Pharrell Williams admits The Voice doesn’t produce big stars!

He does however admit that they are 'all artists'.


by Maria Vallahis |
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Pharrell Williams has admitted that *The Voice US * doesn’t 'produce big stars'.

The Blurred Lines singer - who is currently a judge on the show - tells contestants they won't find success if they win the singing competition. Apparently the show is a 'spring board' not the swimming pool. Ooh. Clever Pharrell.


    And as he was about to perform at the Isle of Wight festival over the weekend he told The Mirror: “99% of people who have been on these shows don’t find success even if they win. That’s what contestants have to come to terms with.

    “This is not the be all and end all, this is the spring board, it’s not the pool. I spend most of my time reminding them this is a pit stop for you.”

    The 42-year-old performed at the festival with his usual cool, slick self. He even pulled a lady out of the crowd to twerk with him on stage. Totally rad.

    Pharrell also mentioned what an honour it was to perform on the same stage as Jimi Hendrix did 45 years ago.

    During his performance he told the crowd to point to the sky in memory of Jimi. You're too good Pharrell.

    He was flanked by a harem of dancers, as he performed a string of his biggest hits much to the amusement of the crowd. In particular the female members of the audience.

    "All the beautiful girls make some noise," he said at the beginning of a set, which including superhit Frontin' and even more of a supererhit Happy.

    Watch the video above to hear Pharrell chat about saving the planet and being a judge on The Voice.

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    Festival Guide 2015

    Isle Of Wight1 of 20

    Isle Of Wight

    Where is it? The Isle of Wight Festival is held in the Isle of Wight, obvs.When is it? 11th - 14th JuneWho is playing? Blur, Paolo Nutini, You Me At Six, James Bay, Counting Crows, Jessie Ware and lots more.What kind of celebrities will be there? Music-y ones like Ella Eyre and Katy B, but also X Factor-y ones, such as Loveable Rogues. But we've also clocked the likes of Jack Whitehall and one year, heat met ACTUAL Emma Bunton, sort of. Her partner asked to borrow our hairdryer. Cool huh? Why should I go? Look at those headliners! Blur, Prodigy and Fleetwood Mac have even managed to pull themselves together and squeeze into some denim for more shows. Isle of Wight is one of the oldest festivals there is, so go along for decent music and to witness some rock history shambling onto a stage for one last hurrah.Where can I buy tickets? At the end of this sentence.

    Download2 of 20


    Where is it? Donington Park, Leicestershire. It's the Don of parks. Maybe.When is it? 12th-14th JuneWho is playing? Erm, Slipknot, Lamb Of God and some people who call themselves, Five Finger Death Punch. If that doesn't tickle your long black beard, then Kiss, Muse and '00s rockers A will also be there. Remember them? No? Just us then. What kind of celebrities go there? Big, scary metal celebrities. People like Marilyn Manson, Corey Taylor and a man that calls himself Rob Zombie. Still, Charlie from Busted (and now Fightstar) will be there with his great big eyebrows. But they'll probably be set in a permanent scowl, so he fits in with all the angry rock stuff that's there.Why should I go? Do you want to be crushed in a swarm of shirtless, sweaty men, while someone screams Norwegian death metal through the speakers, and your flower garland topples from your head, along with the inevitable shower of tears that'll fall from your eyes? Thought not. BUT Download is famed for its incredibly friendly crowd and for being how "proper" music festivals used to be. So it might be worth leaving your UV gear at home, and taking a giant leap out of your comfort zone.Where can I buy tickets? Right…here.

    Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park3 of 20

    Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park

    Where is it? Come on. You know this one. OK, it's at Hyde Park in London.When is it? 18th - 28th JuneWho is playing? Who ISN'T playing more like. Well, actually, lots of people aren't playing. But Kylie Minogue IS. And Taylor Swift IS and she'll be joined by her pal Ellie Goulding. The Who, Blur and The Strokes will also be there, making for a pretty stellar line up.What kind of celebrities go there? David Haye, Caroline Flack and any that tend to frequent London town.Why should I go? You don't have to camp, also, The Who are headlining Glastonbury, and going to Hyde Park is a lot less stress than making the pilgrimage to Somerset. PlayStation Music will have their very own area at the festival to celebrate the fact Spotify is now available on PlayStation Music - you can use Spotify to listen to your favourite songs, albums and playlists on demand on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3. Head this way for more details on PlayStation Music. Where can I buy tickets? Where we put the word link.

