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21st Birthday Party Preparations For V Festival 2016

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V Festival poster 2016 Ri Ri Pic V Festival crowd pic David Guetta pic V Fest stage pic Years & Years Pic Jess Glynne pic

The countdown has begun for the 21st birthday celebrations for V Festival next month with an array of superstars making exclusive UK appearances at the two sites – Hylands Park in Chelmsford and at Weston Park in Staffordshire – over the weekend of 19th to 21st August.

Rihanna makes a very welcome and exclusive return to V Fest after a five year absence, and megastar DJ David Guetta is back too. Other treats include Years & Years, Jess Glynne, James Morrison, Example, John Newman, MNEK, Katy B, Fleur East, Lukas Graham, Tinie Tempah, Sigala, Big Sean, Lethal Bizzle, Zak Abel, Craig David and Faithless.

The Dance Arena will host the likes of Wilkinson, Sigma, Kurupt FM, MistaJam, My Nu Leng, Monki, Tom Zanetti, KO Kane, DJ EZ , MK, Tchami, Flight Facilities, Blonde, Philip George, Low Steppa, Jonas Blue and Icarus.

The timeless US hip hop legends The Sugarhill Gang will headline the V Street stage. Joining them will be Rudimental vocalist turned solo star Anne-Marie, Jojo, WSTRN, Angel, Ady Suleiman, Raye, Moxie Raia, The Main Level, Raye and Jodie Abacus.

The V Street Stage on Saturday 20th in Staffordshire and Sunday 21st in Chelmsford will welcome British Grammy award winners Soul II Soul. They will be joined by outstanding British soul singers Laura Mvula and Corinne Bailey Rae, Def Jam artist Bibi Bourelly and many others.

Performing exclusively at his only European festival this summer, Justin Bieber will headline the Virgin Media Stage on Saturday 20th August in Chelmsford and Sunday 21st August in Staffordshire. Bieber’s most recent album Purpose smashed UK chart records earlier this year by simultaneously charting three singles in the top five spots. The Bieber is celebrating the news that he reached No.1 in the Spotify Global Streaming Charts for his track with Major Lazer and singer MØ, knocking Drake off the top spot.

His stage set for V Festival is said to be the most challenging production the festival has ever seen in its 21-year history – one requirement will see 800 gallons of perfectly purified, 40-degree water soak the superstar, front of stage.

The V Festival Glee Comedy Tent has lined up a sparkling list of comedic talent this year, including Bill Bailey, Josh Widdicombe, Dane Baptiste, Tom Stade, Adam Hills, Sara Pascoe and Katherine Ryan.

To kick off the party weekend, V Festival 2016 will present BBC Radio 1 Summer of Dance Stage on Friday 19th August, featuring some of the hottest dance acts on the planet split across the Chelmsford and Staffordshire sites. Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Danny Howard will play both sites, travelling between them on the Friday via helicopter. Annie and Danny will be joined by Eric Prydz, MistaJam and MK in Chelmsford, with Gorgon City (Live), Wilkinson (Live), and Monki in Staffordshire.

MTV and Channel 5 share the broadcast rights this year. As of 28th July, there were “limited tickets” left for both V Festival sites.

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