V Festival and Bestival Changes Mean Next Summer Will Be Very Different For Festival-Goers

Two of the UK’s biggest festivals have announced huge changes, with V being no longer being sponsored by Virgin, while Bestival is moving to early August.

Richard Branson made the announcement about V, writing on Virgin’s website that the 2017 event was the company’s last.

He wrote: “Looking back on the wonderful history of V Festival has reminded me just how far Virgin has come.”

“Who would have thought that an idea to sell cut-price mail-order records would grow into a record label, let alone a unique music festival – and so much else besides?

“We wish Live Nation every success with their future plans. We would like to thank them for a brilliant partnership over recent years.”

However, all is not lost for fans who enjoy the annual two-venue event, as Music Week reports that promoter Festival Republic has taken over, with big plans for what’s next.

Their Managing Director, Melvin Benn, told the publication: “It will very much continue to have a pop and dance focus.

“We will have a complete refresh and it’s likely to go to three days. I believe the demand warrants it – the demand and the talent are out there.”

Meanwhile, Bestival has announced a huge change to their schedule, revealing that it will no longer occupy its usual spot as the last festival of the summer.

Instead, Bestival 2018 will take place on Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August and a press release from organisers Sunday Best explains that the move comes following “festival-goers’ feedback”.

Rob Da Bank has also revealed that the theme next year will be 250 Years Of Circus.

“Yes fellow Bestivalites it’s time to run away and join the Circus, Bestival style!” he said. “Bearded freaks, insane acrobats, high wire daredevils, mutant jugglers and an out of control ringmaster all eager for you to join the most colourful show on earth await!

“And what makes this show even more unmissable is we have moved into peak season August style and will be open a month earlier than usual… so what are you waiting for?”

Meanwhile, Glastonbury regulars are searching for an alternative – or perhaps planning a well-earned weekend off? –  as Michael Eavis’s Worthy Farm enjoys a festival-free summer, with a fallow year taking place.

More information on the future of V Festival will be announced in due course. Find out more about Bestival 2018 here.