With January well and truly behind us, it's time to hook out the wellies, shake down the tent and think about that first gulp
of warm cardboard lager, as we give you the low-down on who we think will play where this summer.
[Note - this article will update with more rumours when we have them, so keep checking back!]
Virtual Festivals towers we've used our magnifying glass, Sherlock Holmes hat and Poirot sleuth skills
to unfold the rumour mysteries of 2009. Let’s open the files…
Glastonbury Festival 2009
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – 24-28
Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Blur
on the bill]
The Specials, Kanye West, Orbital, Lily
Allen, Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, The
Travelling Band, Bon Iver, Little Joy, Stevie Wonder, Madonna,
Fatboy Slim, Razorlight, Rolf Harris, Major Major, Florence
And The Machine, Underworld, Klaxons, The View, Jack Penate,
Keane, Madness, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party
Michael Eavis has already hinted that there will be four
headliners at this year's event, two English and two American. Odds are on for Bruce Springsteen (a long-term target for the festival), Neil Young, after playing Roskilde last year (he is thought to be the second American name, despite actually
being Canadian) and Blur, whose singer Damon Albarn has close links
with Emily Eavis. Festival, fair trade and Eavis family friends Coldplay
look to take the final top slot to promote their latest album.
Elsewhere Michael Eavis said he'd "love"
Kanye West to play the Other Stage, Lily
Allen couldn’t keep her mouth quiet about performing and Emily
Eavis exclusively revealed Bon Iver's appearance. The
Specials, Sonic Youth,
and Keane have all fished
for slots recently and Klaxons said they'd be 'playing
every festival possible'.
Franz Ferdinand self-confirmed themselves on their website, while The
Ting Tings and The Travelling Band are almost certainties for the festival after playing
Pilton’s Equinox Party last year, while Rolf Harris told Radio
2 that he'd be performing and Major Major booked a place after
winning the Rockstar Bands competition. A newly reformed Orbital could return to the Other Stage to recreate
their astounding set from 2004 and Underworld have to be favourites for a dance slot too after Massive
Attack and The Chemical Brothers played in recent years.
You can bet your house on Fatboy
Slim playing, as he does every year, and performances from Florence And The Machine and Glasvegas
look likely after playing smaller stages in 2008. The View, Jack Penate and Madness
all have albums to promote and will be looking to play this June, but Madonna, Stevie Wonder
and Oasis can be filed under tabloid gossip. Virtual Festivals
has also heard from a source close to Bloc Party, that the band are set to perform too.
T In The Park 2009
Kinross-shire, Scotland – 10-12 July
[Also on the bill]
The Script, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, Lily Allen, The
View, The Specials, Duffy, The King Blues, Doves,
Friendly Fires, The Killers
It will take something spectacular
for The Killers not to be confirmed alongside Blur,
Kings Of Leon and Snow Patrol, as they
have been announced for Oxegen, with whom T In The Park traditionally shares its artists.
Bloc Party and The Script are also
confirmed for the Irish event, which makes them a strong rumour for Scotland's biggest festival too. Franz
Ferdinand, The View and Glasvegas are rumoured to be returning for homecoming gigs
with albums to plug and Lily Allen and Doves could make their way north of the border for
the same reason.
The Specials reunion tour will stop in Glasgow in April, but that's it for
Scottish dates and if their summer schedule remains clear, a stop off at T In The Park looks likely. Friendly Fires
and Duffy could also be appearing this time around after missing the boat as new bands in 2008, with The
King Blues more than likely to play the Future Sounds Tent or higher.
Isle Of Wight Festival 2009
Park, Newport, IOW – 12-14 June
Oasis, Kings Of Leon, U2
[Also on the bill]
Weller, Duffy, Seasick Steve, Keane, Girls Aloud
revealed by Virtual Festivals, Oasis are
expected to join The Prodigy as headliners and the final slot should go to the Kings Of Leon who have an empty UK tour date, but
festival organisers have since rubbished the claims. U2 could fill one of the openings, according to the Daily Star.
Other names expected the appear on the bill includes Paul Weller and Girls Aloud, both
of which played Osborne House gigs on the Isle of Wight last year, put on by IOW festival organiser John Giddings.
Duffy looks likely to play after the soul singer left the event off of her previous tour and Mercury Prize
winners Elbow could perform due to last year's success. With a new album to promote, Keane
could return to the Island for the first time since 2007, while 2008 summer favourite Seasick Steve might
overcome his travel sickness to play the event.
V Festivals 2009
Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire - 22-23 August
[Also On The Bill]
Ferdinand, MGMT, Lightspeed Champion, Bloc Party and Pendulum
Coldplay and Blur have both been approached to headline both V Festivals, industry insiders have confirmed, whether
or not the bands actually put pen to paper is yet to be seen. However the, oh so reliable, Daily Star believe that Kasabian will headline the events if Coldplay or Blur don't bite, the band making the step up from the main stage's penultimate act two years
Franz Ferdinand could make an appearance off the back of their third LP, while MGMT,
Pendulum, Lightspeed Champion have all come up in speculation talks. A source close to Bloc
Party has also confirmed that they will be performing at V Festival too.
Download Festival 2009
Castle Donington – 12-14 June
[Also on the bill]
Virtual Festivals caught wind that The
Prodigy are set to return to Donington Park for the first time in three years. They will feature on one
of the main stages along with Limp Bizkit, Korn
and Def Leppard. Manowar may
also set feature as they are one
of the bands organiser Andy Copping has been in contact with about playing.
Reading And Leeds Festivals 2009
Little Johns Farm, Reading and Branham Park, Leeds – 28-30
Day, Kings Of Leon, AC/DC, Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails
[Also on the bill]
MGMT, Lost Prophets, Pendulum, The Prodigy, White
Virtual Festivals exclusively announced that Kings Of Leon would headline
the dual-site event late last year, while other publications have strongly linked Green Day as headliners. The final name to top the bill looks set
to be between Nine Inch Nails (strong insider sources
say an agreement is close), AC/DC (according to Metal Hammer,
Punktastic) or Arctic Monkeys (thanks
to the Daily Star).
Elsewhere Klaxons will continue
to play 'every festival possible', so the August Bank Holiday weekenders will be in for a shout, while Pendulum,
White Lies and MGMT packed out the NME/Radio 1 tents last year and will need an outdoor
stage for 2009. Industry insiders have also confirmed that The Prodigy will play Reading and Leeds this summer.
Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle of Wight – 11-13 Septemeber
[Also on the bill]
Bon Iver, Passion Pit, Michael Nyman Band
Nyman revealed that his band would be playing this year's Bestival during an interview with The Times, while Passion Pit and Bon Iver (also
confirmed for Camp Bestival) have both been praised heavily by Rob Da Bank on his Radio 1 show recently,
with the DJ calling the latter’s Victoria Theatre show as one of the best performances of 2008.
Stoke Park, Guilford
– 10-12 July
Iggy Pop, The Charlatans
Industry insiders have let slip that The Charlatans
and Iggy Pop are set to headline this year's Guilfest,
but following the recent death of Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, the latter's performance may not go
Rock Calling 2009
Hyde Park, London - date TBC
Live Nation in America are
behind the recent AC/DC tour and sources have revealed that they
are set to bring the Australian band over to the UK for a double-header appearance alongside