Twofour has been commissioned to produce a three part special for ITV2, bringing Virgin’s V Festival to the nation, virtually.

Hosted by Maya Jama and Joel Dommett, the festival will feature Anne Marie, Olly Murs and Dizzee Rascal as headliners, along with performances from Donel, Izzy Bizu, Maisie Peters and Mae Muller.

Grime artist and DJ Big Zuu will share his passion for food with the artists as he rustles them up some festival-inspired dishes. Meanwhile, the winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, The Vivienne, will be joining Maya and Joel as they look back at some of the festival’s most iconic fashion over the years.

Recorded at the iconic Chelmsford site, Hylands Park, each one-hour episode will feature a mix of exclusive live music performances, a look back at the most iconic V Festival sets of all time and interviews between headliners and hosts, which see artists reminisce about their favourite V Festival memories. The festival will see performers, audience and crew adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.

The three-part special is being produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, for ITV2, commissioned by Head of ITV’s Digital Channels, Paul Mortimer and Commissioning Editor for ITV Entertainment, Peter Tierney. The executive producers are Sally Wood, David Brindley and Dan Adamson.

Paul Mortimer, Head of ITV’s Digital Channels said: “V Festival is a huge part of the UK’s festival history and the ITV2 team are excited to play a part in bringing it back to the masses – for one year only. The star-studded line-up music fans have come to expect from V Festival will be bigger than ever. We’re dipping into the archives to showcase some throwback performances too, so people can reminisce on some of their favourites memories from past years.”

David Brindley, Chief Creative Officer, Twofour, said: “We can’t substitute the joy of muddy boots, beer tents and the unpredictable British weather, but we hope that these three evenings of first rate entertainment with much loved-performers will inspire ITV viewers to recreate that festival feeling at home. We’ve had just five weeks to put on a socially distanced music festival with all the production that entails, and I’d like to thank our incredible team who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

 Virgin Media’s V Festival 2020 will air on ITV2 on 21st – 23rd August, with an ITV premier to follow each evening.

Jon Creamer