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Justin Bieber and Rihanna on stage for first day of V Festival

Published 20/08/2016

Justin Bieber performs on the Virgin Media Stage during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex
Justin Bieber performs on the Virgin Media Stage during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex

Justin Bieber and Rihanna have rounded off the first day of this year's V Festival as the headline acts.

The festival takes place across two sites, Weston Park in Staffordshire and Hylands Park in Chelmsford, over one weekend, with the line-ups trading locations for the second day.

Pop superstar Bieber was up first in Chelmsford, while Rihanna took on Staffordshire for the Saturday night show.

Bieber reportedly arrived on site for the festival in a helicopter and was said to have ordered 800 gallons of purified water for his performances this weekend.

Sorry singer Bieber, wearing a striped hoody, ran through tracks including Boyfriend, Baby, Love Yourself and Cold Water, and was rumoured to be planning a huge on-site party after his set.

The star has had a tough week, seeming to remove his Instagram account after a spat with ex Selena Gomez over comments from his fans, known as Beliebers, about a photo of him with new girlfriend Sofia Richie.

Umbrella singer Rihanna was later to the stage than her co-headliner and appeared in a long trench coat to guard against the cold weather as she belted out her hits.

The festival has been blasted by high winds and pouring rain so far, with the weather proving so bad that Bieber's preceding act, Sia, was delayed on stage as technical crew fought to make her stage set work around the wind.

Essex Police have made 12 arrests at Hylands Park during the festival so far and evicted 16 for offences relating to drugs, wristbands and assault, and Staffordshire Police are said to have made "several" arrests on suspicion of drug offences.

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