Chris Eustace is back with his final rumours round-up for 2011, taking a peek at Reading and Leeds, Download Festival and Hard Rock Calling.
With summer approaching like an oncoming steam train, it’s time to re-cap the gossip that’s spinning around the forums and the VF office at the moment. So let’s see the likelihood of who will be playing where in 2011.
Download Festival 2011
10-12 June at Donington Park, Donington
System Of A Down, Linkin Park
The return of SOAD was a big move for Download in the face of Sonisphere bagging the Big 4, and the enduring popularity of nu-metal survivors Linkin Park is proven with their booking as headliners.
Avenged Sevenfold and Rob Zombie are also confirmed.
It turns out last year was too soon for Chris Cornell and Co to play UK festivals, but after a highly successful return at Lollapalooza surely Download will be the right venue to bang out 'Superunknown' and 'Spoonman' again. So start fumbling for your lighter now so you can raise it for 'Black Hole Sun'.
Australian dates announced, European dates expected. Not ruled out yet if Download's Twitter is anything to go by…
UK dates apparently imminent and The Prince Of Darkness is playing other festivals around that time.
You'd think either this or Hard Rock Calling would be VH's likely destination after Classic Rock (a Download sponsor) predicted a UK festival appearance this year.
Pendulum, Skunk Anansie, Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Wolfmother have all apparently self-confirmed.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
You just can't help but feel that Download has one more surprise up its sleeve. There's a few whispers around that RHCP are to return later this year and it could be them.
Unlikely given their own arena dates the month after and the fact that they're touring the European festival circuit around Download time.
Other possibilities include Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria and The Gaslight Anthem.
Reading Festival 2011 and Leeds Festival 2011
26-28 August at Little Johns Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Tipped to headline as soon as the last notes rang at last year's festivals, their own stadium show may have UFO's and dazzling lights, but Matt Bellamy knows that he's not going to find inspiration for further sci-fi-fuelled apocalyptic visions until he's seen what happens at Reading and Leeds come nightfall again. A massive favourite and the messageboards are pleading for them.
Headliners once before in 2002, they reminded everyone at Isle Of Wight and Rock Ness last year just how good they are. With a new album out around March, they will be touring all year long and with European festivals already confirmed, expect to be greeting them like long-lost family once they take to the stage.
My Chemical Romance
Bassist Mikey Way not-so-cryptically posted "Reading/Leeds" on his Twitter account early last year, leading to speculation that the band would return to headline last year's event. When work on their new album ‘Danger Days’ spilled over, it obviously didn't happen. With the album out, it's time to tour, so expect that tweet to belatedly become truth.
Even if Glastonbury does come off, it looks like we won't be able to move for Jarvis-mania at this year's festivals. Perhaps a co-headline with The Strokes a la 2002?
With the Mercury Music Prize safely stashed away and the Glastonbury and V Festival shows done, now's the time for Elbow to really get stuck in and woo the Reading and Leeds crowds. They're about to launch a tour to support their new album, which is out in March, and although a number of festivals will want to bag them, a Reading & Leeds jaunt seems most likely.
Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything, The Vaccines
The NME Awards Tour bands invariably feature somewhere on pretty much every Reading and Leeds bill. Though all bar The Vaccines played there last year, that’s no barrier for a repeat performance.
He’s "always on tour" and a Reading and Leeds favourite. Will he be back again?
If column inches = festival bookings, surely Slough’s Gritpop stars will grace the NME stage.
They were a strong rumour early on, but with a headline appearance at Download confirmed, it looks like they’re out of the running.
Come on, it’s been long enough. Billie Joe Armstrong and Co. have done the O2 shows, they’ve even got a new live album and DVD out in March that they’ll need to plug. All they need now is a decent festival appearance and they’ve got the full house but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Another festival favourite, they’ve been mentioned in a few places, but it’s more likely a new album will be released before they appear here again.
Their own big dates and the Isle Of Wight and T headlining spots make a return here for the Foos look somewhat doubtful. They'll be rumoured to be playing a secret slot in one of the tents as always though.
Hard Rock Calling 2011
24-26 June at Hyde Park
Already confirmed as headliners.
With Hard Rock Calling on the same weekend as Glastonbury, headliners tend to double book the Hyde Park date as well with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen examples from previous years. In that case…
If he does finally turn up at Worthy Farm, he could also be in line for a London show too.
Not quite elder statesmen just yet, but would appeal to the HRC crowd, and would almost certainly sell out the Park in minutes.
Another "if they're playing Glastonbury, then maybe…" scenario.
Classic Rock predicted that the band will play a UK festival this summer. Whether headlining or playing on Bon Jovi's day, HRC seems like a good fit for them.
Nothing that weekend on their tour schedule, and with their Milton Keynes dates safely sold out, they might fancy this one too, though they may be wary of UK festival overkill, with Isle Of Wight and T in the Park already confirmed.
The HRC messageboards seem convinced that "Summer Of '69" will be ringing out in Hyde Park in the Summer Of '11, a scary thought, or just what the doctor ordered?
Will have a new album out in March, dark horses for both this and Glastonbury if they choose to tour this time around.