With some old favourites, reunions and first timers. It's Virtual Festivals' predictive peek at the bill-topping bands of
2009 sees Virtual Festivals celebrate its tenth birthday and to mark the occasion we're bringing
you a series of top tens throughout the year, including our best moments, photos and memories of the past decade, as well
as a few surprises.
But for now, here's a look at the big names set to rock the fields this summer, starting
with the ten big headline acts we expect to see in the coming months…
Its official: middle of the road rock is back - in a huge stadium
filling way. Our sources tell us that The Boss, a target of Glastonbury's for some time, will play the festival this term
to promote his new album, which is out this month. If he could get several thousand people to watch him at Arsenal's football
ground last year, the Pied Piper of cock rock can surely fill the Pilton fields. U-S-A! U-S-A!
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2006
Might see him at: Glastonbury, T In
Kings Of Leon
creeping up festival bills for several years now, these Tennessee boys have gone from Glastonbury's New Bands stage to
Pyramid Stage headliners in just five years and they don’t look like they're done yet. Their fourth album has proved
to be their most successful yet and with its stadium-filling sound, festivals should be no problem…
festival: V Festival 2008
Might see them at: Reading and Leeds
Already set for the self-proclaimed, "biggest gigs of the year, if not the decade," in
2009, with support from Kasabian and The Enemy, the Gallagher brothers are likely to head up a festival or two as well. The
Isle Of Wight looks their most likely stop off, with swaggering fans ready to 'Av it! and gleefully throw £4 lagers
around in enjoyment.
Last festival: BBC Electric Proms 2008
Might see them at: Isle
Of Wight Festival
Just when Oasis thought they were the hot ticket of the summer, their
ol' Britpop rivals Blur decide to
kiss and make up in the name of money, err… music. A two-day Hyde Park residency is booked, but rumours of a Glastonbury
slot are rife and, especially in these uncertain financial times, it looks better to hedge your bets seeing them at a festival
rather than forking out a hefty £45 for a single gig! Though if you fancy it Hyde Park tickets are still available HERE.
Last festival: Reading 2003
Might see them at: Glastonbury,
V Festival, T In The Park
Q Magazine's Biggest Band In The World Today (well, it was only ever going to be them or Keane) are now more global
than an atlas, notching up over 30 million album sales. With a new LP to plug and without a festival appearance for two years,
expect them to be back big in 2009 along with another Fair Trade speech from Saint Chris.
Isle Of Wight Festival 2006
Might see them at: V Festival, Glastonbury, T
In The Park
A year ago we predicted that
Thom Yorke and Co would be hitting the festival circuit, but it seems our knock-off crystal ball was merely
an old VCR replaying a video of V Festival in 2006. This year however, we're adamant they'll be making an appearance
at some festival or another, though knowing Radiohead's unpredictability it will probably be Shepley Spring Festival -
not necessarily a bad thing!
Last festival: V Festival 2006
Might see them at: Glastonbury,
T In The Park, O2 Wireless
Dressing up can be fun (see HERE), but surely its only promiscuous frequenters of Yates wine lodges and the like, that still find
it fun to be over 18 and dressed up in school uniform? No one's told AC/DC guitarist Angus Young though and he should be back in blazer and shorts this
year with the band, especially since thier latest album, 'Black Ice' hit the number one slot worldwide. Expect more
heavy riffs, pounding drums and pompous rock n roll grandeur.
Might see them at: O2 Wireless,
Reading and Leeds
This band deemed
themselves too small to headline Glastonbury in place of Kylie back in 2005, but sure made up for lost time when they topped
the bill in 2007. After a sticky second album, the Las Vegas boys are back with a body of catchy pop tunes looking to make
amends for their under-par Reading performance last year.
Last festival: Reading Festival 2008
see them at: O2 Wireless, Isle Of Wight Festival
Triumphant sets at Reading and Leeds last year should have pricked a few organisers'
ears, leaving the Master Of Puppets likely candidates to headline the heavier events in 2009. A Download appearance may be
likely, but VF headquarters are expecting the four-piece to top the bill at a new festival to be held at Knebworth. You heard
it here first.
Last festival: Reading and Leeds Festivals 2008
see them at: Download Festival, Knebworth
America's top socio-political punk group look to be returning to the UK in 2009 after their secret sub-project
Foxboro Hot Tubs was unveiled a year ago. We haven’t seen the lads since they drowned in The Simpsons Movie or since
T In The Park in 2005, but with new material on the horizon, their impending world tour is bound to take a break in the UK
Last festival: T In The Park 2005
Might see them at: Reading and Leeds,
T In The Park
And this year's wild card…
The first Lady Of Pop owes the festival world a huge performance after her disappointingly
short, radio-friendly set at Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2008. Rumours already have her pinned to Glastonbury but moneybags
V Festival may want the 'Like A Virgin' star all for themselves. If she decides to play a festival and wherever she
appears fans can expect a sell-out.
Last festival: Radio 1's One Big Weekend Maidstone 2008
see her at: Glastonbury, V Festival