Several stars from “The X Factor” U.K. were seen at the 2013 Virgin Media V Festival, which was held Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, England, and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, England. According to a Daily Mirror report published on Aug. 18, 2013, One Direction’s Niall Horan, Union J, and Little Mix members Jesy Nelson and Jade Thirlwall and were all seen hanging out with friends and enjoying the festival.
Meanwhile, the festival announced on July 17, 2013, that James Arthur had to cancel his V Festival performance: “It’s with regret James Arthur is unable to perform this weekend due to a severe throat infection. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Arthur simply tweeted: “Gutted.”
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010.
Little Mix was the winner of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011.
Union J came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012.
Arthur was the winner of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012.
They are all signed to Sony Music.
According to the Mirror, Horan was hanging out at the festival with singer Pixie Lott, who also posed for photos at the event with former “X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who was Little Mix’s mentor on the show.
Contostvalos (who wasn’t wearing her usual hair extensions and instead had a mid-length bob) commented to the Mail Online about what she was doing at the V Festival: “I’m just enjoying myself, having fun with my girls and my boys. That’s what it’s all about this weekend.”
Contostavlos, who was fired from “The X Factor” U.K. in 2013, is facing felony charges of supplying cocaine. She was arrested for the crime in London on June 4, 2013, after The Sun caught her in a sting operation in which she allegedly set up a deal to sell £800 worth of cocaine to an undercover reporter who is employed by The Sun. Contostavlos was released on bail the same day that she was arrested. She is expected to enter a plea in her first court appearance to answer to the charges.
Meanwhile, the Mirror had this backstage report from the V Festival: “We’ve spotted Niall Horan from One Direction, who’s wearing a basketball top and is still wearing his sunnies, and he’s chatting to Conor Maynard. And over the other side of the bar, Jesy Nelson’s chatting to Union J’s George. The rest of Union J are dressed a bit impractically for the rain, but Jade from Little Mix doesn’t seem to mind as she’s on the gin and tonics. Jade’s also the only one of Little Mix with an umbrella. We’ve also seen Jameela Jamil chatting to Niall, who’s basically the most popular person here.”