Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey | 03 April 2009


The wait is finally over for Reading and Leeds fans with bosses treating festival-goers to three UK exclusive headliners: Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Kings Of Leon. Organisers didn’t stop there, as they announced performances from Kaiser Chiefs, The Gossip and Bloc Party as well. There may be loads more acts to be added, but the first acts were enough to make sure all tickets were snapped up – making it the fastest selling festival ticket so far this year.

Glastonbury, which only has returned tickets left to dish out, has added Tony Christie to this year’s bill. The crooner is set to take the ‘legends slot’ on the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon following in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Brian Wilson and James Brown.

It’s turning into a bit of an old timers affair at the Isle of Wight Festival as well, with bosses confirming that Simple Minds will join Pixies and headliner Neil Young on the closing night of the event. The Script, Pigeon Detectives and Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain have also been confirmed for the three-day bash.

From the old to the young and Underage Festival bosses have snapped up Santigold for this year’s one-dayer as well as The Horrors, Patrick Wolf, Flash Guns and Mystery Jets.

In the battle of the boutique bashes, both Bestival and Latitude confirmed more artists this week. Bestival announced Mercury Prize winning Elbow as the final headliner as well as The Horrors, The Big Pink and Doves, who were booked after Rob da Bank sent them an open invitation to perform. Over in Suffolk, Magazine, Spiritualized and Newton Faulkner are the latest acts for Latitude joining Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.

There are plenty of top names added to some of London’s leading festivals with Royksopp, Laurent Garnier, Pendulum, Chase And Status, Felix Da Housecat and more set to Get Loaded in Clapham in August. While the same venue is set for a myriad of top dance names the following day with Layo And Bushwacka!, Danny Howells, Nic Fanciulli and James Lavelle confirmed to join South West Four headliners Orbital.

Sticking in the capital and Hard Rock Calling has extended into a three-day festival for the first time in its history, with The Killers confirmed as the Friday night headliners.

Elsewhere Glade Festival bosses have been booking acts with a citrus slant, adding Limewax and Drop The Lime as well as Carl Craig, Annie Nightingale, Sub Focus and ex-Prodigy man Leeroy Thornhill.

Bob Marley’s band The Wailers will be heading over to Stoke Park, Guildford this July for Guilfest along with Athlete, Eat Static and Imelda May, while Vetiver, Four Tet, Andrew Bird, Phantom Band and Dirty Three are the latest acts set for the Green Man Festival.

The big ticket news this week is that Reading, Leeds, Latitude and the Isle of Wight Festival have all endorsed secondary ticketing for the first time, signing a deal with Viagogo. The partnership will guarantee the transaction and delivery of all the passes in a secure buying and selling environment.
In an attempt to curb the credit crunch, Creamfields chiefs reduced the ticket price for first 5,000 tickets sold to just £100. Click here to get yours now.

Over on Virtual Festivals Europe

Elbow added the exotic Benicassim to their growing list of summer performances where they will be joined by The Horrors who were also confirmed for Barcelona's Primavera Sound. Over in Switzerland the infamous Montreux Jazz Festival revealed its full line-up which is to include Lauryn Hill, BB King and Lily Allen. Further north Jarvis Cocker was announced as headliner for Berlin Festival, Deadmau5 was announced for Roskilde, Santigold is set to perform at Dour Festival (Belgium) and Supergrass are pencilled in for Finland's Provinssirock.

And finally…

After last year’s wash out, Green Man Festival organisers are taking no chances with this year’s event getting Rollo Maughfling an Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge to bless the site. "We performed a genuine Druids' blessing ceremony to celebrate the Spring Equinox, bless the Green Man Festival site, and the Green Man Festival itself in August,” he said. Best pack the sun cream then.

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