V Festival is one of the UK’s most popular commercial festivals set over one weekend but at two venues at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, South Staffordshire, held over the penultimate weekend of August.
The idea for V Festival came in 1996 when Pulp’s front man Jarvis Cocker announced he would love to play two outdoor venues in two days. Pulp’s promoters got together and came up with the idea of putting the gig into Victoria Park Warrington and Hylands Park Chelmsford giving fans in both the North and South a chance to see the band. Then came the idea of adding more bands to the bill, putting on a second stage and letting people camp for the weekend. In the end Victoria Park was just too small for two stages and camping. So in August 1996 there was one day of artists in Victoria Park and two days at Hylands Park with camping. The northern leg of V97 was switched to Temple Newsam, Leeds to provide room for camping and three stages. In 1999 the Northern leg of the festival was moved to Weston Park in Staffordshire and has remained there since.
It’s well known for having some of the worlds top music acts grace the V Main Stage plus a wide range of UK and global acts.
Although diverse in genre, the line-up for V festivals consist of mainstream bands, with lesser known bands not really fitted to the ethos of the festival. That means your always gonna have someone you want to see, and you may even know some songs of the random bands you may not know from the off!
LINE UP THIS YEAR:
Head over to V FEST TICKETS for more information and make sure you use Official Ticket outlets to avoid being let down!
We will be heading down to the V Festival, so if you see us, make sure you get in one of our interviews, or even just give us some beer!