Richard Branson set up the business back in 1973 and will mark the occasion with a series of live events, new releases as well as a documentary and new art book detailing the label’s history.
Laura Marling will kick off Virgin’s 40 Years of Disruptions series with a show at York Hall in London’s Bethnal Green on 3 October. Jazzie B and Soul II Soul will conclude the live series with a gig at KOKO in Camden on 12 November.
The full list of shows is below:
Laura Marling – London York Hall
CHVRCHESs – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Public Image Limited – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Jake Bugg – London Brixton Academy
Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy – London KOKO
Bastille, Josh Record – London KOKO
Simple Minds – London KOKO
Boy George – London KOKO
Martyn Ware Presents Heaven 17 + guests – London KOKO
Jazzie B Presents Soul II Soul (full live set) – London KOKO
Meanwhile Virgin Atlantic is planning on staging mini-gigs on domestic flights on the new Little Red internal airline.
The flights will go from London Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester with the names of all acts kept under wraps until the flights set off.