V Festival will not be back in 2018, with music fans shocked at the news revealed today.
Virgin boss Richard Branson today announced that the festival will not return after over two decades of entertaining music fans.
Branson wrote: “V Festival has always been a special weekend for everyone at Virgin. We’ve been proud to sponsor V Festival for the past two decades and there have been some incredible performances on the stage.
Now, after 22 very enjoyable and successful years, 2017 was Virgin’s last V Festival.
“Being part of V Festival has been an honour and there are some amazing moments that will stay with me forever – including introducing Paul Weller and welcoming V2 Records’ first signing The Stereophonics to a massive audience.
Working on V Festival has been a brilliant journey filled with great people, fun times and exceptional music.
I have so many memories to cherish – from the mind-blowing performances to spending quality time at the festival with both Holly and Sam, who it’s no surprise are both music lovers after spending so much time dancing at V.”
“We’re really excited about the future ahead and can’t wait to share our plans with music lovers across the globe.”
However, the festival will return in some form, but with a new name.
Festival Republic promoter Melvin Benn has told Music Week that both the Staffordshire and Chelmsford legs will continue in 2018 under a different name.
“The festivals will continue, we have the announcement later in November of the replacement name,” he said.
“We are looking forward to the new festival now, it’s just something that we are incredibly excited about.”
“It will very much continue to have a pop and dance focus,” Benn said. “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.”