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Countdown To V: Kanye West

Countdown To V: Kanye West

This weekend (August 18-19) sees the twelfth V Festival take place in Chelmsford and Staffordshire. There’s a fantastic selection of music on offer at V, from classic veterans to buzzing new bands, which we at Uncut will be previewing every day in the run up to the festival.

Far from the misogynistic template of much contemporary hip hop, Kanye West is a man with ambition – and not just ambition to own the biggest houses and the flashest cars. His songs tackle deep topics, including the plight of child diamond miners, and he’s often spoken out for gay and black rights.

Don’t expect empty posturing at his V set – there’ll be intelligent lyrics and cutting edge beats alongside the de rigeur showbiz glamour. West will no doubt be previewing tracks from his forthcoming third album, ”Graduation”, which, if you needed any more convincing, his mother believes is his best yet. It’s going to be quite a show.

Other performers at V include Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers, The Coral, Babyshambles and Jarvis Cocker.

Uncut will be blogging from V Festival all weekend bringing you updates from the action, so take a look at Uncut’s festival blog
this weekend (August 18-19).


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