Arctic Monkey's told NME they opted to play V Festival this year "to do something different", playing a set that heavily featured their latest album 'Suck It And See'.
The Sheffield rockers were joined on Saturday night by Miles Kane at the Chelmsford show
Arctic Monkeys played the V Festival for the first time this weekend, and gave many fans the first glimpse of Alex's new retro haircut.
Glasvegas play the Staffordshire site at V Festival on Sunday. The band were unfortunately bottled off stage after only four tracks during their performance later in the weekend at Chelmsford.
Their position in the line up gave a clue as to why they were bottled. The Glaswegian band were sandwiched between Katy B and Chase & Status.
Primal Scream play V Festival in Chelmsford on Sunday (Aug 21).
Bobby Gillespie shakes his maracas at Chelmsford. To keep up to date with all things festival, point your eyes at NME.COM/festival.
A change of hairdo and outfit for day two of the Rihanna extravaganza
Kaiser Chiefs follow Lostprophets on the Virgin Media Main Stage. Watch their backstage interview at NME.com/video.
"Nobody's perfect, not even Jessie J". Jessie J live on the 4Music Stage.
Hurts duo, Theo and Adam, take their theatrical show to The Arena Stage Chelmsford
A walk in the park for Jessie J as she basks in the sunshine over Staffordshire
Jahmaal Fyffe a.k.a Chipmunk followed Kele on The Arena Stage Staffordshire
The girls got balls...
Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes, leading the second high energy performance of the weekend
Flying high on Staffordshire's fairground
John Power leads Liverpool's Cast through a set of brit-pop classics
Crowds get ready for Jessie J's afternoon slot on the 4Music Stage Staffordshire
Ellie Goulding heads to Chelmsford for her second day of the festival, following her on the Virgin Media Main Stage were Scouting For Girls
Temperatures rise and Rihanna's performance lives on through the weekend.
N-Dubz were spotted in the Staffordshire crowd dancing to Rihanna, before heading to Chelmsford for their second performance of the festival.
Coca Cola run a 'Swap for Swag' initiative, collect plastic bottles and exchange them for festival essentials
Goddaughter of the late Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield performs on The Arena Stage in Chelmsford
Luminous paint at the ready for Kaiser Chiefs.
Alex Winston and her Sisterwives woo the Staffordshire crowd with their performance of new single 'Velvet Elvis'.
Ziggy Marley brings peace, love and handstands
"My name is Chip Diddy Chip", Chipmunk works the crowd from left to right
Following on from The Wanted, Eliza Doolittle played The Arena Stage, performing hits 'Pack Up' and 'Skinny Jeans'.
Charlie Simpson opens the Arena Stage at the Chelmsford site.
Older and wiser, with certainly less hair, Hanson play 'Mmmbop' to The Arena Stage Chelmsford.
Imelda May performs at Chelmsford on the Virgin Media Main Stage for day two of the festival
The final day of the festival is well under way, with Fun Lovin Criminals kicking things off at Staffordshire
Arctic Monkeys headline the first night of V Festival 2011 in Chelmsford
Alex Turner's new hairdo brought excited fans flocking to the Hylands Park Virgin Media Main Stage
Rock chic Rihanna performs her hit singles in a Union Jack punk vest before mounting a huge pink cannon
Eminem is joined on stage by special guests D12 for a full performance of 'Purple Pills'
Eminem played a medley of 'My Name' 'Real Slim Shady' & 'Without Me'
Tinie Tempah follows Jessie J on the 4Music Stage, Chelmsford
Dizzee fans prepare to go 'Bonkers'
Dizzee Rascal plays his hits 'Fix Up Look Sharp', 'Bonkers' and 'Old Skool'.
All in a spin for Dizzee Rascal, as he headlines the 4Music Stage in Chelmsford
Riot gags aside, Kaiser Chiefs play an evening slot on the Virgin Media Main Stage in Chelmsford
Brit School graduate Katy B plays on The Arena Stage before headliners Chase And Status
The Courteeners warm up the crowd for Primal Scream on the 4Music Stage at Weston Park
No need for an umbrella as fans welcome Rihanna to the main V Stage
Jessie J playing an amazing set in Chelmsford, despite a broken foot.
East Jail inmates join the flurry of fancy dress, an obvious Arctic Monkeys fan on the right.
Songstress Jessie J performing a mixture of tracks from her debut album 'Who You Are'.
British rapper Professor Green flaunts his lyrical flare to the Chelmsford crowd
Bruno Mars brings his Californian cool to V Festival Chelmsford
Elliot Gleave a.k.a Example, entertains the Chelmsford crowd with his top singles
Manic Street Preachers playing a career spanning set, including hits 'Design For Life' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'.
Most of the weekend was bone dry and bright sunshine during V 2011. Keep up to date with all the festival action at NME.COM/festivals.
Never failing to impress, Nicky Wire dons an interesting patch-work jacket and facial glitter
The sun breaks through and Lostprophets take to the Main V Stage, Chelmsford.
Maximum capacity is reached, as Hard-Fi play to a packed out Undercover stage.
Ex Bloc Party frontman, Kele, warms up the Arena stage for his afternoon show
Punters prepare for the worst, with on and off showers all afternoon
Ellie Goulding sings 'Guns & Horses' to a packed out crowd on the main V Stage
The first ever headliner of V Festival was Pulp in 1996.
Kids In Glass Houses let it all out on the 4Music stage in Chelmsford
Last year's headliners were Kings Of Leon and Kasabian
Cheeky chap Olly Murs salutes his audience on the 4Music stage
The V Festival came together when Jarvis Cocker said he wanted to play two outdoor festivals over the same weekend.
New cub on the block and future star of the Emerge NME Radar Tour Wolf Gang belts our some big hits.
"Everybody say 'eh-oh'!": Teletubbies fans pose for the cameras
Alongside the 4Music stage there are three other stages, including two comedy tents.
Fans get ready for a chair-raising set from Primal Scream
NYC trio Fun Lovin' Criminals play an array of songs to the Hylands Park audience.
Imelda's Irish charm spreads through the crowd, as the day kicks off to a great start.
This year, a huge rush for tickets saw the festival sell out just hours after going on sale
West Midlands girl Claire Maguire pops down south to Chelsmford before her return to Staffordshire on Sunday.
Katy B draws in some dedicated fans for her afternoon performance on The Arena Stage in Chelmsford
A big thumbs-up from the Staffordshire festival goers Squueze take to the stage
Imelda May plays a blues filled set, as she opens Saturday with a well received performance
Distant murmurings of 'Mmmbop' pull many into The Arena Stage for Hanson's nostalgic performance
Some people begin their long wait for Staffordshire's Saturday headliners Rihanna and Eminem
Looking dapper and in need of a dollar, Aloe Blacc is joined by the crowd in chorus.
Eminem and Arctic Monkeys head up a pretty diverse bill that includes everyone from Rihanna to the Manic Street Preachers
A busy afternoon on the 4Music Stage in Staffordshire, with D12 playing, followed by the Noisettes and Good Charlotte.