V Festival celebrated its 20
th edition over the weekend by championing British talent, organizers say.
The festival first took place in 1996 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire, when Pulp and Paul Weller headlined.
This year saw Kasabian and Calvin Harris play the main stage.
Festival director Simon Moran said:
“We wanted to champion British talent at this year’s festival and with the likes of Calvin and Kasabian leading the way we don’t think it’ll disappoint.”
Simon Moran added the event had achieved an “incredible” amount during its two decades.
“When we started out in ’96, we were two stages and one tent, with the northern site only hosting one day of acts,” he said.
“Since then we’ve hosted some of the most iconic acts from around the world.”
The idea for V Festival reportedly came from Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, who suggested holding an event at two outdoor locations on the same weekend and swapping bands.
Headline acts over the years have included Blur in 1997, Oasis in 2005, and The Killers in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014.
V festival organizers said they expected a total of 250,000 people to attend both sites over the weekend.
VIDEO Lollapalooza’s first European edition is to be held in Berlin in 2015, organizers have announced.
Lollapalooza music festival, held in Chicago since 1991, will land in Berlin’s Tempelhof airport site in September 2015.
Founder Perry Ferrell, lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, said Berlin’s “energy and vibrant art and music scenes” made it a perfect fit for Lollapalooza.
Other versions of the festival already take place in South America.
Next year will see events in Santiago, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, as well as Berlin and Chicago.
Lollapalooza music festival, held in Chicago since 1991, will land in Berlin’s Tempelhof airport site in September 2015
Perry Farrell added that Berlin is “a mirror reflection of what Lollapalooza is all about and I can’t wait to share in this cultural exchange”.
The festival’s website announced that the tradition of its US event for “bringing incredible music, food, art and social responsibility” would be transported to the German capital.
Tempelhof is closed to air traffic but its runways remain intact, and has been the venue for various rock concerts over the years.
Lollapalooza started life in 1991 as a touring festival in the US and championed non-mainstream rock acts and culture.
In 2005 Lollapalooza became an annual weekend music festival based in Chicago’s Grant Park, expanding its activities into South America five years later.
Single-day passes for this year Lollapalooza music festival sold out in less than two hours on Wednesday, April 3.
The single-day tickets for Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago’s Grant Park went on sale at 10 a.m., and by 11:45 a.m., the promoters announced tickets had sold out.
Three-day passes also sold out last month, in less than three hours; VIP passes sold out on Tuesday.
Single-day passes for this year Lollapalooza music festival sold out in less than two hours
The only tickets left for Lollapalooza 2013 are through pricey Travel Packages, which include three-night stays at Chicago hotels, plus general admission or VIP tickets for the festival. Prices for Travel Packages begin at $1,599 for general admission tickets for two people, and run as high as $9,299 for VIP platinum packages for two people.
Running from August 2 to August 4, Lollapalooza is being headlined this year by Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Phoenix, Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, the Lumineers, and Queens of the Stone Age.
Rock legends The Cure are booked to headline the Lollapalooza music festival for the first time, organizers have said.
Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails, part of the Chicago festival’s first line-up in 1991, will also perform, founder Perry Farrell has said.
Phoenix, Thievery Corporation, Tegan and Sara, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey and Vampire Weekend are also confirmed.
More than 130 acts have been booked to play the Lollapalooza festival on August 2-4, 2013
More than 130 acts have been booked to play the Lollapalooza festival on August 2-4, 2013.
“It is so exciting to have The Cure at Lollapalooza for the first time because I love The Cure and we’ve never had them,” said Perry Farrell, lead singer for Jane’s Addiction.
“It’s always frustrated me and made me feel incomplete and now I can feel complete and die.”
Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons are returning as headliners just three years after their last performance at Lollapalooza in 2010, when they played during the day.
Mumford and Sons’ latest album,
Babel, has sold more than one million copies.
The line-up reflects a mix of genres – indie bands, singer-songwriters, country, hip-hop, rock and electronic acts.
The musicians will be travelling to the festival from all over the world.
“We don’t look to stylize our line-up so much as we just stay away from pop garbage,” Perry Farrell said, adding that he considers himself a curator in his role arranging the festival line-up.
“Sometimes it’s not what I’m going to do. It’s what I’m not going to do that sets your trend.”
Lollapalooza music festival will take place at Chicago’s Grant Park for the ninth year, and three-day passes for the festival have already sold out.
Some one-day passes are still available.
Previous headliners included Lady Gaga, Green Day, Eminem and Coldplay.