V Festival 2014 Review – Chelmsford

This years V Festival saw 120,000 revelers over the twin site event who were in luck for some supreme delights. In its 19th year there was a whole host of different acts on offer for festivalgoers. From disco to indie to dance to good old-fashioned Rock n Roll. there was certainly something for everyone.

Dublin band Kodaline kicked off Saturday at V Festival Chelmsford with summer sing-alongs.  Setting the tone for the day with uplifting songs the crowd were in full verse by the time they belted out their well known hit ‘High Hopes’.

It’s been a long time since one man and his piano sparked such an engaged crowd as Tom Odell managed. Even though the onlookers did not seem old enough to have experienced such angst ridden relationships; Odell had them jumping along to ‘Another Love’, whilst the blues hipster passionately pounded the keys.

With all the classics, Kaiser Chiefs reminded the crowd why they were all there., to have a bloody good time. Ricky Wilson put in a performance to answer all the critics, running up and down the stage more times than anyone could count, he was back in full form, even surprising the backstage crew when he went slightly too far. Ricky’s passion could not be mistaken; he puts everything into the performance. Evidently someone is prompting him that this is to sell records as between the mosh pit inducing hits he enlightens the audience that they are the Kaiser Chiefs and that the new album ‘ Education, Education, Education and War‘ is out now. Clearly agitated from the sound of Bastille’s drums in his ear, Ricky mischievously jokes with the stagehands before lifting everyone with the ‘Angry Mob’ and ‘Oh My God’.

Meanwhile there was no mistaking the summer vibes of the Wailers on the MTV Stage, how can you resist singing along to tunes such as ‘Jammin’, ‘ One Love’, ‘Could You Be Loved’. Everyone left beaming from side to side.

Back on main stage was the penultimate act before what everyone had been waiting for.  Ed Sheeran, one man and his guitar, brought the vibe to serve as the perfect warm up act for JT.

The stage was set, the crowd were pumping, the most anticipated set of V was ready to kick off. JT certainly brought sexy back  looking suave as ever in Tom Ford suit and backed by The Tennessee Kids, could be mistaken as arrogant but no he actually looked overwhelmed at ‘how far back you all go’. Hit after hit,  in a perfectly polished fashion that you would expect from this superstar, the night was Timberlake’s.

Even festivalgoers who would not admit to being Timberlake fans were swept into it, everyone singing every song. The acoustic rendition of What Goes Around (Comes Back Around) was a highlight of the night.  Justin served what appears to now be the theme of this weekends V Festival taking a selfie with a fan.  He wowed the fans at every moment, didn’t put a step wrong and was pitch perfect. The crowd obligingly taking their part in Senorita, finishing the night with ‘SexyBack’ and ‘Mirrors’ everyone wanted to leave with you, Justin.

Sunday started with threatening skies, you couldn’t blame fans for hiding in the comedy tent. Newton Faulkner brought out the sunshine and the crowds on the gloomy Sunday. Followed by San Francisco band Train, with hits ‘Hey Soul Sister’, ‘Marry Me’, ‘If Its Love’ they even managed to get Bananaman crowd surfing.  Pat Monahan gets the award of the weekend for the most selfies taken, it would appear that everyone in the front row has a piece of photo memorabilia.

Closing the set with ‘Drops of Jupiter’ the crowd was well and truly warmed up for the party that was about to ensue Nile Rodgers and Chic.

The most lovable performance of the weekend goes to veterans Nile Rodgers and Chic. Who knew how many hits Nile Rodgers had written. He is a true legend, inspiring character, telling the crowd how he battled cancer by going out and living life. Using music the way it was intended, uplifting everyones spirits and bringing the funk to V. It was true carnival atmosphere. Too many hits to believe one man wrote them all; ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘I’m Coming Out’, ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Lets Dance’, ‘Get Lucky’, the list is endless. No one was standing still, jiving along, doing the salsa as the legend requested. Fifty lucky punters were brought on stage for the last song and all the rules were broken. Nile Rodgers left everyone exhilarated wanting more.

Rizzle Kicks brought the largest crowd to the MTV stage, all ages, connected for ‘The Lost Generation’. Two hip-hop boys who genuinely looked like they were having a blast in the middle of this corporate festival. What a sight to see 15,000 people ‘Doing the Hump’.

Lily Allen looking svelte as ever bounded onto stage in a silver leather catsuit. Lily baffled a large number of the crowd with a stage full of milk bottles, as if people needed to be reminded she is now a mother. Allen did feel the need to quash rumours of a split with her husband, and passionately sang ‘As Long As I Got You’.  This performance felt like it was a big ‘Fuck You’ to all the critics along the way, comparing her song ‘LDN’ to a William Blake poem, this was lost on the festivalgoers.

Paolo Nutini followed in Allen’s footsteps intriguing the audience by appearing in a different world. Whilst slurring when speaking, "feeling a little bit drink" he was mysteriously in tune when singing. With hits ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’ and ‘New Shoes’ providing the perfect warm up for The Killers.

