Festival Republic announce new US fest
Vineland to be modelled on Reading/Leeds
Photographer: Mark Austin28 November 2007
The team behind the Reading, Leeds, Latitude and Glastonbury festivals have branched stateside for the first time, with a brand new event called the Vineland Music Festival.
It will take place on a 500-acre farm in Vineland, New Jersey, between 8-10 August and will be comparable in size to the 80,000-capacity Bonaroo Festival in Tennessee.
The event will call on the expertise of C3 Presents, who are best known for their success with Lollapalooza. It will also share a number of acts with the Chicago festival, which takes place the weekend before (1-3 August).
According to source it will be a "weekend of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll pleasure; the signature stamp of Reading and Leeds, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza".
There will apparently be "a heady mix of the greatest bands in the world, energy charged sets; new rising stars and the freshest acts hitting the stages before the press have had a sniff of them", all set amongst "lush, green campgrounds".
It is likely the Vineland Music Festival will feature a number of high profile acts which will then go on to play at Reading and Leeds. Early rumours suggest Rage Against The Machine (pictured) could be among the headliners.
Yesterday organisers Festival Republic announced that the two UK festivals will no longer be sponsored by Carling.