Festival Guide: Virgin V Festival

Everything you need to know about the UK's pop, dance and urban extravaganza.

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Gearing up for its 22nd outing, Virgin V Festival is set to take to Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Shropshire on Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August 2017. This year’s event welcomes some of the biggest names in pop, dance and urban music, as well as a handful of surprises cementing its all-round appeal.

So get those tents ready, dust off that summer gear, and prepare yourself for a weekend of sheer fun. Here’s everything you need to know about Virgin V Festival 2017.

Who is headlining Virgin V Festival?

The all-important question. Just who is playing over the weekend in august? Headline duties will be taken on by none other than the reinvigorated king of rap Jay-Z (who recently welcomed back the hyphen to his name) and the absolutely fierce Pink.

Jay-Z will take on the main stage slot on the Saturday at Weston Park and the Sunday at Hylands Park, with Pink heading up the other.

The iconic rapper recently unveiled his highly anticipated 4:44, which is already being heralded as one of the best and most poignant releases of 2017. The unfiltered honesty on the record sees Jay discuss everything from black empowerment to asking for atonement for his infidelity. Virgin V Festival will offer the first opportunity for UK fans to hear some of the new tracks live, as well as celebrating the music mogul’s rich back-catalogue.

Check out one of his new tracks below (with explicit lyrics – you have been warned).

JAY-Z - The Story of O.J.


It’s been some time since Pink has graced the UK, bringing her often edgy stylised pop to the two fields for V Festival. With six records under her belt, fans will undoubtedly be swept up in a vibrant live performance, featuring massive hits such as Get The Party Started, So What, and Blow Me (One Last Kiss). She’s got tunes for days, and alongside fellow headliner Jay-Z, will be showcasing music mastery.

P!nk - Just Like Fire (From"Alice Through The Looking Glass" - Official Video)

Who else is playing on the Virgin V Festival line-up?

As well as the headliners, the festival will also welcome some of the biggest names in music, both homegrown and from across the globe.

The main stage will host the likes of Craig David, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne, Stormzy, George Ezra, Emeli Sande, and loads more.

The second stage sees the likes of Rudimental, Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics, Sean Paul, and Dizzee Rascal set to entertain the masses.

Fans of electronic music need look no further than the Dance Arena, topped by Steve Aoki and Gorgon City live, and joined by the likes of Galantis, Hannah Wants, Don Diablo, Example & DJ Wire, and more.

There’s also emerging talent on the V Street Stage, and a Glee Comedy Tent.

Those arriving on the Friday can also celebrate the start of the weekend with DJ sets by Chase and Status, Annie Mac, Duke Dumont and more in Weston Park, and Annie Mac, Wilkinson, Netsky and more at Hylands Park.

Check out the full line-up poster below:

Can I camp at Virgin V Festival?

Absolutely. Both the Shropshire and Chelmsford sites accommodate campers. Fans can choose between Red or Yellow camping at Hylands Park.

Campers will have access to after hours entertainment on both sites, including a silent Headphone Disco on Friday and Saturday nights.

Food, drink and fair rides will stay open after the action in the arena has finished.

The campsite opens on Friday 18 August and closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Weekend camping tickets include access to the arena on all show days.

You can also opt for the Pink Moon campsite with tents already set up for you when you arrive.

Weekend only and day tickets allow access to the arena, but not the campsite.

Ellie Goulding - Still Falling For You (From "Bridget Jones's Baby" Original Soundtrack)

What does V Festival VIP include?

Those looking for a little something extra can go fully VIP. These tickets allow access to the VIP area, as well as special street food stalls, a VIP bar, glitter make-up station, cloakroom, luxury restrooms, a chillout garden area, and exclusive DJ sets. To access House VIP, just select the option when you go buy your tickets. It’s also possible to upgrade any tickets purchased already.

On top of that, fans can opt for V Style camping. These options include sleeping in style in pre-built structures, including bell houses and luxury bell tents, all the way up to the ultimate caravan experience. Find out more about V Style at Hylands Park here, and as Weston Park here.

Craig David - Change My Love

When will be tickets get to me?

Tickets are being dispatched between now and the festival, but don’t worry if you don’t have yours yet. All tickets should be with fans within five days of the event. If, for any reason, this isn’t the case, please contact our customer services team for more.

You’ll also see the Order Status in your account change to show your tickets have been printed.

Not got your V Festival tickets yet?

Don’t worry – it’s not too late. Tickets are still available now for both sites through There’s a huge range to choose from, from the standard weekend camping tickets, to day tickets and weekend only. There’s also VIP tickets and upgrades, V Style camping, and Pink Moon campsite tickets. You can also get your car parking tickets too, if you’re driving to either.

Everything is available, and fully explained, over on


We’ll be on site over the weekend, ready to see you down the front!