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(penultimate weekend in August) Location(s) Hylands Park, Essex Weston Park, Staffordshire Years active 1996–2017, 2020–present Inaugurated 17 August 1996; 24 years ago Founder Richard Branson Most recent 21 August 2020 – 23 August 2020 Participants See lineups Attendance 170,000 (2015) Capacity 90,000 Organised by Virgin Group Sponsor Virgin Media Website www.vfestival.com
New study reveals a definitive list of the top 27 dance floor fillers of all time, topped by Abba’s Dancing Queen (36%)
Getting people dancing in their homes and keep them connected to the things they love, Virgin Media has announced the temporary and virtual return of its iconic V Festival for 2020, featuring headline performances from artists including Olly Murs, Anne Marie, Dizzee Rascal A nationwide study has revealed a definitive list of the 30 greatest dance floor fillers, topped by Abba’s Dancing Queen (36%), Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners (33%) and It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls (27%).
These classics take the top spots, the list includes a number of modern tracks, including
Beyonce’s Crazy in Love (20%),
Olly Murs’ Trouble Maker (13%)
and Dance with Me by Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris (8%).
The study, to mark the return of Virgin Media’s V Festival, found that more than half (51%) of the nation have missed dancing on a night out, at a festival or at a gig this summer.
But Brits are proven to be a nation of movers wherever they are – with almost a third (32%) claiming that there are songs that compel them to get up and dance the moment they start playing.
The nation’s love of dancing is clear to see, with people claiming it always puts them in a good mood (56%), fills them with energy (40%), or reminds them of happy times (34%). More than a third (36%) go as far to say that dancing is one of life’s great pleasures.
Brits suggest dancing is more than just a way to have fun, with one in eight (77%) saying that connecting with with friends and family by dancing together is what they’ve missed most during lockdown.
Festivals are a way that many enjoy dancing with loved ones, and as we near the end of what is traditionally festival season, one in five (20%) say the prospect of a festival-less summer makes them feel down.
In fact, festival and gig-starved Britons are even missing the traditionally less enjoyable parts of attending a festival or gig, with 15% nostalgic about queuing for the loo, 18% missing being rained on, and 21% feeling wistful about having to shout into their pals’ ears as the music is so loud.
Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that 44% of Brits are planning to recreate a festival experience at home before summer ends, 26% have been dancing in their kitchens, 19% have been having virtual parties on platforms such as Zoom, and more than one in 10 (12%) have been watching footage of past festivals over lockdown.
The latest social media trend has dancing at its heart too, with 9% of Brits learning new dance routines on TikTok.
Cilesta Van Doorn, Virgin Media spokesperson, added: “This research shows just how much we in this country love music but also the way in which dancing – whether it’s in the living room, on a night out or at a festival – is a way for us to feel connected with our family and friends.
“That’s why we are bringing V Festival back this summer – with a virtual twist. Although we can’t flock to the fields physically this year, we hope that three nights of great music and headliner tips on how to recreate the festival experience will have people off their sofas and dancing in their living rooms and gardens – tents optional.”
Each one-hour episode will feature a mix of exhilarating live music performances, a nostalgic look back at some of the most iconic V Festival sets of all time, including
V Festival, often referred to as V Fest or simply V, is an annual music festival held in the United Kingdom during the third weekend in August. The event was held at two parks simultaneously which shared the same bill; artists performed at one location on Saturday and then swapped on Sunday. The sites were located at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. In 2017, the final year of this format, the capacity of each site was 90,000.
Richard Branson announced on 30 October 2017 that V Festival would be discontinued but that a new festival would replace it. In 2018, a new festival called “Rize” was held in on the same weekend as the “V Festival” but only at Hylands Park. However, on 5 August 2020, it was announced that the “V Festival” was to return to Hylands Park, without an audience (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), later that month.
The “V” represented the Virgin Group, with the event being sponsored by Virgin Media.
It was originally televised by Channel 4 from 1997 to 2013, predominantly on their sister channel 4 Music, with the exception of the 2003 event with ITV in charge. It was then televised by MTV from 2014 to 2015, and the 2016 edition of the festival was televised by Channel 5. ITV returned to televising the V Festival upon its return in 2020, with coverage hosted by Joel Dommett and Maya Jama.