The A to Z of Virgin Media's V Festival 2016: From August to Zzzs

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We love summer because it (hopefully) means sunshine, lazy weekends, chilled cocktails, pretty dresses and, of course, months of music festivals!

One of our favourites is Virgin Media's V Festival, because it always has a cracking line-up and a host of celebrity guests. And you all know how much we LOVE celebs here at! This year, it's Rihanna and Justin Bieber headlining which is pretty a-mazing, right?!

Rihanna performing live in concert part of her 'Diamonds World Tour' at The Globe Arena


We're excited too! Rihanna, pictured here performing in Sweden in 2014, is one of the two headliners, alongside Justin Bieber.

Going again this year? Never been? Whatever your festival status, have a look at our V Festival A-Z below!

A is for August

V Festival has been held across two campsites - Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, and Weston Park, Staffordshire - every August since 1997! This year, it's 20 and 21st August.

B is for BBC Radio 1 Summer of Dance Stage

Taking place on Friday, 19 August, before the festival kicks off on Saturday, the dance stage will take place simultaneously across both parks, featuring Annie Mac and Danny Howard.

C is for Camping

You can stop by for the day or camp at either Hylands Park or Weston Park. Campsites have toilets and warm showers – but be warned, from past experience we can tell you the queues for showers first thing can be VERY long.

D is for the Dance Arena

Taking place across both festival sites, the Dance Arena will feature acts including Craig David TS5, Sigma and Wilkinson. If you love garage, drum and bass or house, get over there!

E is Keep Your Eyes Open for Celebrities

There's always a TON of celebrities who descend on V Fest across both sites every year. We've previously spied Coleen Rooney, Billie Piper, Pixie Lott, Michelle Keegan, Brooke Vincent and a string of TOWIE favourites.

F is for Friends

Cause they'll make your weekend so much better, right?!

G is for Glee Club

It's not just about the music at V, you can also get your comedy fix at the Glee Club Comedy Tent.

H is for Happy 21st Birthday!

Justin Bieber performs at the Allstate Arena on his Purpose World Tour

© WENN / Ray Garbo

Justin Bieber, performing on tour in April, headlines alongside Rihanna.

It's 21 years since V Festival's first-ever festival way back in August 1996, which featured acts including Pulp, Supergrass, The Cardigans, Elastica and Super Furry Animals.

I is for ID

MAKE SURE YOU BRING IT! There will be no booze buying for you if you can't prove you're over 18.

J is for Justin Bieber

One of this year's headliners, and we couldn't be more excited! Hopefully we'll pull out some old classics like 'Baby' and 'Never Say Never' as well as smash hit new tracks like 'Sorry'.

K is for Keep Connected by Charging your Mobile Phone

If you're willing to pay, you can book a Volt package, currently £13.95 as an early bird special. Sign up online then collect a Volt Charger at the festival, and charge your phone in your pocket. When you need more power, switch the empty charger for a new one.

L is for Luxury at V Style

If you have cash to splash, you can upgrade your V Festival experience at V Style Luxury Camping. Away from the crowds, you can choose from Pod Pads, Yurts and more, and get access to luxury showers, toilets, phone charges, and other VIP treats. Sadly, it is expensive. Very expensive. A two-person Pod Pad is £1,270 for the weekend.

M is for Money

An essential. Don't forget it! As well as food and drink, there are also other vendors on site selling everything form trinkets to clothing.

N is for Necessities you need to Pack

Clothes, camping gear, money, tickets and ID are the main things, but don't forget your toiletries bag, medications, travel card, sunglasses, raincoat, suncream and more! For a full list of essentials have a look here.

O is for Overnight Area

Once the music stops, there's still plenty to do at each campsite including fairground attractions, dancing, bars and food stalls. if you're not absolutely exhausted and ready for bed!

P is for Pink Moon Camping

Don't fancy dragging your ten and camping stuff with you? You can actually rent a pre-pitched tent via Pink Moon Camping that's all ready for you when you arrive. It also includes access to hot showers, nice toilets and a mobile phone charging point among other things. Again, it is a pricier option, at £180 for a two-man tent.

Q is for Sick of Queuing? Try a Personal Concierge!

If your drink has run out but you don't want to leave your favourite artist playing, then look out for the Charity Concierges on site. They'll be wearing purple bellboy uniforms and can do bar runs and help pitch tents. It will cost £5 per bar trip, FYI, with donations going to

Virgin Mobile V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, Britain - 19 Aug 2012

© Rex Features / Geoffrey Robinson

Have fun!

R is for Rihanna

The second major headliner and we are SO excited! Hopefully RiRi will be performing all her hottest hits from the good ol' classics like 'Umbrella' and 'Pon De Replay' to the latest smash 'Work' and everything in between. We can't wait!

S is for Sunshine

Oh, please, Mother Nature! Please, please, please! (Don't forget the suncream and hats, if it's not tempting fate!)

T is for Travel options

There are numerous ways to get to the festival sites: car, train, shuttle bus from station. (You can buy a car park pass trough SEE Tickets if you need one.) This year you could also travel on Big Green Coach, which is the coach and travel partner for V. It picks up from 25 locations across the UK, bringing you to the festival and taking you home, so no worries about driving, parking and all that! From experience, though, you'll be queuing to get into the festival and out, whatever mode of transport you choose!

U is for Unlimited Water

There are standpipes at both festivals with free drinking water, so just bring along a plastic container and drink 'til your heart's content. Always stay hydrated, especially if you're drinking alcohol and it's a hot day.

V is for Virgin Media

Once again this year, it's the Virgin Media V Festival.

W is for Wristbands

Your access to the festival and campsites. DO NOT LOSE THEM! Do not take them off, tamper with them or anything like that. Basically just leave it on your wrist all weekend. Like a bracelet that's stuck there.

X is for SO EXcited.

That is all.

Y is for Bring Your Own Booze

You can bring your own alcohol and soft drinks into the campsites, but no glass! Alcohol can't be brought into the arena, but you can buy drinks once you're inside. You can bring water and soft drinks into the arena, though, as long as they're in plastic, foil or cardboard containers no bigger than 1 litre. Also, bring some snacks because if you're like us, you'll always get hungry when none of the food stalls are open.

Z is for Zzzz

It can be hard to sleep at a campsite with no much going on around you, but to make the most from your second day at the festival, try to get as many Zzzs as you can and wake up refreshed! If you're a light sleeper, you could try earplugs or headphones. And make your night comfier with an airbed, yoga mat or pillow from home.

V Festival takes place 20 and 21 August. For tickets and more info visit here