Chelmsford and Stafford's V Festival returns this weekend (18-19 August) with one of 2012's most eye catching line-ups. Of course you've seen that The Killers (above) are returning from their three year slumber, while other giants on the bill include Snow Patrol, Tine Tempah, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. However here's five more acts from elsewhere on the bill that are worthy of you attention in fancy something a little bit different. Plus download The Q Festival App for the latest line-up info, news and the special messenger system that lets you stay in touch onsite.
Also know as Donald Glover, comedian and star of US hit sit-com Community, Gambino launched his rap career this year with the quirky and punch line packed debut album "Camp". One of Q's New Faces For 2012, he joins a host of eccentric new urban artists like A$AP Rocky, Odd Future and The Weeknd who are sailing their genre away from the brawn over brains macho clichés of krunk and in to more ambitious and unexplored waters. Backed by his full live band, he's hit a host of festival stages from Coachella to Wireless, turning heads and impressing critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Oh and he wrote Werewolf Bar Mitzvah for a 30 Rock skit, which naturally confers him legend status.
Meet Miles, the man who has bagged support slots with everyone who matters in rock'n'roll from Beady Eye to Kasabian to Paul Weller, while Noel Gallagher recorded guitar on his debut album. With plans for his second album well advanced - read our Q&a with Miles Kane now - expected a set of anthems and the odd new one, perfect for those who've got their dancing shoes on.
Since appearing on Chase & Status's single Time, this Parisian born, 21 year-old soul singer has recorded and just released her debut album From The Roots Up to mass approval. She may be new to popular the spotlight in her own right but she's learned from two years of heavy tour cycles that included support slots with none other than Prince. Her latest single Inside My Love, along with songs of brooding R'n'B, will bring a unique atmosphere and awe to V's Arena Stage.
Niki And The Dove
The left field Swedish electro pop duo are slated for an intimate set on the Under Cover stage at both sites. Having been tipped for success on the BBC's Sound Of 2012 poll, their debut album earned a wash of top mark reviews. For anyone not convinced by the alternatives on at the same time, namely Example and Ben Howard, but curious enough for something a little different, Niki And The Dove could be your ticket into the festival's stranger side.
The Stone Roses
Yep it's obvious, but we couldn't ignore them. Having played T in Scotland, this is the band's first English festival since they (well Ian and Mani, John Squire and Reni had left by that point) played Reading in 1996, and the less said about that the better. With top reports coming from their recent live shows (the likes of Jessica Ennis and Bradley Wiggins seemed impressed at their recent 'secret' London gig) and no promises as yet of a return in 2013 this could be one of the last chances to catch their resurrection.
2:34 PM | 17/08/2012
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