    Glastonbury4 of 20


    Where is it? Somerset. Home to lovely cider, the Best Dairy Farm in the whole UK… oh, and Michael Eavis. The millionaire farmer, who's had the same beard for about 70 years.When is it? June 24th - 28thWho is playing? Kanye West will probably bring the Kardashians to Glastonbury, rant endlessly and hopefully, at some stage, he'll find the time to actually perform. Florence And The Machine, Rudimental, Foo Fighters, Mark Ronson and Mary J. Blige will also be appearing on some of the festival's stages (there's over a hundred). What kind of celebrities go there? All of them. Glastonbury is a great big celeb (and mud) magnet. Expect Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Nick Grimshaw, Prince Harry, Rita Ora and Alexa Chung to name but a few.Why should I go? Because this is the BIG one, the granddaddy of them all. This is the festival that every other festival is trying to be, from Coachella to GlastOnBudget. Yep, it even has its very own parody festival. Glastonbury is probably the greatest festival on planet Earth, which after Best Dairy Farm in the UK, is a pretty decent title to have, right?Where can I buy tickets? That being said, it's sold out. And it's probably easier to actually headline Glastonbury, than it is to get a hold of a ticket. Your best bet now is to enter every single competition you can. Soz.

    T In the Park5 of 20

    T In the Park

    Where is it? Strathallan Castle, Perthshire. That's in Scotland btw.When is it? 10th - 12th JulyWho is playing? Twin Atlantic, obviously. It's the LAW that Twin Atlantic have to play T in the Park, y'know, as they're all Scottish and that. Elsewhere you can see Kasabian, George Ezra, Jessie J, Labrinth and Sam Smith. What kind of celebrities go there? Scottish ones. People like Edith Bowman, Sean Connery and Fat Bastard from Austin Powers. Only kidding. Why should I go? T in the Park has a reputation for being FULL ON. Greg James himself told us it's the wildest festival he's been to, and he pretty much goes to them for a living.Where can I buy tickets? OVER HERE.

    Wireless Festival6 of 20

    Wireless Festival

    Where is it? Once again, Wireless Festival will land in Finsbury Park, LondonWhen is it? 28th June - 5th JulyWho is playing? Drake will return to the festival again this year, after being a right sick note last year and dropping out. Aside from his two dates, Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Rita Ora, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and, erm, Jaden and Willow Smith will be performing. Yep, seriously.What kind of celebrities go there? Jaden and Willow Smith, apparently. We're not sure if this is just an elaborate rouse to trick Will Smith into attending. You can also expect to clock models like Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne prancing around. As well as The Saturday's Frankie Bridge and Vanessa White.Why should I go? Well, there's the no camping thing, but the biggest draw of Wireless Festival is probably the fact it's biggest hip hop and R&B festival the UK has. Finsbury Park is the best venue the festival has had for a fair few years, with Hyde Park proving way too quiet and Stratford far to dusty. Wireless has a pretty solid line up this year and it never gets too crowded, thanks to a smaller crowd, so it's easier to get a better view near the front.WIN. Where can I buy tickets? On this bit of the internet.

    Boardmasters 20157 of 20

    Boardmasters 2015

    Where is it? Cornwall. Pronounced Caaaarrrnnwhaaaal.When is it? 5th - 9th AugustWho is playing? Faithless have pulled themselves out of retirement and they'll be joined by indie pop wailers, Bastille, go to drum and bass act, Rudimental. Aside from that, it's quite an eclectic lineup featuring Reef, The Darkness, Drenge, Lower Than Atlantis, Seasick Steve and Groove Armada.What kind of celebrities go there? Surfer ones. One that say things like "bodacious" and still wear shark tooth necklaces, despite the fact it's not the 00s anymore and Baywatch has long been cancelled. Aside from that, erm, probably not many. Snoop Dogg was there last year. So there's that.Why should I go? It's next to a beach, what better way to wash off all that festival stank than by hopping into the ocean? If the surfing competitions and BMX stunts don't tickle your fancy, then this probably isn't for you. But if you fancy a seeing some music, surfing, watching the sun go down by the beach and exploring nearby Newquay for some late night revelry, then this one is probably for you. Where can I buy tickets? Over this way dude.

