Music fans gather for V Festival
Music fans are gathering for a weekend of festival fun.
A 155,000-strong crowd is expected across the V Festival's two sites - 75,000 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, and 80,000 at Weston Park in Staffordshire.
The event, which is marking its 15th anniversary, operates over two days and swaps line-ups overnight. American rockers Kings of Leon headline the main stage in Chelmsford on Saturday then travel to the northern leg of the festival, where they will play on Sunday.
Leicester indie band Kasabian lead the bill in Staffordshire on Saturday, then perform at Hylands Park the following day.
Other acts in the line-up include Stereophonics, whose former drummer Stuart Cable died suddenly in June, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Madness, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini and Florence And The Machine.
Cheryl Cole had been due to perform but was forced to pull out after contracting malaria and collapsing in July.
The 27-year-old X Factor judge contracted the disease on a trip to Tanzania, which also forced her to pull out of some of her judging duties on the ITV1 show.
MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said revellers at both sites could expect mild weather for most of the weekend, with heavy rain and possible thunderstorms forecast for Sunday evening in Chelmsford.
Tickets to Virgin Media's V Festival sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale, but acts will be broadcast live online on artists' websites and at www.vfestival.com, which will stream live content from three of the festival's four stages at Hylands Park.
The idea for V Festival came in 1996 when Pulp's front man Jarvis Cocker said he wanted to play two outdoor venues in two days and his idea evolved into today's event.