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V Festival to Return This Weekend for a One-Off Livestream Event

Expect live performances from the likes of Olly Murs, Anne Marie and Dizzee Rascal.

After a three-year hiatus, the virtual event will be broadcast as part of a three-part television special, from August 21 – 23, on ITV2. 

Hosted by Maya Jama and Joel Dommett, it will feature archive footage of past performances, as well as interviews with artists about their favourite V sets and memories. Headliners Olly Murs, Anne Marie and Dizzee Rascal are set to play at the original V Festival site at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. 

Cilesta Van Doorn, executive director at Virgin Media, which is behind V Festival 2020, said: “We are thrilled to announce that V Festival will be returning in 2020 with a virtual twist. Festivals are a catalyst for connecting to each other, and they’re often social events as much as they are musical.

“Although we can’t flock to the fields physically this year, we’re so excited to enable people to stay connected not only to incredible live music, but to their friends and families online too.”

Paul Mortimer, head of ITV’s digital channels, adds: “V Festival is a huge part of the UK’s festival history and the ITV2 team are so pleased to be able to play a part in bringing it back to the masses for one year only.

“The star-studded line-up music fans have come to expect from V Festival will be bigger than ever. We’re dipping into the archives to showcase some throwback performances, too, so people can reminisce on some of their favourite memories from past years.”

V Festival, which debuted in 1996, was last staged in 2017, and replaced by a new event in Chelmsford, Rize Festival.

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