    Citadel8 of 20


    Where is it? Victoria Park, LondonWhen is it? 19th JulyWho is playing? Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club are the biggest draws, and it sounds like they've hand-picked some of their favourite acts, including Kurt Vile and the Violators, Anna Calvi, Nick Mulvey and Neneh Cherry, which is fun to say. What kind of celebrities go there? As it's the first time the festival has reared it's head, it's hard to say, but it does sound achingly hip. So expect hip East London-types. Think Jamie Winstone, Cara Delevingne, as she goes to everything and Laura Whitmore. Why should I go? Well, Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club are pretty phenomenal live, as well as incredibly atmospheric. However, there's plenty of unusual hipster hobbies to partake in, such as moustache twizzling and fixie bike races. Only kidding. But there is fancy gastro food, Sunday dining experiences, literary talks, spoken word and, erm, debates. WOOO P-A-R-T-Y!Where can I buy tickets? FROM THIS PLACE.

    Latitude9 of 20


    Where is it? Henham Park, Suffolk. We can neither confirm or deny whether there'll be hens or ham at the actual festival.When is it? 16th - 19th JulyWho is playing? Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are the big three. But you might also like James Blake, Santigold, La Roux and Lianne La Havas. However, there's also plenty of comedy stuff from the likes of Jason Manford and Jon Richardson.What kind of celebrities go there? Going by pictures from 2014; Josh Cuthbert from Union J, Paloma Faith and Jarvis Cocker. But also, we saw some multicoloured sheep, which is better than pretty much any celebrity ever.Why should I go? Do you fancy a more laid back festival experience? Do you like to laugh and attend talks which will expand your mind? Well, Latitude might be the one for you. It's widely considered the thinking person's festival and a great one for families. Also, there's those multicoloured sheep...Where can I buy tickets? From their website, duh.

    Lovebox10 of 20


    Where is it? Victoria Park in LAAAANDAAAN.When is it? 17th - 18th JulyWho is playing? Rudimental, Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, Hot Chip and Snoop Doggy Doooooogg.What kind of celebrities go there? Hip ones. Some will go to snap luscious Instagram posts, some will go to soak up free drinks and some, just some, will actually watch some music.Why should I go? Well it's super-hip, although it sounds like Citadel might be set to pinch Lovebox's hipster crown. The event has a great mix of dance, pop and hip hop, and it probably feels a bit more like a festival than most of the other non-camping festival, such as BST and Wireless. Where can I buy tickets? On the internet. Oh, which bit? This bit.

    Lytham Festival11 of 20

    Lytham Festival

    Where is it? LancashireWhen is it? 6th - 9th August Who is playing? MCBUSTED… and lots of other random acts. From Faithless and Chesney Hawkes, along with The Vengaboys (yep, they're still around, apparently) and Billy Ocean.What kind of celebrities go there? Erm, Lancashire ones? Ian McKellan. He's from Lancashire. We're sure he loves McBusted. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he was from Lancashire. But he's dead. So don't bet on him turning up. Look, we don't know okay. Odds are the McBusted WAGs might be there, so keep an eye out for the likes of Ellie Goulding and Emma Willis.Why should I go? Both McBusted and Faithless are both AWESOME live, and Lancashire is a beautiful place. Plus, the north is generally a fair bit cheaper than the south of England, so hopefully that might reflect the festival's cider prices.Where can I buy tickets? This way, my liege.

    V Festival12 of 20

    V Festival

    Where is it? Chelmsford and StaffordshireWhen is it? 22nd - 23rd AugustWho is playing? Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, James Bay, The Script and loads more.What kind of celebrities go there? All of them. In fact, after Glastonbury, we'd say this is the most celebrity festival there is. Why? Well, V Festival has a swanky backstage venue called the Louder Lounge, where celebrities get to swan around being famous, being pampered and drinking out of free treasure chests, like sexy drunken pirates. This attracts that lot from Skins, TOWIE, MIC, as well as X Factor refugees, TV presenters and even some mega-famous ones like One Direction.Why should I go? V Festival is the proper pop festival of the summer, with a little dash of rock thrown in. The weather is normally excellent and you only have to endure two days of sleeping rough. Plus, there's two happening in different parts of the country, so hopefully you shouldn't have to travel too far. WIN.Where can I buy tickets? HERE.

    Fusion Festival13 of 20

    Fusion Festival

    Where is it? Cofton Park, BirminghamWhen is it? 28th - 30th AugustWho is playing? ACTUAL Justin Bieber. Yep, J-Biebs is coming back to Blighty and playing Birmingham for just one UK date. Aside for that, McBusted, The Vamps, Rixton, Tinie Tempah and Conor Maynard. What kind of celebrities go there? Justin Bieber, obvs. What more do you need to know? More? Well, last year Pitbull played and requested his own private sex den, so there's that. Why should I go? It's super-cheap compared to other festivals - just £120 for a full weekend ticket - plus it has a poptastic line up, probably the best pop line up of any festival during the whole summer, actually.Where can I buy tickets? From their website, or Justin Bieber personally. JOKE.

