The arid month of August is normally associated with heatwaves and holidays, but this year it looks set to be designated the month of brotherly love as Oasis, featuring the sparring siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher, prepare to headline the V Festival.
Over the past decade the festival, which takes place at Weston Park in Staffordshire, has grown in stature to become one of the most popular events on the summer festival circuit.
Held over the weekend of August 20 and 21, the V Festival boasts an impressive line-up of bands that will grace the Weston Park site, as well as Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, festival organisers are clearly keen to make it a special weekend.
?V Festival is known for the quality of its line-ups and we weren?t going to disappoint in our tenth year,? said festival director Bob Angus.
The biggest coup for the festival is undoubtedly adding Oasis, (pictured) who will top the bill in the wake of releasing their new album Don?t Believe The Truth, due out May 30.
They are set to be joined by Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy, while other acts performing include Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown, Dizzee Rascal, mercurial Mancunians Doves, and former Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant.
Oasis are no strangers to festival crowds of course, and they will have much to prove after their performance at last year?s Glastonbury festival, where they were widely regarded as being well under-par.
Ticketholders can expect the brawling bunch to play a set that is equal parts rock ?n? roll and fisticuffs, with the inevitable arguments being complemented by a few tunes from their unpredictable but entertaining repertoire.
The V Festival has hosted a number of memorable performances in the ten years since its inception, when it became the first festival of its kind to operate at two different sites simultaneously over the course of one weekend.
The other high-profile band of brothers on this year?s bill, Danny and Richard McNamara of anthemic northern rockers Embrace, who stepped in for Jet at last year?s festival.
After having been dropped by their record label, Embrace had fallen out of favour with critics and record-buyers alike, but a show-stealing performance at V2004 led to the band?s commercial resurrection, and they have since seen their Out Of Nothing long-player reach number one in the album charts.
Perennial V favourites such as Athlete, The Zutons and Goldfrapp have been booked in what constitutes an admirable display of crowd-pleasing, and with more acts still to be announced, the V Festival looks set to celebrate its tenth year in glittering style.
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