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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
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Around 50,000 fans will converge on Essex and Staffordshire this weekend for the V2001 festival.

Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Stafford will play host to a line-up of top bands from the indie, pop and dance world.

Headliners at the event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, include the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay and David Gray.

Kylie Minogue
Kylie will play in the JJB Arena

Muse, Wheatus, JJ72 and Toploader will entertain on the WTV stage, while Kylie Minogue, Tricky and Ian Brown will be undercover of the JJB Arena.

The dance tent has been handed over to south coast club promoters Slinky, who will be hosting a number of big name DJs, including Rob Tissera and Daniel Bailey.

Big Brother 2's Dean O'Loughlin will be playing a live gig in the Virgin Radio VIP tent.

The guitarist will play two songs - a cover of the Kinks' Sunny Afternoon and his own track, Deluxe.

Deluxe was last heard being sung by Dean to Helen in the Big Brother house.

The same bands will play at both sites, with the first day's line-up at one venue moving to the other site to play the next day.

Wider audience

Girl band Atomic Kitten have taken the unusual step of just playing at Stafford on both days, missing out Chelmsford altogether.

The V festival - which started in 1996 - tries to appeal to a wider audience of music fans, with a more mainstream line-up, and only one night of camping required.

David Gray
David Gray's White Ladder album is at number two in the charts

The BBC Weather Centre has forecast rain across the weekend, with occasional sunny bursts on Sunday.

But organisers say the sites will be carpeted with a 100,000 net that lets water drain away and helps prevent mud.

They also say they will have the shortest toilet queues of any festival.

Last year's V festival won Live! magazine's award for best European festival for the fifth year in a row.

The following weekend sees attention turn towards the Reading and Leeds festivals where a more alternative line-up can be found.

Eminem, Travis and Manic Street Preachers headline the bank holiday event.

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