I LOVE V Festival! Many good times have been had over the years, although I admit that we now attend in style; 2 nights in a hotel rather than a tent in the muddy campsite! I have only missed attending one V Festival in the last decade and this years festival takes place this weekend (16-17th August 2014).
So who is on my V Festival 2014 wishlist of must see acts? Frankly I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, ranging from indie and rock, to pop and RnB and reggae to soul and this is probably why I love V Festival so much – it consistently covers my past, present and newly found music loves like no other festival line up. I have to admit though that this year the line up wasn’t immediately as enthralling as past festivals and this perhaps explains why tickets still haven’t sold out, which I have never known before. I think they are lacking the 90s indie staples which always go down a storm. However in my opinion the organisers could never surpass the 2013 Festival anyway with Kings of Leon and Beyonce headlining (pure heaven for me!). Saying this I am definitely not short of acts I would like to see this year and I am actually looking forward to a slightly more chilled out experience this year. Perhaps instead of rushing from stage to stage I will discover some new favourite acts and enjoy the vibe in a more chilled out fashion. Of course V Festival isn’t only about the music, it is so much more! It is about great company, scrumptious food, beer and the unique event experience of spending two days in a muddy field with 100 thousand other revellers!
Here is my wishlist of must see artists for V Festival 2014. If I see even some of these 14 acts over the weekend I will be a happy bunny 🙂
1. The Killers
Simply unmissable if their past V performances are anything to go by!
2. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
I went to my first Beautiful South concert at 14 and we were die hard fans, never missing a tour and queuing up all day to be at the front! Paul Heaton is a legend and I will always have a soft spot for him! Great that he and Jacqui are reunited and Paul’s songwriting and insightful lyrics continue.
3. Ella Eyre
Amazing voice which I would love to hear live!
4. The Kaiser Chiefs
Ricky Wilson is a great front man and has never disappointed when I have seen him live at V and performing on tour. I remember him climbing the rigging on more than one occasion – his performances are always full of energy and get the crowd on side!
5. All Saints
Frankly the V line up this year is lacking the classic 90s indie bands I love so much! However All Saints could be that blast from the past I need, albeit sadly not my indie fix!
Waiting All Night Featuring Ella Eyre is one of my favourite tracks of 2013 and as they are both performing on the same day hopefully we can anticipate Ella featuring live for this track! Unfortunately John Newman is playing on the alternative day though so we cant’t expect a live performance of ‘Not Giving In’ or ‘Feel the Love’ but I am sure they will be crowd pleasers nevertheless….
7. Newton Faulkner
Most recently at V we watched Newton at the Arena Stage (tent) and he had everyone clapping and singing along in harmony. One of those magical live performance moments. This year he is on the main stage and it would be great to hear his smooth vocals across Weston Park. Hand Built by Robots is a great first album and although I am less familiar with his more recent albums I am sure he will deliver a great set.
Sadly I have never seen Elbow perform live but I have the utmost respect for the fellow Northerners. This will be particularly moving when they perform the classic ‘One Day Like This.’
9. Paolo Nutini
I have seen Paolo at least twice at V and also out on tour and he has so many toe tapping classic tracks as well as his acclaimed recent album and releases. I also want to see if he has learnt to stand up straight yet as so many times I have seen him perform his set slumped over his microphone – stand up tall lad, shoulders back!
10. John Newman
I love him even more knowing he performed a Homecoming Tour back in Settle.
11. Tom Odell
I have enjoyed the mellow sound I have heard from Tom Odell and wouldn’t mind a listen.
12. Ed Sheeran
Sadly I haven’t listened to his latest album but I have heard a lot of positive reviews and would like to see Ed live. He will be a cool warm up act for Justin Timberlake!
Two acts that I would like to see but I can already guess from the clashes and them performing to packed tents that I am probably unlikely to see this year…
13. Rita Ora
Pop/RnB princess Rita is not someone I would necessarily pay to see at a gig but I am sure I would enjoy her chart tracks at V Festival, however it looks like she will be programmed against stiff competition.
14. Chase and Status
I would love to see the DJ set from Chase & Status HOWEVER up against the Killers on the Main Stage this is one on my wish list that will definitely be missed.
Are you attending V Festival 2014? Which acts are on your wishlist this year? Is the music your number one motivation for attending V and any other festival or is it the experience overall? I would love to read your comments below or via Twitter to @EventsNorthern.