The big names AND the newcomers you need to see at V Festival 2016

V festival is back and better than ever with some of the biggest artists in pop, rock and indie descending on Chelmsford and Staffordshire sites this August.

Justin Bieber and Rihanna are on headline duty this year, alongside loads  like David Guetta, Sia, Jess Glynne, Tinie Tempah, Little Mix and Jake Bugg filling up the line-up.

Justin Bieber - Sorry (PURPOSE : The Movement)

This will be Rihanna’s second year at V Festival, while Sorry hitmaker Bieber makes his debut. And we’re expecting BIG things.

Rihanna - Work (Explicit) ft. Drake

French DJ, David Guetta performs at V Festival for the third time and we’ve got everything crossed that he performs his longtime super hit, Hey Mama featuring Nicki Minaj.

David Guetta - Hey Mama (Official Video) ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack

Here are a few more artists we think you should look out for at V Festival:

Craig David

UK Garage and R&B artist, Craig David has made a comeback this year. He has a three new singles, When The Baseline Drops featuring Big Narstie, Nothing Like This and One more Time. Naturally we’re expecting Craig to play old favourites like 7 days, too.

Craig David x Big Narstie - When the Bassline Drops (Ravers Edition)

Lukas Graham

The pop-soul Danish band Lukas Graham is new to the scene. They had a big hit called 7 years that has almost 300 million views on YouTube. If you like that, you really need to check out the rest of their music!

Lukas Graham - 7 Years [Official Music Video]


West London group WSTRN includes artists Akelle Charles, Haile and Louis Rei. Their No.1 hit In2 peaked at No.4 in the UK charts and has 22 million views on YouTube. Expect a lively and charming performance from this lot!

WSTRN - In2 [Official Video]

V Festival takes place across two sites – Hylands Park and Weston Park – between 20 – 21 August 2016. Get full details and check availability now at

Words: Jade Tuitt