V Festival: a comprehensive guide

Posted on 2 September 2012
By Carlton Whitfield
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After a fantastic 2011 edition, we’re already waiting in anticipation for V Festival 2012 – due to kick off this month at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire. And the line up is going to be absolutely phenomenal this year: the Stone Roses, the Killers, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol are among those headlining.

Other acts include Nicki Minaj, the infamous David Guetta and the ever popular Ed Sheeran to name
just a few. And although places are fast selling out, you can still buy tickets at Stubhub tickets, a popular ticket exchange website. Those with tickets to spare can also sell tickets at Stubhub for just about everything from plays through to festivals and concerts.

Take a look at our complete guide to everything you can look forward to this year, from the acts on offer to the amazing facilities:


Delivering a bill of predominantly commercial acts, V Festival Chelmsford returns on Saturday 18
and Sunday 19 of August. The latest additions to the line up include Tulisa, The Twang, Dodgy, Jack Beats and Lawson. Festival goers will also be treated to performances from none other than Tom Jones, top acts such as The Enemy, The Proclaimers, Olly Murs, Noah and the Whale, The Stranglers and Professor Green. They’ll also enjoy long awaited appearances from Rita Ora and Maverick Sabre.

But the fun doesn’t stop there: there are still another 40 acts to be announced, and so all in all, it’s shaping up to the best V Festival yet.

Opening times and parking

With a capacity of 90,000, the site will open for weekend campers from 10am Friday until around
midday Monday. On the Saturday and Sunday, the arena will open around 12 noon and then close at
roughly 11pm which is when the bands actually finish. There is also a generous amount of parking at the Chelmsford site.

Facilities at Chelmsford V Festival

It’s worth noting that all of the bars operate on a token system (you can purchase these from the
token booths). Some of these booths will actually remain open once the bars have closed – that
way you can get your money back on any unused vouchers. You will also have access to lockers just
outside the arena by gate – all prices will displayed.


The killers are headlining on the Saturday along with Snow Patrol – who are due to perform just
before them. The reformed Stone Roses will kick things off on the Sunday, supported by Noel
Gallagher’s Flying Birds. Madness are also billed for this, as are, Happy Mondays, Wretch 32,
Beverley Knight, The Feeling and Labrinth among others.

As with Chelmsford, the bars are run on a token system and you’ll have ample parking spaces to
choose from. The opening times are also the same.