Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey | 23 January 2009

The Prodigy will headline the Isle Of Wight Festival on the Friday (12 June), with Pendulum and The Ting Tings also confirmed this week. They all join the previously announced Basement Jaxx. Oasis and Kings Of Leon are still the leading candidates to take the other two top spots, but the Daily Star has sparked the rumour that U2 may beat one of them to it. We doubt it.

VF also exclusively revealed that Bon Iver will headline Emily Eavis' Park Stage at Glastonbury this summer after our source spoke to her at a Little Joy gig in London on Wednesday (21 January). Best add them to the rumour mill too.

Another name that looks likely to play Pilton is Lily Allen who (not so) discreetly announced: "I will be playing lots of festival this year. I'm not allowed to say which. But yes, one begins with a G." If you want to see either, you'd best be quick as Michael Eavis told press that 90% of tickets have already gone. Click HERE to buy yours.

It wasn't rumours, but targets at Download Festival HQ this week, as organiser Andy Copping revealed to Metal Hammer the names he wants at Donington Park this June. "Limp Bizkit are in the mix, Korn are in the mix, Dream Theater are in the mix, Dragonforce…Def Leppard," he said before adding, "I’m in talks with Manowar."

There were some names officially added to line-ups as well this week though with End Of The Road announcing their first bookings. Archie Bronson Outfit, Efterklang, Alena Diane and Steve Earle will all be in Dorset in September. Click HERE for the rest of the bands set to appear.

All Tomorrow's Parties have also been busy. The Breeders confirmed that Yann Tierson will play between 15-17 May, while the fans picked M83 and Marnie Stern for ATP Vs The Fans II.

Beach Break Live released their early bird tickets on Monday (19 January) and guess what - they'd sold out by today (23 January). It must have been the tempting line-up, which we're told will be as good as "sex on toast". You can still normal tickets HERE. But get them quick.

Another set of early bird passes also went on sale with Summer Sundae Weekender tickets available now from £92. There's money saving deals for adults with children too. Check out prices and offers HERE.

And finally…

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon was banned from the green-thinking Latitude on Monday (19 January) for his support of a third runway at Heathrow and un-banned again by Tuesday (20 January). "If he buys a ticket, he buys a ticket," festival boss Melvin Benn conceded.

To see all the full news stories on Virtual Festivals this week click HERE.

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