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V Festival: We remember six of the most memorable moments from the Weston Park event - with poll

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It has brought delight to thousands of music lovers, pumped millions into the local economy – and brought an annual nightmare on the roads.

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V Festival is no more – and now it has been confirmed its replacement, dubbed Rize, will only be held in Essex.

The decision means the fields around Weston Park will be quiet this summer for the first time in around two decades, although an event may return next year

Massive Attack and the Happy Mondays were among those headlining the first event in 1999. In latter years, Stormzy stormed the event, introducing grime to a new audience and hinting at the global Brit-winning success he has since enjoyed.

The V Festival was important for the music industry, but was also a significant date on the calendar for the villages in Shropshire and Staffordshire that dot around Weston Park.

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Organisers of the V Festival have always been very generous to Bishop’s Wood and the surrounding areas. As a consequence, many local organisations have benefited and their contributions will be missed. Villagers were always consulted and kept informed, and over the years attitudes have been very positive.

Brewood and Coven Parish Council member Jan Jeffries said: today “Many small local voluntary organisations have benefited and their contributions will be missed. Villagers were always consulted and kept informed, and over the years attitudes have been very positive.”

David Dixon, a resident in Tong, said the organisers’ donation each year supported projects at the village’s church, St Bartholomew’s Church, which recently had its roof replaced.

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But the memories remain – including the snarling Gallagher brothers, the age-defying Tom Jones and the heartbreaking struggle by Amy Winehouse to complete her set.

What are your favourite memories from the festival? Leave us a comment below:

2003: Chris Martin conducts

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2003: Coldplay’s Chris Martin conducted the crowd at V Festival at an event that also featured US rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters

Massive Attack and the Happy Mondays were among those headlining the first event in 1999. In latter years, Stormzy stormed the event, introducing grime to a new audience and hinting at the global Brit-winning success he has since enjoyed.

2008: Concern for Amy

2008: A troubled Amy Winehouse stumbled through her set at Weston Park. She died three years later after a well-documented battle with drugs and alcohol

The V Festival was important for the music industry, but was also a significant date on the calendar for the villages in Shropshire and Staffordshire that dot around Weston Park.

2009: Farewell to Oasis

2009: The fans at V Festival didn’t know it at the time, but the Weston Park appearance of the Gallagher brothers was to be their last as a double act

Organisers of the V Festival have always been very generous to Bishop’s Wood and the surrounding areas. As a consequence, many small local voluntary organisations have benefited and their contributions will be missed. Villagers were always consulted and kept informed, and over the years attitudes have been very positive.

2013: Boos for Beyonce

2013: US superstar Beyonce was met with a chorus of boos after arriving 30 minutes late for her set. She only ended up performing for 70 minutes.

Brewood and Coven Parish Council member Jan Jeffries said: today “Many small local voluntary organisations have benefited and their contributions will be missed. Villagers were always consulted and kept informed, and over the years attitudes have been very positive.”

2015: It’s not un-loo-sual

2015: Tom Jones came with a single demand when he came to Weston Park – he wanted his own portaloo. The Welshman wowed the main stage at V Festival.

David Dixon, a resident in Tong, said the organisers’ donation each year supported projects at the village’s church, St Bartholomew’s Church, which recently had its roof replaced.

2016: It’s time for grime

Stormzy declared that grime was “taking its rightful place on the main stage” as he arrived at Weston Park. He has never looked back since.

Stormzy declared that grime was “taking its rightful place on the main stage” as he arrived at Weston Park. He has never looked back since

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