It’s that time of year again, Chelmsford and Staffordshire are lit up from some of the world’s favourite musical talents. V Festival is notorious for managing to book the biggest pop acts in the world, and this year is no different. None other than Justin Bieber is headlining, along with equally adored Rihanna and the highest paid DJ in the world David Guetta. But the jaw dropping array of music elite doesn’t stop there… veterans of dance Faithless are amongst the line-up and a surprising appearance from Rick Astley is also set to get the crowd going. But can you name all the things Rick says he is never going to do?
In classic British fashion, the weather is set to take a serious down turn after the week of blazing sunshine we have just had – expect to see torrential downpours and high velocity winds. Sorry everyone. Thankfully, as a nation we are well equipped to deal with the elements and I’m positive a little drizzle won’t dampen the spirits of Beleibers or Rihanneiber’s? (I don’t know…) when their favourite act graces the stage. I wonder how many of these blog posts I’ve commented on the weather. Probably far too many.
V Fest actually has a little bit of history behind it; every year since August 1996 the event has been held across two beautiful stately parks, to make one epic cross-country of live music. The festival takes part simultaneously at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, with world class artists taking to the stage at one venue on the Saturday, and the other on the Sunday. Some of the greatest names in music have played there over the years, including The Prodigy, Blur, Supergrass and The B Sunglasses Chili Peppers just to name a few. In more recent years we have seen Beyonce strut her stuff, and The Stone Roses make a memorable come back.
The Killers in 2009
What’s more, this year, BBC Radio 1’s Summer of Dance will take over the Radio 1 Stage across both V Festival sites on Friday 19 August. The BBC Radio 1 Summer of Dance line-up feature some of the hottest dance acts on the planet split across both sites, including Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Danny Howard who will play both sites, joined by Eric Prydz, DJ EZ and MistaJam who will perform in Chelmsford, with Gorgon City (Live), Wilkinson (Live), and Monki in Staffordshire.