We went to VFestival this Saturday, 19th August!

We were sooo excited to go to Virgin Media Festival 2017. Why? Well, all in this article!
We went to VFestival this Saturday, 19th August!
Photo Credit: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/

WHY VFESTIVAL

We were sooo excited to go to Virgin Media Festival 2017. Why?

3 reasons: first, P!nk was performing! 2nd, it was in August, so hopefully during sunny festival days and 3rd it wasn’t in London!

Let us tell you how it was. But first…few generalities


VFESTIVAL AUGUST 2017

When

V Festival is an annual music festival held outside UK’s capital London. This year the Festival was held in August, on the weekend of 18 – 20th of August.

Where

The Festival took place in 2 cities in England, Chelmsford and Stafford and the artist’s performances were split between Saturday and Sunday. We went to Chelmsford, at the Hylands Park (the exact venue of the event) on Saturday, the day that P!nk and Sean Paul performed. Both performed in Stafford as well, on the Sunday (the day this article was written).

Who

The full list of performers can be checked on Vfestival’s official website but here is a brief overview on who sang where each day:

Day 1 – Friday 18th August, Chelmsford, Hylands Park

  • Annie Mac
  • Wilkinson Live
  • Netsky Live
  • Riton
  • Icarus

Day 1 – Friday 18th August, Stafford, Weston Park

  • Duke Diamond
  • Disciplines
  • Danny Howard
  • Mistajam
  • Annie Mac
  • Chase and Status

Day 2 – Saturday 19th August, Chelmsford, Hylands Park

  • P!nk
  • Sean Paul
  • Rudimental
  • Craig David
  • Anne-Marie
  • Jess Glynne
  • Madness

And many more, full list on this link.

Day 2 – Saturday 19th August, Stafford, Weston Park

  • Jay Z
  • Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra
  • The Wailers
  • Tom Zanetti
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Yungen
  • Jamz Supernova

And many more, full list on this link.

Day 3 – Sunday 20th August, Chelmsford, Hylands Park

  • Jay Z
  • Stormzy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Emeli Sande
  • Jason Derulo
  • Clean Bandit
  • Jack Savoretti

And many more, full list on this link.

Day 3 – Sunday 20th August, Stafford, Weston Park

  • P!nk
  • Sean Paul
  • Craig David
  • Rudimental
  • Jess Glynne
  • Anne-Marie
  • Madness

And many more, full list on this link.

Accomodation

You could have brought your tent and spend the nights in the camp areas OR get a 1-2 night(s) accommodation (airbnb, hotel etc) in any of the city centres. OR buy a festival ticket for one day only, leave in the morning and return the same day at night. The latter one we decided to go for on Saturday in Hylands Park.

Now, let us tell you how it was. On Saturday, in Hylands Park


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The venue

Hylands Park is…not a park if you ask me, it’s like a forest. A lot of space (green space), very big, huge. Imagine that this “Park” as it is called hosted 7 stages (2 big ones, the rest medium and small). Plus dozens of food and drink stands.

The organisers smartly covered the grass with a sort of black “plastic carpet” in case any showers appeared, to avoid the grass getting mushy.

The stages were nicely arranged, with big signs on top so you can see which one is which from far away.


TRANSPORT

You could have taken the Big Green Coach if you stayed for the full 3 days festival (arrival on Friday, leave on Sunday evening) or use shuttle buses which were available daily (in the morning picking you up from the city centre’s rail station – Chelmsford or Stafford – to the venue and at night getting you back from the venue to city centres).


SOUND

The sound on the main stage, called Supervene, where P!nk performed, was brilliant. Even if the crowd was very noisy around you could still hear the artist’s beats and understand the lyrics, this was awesome.

We did struggle to hear Sean Paul’s performance due to an unfortunate mix of our not-so-good sitting spot and the poor sound. Also the people around were very noisy.


FOOD AND DRINK

You had all the options on Terra: from Mac & Cheese to noodles bar or vegan dishes. The prices were average £5-£6-£7-£8.

And the drinks were also diverse in cocktails and wines, only the beer was from Carlsberg and the cider Somersby only as Carlsberg was sponsor and most probably they wanted exclusivity. One beer and one cider were £5, 50 each.

The food stands and drink bars were open from the moment the gates opened (11.30am) which obviously led to people getting drunk until 15.00 – 16.00 in the afternoon BUT compared to Reading festival which we attended in 2016, at this one we actually say fewer drunk people.


OTHER FUN STUFF

WHY DID WE GO

To be very honest, because P!nk was performing and I have been a huge fan since I was 14 years old so I had to go. But also because we went to Reading festival last year and we liked the vibe, the setting, the concept, everything, and so, we thought we should attend this one too!

And it was a good decision – it met our expectations. Good music, great vibe, food and drinks available at all times at an average price.

Oh, and P!nk’s performance was awesome.

She opened the show with “flying” onto the stage – her style of course – see pictures below (apologise for the poor quality – the distance and darkness…). And she cracked her playlist of the night with “Get the party started”, an old time favourite!

Overall


VFESTIVAL AUGUST 2017

The almost £100 / person that we paid for 1 day (Saturday) was worthed. We got the chance to see what this festival offers, great performances, great music, do other fun stuff and have a proper beer and cider! Would go next year too!

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