Countdown To V: Jarvis Cocker


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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.

While his hugely underrated solo album may not have set the world alight, Jarvis Cocker, already a veteran of these summer’s festivals, is a big live draw. On the Obelisk Arena stage at the Uncut-sponsored Latitude Festival in July, Jarvis drew a massive crowd and kept them entertained until the end with tracks including “Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time” and “Running The World”.

If his iconic stagecraft, sublime songs and witty and barbed banter isn’t enough, you can always hang around to see which bizarre song Cocker will cover as an encore – past treats have included “Eye Of The Tiger”, “Space Oddity” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. We suspect he won’t be playing “Common People”, alas, but you never know.

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

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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