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Gallery: Thousands flock to V Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:48 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:48 18 August 2014

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie performing on the MTV Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie performing on the MTV Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.

Thousands of festival-goers enjoyed a party atmosphere at the V Festival in Chelmsford over the weekend.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran was one of dozens of musicians to wow the crowds at the annual showpiece.

The Framlingham musician, who has enjoyed national and worldwide success this year, took to the stage at Hylands Park on Saturday.

The 23-year-old star performed some of his hits, including Don’t, Sing, Give Me Love and The A Team.

Meanwhile singer Justin Timberlake gave a crowdpleasing performance of non-stop hits including Rock Your Body, Sexy Back, and Mirrors. Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow also performed, but Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers were forced to cancel after being stranded in Hungary.

Are you the fairest of them all? Auditions for a truly glittering role are taking place on Monday – and producers are looking for a local girl to play the part.

Contemporary dance choreographer James Wilton is renowned for his athletic dance works now DanceEast is staging the premiere of his latest performance The Storm. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to him about mixing spectacle with food for thought

Awful Auntie by David Walliams has been a huge hit in book form with young children since its release in 2014.

As an EastEnders superfan, seriously I haven’t missed an episode since I was eight years old and I’m now 23, when I heard Sid Owen had been cast as Hook I was more excited than Phil Mitchell in a brewery.

The musical Once has proved itself to be a contemporary classic that tells an aspirational story full of tears and laughter. Arts editor Andrew Clarke speaks to director Peter Rowe and the cast as the play opens the New Wolsey’s autumn season

Stately homes, castles, ruins, windmills, gardens and historic boats are all welcoming visitors free of charge for this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The Barton Players are busy rehearsing for their comedy which is being staged next month in the village.

It’s a heart-warming and at times heart-rending performance by this wonderful cast admiringly led by the indomitable Roy Hudd.

HighTide opens next week and Suffolk writer and musician Tallulah Brown is unveiling her new play Songlines, which combines the joys of theatre with that of a live gig. She talks to arts editor Andrew Clarke

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