    Creamfields14 of 20


    Where is it? Cheshire (where Hollyoaks is filmed)When is it? 28th - 30th AugustWho is playing? Annie Mac, The Chemical Brothers, Gorgon City and lots of people with "DJ" in their name.What kind of celebrities go there? The Hollyoaks gang. That's probably about it.Why should I go? Now Global Gathering has taken a break, Creamfields is pretty much THE dance festival of the year. If you like slapping on layers of neon paint, doing that "big fish, little fish, cardboard box" dance and shouting "Oi, oi" a lot. Then this one if for you.Where can I buy tickets? Their website would be the obvious place to check, right?

    Reading and Leeds15 of 20

    Reading and Leeds

    Where is it? The Reading and Leeds festivals take place in both Reading and Leeds.When is it? 28th - 30th AugustWho is playing? Mumford and Sons return to the UK the festival circuit for the first time since headlining Glastonbury in 2013. You can also catch Brit Award winners Royal Blood, Jamie T, Deadmau5, Azealia Banks and Lethal Bizzle.What kind of celebrities go there? Mostly rocky ones, but Simon Pegg, Example and Professor Green have been known to turn up too.Why should I go? Reading and Leeds are legendary festivals, they have loads of music heritage, a bit like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. But forget all that, 'cos it's also a really great place to drink cider and DANCE. They've recently added an 1Xtra stage and a dedicated dance tent, so just about every music taste is catered for. Somehow they've also managed to avoid all those stages merging into one big noise, which is an act of sheer magic, if you ask us. Where can I buy tickets? Online. Hurry, weekend tickets are almost sold out!

    SW416 of 20


    Where is it? Clapham CommonWhen is it? 29th - 30th August Who is playing? Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Basement Jaxx and Example.What kind of celebrities go there? Erm...Why should I go? If you're too lazy to trek to Creamfields, then SW4 is a pretty great alternative. You don't have to put up with mucky camping and there's some seriously dancey dance acts. Where can I buy tickets? This little place we like to call the internet.

    Bestival17 of 20


    Where is it? Isle of WightWhen is it? 10th - 13th SeptemberWho is playing? The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson, FKA Twigs, Charlie XCX, Ella Eyre and lots, lots more.What kind of celebrities go there? The Chuckle Brothers THAT'S WHO. Why should I go? Bestival has a fancy dress theme every year and it's pretty much the final festival of the season, so it's a great chance to finish off the good weather with a huge party. Plus, there's LOADS happening aside from the music, with comedy, cabaret, drag acts, circus acts and one year they even had a giant version of Lionel Richie's head you could climb inside. What more could you want? Bestival is considered the closest thing to Glastonbury's sprawling night life and as that's sold out, why not hop on the good ship, Bestival?Where can I buy tickets? Right here.

    Camp Wildfire18 of 20

    Camp Wildfire

    Where is it? Kent, in a secret location that will only be revealed to ticket holdersWhen is it? 19th - 20th JuneWho is playing? Riot Jazz Brass Band, Elle and The Pocket Belles featuring Mista Trick and some guys called Freddy and The Hoares, but the festival is more about the activities than anything else.Why should I go? Did you ever miss out on joining the Brownies or Scouts? This is your chance to relive your childhood dreams. Do you like to start fires - in a non-pyromaniac way? How about watercolour painting? Or horse riding? Orienteering? Or treasure hunts? Well, you can do all these things and LOTS more.Where can I buy tickets? Right here.

    Gibraltar Music Festival19 of 20

    Gibraltar Music Festival

    Where is it? Gibraltar of course! When is it? 5 – 6 September Who is playing? Little Mix, Kings Of Leon, Duran Duran, Union J, Paloma Faith, Madness What kind of celebrities go? Any celebrity in their right mind will be there – this festival’s in Sunny Spain!  Why should I go? Seriously… how many times do we have to say this? IT’S IN SPAIN! Plus the line up’s awesome too…

    Sundown Festival20 of 20

    Sundown Festival

    Where is it? Norfolk When is it? 4 - 6 September Who's playing? Lethal Bizzle, Rudimental, Ellie Henderson, Jess Glynne, Gorgon City, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth Why should I go? The line-up's INCREDIBLE. Plus it's nearly the end of the summer, so it's a good way to soak up the last of the (cold-ish) rays of sun Head to for tickets!

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