United Kingdom | 27 February 2009
Welcome to Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up. Here are the big stories you may have missed over the last seven days...
The world has gone line-up crazy this week, especially Glastonbury, who not only confirmed Bruce Springsteen as a headliner, but organiser Michael Eavis also let slip that Blur are set for Somerset this summer as well. "[You] can look forward to that, yeah. But it's not officially announced yet," he said, announcing it, erm, unofficially. It didn’t really matter anyway as the band went on to self-confirm a day later. Emily Eavis was quick to add Doves, Florence And The Machine, Emiliana Torrini and Lily Allen to the bill after the latter had self-confirmed herself a while back anyway.
Other self-confirmations in the news this week included Papa Roach, who are set to return to Download Festival for the first time in two years, while festival chiefs announced that Billy Talent, Dream Theater, Buckcherry, The Blackout and Anvil will be joining them at Donington Park in 2009.
Sticking with all things heavy and Bullet For My Valentine joined the bill at Sonisphere after the band pulled their Hammerfest date due to recording commitments. Machine Head, Alice In Chains and Avenged Sevenfold will also be at the Knebworth festival, with all three secured on UK exclusives by organisers. Thin Lizzy will also be back in town for the debut of the two-day bash alongside Texan newcomers The Sword.
It wasn’t just the big festivals that dragged in the big names for 2009, with Bestival announcing that Kraftwerk were booked for a slot on the Isle Of Wight in September. Not just that either, Massive Attack will top the bill at the boutique bash as well with performances from MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Diplo, Rusko and many more. Click here for the latest Bestival line-up.
Back on mainland Britain and the exclusives just didn’t stop. Get Loaded In The Park secured Orbital's only London festival date of the year, while Glade made sure Underworld will only do one live UK performance this year – in Winchester, where the event will be housed from July onwards.
The Isle Of Wight Festival line-up suddenly got a lot busier this week, giving one headline slot away to two acts. Stereophonics and Razorlight will take the bill topping duties, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere The Killers let the cat out of the band in regards to their top slot at V Festival at the NME Awards: "We are indeed headlining the V Festival and we’re lucky to be doing it on our third album – things keep getting better for us," conceded bassist Mark Stoermer.
There's no guesswork left for T In The Park after organisers released, not one, but two batches of bands for this year's festival. Ticket holders can expect to see Manic Street Preachers, Lily Allen, The Specials, The Streets and many many more. Click here for the latest T In The Park line-up.
It looks like Mike Skinner and Co from The Streets are in for a busy summer with the band confirmed as headliners for Summer Sundae Weekender as well. They will be joined by Brit poppers The Charlatans on the bill as well as our second co-headliners of the week in The Zutons and Bon Iver.
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Beachdown Festival were the late Larry's this week, confirming their third headliner – Grace Jones – as well James Hunter for the Brighton bash late Friday afternoon (27 February).
The biggest tickets on sale on sale this week were T In The Park (£180 of the green stuff if you want to camp from the Thursday until the Sunday) click here to get yours and Kendal Calling who confirmed The Streets and more at their new home - Lowther Estate, Cumbira. Click for Kendal Calling tickets, a snatch at £70 for the weekend.
Over on Virtual Festivals Europe…
Benicassim announced more acts, Arctic Monkeys and Kings Of Leon will headline Open’er, The Ting Tings are set for Beat Day, Skive revealed a new stage for 2009, Lowlands added acts and Sonar confirmed Grace Jones, plus much more.
Camden Crawl announced an alcohol-free version of the urban event for the summer which will only be for 14-18 year olds. That’s right, no ageism allowed, just great bands like Cocknbullkid, Danananankroyd, Burn Down Rome, The Dead Formats and Furthest Drive Home all in north London for £14.50 – that’s one weeks wages at the paper shop.