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'We will not be defeated by such cowardice' - V Festival organisers confirm the show will go on

V Festival will go ahead despite this week's terror attack at a music concert. Credit: Press Association Images.

Organisers of the V Festival in Essex have confirmed the event will go ahead - despite safety concerns following Monday's terror attack at a music concert in Manchester.

Festival Republic, which runs the Hylands Park spectacular, said it would be consulting with police but insisted cancellation was not an option.

"We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice and are therefore confirming that Virgin V Festival will be going ahead as planned."

– Festival Republic spokesman.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Chelmsford in August this year for the annual festival, which also takes place at a second site in Staffordshire.

Tap dance? Bieber to make a splash at V Festival

Bieber makes unusual request Credit: PA

Justin Bieber has requested 800 gallons of purified water - which must be kept at 40 degrees - for his show at the music festival in August.

At some stage during the Love Yourself singer's set - he'll be drenched by it. Organisers of the Festival - which takes place in Chelmsford next month - say Bieber's production is one of the most challenging in the 21-year history of the event.

Bieber, 22, who is making his V debut, will headline the Virgin Media Stage in Hylands Park on August 20.

Also on the bill is Rihanna, playing the festival for the first time in five years.

Other acts among the line-up include the group Faithless, Australian songstress Sia, DJ David Guetta, American singer-songwriter Halsey, British indie rock favourites Bastille, garage star Craig David, Grammy winner Jess Glynne and Kaiser Chiefs.<


Manics cancel V Festival performance


Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers cancelled their performance at last night's V Festival in Chelmsford after being stranded in Hungary.

The band, known for hits including number one If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, were second on the bill for the MTV Stage at Chelmsford's Hylands Park.

The Manics said they expected to be able to perform at V's Staffordshire event tonight.

Writing on Twitter, a band spokesman said:

"With huge regret, Manic Street Preachers announce the cancellation of their scheduled V Festival show in Chelmsford today (August 16).

"After five hours on runway at Budapest Airport following Sziget Festival last night, MSP were informed the BA plane they were on would not fly.

"The band made every endeavour to get back to the UK in time to play. The band apologise to their fans at V Chelmsford for the cancellation.

"Manic Street Preachers are playing tomorrow's V Festival in Stafford."


Tulisa returns to Essex court on assault charge

The pop star Tulisa has been back in court in Essex charged with assault and threatening behaviour at a music festival in our region.

The former X-Factor judge is accused of hitting a celebrity blogger at the V-Festival last year.

She denies the charges.

Our reporter Serena Sandhu has been following the case and sent us this from Chelmsford Crown Court.

Tinie Tempah to play V Fesitval

British artist Tinie Tempah is amoung the latest acts to be confirmed to perform at this year’s V Festival.

Tinie Tempah will perform in Chelmsford this summer Credit: PA

British hip hop star Tinie Tempah returns to V Festival where he last performed in 2012, riding high from the release of his second album Demonstration at the end of last year, which reached No. 3 in the UK and was certified Gold in February.

Childish Gambino, CeeLo Green, John Martin, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Vance Joy, Chloe Howl, Josh Record, Jess Glynne, Icona Pop, Howling Bells and Becky Hill will also play at the 2 day festival, which takes place over 16-17 August in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

American artist CeeLo Green will also be at Hylands Park Credit: PA

The newly announced acts join headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers, plus Lily Allen, Rudimental, Chase & Status, Kaiser Chiefs, Elbow and Suffolk artist Ed Sheeran at this year's festival.

Essex residents given chance to jump the queue for V Festival tickets

Justin Timberlake is one of this year's headliners. Credit: PA

Tickets to the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, have gone on sale for Essex residents this morning.

The pre-sale, which is only available to people who have an Essex postcode, is open for 24 hours before tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday morning.

Over 170,000 people attended last year's event.

Justin Timberlake and The Killers are the headline acts on the 16 and 17 August.

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