V Festival: Then And Now

Can you believe it is two decades since V Festival first took place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford?

V Festival

Much has changed since the early days - attendances have trebled, cameras are out and fake tan and smartphones are definitely in.

Here's our look at the some of things that have changed since the festival first arrived in Essex in 1996...

Chelmsford V Festival In Numbers
1996 2014
Attendance 60,000 180,000
Number of artists 35  100
Stages 3  5
Dressing Rooms  10  40
Burgers and hot-dogs consumed 35,000  25,000
Aioli, truffle mac and cheese, rotisserie chicken consumed  0 100,000
Cameras handed in  20  0
Mobile phones handed in  0  90
Portaloo visits  600,000 1,800,000
Bottles of fake tan used  0  1,000
Tents slept in 10,000  36,000
Wellies found  30  90


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