Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Alex Fahey | 09 April 2009


Trying to plan a decent hen night this summer? Then look no further than the Isle of Wight Festival. Organisers have taken the pleasure of adding the glamour and tiaras to their 80’s vibe with Bananarama, Eddi Reader, Beverley Knight and Ladyhawke all set to play the big top on the Friday.

We’re unsure if Ms Hawke was the muse when Edwyn Collins sang: "I’ve never met a girl like you before," but we do know he’s been added to this year’s T In The Park bill along with The Courteeners, Frank Turner and Daniel Merriweather. Mr Collins has proved to be a very busy boy this week, confirming that he will headline Canterbury’s Lounge On The Farm with a little help from The Aliens, Ipso Facto and Dub Pistols as well.

A band that need no help causing chaos are Lost Prophets who were revealed as the final headliner for the Radio 1/NME tents at Reading and Leeds this August, joining The Gossip and Glasvegas.
Wireless, it seems, wants to avoid all that rock nonsense this year, instead lining up the likes of Digitalism (we all know the Germans do electro the best) for the Saturday as well as Delphic and Filthy Dukes. The beats don’t stop there either with ex-A Tribe Called Quest man, Q-tip, Kid Cudi and Flo Rida adding some musical diversity to the Hyde Park festival.
Talking of musical diversity, Hop Farm Festival bosses have secured variety in one fell swoop, announcing that 2ManyDJs will make the trip from Ghent to Kent in July. Paul Weller, Editors, Doves and Dananananakroyd are also among the acts set to rock the 'no branding, no sponsorship, no VIP area' bash.

A band that will be welcomed as VIPs this summer are Madness. The ska lads are set to skank their way back down to north London for the Camden Crawl, playing several secret sets. So keep those eyes and ears peeled because we all know what the first sign of Madness is?  Suggs coming round the corner. Boom boom.
Finally and sticking with the capital, German techno wizards Booka Shade have been announced for Get Loaded In The Park in Clapham Common this August.

Over on Virtual Festivals Europe

The Spanish must have missed a siesta or two this week with Bilbao BBK announcing that Jane’s Addiction will headline the festival with help from Kaiser Chiefs and Editors, while Sonar bosses confirmed that Animal Collective will play in June. Ibiza’s International Music Summit bosses have confirmed that the event will be closed by Basement Jaxx this week too. Elsewhere Arctic Monkeys are set to top the bill at Belgium’s Pukkelpop, 2ManyDJs are heading to Oxegen and Lily Allen and is set for Hurricane and Southside in Germany.

And finally…

Glade bosses have stumbled across a group of German festival-goers who obviously skipped one or two of their Cub Scout meetings when they were younger:

"Have you got everything you need for the weekend dear?"
"Where are your clothes? It’ll be cold in England, it might rain."
"I’m going like this."
"Naked!  Well at least you’ve got your tent poles."

We were as baffled as you when 30 German ravers contacted the festival to ask if they could spend the whole weekend naked. You’ve got to admire their balls, err, manners.

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