Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

Duran Duran, BBC Breakfast, zombies and more

Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

Daniel Fahey - 20 February 2009

Line-ups...

Lovebox threw, what American’s would call, a curveball when they announced their headliners this week. Of course, Groove Armada feature, playing their traditional slot, and N*E*R*D are a great addition, but did anyone ever expect them to confirm Duran Duran? Best grab your cream suit jacket and roll up your sleeves come July.

Another 80's act, that you may or may not remember, is also set for a comeback in 2009 - Anvil. The Canadian rockers, who we last saw at Monsters Of Rock in 1982, are back at Donington, this time playing Download Festival. It was up to their film director to give the game away on (and get how rock and roll this is) BBC Breakfast. Marilyn Manson will be joining them, along with Killswitch Engage and ZZ Top (check your dad's vinyl collection to hear some of their tunes).

Orbital continue to search for world domination by adding Global Gathering to their ever increasing schedule. They will headline the heavyweight dance event with The Prodigy and Pendulum. Another dance group, Basement Jaxx, have been given a headline slot this week at Wireless. It may have lost its O2 tag, but it hasn't lost its ear for great bands, Dizzee Rascal and The Streets will play in Hyde Park too.

Mike Skinner will be a busy boy this summer, The Streets man confirmed a date at Relentless Boardmasters too and word on the, erm street, is that he could be playing very high up the bill at Glastonbury as well. Watch this space.

Talking of busy, people would be more inclined to manage this year's buzz boys Kasabian, than to listen to their awful version of Candi Staton 'You've Got The Love' again. Tom Meighan and Co let the world know that they will be at the Eden Sessions and The Great Escape, where they will be joined by Little Boots, Lightspeed Champion, Holy Fuck and shed loads more at the latter. Click here to see the latest The Great Escape line-up.

If you're looking for a getaway, you can do worse than Balado in Scotland this July with T In The Park who added The Killers and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds to an already strong line-up. Staying with Scotland, Rock Ness have booked The Flaming Lips for the Loch Ness event. At midnight tonight (20 February) they're going to be adding a few more, so check back here to find out first.

The Isle Of Wight Festival may be refusing to give away any clues as to who will headline the event in June, but they did confirm that The Charlatans will headline the Big Top. And, it gets better, lead singer, Tim Burgess will help curate the entire Sunday line-up as well – who knows who he’ll pick? Well, he does obviously…

The Big Chill, however, were much more keen about revealing their line-up adding David Byrne, VF favourite DJ Derek, the reformed Lamb, Slam, Spiritualized and many more. Click here for the latest line-up. Two other festivals that have been line-up happy are Scotland's Hinterland (Sons And Daughters, Metronomy, Michachu, Drums Of Death and many more) and Camden Crawl who will enjoy the company of Datarock, The Whip, Dan Black and so many more. Look at who is playing here.

Tickets...

Passes for the Saturday leg of this year's Wireless Festival went on sale Wednesday at £45, so grab your green to see Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal and The Streets.

If that doesn't take your fancy Mike Skinner and co will be in Newquay at Relentless Boardmasters 2009 in August. If you trust the Great British weather, tickets are available for £89 for the full 5 days or just £54.99 for the weekend.

Lounge On The Farm early bird tickets also went on sale this week at £65 and £35 for adults and children respectively. Check back here for line-up announcements in the coming weeks.

Rumours...

The big rumour this week suggests Lethal Bizzle is set to return to Reading and Leeds after playing the festivals for the past 3 years. Other names rumoured to be playing the two sites over the weekend of the 28 August include Radiohead, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys.

In other news...

Good and bad news is to be had elsewhere. It was announced this week that the Magic Loungeabout, which made its debut in 2008, has been postponed until next year. Organisers announced that they didn't want to compromise the quality of the event within the current economic climate. Look forward to September for details of the 2010 event.

The credit-crunch-busting news is that Heavenly Planet is to become free of charge. This will save festival-goers £75 for the new two-day festival held over the weekend of 10-11 July. If you've already bought a ticket, simply phone 0118 960 6060 to get your money back.

Over at Virtual Festivals Europe…

Franz Ferdinand and more have been announced for Volt Festival, Datarock are added to the Oya Festivalen bill and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds is among the latest acts for Hurricane and Southside. Limp Bizkit mark their European comeback at Nova Rock, while Frequency Festival found a new home and Ruisrock put its tickets on sale.

And finally…


For those who love Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', The Big Chill offers Chillers the chance to see it for real when they try and break the record for the biggest ever zombie scene. Warp Films and Film Four will be there to capture it on the Thursday night as well. 


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