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Festival Bands of 2006

08 January 2006

Green Day? A bit 2005 mate. The Killers? Sooooo last year. So who are the bands you can expect to find filling fields this summer? From the well known to the barely born, here's who you'll probably be watching...

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THE HEADLINERS: The bands likely to be topping the major festival bills in the UK and Europe...

Radiohead
One of the greatest festival headliners of all time and with an album due this summer, it's not surprising that V Festival reportedly tabled a rather large bid for Oxford's finest. Expect interest also from T In The Park. The only danger is that they'll do a U2 and shun festivals for big gigs fo their own. 
Last UK festival: Glastonbury 2003
Might see them at: V Festival, T In The Park


The Strokes
Back with something to prove following a dodgy second album and a couple of shambolic festival sets in 2004, The Strokes will undoubtedly be returning to these shores older, wiser, but probably still pissed. New album 'First Impressions Of Earth' is tailor-made for a frenetic festival finale.
Last UK festival: V Festival 2004
Might see them at: Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals


Oasis
The continued success of 'Don't Believe The Truth' probably came as a surprise even to the Gallagher brothers. Noel might have to postpone that six month holiday and Liam may be forced to set the VCR to record those episodes of 'Sponge Bob Square Pants' so that they can crank out a couple of headline sets.
Last UK festival: V Festival 2005
Might see them at: T In The Park
  
 
Scissor Sisters
Having traded glitter-sticking tips with Elton John over the last year, Scissor Sisters are gearing up to unleash their second album on the UK. Having played V last year, and with no Glasto in 2006, it's not rocket science to predict where they might end up. Well, you can't see them playing Reading...
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2005
Might see them at: T In The Park, O2 Wireless, Isle Of Wight


Muse
According to rumour, Muse once turned down a million pounds from a festival - so it's clear they're quite picky about where they play. Winner of 'Best Live Act' in the 2004 UK Festival Awards, the epic space rockers are undoubtedly one of the hottest properties on earth - and far, far beyond.
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2004
Might see them at: Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals
 

Morrissey
After cancelling his headline slot at the Isle Of Wight Festival last year following a row with his management, Sanctuary, Mozza returns with what he claims is his best solo album ever. But will he return to the Isle Of Wight?
Last UK Festival: Reading/Leeds 2004
Might see him at: O2 Wireless, T In The Park, Isle Of Wight

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Could be off on a mammoth world tour of their own or could spend the summer writing haikus and drinking nettle tea, the Chilis are perhaps the least likely to predict. A new album's due out late Spring but who knows where it'll take them.
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2003
Might see them at: V Festival, T In The Park, Download 

Prodigy
Another busy year for Maxim, Keith and Liam, they've been announced as Friday night headliners at the Isle Of Wight fest and have confirmed themselves for Download and Creamfields. A possible slot at Reading/Leeds as well?
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2005
See them at: Isle Of Wight, Download, Creamfields

Kaiser Chiefs
Working on album two but in such high demand that they might be tempted to up their festival status with a top slot. One of the best party bands on the circuit, it'd be what they clearly deserve after wowing crowds last year.
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2005
Maybe see them at: Isle Of Wight, Ibiza Rocks, Carling Weekend: Reading/Leeds Festivals


Massive Attack
Having promised a series of live dates and festivals throughout the summer and autumn of 2006, expect Massive Attack to be popping up all over the place with new material, possibly taking centre stage at some of the smaller fests.
Last UK Festival: V Festival 2004
Maybe see them at: Bestival, Summer Sundae


Stereophonics
Suddenly 'cool' again and as brilliantly live as ever, the Welsh power rockers will be out in force following a quiet 2005 on the festival front. Rumours of a headlining slot at a revived festival up north.
Last UK Festival: Manchester Move 2004
Maybe see them at: Deeply Vale, V Festival

Franz Ferdinand
Album number two far surpassed critical expectations meaning the world is firmly at the feet of Glasgow's favourite four piece. Having already reached headlining status it's difficult to see them being anywhere else on the bill.
Last Uk Festival: V Festival 2005
Maybe see them at: T In The Park


THE MIDDLEWEIGHTS: A few of the bands likely to be beefing up bills all over the place...
 
Snow Patrol
Everywhere in 2004, nowhere to be seen in 2005, expect a busy 2006 from Snow Patrol. Possible headliners at medium sized events but more likely to be high up the bill of the majors, the Scot favourites have a tried and tested festival anthem in 'Run' and new material in the bag too.

Keane
Back with an album which has been described as Keane's 'The Bends', a darker sound still won't be enough to get them booked at somewhere like Reading or Leeds, but expect them high up the bill for a couple of majors, possibly even headlining.

Richard Ashcroft
Back with a new solo album, it's worth seeing Ashcroft live just to hear those revived Verve classics. Having stormed Live 8 with Coldplay last summer, expect much more of the same this year. Might not be headlining but will be well up there.

