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V Festival 2013: 20 Acts You Can’t Afford To Miss

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Beyonce, Virgin Media Stage Queen Bey prepares to bid a fond farewell to these shores as her Mrs Carter juggernaut makes its final stop at V this weekend: an excellent chance to see the world’s premiere popstar before she returns to the US to finish crafting the follow-up to ‘4’.

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The Courteeners, Stage 2 Having proved their big-crowd chops with a couple of huge homecoming shows in their native Manchester in June, Liam Fray and co should be finely tuned-up for the Chelmsford and Staffordshire crowds this weekend.

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Katy B, Arena Stage “There is love and sex and passion and jealousy on this record, for sure... with this album, I’ve had another relationship and that has been… realer. Life is less of a fantasy.” Hark at grown-up Katy B! And find out exactly how the ‘mature’ successor to ‘On A Mission’ is shaping up…

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Kings Of Leon, Virgin Media Stage Once upon a time, the prospect of being blasted by Caleb Followill’s 'Supersoaker' would’ve been a filthy, shameful affair ending in a furtive trip to the clinic. But Kings Of Leon’s new single has whetted our appetite for new album ‘Mechanical Bull’; here’s hoping they don’t skimp on the new tracks this weekend.

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The Vaccines, Virgin Media Stage Justin and his denim-loving troupe were looking pretty tasty at Glastonbury – they’ve now perfected that exuberant early-evening pick-me-up festival set, puffing your breakfast-beer droopy sails taught again with their bouncy riffs, ra-ra-ra singalongs and lovably puppyish exuberance.

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Rudimental, 4Music Stage Even if you’d never consider watching them anywhere else, V Festival is exactly the place to watch these massively popular crossover dance bods kick some serious shit in their natural environment - and you’d need to be a seriously miserable sod not to crack at least a little smile as the bodies go flying to those insistently massive beats.

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Maximo Park, Stage 2 Never underestimate the power of the Park - these festival veterans will literally never tire of hammering those keys and executing those star jumps. They’ll get the crowd moving with old favourites like ‘Apply Some Pressure’ before blasting the cobwebs from your brain with the best bits of 2012’s excellently angry ‘The National Health’.

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Lianne La Havas, Arena Stage The singer-songwriter's 2012 debut 'Is Your Love Big Enough' was one of the year's slow-burn successes and garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination to boot. And, if you're feeling a tad rough from all the excess booze, her folky, gentle wares should be just the soothing tonic you're after...

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Everything Everything EE have been a tad snippy about the UK festival scene this summer, complaining earlier in the year that Kraftwerk had been forced to play under Calvin Harris at T In The Park. Wonder how they feel that they’ll be playing second fiddle to McFly this weekend, then? Still, ace band.

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5ive, Arena Stage 'Ah!' you may think to yourself. 'A chance to snigger at 5ive, and laugh at how far the mighty have fallen.' But it's a festival, a time of cheer and goodwill. Surely you can find it in your hearts to show some (mild) appreciation for a long-in-the-tooth boyband, no?
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