Embrace vs The Killers. The clash of the weekend. Embrace were back after an 8 year break from the festival. Whilst having one of the worst clashes of the weekend, with The Killers, the McNamara brothers attracted a 300 strong crowd . With festival favorites ‘Come Back To What You Know’ and  'One Big Family’ Embrace have certainly hit the ground running on this comeback. Fans lucky enough to have got tickets to their now infamous Secret Festival are in for a treat. Danny was very proud of his "little brother Rich" encouraging everyone to dance, with Danny himself joining the fans in an out of character dance along.

Meanwhilst completing the all American headline, Brandon Flowers of The Killers stormed onto stage in a glittery purple suit. Ever crowd pleasing, ‘Somebody Told Me’ was the first of a multitude of triumphant songs. After a few beats  everyone was set for 90 minutes of singing, word for word, all the tunes.  The classics from Hot Fuss, pulled the most promising reaction, with a handful of covers driving the audience to a new level of excitement. Jimmy Carr, comedian, introduced the band for a well received encore. The Killers closed the festival with ‘Mr Brightside’ and the obligatory fireworks.

V Festival certainly had something for everyone this year, VIP bar, posh toilets, celebrity packed Louder Lounge, hammocks, comedy, funfair, skydivers and of course a plethora of music acts. As the sun goes down on another year, the organizers set the bar high for next years 20th anniversary.

Altitude 2014 lineup revealed with John Bishop and more!

















Dig out your Lederhosen and stock up on the strudels because Altitude Comedy Festival is back! Returning to Mayrhofen, Austria once again from March 31st to April 4th 2014 there will be a gilt-edged line-up of the comedy world’s top acts and most exciting new stand-ups, all up-close and personal in venues you couldn’t possibly hope to see them at in the UK!

Commenting on this year’s Altitude Comedy Festival, curator Andrew Maxwell said: “I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly again. I’m so excited I want to be there now! We’ve pulled out all the stops to try and compete with last year’s fantastic line-up and we believe we’ve topped it and then some. Can’t wait to see you there!”

Altitude gives you the opportunity to experience arena-filling comedy giants in the fantastically intimate surrounds of its beautiful venues in Mayrhofen, one of Europe’s most picturesque ski resorts. With an array of restaurants, luxurious hotels and enticing spas that are second to none, the picture postcard resort offers easy access to the entire Zillertal super-ski area, with 639km of piste and 167 lifts and gondolas, making it the ideal location to fuse a schnapps and schnitzel-fuelled ski holiday with one of the world’s top international comedy festivals! 

John Bishop

It’s slopes all day and laughs all night with the biggest and best comedians around at Altitude and that’s what makes it so very special.  With some amazing performers due to be announced very soon, we kick off this year’s line-up with four words, THE BISH IS BACK! Yes folks, John Bishop had such an amazing time last year he asked if he could come back! As anyone who was there will know, John was a total legend at Altitude and we loved having him with us, so we couldn’t possibly say no! 

Joining one of the UK’s biggest acts is a performer we have pleaded with to come to Altitude for the past six years and we’re delighted to say that we can finally announce Irelands no.1 funny man Tommy Tiernan, who you may have seen on Father Ted, Live at The Apollo or even The Late Show with David Letterman, will be hitting the slopes with us. Another act we have been trying to book since we started the festival is also onboard for 2014, the incredible ventriloquist Nina Conti who has recently been announced as a host on the 2013 Live at the Apollo series, you may have also seen Nina on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and Christopher Guest’s new hit show Family Tree.

Talking of TV shows, the next comic we’re announcing is one that you’re currently watching in EastEnders! I know! It’s Terry Alderton, who was rightly crowned the King of the Mountain last year for his barnstorming performances and three standing ovations on the last night. And with form like that, Terry was another act we just had to have back! Adding to these headline acts, long-standing Altitude regular and BBC Radio 4 favourite Marcus Brigstocke returns, of course, Andrew Maxwell himself, who has been all over the telebox this year will be making his feelings known and Scottish starlet Daniel Sloss who was the youngest ever comedian to perform a solo season in London's West End is back too.

Plus there’ll be riesige lacht from Funny Women Awards winner Zoe Lyons who has appeared on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Dave’s One Night Stand, we’ll have jaw-dropping hip-hop improve duo Abandoman who will be performing their smash hit full hour show ‘Moonrock Boombox’, cheeky chap Rob Beckett who has recently co-hosted I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! and appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Juice and Fresh Meat. Independent Woman Luisa Omelian whose bringing her globally renowned ‘What Would Beyonce Do?’ show which has been causing a storm with sell out runs on both sides of the Atlantic and the incredible Benny Boot, who will be performing in Deutsch for the first time ever as we introduce a new après-ski German speaking show that will also see Andrew Maxwell make an appearance speaking in Austria’s mother tongue!