Mystery Jets
Proof that dad rock is cool, when your dad's part of the band anyway, Mystery Jets are one of this year's most hotly tipped bands bolstered by wild shanties as welcomly unconventional as the band's generation spanning make-up.

Arctic Monkeys
With an understanding of t'internet's capabilities as high as their guitars are strapped, Arctic Monkeys stormed Reading/Leeds last year shortly before they did much the same to the charts. Expect to see them everywhere, unless they're deemed too precious to be playing fields by then. 

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah, yeah, remember that band that did 'Maps'? Seem a long time ago? It was. So long that Brakes recently wrote a song about some dude blagging a taxi with Karen O, which was all made up. Anyway, they're back now with a new album and should be popping up all over the shop.

The Kooks
Will they be this year's Kaiser Chiefs or last year's Wonderstuff? The Kooks have catchy songs, big hair and are great live - so it could go either way.

Morning Runner
A bit Keane, a tad Starsailor, slightly Coldplay, but more interesting than the lot put together, Morning Runner will soon boast an album on top of their various EPs. A busy summer awaits.

Dirty Pretty Things
Carl Barat returns with new fix, Dirty Pretty Things, joined by fellow ex Libertines Gary and Anthony and former Cooper Temple Clause bassist Didz. It's doubtful that they'll be put next to Babyshambles on any bill, but someone so very definitely should. 

Hard Fi
Had a strange last summer after being forced to ditch Glasto due to a family bereavement and sticking to smaller events like Secret Garden. Bassist Kai recently told VF that the band can't wait for summer 2006 and plan to get properly stuck into the festivals.

Secret Machines
Noel Gallagher's favourite duel drumming band return from the States with a hotly anticipated new collection of songs. Technically unpredictable and sonically mental, Secret Machines are a great festival band and will add something special to any bill.  


THE NEWBIES: The acts likely to be making waves in the new bands tents.

Wolfmother
Australian, hairy, loud - just don't call them Jet. Read inteview here.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
As internet savvy as Arctic Monkeys, sounding more like early REM.

Vincent Vincent & The Villains
Perhaps this year's Futureheads, just with a much better name and no geordie accents

Nathan Fake
Dance music's latest great hope, mixing up flashy, sexy tech house - all live with not a turntable in sight. 

Spinto Band
Fill in the gap: Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, S_____ ___d.

The Crimea
Cleverly crafted acoustics that make Turin Brakes look like Rolf Harris.

Test Icicles
Metal growls and thrashed up guitars shambolically crushed over casio keyboard pre-set beats. Your mum wouldn't like it. 

Battle
Big, beautiful, massively underated, 2006 needs to be their year.

Jose Gonzalez
The strangest Swedish name since Eggie Kok (Jose has an Argentinian dad), the charming Jose sounds like Damien Rice meets The Moody Blues.

Humanzi
Big bearded Irish bastards. Kasabian doing rock'n'roll on the thighs of a virgin bloodhound.

Plan B
A rapper with a guitar? Songs about Little Mo from Eastenders getting raped? Mike Skinner with fresher ideas and not a Fred Perry zip-up in sight.

Boy Kill Boy
Anthemic, uplifting rock covered in Supergrass stubble and smeared in The Bravery's eyeliner.

King Creosote
Best mates with The Earlies and just as beautifully bizarre, would be perfectly placed at Big Chill or Bestival. 

The Automatic
Wonky pogo-punk from Wales that sounds like Fugazi on laughing gas.

Larrikin Love
Melding ska, blues, reggae and power pop - like a game of thumbwar between Shane McGowan and Aswad. 

Who Made Who
Infectiously hip and hummable, Mylo's tip for 2006 dishes out jungle drums, acid effects and cowbells in an LCD Soundsystem swerveball of electro-pop. 

Field Music
The North East's latest buzz band with harmonies as indebted to 'Pet Sounds' as to 'Hounds Of Love'. Already lined up for Wychwood Festival.

Architecture In Helsinki
Eccentric, art-hippy eight-piece from Australia with shimmering pop stylings a la Fiery Furnaces. 

Forward Russia!
Splintered melodies jack-knifed over percussion-crazy dance beats. Great live show. Even better name.

Broken Social Scene
Kinetic, creative and spacious, a pillowy bed of orchestral brilliance fitting of no cliques.

Cut Copy
Proof that not only Franz Ferdinand can make girls dance with guitars, this Aussie trio combine Daft Punk disco with New Order bagginess. 

Guillemots
This year's The Bravery in terms of hype, this year's Arcade Fire in terms of stunning appeal. If there's just one name to drop to your mates this year it's this one.

Virtual Festivals would like to point out that the above is all mere speculation based on complex formulas involving rumour, inside knowledge, and insights from our resident psychic Mystic Mick (read about him here). Most festivals will start announcing their lineups from March. Of course, there will be hundreds more bands involved, these are just a few of our favourites, so stay posted for the official announcements. 



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