V Festival mapped out in South Africa

December dates set for Johannesburg, Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, which was first tipped by Billboard in July. Snoop Dogg, Maroon5 and OneRepublic will all appear.

Known as Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, the event will be held here on Dec. 13 and Cape Town on Dec. 16. Promoter Cape Town-based Big Concerts is expecting it to draw an audience of 60,000 across both cities.

Sir Richard Branson said the launch of Virgin Festival was a continuation of his policy of bringing Virgin Group products to "a country I love."

"In the last 12 years we have launched eight successful businesses in SA," he said. "We have over 1 million customers and 4,500 staff, and it just makes sense to launch Virgin festival here -- especially as South Africa has some of the most beautiful Greenfield sites in the world. Live music is growing -- it's a great way to connect with youth and it is something to be positive about."

The Virgin Group's presence in SA includes Virgin Active, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Money.

Domestic acts announced for the festival include the Parlotones, Zebra & Giraffe, Jozi and Dirty Skirts. Iconic reggae star, Eddy Grant, who has been touring with the late Lucky Dube's backing band, One Love, is also on the bill.