girl-band The Saturdays dropped by the NME signing tent before delivering their saccharine pop hits to the Chelmsford crowd V Festival 2009. See all the photos at NME.COM/Festivals from Monday.Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Peter Doherty headlines V Festival 2009 in Chelmsford. He got a kiss from Amy Winehouse later. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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Amy Winehouse delights V Festival crowds by making a surprise guest appearence, to sing two songs including 'Ghost Town', with The Specials. V Festival Hylands Park, Chelmsford Sat 22/08/2009 Dan Kendall/NME
Amy Winehouse joined The Specials onstage for versions of 'You're Wondering Now' and the 1981 UK Number One single 'Ghost Town'.
Pic:  James McCauley

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Lady Gaga performs on the V Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Lady GaGa was booed before and after her V performance after arriving late onstage. The notoriously over-the-top singer caused mass boos after she kept the packed Arena tent waiting 15 minutes past her allotted stage time, with several fans shining their laser pens on the stage backdrop in protest.
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Lady Gaga performs on the V Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. Amy Brammall/NME
Lady GaGa appeared onstage at one point covered head to toe in diamonds. As she sat at a silver piano, she took the opportunity to pay tribute to the audience. "I live for nothing more than my fans, you guys are the fucking coolest fans on the planet," she said, before adding, "I always have pies, chips and mushy peas when I'm here..."
Pic: PA Photos

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The crowd watching Elbow performing on the V Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
The roasting sun finally sets at V Chelmsford. The weather in Essex over the weekend couldn't have been better, with sunburn being the only concern for the many revellers who dozed in the heat.
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Paolo Nutini performing on the 4 Music Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Paolo Nutini got a little help to get the crowd dancing at the during a sun-drenched set in Staffordshire. The Scottish crooner roped in a brass band to help out on four of the tracks he performed. The star played six tracks from his recent UK Number One album 'Sunny Side Up', alongside crowd favourite 'New Shoes' and one-off track 'Sleepwalking'.

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Guy Garvey of Elbow performing on the V Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Guy Garvey led Manchester multi-award-winners Elbow through a triumphant set on the V Stage. The band drew one of the largest main crowds as they began to round off the sensational live campaign for 'The Seldom Seen Kid' album that saw them become one of the largest bands in the UK. During the set Garvey declared that it was time for a "classic Elbow reverse Mexican wave".
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Katy Perry performing on the 4 Music Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Katy Perry wore a sparkly bra and hot-pants for her V Chelmsford set - which was more than much of the crowd were wearing in the sizzling summer heat.
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Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol backstage at the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. Pa Photos
Snow Patrol covered Oasis on the final night of V, after they filled in as headliners. Gary Lightbody's men topped the bill after Liam Gallagher caught viral laryngitis. To make-up for their absence, the group covered 'Wonderwall' and 'Champagne Supernova', with frontman Lightbody declaring: "The mighty Oasis should be here tonight!"
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Paolo Nutini performing on the Absolute Radio Secret Stage during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Paulo Nutini sings his track 'New Shoes'. As the singer finished the song, he joked: "If it wasn't for your shoes what would your feet be like now?"
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Katy Perry performing on the 4 Music Stage at the V Festival, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Katy Perry suggested that all the women at V leave  their ex-boyfriends a naughty message. Talking to the crowd, the star told the ladies to leave their old lovers a themed voicemail message relating to her track 'Ur So Gay' before singing the hit.
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Paolo Nutini backstage at the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.
Paulo Nutini strums backstage at V. The singer played a lively set at both sites that included tracks 'High Hopes', 'Candy' and 'Mexico'.
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Festival goers dressed in 'Where's Wally' outfits at the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Where's Wally?-themed revellers up the style stakes at V Chelmsford.
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The Enemy backstage at the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Coverntry trio The Enemy asked the crowd at V Chelmsford: "Just a question, has Lady GaGa got a penis? Who knows?"
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Elbow backstage at the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Elbow tried to inspire the crowd to "fall in love" during their set at V. The band, two of whom are pictured here with MGMT, prompted the audience to talk to one another between songs, hoping some romance might blossom.
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Alesha Dixon performing on the 4 Music Stage at the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Reality TV star and erstwhile singer Alesha Dixon entertains the Chelmsford corwd with songs from her album 'The Alesha Show'.
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Lily Allen performs live during the Main Square Festival 2009 in Arras, north of France.
Lily Allen at V. The singer launched a venomous tirade against fashion mags, singling out Grazia, Now and Heat. "They make us ladies feel awful," Allen said, to cheers of approval from the crowd. Pic: PA Photos

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Kimberley Walsh with an ice cream at the Absolute Radio VIP area at the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh soaks up the backstage hospitality at V. Pic: PA Photos

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Tim Booth of James backstage at the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
James' Tim Booth arrives in the NME signing tent. Were you one of the thousands of people who quoued to meet their favourite bands at V? If so, you may well find your picture in our signing tent photo gallery. Pic: PA Photos

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Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil feels the love in the NME signing tent. Pic: Hugo May

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Jet backstage in the Absolute Radio VIP area during the Virgin Media V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
Jet take a break with hanging out with footballers to pose for NME's photographer outside the NME signing tent. Last week, Premiership footballer David Bentley crashed his £98,000 Porsche after a night hanging out backstage at a Jet gig. Pic: PA Photos

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Natalie Imbruglia performing on the Arena Stage at the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. Pa Photos
Natalie Imbruglia at V, airing tracks from her forthcoming 'Come To Life' album, which features tracks penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin. Pic: PA Photos

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The crowd watching McFly performing on the V Stage during the V Festival, in Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
Revellers soak up the heat at V Festival 2009. Pic: PA Photos

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The Mystery Jets take a breather backstage before hitting the signing tent to meet their fans. Pic: Hugo May

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Radar favourites The Gay Blades clown around for NME's photographer backstage at V. Pic: Hugo May

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Biffy Clyro pose for our snapper after a signing session that saw hundreds of fans queing for a chance to meet the Scots rockers. Pic: Hugo May
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