Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles and Kings of Leon will headline this year's Virgin Media V Festival.

The 'Halo' singer will make her only European festival appearance while the American rockers will also top the bill at the annual event, which takes place in both Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire across the weekend of August 17 and 18.

Other acts confirmed to play include Stereophonics, The Script, Emeli Sande, Calvin Harris, Beady Eye, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Labrinth, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Jessie Ware.

Festival Directors Bob Angus, Simon Moran and Dennis Desmond commented: "We've worked hard to bring fans an exciting and diverse line-up, securing Beyonce for an exclusive European Festival appearance and Kings of Leon as headliners is a great achievement.

"These acts along with one of the strongest bills in V Festival's 18 year history is something we are very proud of. We have a reputation for bringing fans the best world class acts and breakthrough artists, 2013 is set to be another sensational year."

Tickets for this year's event go on sale at 9am on Friday March 1. Visit for more information.