Countdown to V Festival 2016, 8 festival anthems

To some, August is described as the Sunday of summer. That’s not the case for anyone with a V Festival 2016 ticket in their possession. For pop music fans and UK Top 40 followers, V Festival weekend is the most important date on the summer calendar.

Taking place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August at Hylands Park and Weston Park, V Festival 2016 welcomes some of the biggest names in music today. With less than two weeks to go, we count down 8 festival anthems likely to make V Festival performance history.


MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You

MNEK is always on the money. Never Forget You is the perfect summer jam. It’s everything you could want from a festival anthem. The pair recently pulled off an effortless performance together over in America for The Ellen Show. And, it just so happens the pair are playing the SAME stage, on the SAME day at V Festival 2016. Coincidence? We hope not.

Stormzy – Shut Up

When American pop-star Halsey drops out of V Festival, who better to step in and shut things down than Stormzy? The addition of Stormzy will bring an entirely new energy to the field, and we can’t wait. Are you ready?

Anne Marie – Alarm

Riding high in the charts at the moment, Alarm is the tune responsible for launching irresistible new-comer Anne Marie to pop stardom. After touring the world with Rudimental, Anne Marie is no stranger to huge festival stages. With her solo career flying, V Festival 2016 marks a special moment in Anne Marie’s career, get ready to sing all the words back as loud as you can. Louder than your morning alarm.

Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean

Justin Bieber’s highly anticipated debut V Festival performance is set to be the ‘most challenging production the festival has ever seen in its 21-year history’. Bieber allegedly requires 800 gallons of water. His exclusive UK festival performance is guarenteed to go down in history. What Do You Mean is the track that gave Bieber the cool points, we’re sure his performance at V Festival 2016 will make ‘Beliebers’ of us all.

Sia – Chandelier

Chandelier is arguably one of the best pop songs of the decade. Sia isn’t a regular on the UK festival circuit, meaning lucky V Festival goers have the chance to see her live for the first time.

Rihanna – Work

Even without Drake (who may show, but it’s unlikely), Rihanna’s headline slot at V Festival 2016 is going to be spectacular. Rihanna is one of the most successful and talented singers of today. The superstar’s back catalogue of hits has something for everyone. Along with recent hit ‘Work’, we think it will be Rihanna’s  classics that get everyone going.

Bastille – Pompeii

Bastille’s entire back catalogue of songs are written for moments like V Festival. A Glastonbury highlight this year, Bastille always bring it. We’re feeling very optimistic about this upcoming performance.

Faithless – Insomnia

Award for most classic festival anthem you’ll hear at V Festival 2016 goes to Faithless with their dance smash Insomnia. 

Troye Sivan – Youth

This song is a festival MOOD. Troye explains: Youth is a song about the joy in naivety and being lost. It’s about dropping everything, running away, making mistakes, and loving too hard, and how that’s okay.