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Festival Republic announces V Festival replacement

By | Published on Tuesday 27 February 2018

Rize Festival

Live Nation’s Festival Republic has announced its replacement for V Festival. Occupying the same August weekend as its predecessor, Rize Festival will take place on 17-18 Aug at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. It will be headlined by Liam Gallagher and The Stereophonics.

V Festival, of course, took place on two sites, with line-ups alternating across the two. It’s not clear if Festival Republic also plans to stage an event at Weston Park in Staffordshire, either under the Rize brand or something else.

It was announced last October that Virgin had decided to pull its sponsorship from the event after 22 years. Revealing the news, and despite saying that it had been an “honour” to be involved with the festival for so long, the only two positive memories Virgin boss Richard Branson could come up with happened in the 90s.

One of those was Stereophonics playing the event as a new signing to his then new V2 record label. So, booking the band for Rize could be seen as a bit of a dig at him. Or a nod to the event’s history. Whatever.

Also announced to perform are Bastille, Rita Ora, Rag N Bone Man, James Bay, Craig David, Plan B, Manic Street Preachers, Years & Years and Maximo Park. So quite heavy on the white men.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, priced £59.50. You can have a look at the currently pretty sparse website here.