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V Festival 2012

V Festival is an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend in August. The event is held at two parks simultaneously which share the same bill; artists perform at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. The sites are located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park in South Staffordshire.

The idea for V Festival came in 1996 when Pulp’s front man Jarvis Cocker announced he would love to play two outdoor venues in two days. Pulp’s promoters got together and came up with the idea of putting the gig into Victoria Park Warrington and Hylands Park Chelmsford giving fans in both the North and South a chance to see the band.

I went to the very first V festival in 1996, then to the second in 1997 where I first saw Robbie Williams perform. At the time I didn’t appreciate the wonder of what V really was, but over the 16 years it has been going, it has become quite apparent just how incredible and mind-blowing it really is.

I have now attended 11 V festivals and each one gets better and better. I have camped in Red Camp 5 times, endured the porta loos, danced in the mud and the rain and rocked out in blazing sunshine. V festival will always hold a very special place in my heart and my life and I hope to continue going for many years to come. Even now, I am still astounded by what occurs over the two day event on my own doorstop.

Even after spending my entire life visiting Hylands Park for various reasons, it still manages to completely disorientate me come V weekend. I never know where I am!

V 2012 held many many highlights for me, but most importantly, I think, was sharing the experience with the best friends in the world. This is what makes is so special.

Highlight acts for me this year have got to be Example, Snow Patrol and The Killers. They totally rocked my world. I took prime position near the front for all three acts, as to be honest, it is the only place to be to appreciate the full effect. I got covered in beer, sweat and god knows what else, at times feared for my safety and would do it all again in a heartbeat. Only 360 days to go until next year!!

I have never experienced anything like it as to when Snow Patrol performed their ‘Chasing Cars’ track. The crowd was amazing and I thought I would never experience anything quite like it again. How wrong was I? For in about another hour’s time, The Killers allowed me to feel that sheer euphoria all over again when they performed their ‘Mr Brightside’. Words such as incredible, out of this world, extraordinary and phenomenal do not do these acts justice. There are no words!

Elliot Gleave

Elliot Gleave working the crowd... amazing!!


Put your hands up for EXAMPLE!!

Example Crowd perspective

Crowd perspective shot for Example!!

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars

Singing our hearts out to ‘Chasing Cars’

The Killers

The Killers made a welcome return to V after a 3 year break. This being their 3rd V festival

Away from the music I witnessed the Red devils do an amazing air aerobatic act as I built up courage to visit the porta loos!! Check out this video that does better justice!

Red Devils
Red Devils2

I sampled the festivals cuisine, and totally pigged out on hog roasts, noodles and my all time favourite, ostrich burgers. If you have never had one, TRY ONE!! They are the best burger ever!!

I cannot and will not ever have a bad word to say about V festival. For under £200 you will have one of the best weekends of your life and experience things you can only dream of. I hope to still be going, with my neon paint and flower headbands way into old age.