RiZe Festival (formerly V Festival) - Chelmsford

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RiZE Festival (formerly V Festival) - Chelmsford

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RiZe festival is a brand new venture emerging from the event formerly known as V Festival (Virgin and Richard Branson having, after 22 years, ended their sponsorship). The event will take place at Hylands Park Chelmsford on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of August. At the time of writing Liam Gallagher is headline act for Friday 17th, with other confirmed acts including James Bay, Plan B, Manic Street Preachers, and Craig David. Headline act for Saturday 18th is The Stereophonics with support acts including Bastille, Rita Ora, and Rag N Bone Man.  

(V Festival was an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend in August.  Although predominantly a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres were accepted; in recent years pop acts have became more common.)


 V Festival History ..............   The idea for V 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 3 stages and camping. So in August 1996 there was one day of artists in Victoria Park and 2 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.

Previously it had been held at Temple Newsam in Leeds, before being replaced by Carling's Leeds Festival. Originally, the festival took the name of the current year, with the first festival being named "V96". Since 2003 it has been known as simply the V Festival. Its weekend format, low queuing times and professional organisation have given it a loyal audience. The festival sold out in record time in 2006.

Mel C, Dido, and N.E.R.D. have all performed at the festival, and both Razorlight and Faithless performed in 2006. V showcases a mix of British and international musicians, from up-and-coming bands such as Coldplay in 2000 and the Kaiser Chiefs in 2003 and 2008, and glam rockers El Presidente in 2005, to veteran crooner Tony Christie. Girls Aloud also performed at the 2006 show, and received rave reviews for their performance. V97 was the first V Festival to be webcast. This was audio-only, and had about 30,000 unique listeners