This year’s V Festival has not arrived without a wave of online hate regarding its latest line-up. Being slammed for not having an adequate headliner, the festival is rumoured to be struggling with ticket sales. Regardless of this, there are many intriguing, successful and memorable artists embedded within the line-up that make the festival very much worth attending. Sieving through the unimportant acts that belong at Summertime Ball and forgetting about the headliners Kasabian and Calvin Harris, below are the acts to look forward to at this year’s V Festival 2015.
The electronic trio recently made a very strong comeback with the release of their single ‘Leave A Trace’, which is taken from their forthcoming second LP. The song demonstrates a gentler dimension to the band, a development from the confident electro-pop sound of their debut, consisting of the successful single ‘The Mother We Share’. The band offer an absorbing, captivating sound contributed by the delicacy of Lauren Mayberry’s vocals – perfect for festival vibes.
Appallingly placed beneath Olly Murs in the MTV Stage schedule, the legendary Tom Jones missed out on a headlining spot, but will nevertheless most likely be one of the highlights of the weekend. With a career that spans over 50 years, the Welsh singer’s discography is one like no other. Featuring hits like ‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Kiss’ and ‘Sex Bomb’, Jones’ set at a festival is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity featuring one of the most iconic voices in music. It would be foolish to miss him.
Previously part of band Fun. who brought us ‘We Are Young’ and Some Nights’, Jack Antonoff has since formed the act Bleachers. Demonstrating an unusual indie pop sound that echoes with bouncy Summer vibes, Bleachers’ debut album is eclectic and interesting and an ideal sound to catch within the festival atmosphere. The boyfriend of Lena Dunham is currently touring with Charli XCX whilst also having a track on the debut album that features Yoko Ono, proving Bleachers’ diverse and intriguing characterisation.
Marina and the Diamonds
Bringing the sound of her latest album FROOT to the festival, Marina and the Diamonds is an act who intricately creates an aesthetic to sit alongside the sound of her performance, where the vibrancy that is at the core of FROOT will be showcased. With an impressive vocal range, strong stage presence, along with layered tracks, Marina is stretching the boundaries of pop music and does so with many pleasing results.
The singer-songwriter is due to take to the stage at V Festival after recently dropping her second album Tough Love, which was received well both commercially and critically. Notably infused with 80s influences, Jessie Ware demonstrates a vocal delicacy that echoes with Rae Morris similarities, contributed by many musical dimensions, making her tracks brim with soul and almost R&B notes that draw comparisons with FKA twigs (although Ware appears much more tame and conventional in her musical experimentation).
Although their second album did not live up to the greatness of their debut, Kodaline are still ones to catch at this year’s V Festival. The lead single of their latest LP, ‘Honest’, displays a confidence and an epic quality that the first album lacks; within a festival atmosphere it’s going to be striking. Along with this, Kodaline’s previous hits of ‘High Hopes’ and ‘Love Like This’ will be compelling through the rugged vocals of Steve Garrigan.
Taking the global music scene by storm with the release of his single ‘Take Me To Church’, the success of Hozier has rapidly soared, where the release of his debut LP entered the top five in both the UK and the US. Renowned for being exceptionally good and inventive live – examples include his Grammy performance with Annie Lennox as well as his innovative cover of Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – Hozier’s strong vocal ability is something to lose oneself in.
For more information about this year’s V Festival, including the lineup and ticket prices, follow this link to the festival’s website.