There will be appearances from Edinburgh Festival’s Best Newcomer Award winner 2010, Roisin Conaty who is in ‘Impractical Jokers’ with Paul McCaffrey and Joel Dommett and they are both packing their bags and coming too! Other new additions to the festival are Australian starlet Damian Clark and America’s best new export Alex Edelman. On top of all these we still have one of the safest hands in comedy to announce Ian Stone who is currently a regular on Absolute Radio’s Rock N Rolls Football and has been seen on numerous shows like Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and loads of others.… More?! You want more? What about the consistently hysterical Late Night Gimp Fight or the incredible International Improv All Stars (starring Steve Frost, Andy Smart, Ian Coppinger and guests) or even Austrian celebrity Alfred Dorfer, the country’s number 1 comedian and film star, who presented the hugely popular Dorfers Donnerstalk  a mix of stand-up comedy, sketches and social commentary on ORF Austria’s version of the BBC.

Jimmy Carr, Justin Robinson and more added to Camp Bestival 2012

Following last week’s mega Camp Bestival announcement featuring Hot Chip, Kool & The Gang, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, The Young British Foodies, Mr Tumble and more festi-holiday brilliance than you can shake a stick at, we are very pleased to be able to announce our comedy headliner for 2012 and even more ace live acts and DJs.

Rob da Bank says: 'Comedy and comedians are a huge draw at Camp Bestival and we've had most of the bigguns down there but none so mammoth as our very special guest for this year… Mr Jimmy Carr! Well pleased that Jimmy’s going to be making us wet our pants (and nappies) with laughter on the Sunday of Camp B. Music-wise we're delighted Rolf Harris will join the fun with his wobble board and didgeridoo as well as King Creosote and Jon Hopkins and legendary drum and bass DJ LTJ Bukem alongside new talent Lianne La Havas, Ren Harvieu and Netsky'.

That’s right, strap up your sides because one of the best comedians currently on the stand up circuit, Perrier Award Winner Jimmy Carr, will be headlining our comedy line-up with a crowning appearance on Sunday evening.  A deadpan  quip machine the likes of which has rarely been seen, Jimmy cemented his fame as the presenter of 8 Out of 10 Cats and the 10 O’Clock Show but his live set is renowned for his quick fire style and ever so risqué gags making him a definite must-see at this year’s Camp Bestival. 

We are also deeply honoured to be able to announce that a very special guest, the legendary Rolf Harris, will be joining us at Lulworth Castle this July! The term legend gets bandied about by all and sundry but when it comes to Rolf it's completely on the money, he really is a living legend. A complete smash hit when he played Bestival, we can't wait for him to wow Camp Bestival with his amazing didgeridoo and wobble board-powered sing-alongs that are sure to get the Castle stage crowd jumping for joy!

Other new acts joining the bill include from King Creosote and Jon Hopkins who were nominated for the Mercury Prize for their sublime Diamond Mine long player and if their Bestival set is anything to go by Fence Collective founder King Creosote and sometime Brian Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins will captivate the crowd with ease. There will also be live appearances from BBC Sound of 2012 shortlist tip Lianne La Havas whose soul vibrations have won her an army of influential admirers, Belgian drum n basser Netsky who will be imparting his love of liquid funk, another BBC Sound of 2012 candidate Ren Harvieu whose voice needs to be heard to be believed and a very welcome return visit from another Fence Collective stalwart James Yorkston

We’ve got even more DJs on board to ensure the Jurassic coastline is jumping during Camp Bestival weekend including one of the dons of drum n bass LTJ Bukem and erstwhile Lionrock and Revtone kingpin Justin Robertson. Plus there will be leftfield disco love fromSoft Rocks and reggae mash-up madness from Nice Up’s own DJ Shepdog.

And don’t forget everyone who gets their tickets before February 8th will be entered into our spectacular Camp Bestival Tombola with 100 festi-tastic prizes to be won from a Luxury Furnished Tipi in our Boutique Campsite to lots of Sunday Best goodie bags – click here for more information: www.campbestival.net/#/news/early-bird-tickets-the-camp-bestival-tombola-100-festi-tastic-prizes-to-be-won

And don’t forget to check www.campbestival.net for all the up to the minute news about our fifth Camp Bestival!

Ticket Info:
Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk/camp-bestival // 0844 888 4410 
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) – £180 
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Friday) – £170 
Adult Tickets are for anyone aged 18 or over on 26/07/2012

Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) – £105 
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Friday) – £100 
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 15 to 17 on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30 * 

Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) – £90 
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Friday) – £85 
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 11 to 14 on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30 * 

*NB : All teens (aged 11 to 17) MUST camp in the same area as their families with a maximum of 2 teens per adult (over the age of 30) 

Age 10 and Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) – FREE (but ticket still required) 
Age 10 and Under Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 10 and under on 26/07/2012. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21 
Advance Car Parking – £10 per car (or £15 cash on arrival) 
Campervan Ticket – £80 per vehicle