...In Canada. V Festival continues its global expansion, returning to Toronto for the second year and staging an additional Canadian event in Vancouver. My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent and AFI are also confirmed.
The ‘Virgin Festival’, as it is called over the pond, will take over Vancouver’s Thunderbird Stadium (part of the University of British Columbia’s campus) on May 20-21. A scaled-down version of the UK festival, the event will host around 30 artists on two stages. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Over on the country’s West Coast, the event will more closely resemble its UK cousin when it returns in late summer (8-9 September) to the picturesque Toronto Island Park. The line-up for this one is expected to be announced in the early spring. Both Toronto and Vancouver events will offer an interactive V-Village with a variety of vendors, food from around the world and for all dietary requests, to special services like massage, tattoo artists and hair stylists.
A new Virgin Festival is also set to take place in Australia this year, details to follow.
One of the main benefits to V Festival’s UK organisers (Metropolis and SJM Concerts) in exporting the brand overseas is the increased buying power it gives them to secure headline bands as part of an international ‘package’. Live Nation – who run many major European festivals like Download (UK), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Lowlands (Holland) and Rock Am Ring (Germany) – have been booking headliners on entire tours of their events for years. Hence we’re suggesting that if Muse and The Killers are booked for these Canadian shows, there is a good prospect that this could be part of a bigger deal that also includes the UK V Festivals.
No acts have thus far been officially confirmed for V Festival in the UK, however, which returns to Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffs, on 18-19 August.
Tickets for the Vancouver festival are available Saturday 3 February at 10:00am at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Tickets and line-up for the UK events are expected to be announced in March. For the latest and best rumours and info, click on the links below.