V Festival: Rihanna and Justin Bieber to headline Chelmsford and Staffordshire pop extravaganza

The full day by day line-up will be revealed on Wednesday 24 February after the Brit Awards ceremony finishes

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Justin Bieber and Rihanna are heading across the pond to bring the party to this summer’s V Festival.

The British event, held on two sites in Chelmsford and Staffordshire, revealed the first acts gracing its line-up on Monday morning with more still to be announced.

Ri-Ri and Biebs will top the bill, playing alongside the likes of Sia, David Guetta, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, Faithless, Jess Glynne, Jake Bugg, Little Mix, Years & Years, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora, Sigma, John Newman, Fleur East, Foxes and Lethal Bizzle.

Craig David’s TS5 will be making an appearance, as will Soul II Soul, James Morrison, Travis, Katy B, Example and the newly reunited All Saints.


Festival organisers have promised that Rihanna’s slot will be her “only UK festival of the summer” which, if true, will rule her out for Glastonbury. The “Work” singer last played V Festival five years ago, while Bieber will be making his debut during his Purpose world tour.

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 26 February, with the full day by day line-up set to be confirmed at 10pm on Wednesday 24 February shortly after the Brit Awards ceremony finishes.

Tickets cost £189 plus booking fee for a weekend with camping, or £165 plus booking fee for a weekend without camping. Day tickets are also available for £89 plus booking fee.