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Radiohead, battles, Lily Allen, Orbital and more
Alex Fahey - 17 April 2009
The Prodigy aren’t shy of a festival or two this summer but they’ve announced that they have managed to squeeze in yet another date. The ‘Firestraters’ are taking their warriors to Serbia to attempt to take over the fortress at EXIT Festival.
The battles don’t stop just their though, with the Seribian event extending it’s Back 2 Back theme with the following DJS are crossing swords, well needles anyway, in head to head spin-offs:
Kissy Sell Out vs Alex Metric
Darren Emerson vs Sander Kleinenberg
Heidi vs Derrick Carter
From swords being crossed to axes being wielded at Highfield in Germany. American rockers Deftones have accepted the gauntlet along with local rapper, Dendemann and Port O’Brien.
Port O’Brien had better brush up on their German before the season starts as they are heading south to play at FM4 Frequency Festival too. The Austrian festival has also added Radiohead, Editors and Grace Jones to their line-up alongside Glasvegas, we’re hoping with that strong Glaswegian accent they’re practicing their Austrian inflections.
Talking of Glasvegas let’s hope their mums have packed sun crème amongst all of thier black t-shirts because they’ve been confirmed to play Benicassim. 2 Many DJs, Manchester band (and Mecury Music Awards winners don’t you know) Elbow and Foals will be making the most of the Barcelona sunshine too along with Lily Allen.
Keith Allen’s daughter has had another busy week festival-wise, crossing off Spain’s Benicassim, Croatia’s INmusic and France’s Les Vieilles Charrues in just one day. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; joining her and 200,000 punters in France will be Metronomy, Birdy Nam Nam and Alela Diane as well as the previously announced Bruce Springsteen and The Killers.
Croatia’s T-Mobile INmusic Festival has confirmed that Arctic Monkeys are set to headline, but this isn't to be confused with INmusic Festival, which has Moby, Franz Ferdinand and Kraftwork performing.
Pop princess, Ms Allen gets a further mention this week as she, Kasabian, Fall Out Boy and Wilco were all announced for Lowlands along with The Whitest Boy Alive and Calexico.
Pop announcements don’t stop there though with Pinkpop revealing The Noisettes, Mando Diao and Rowwen Heze as part of their bill, completing the 2009 line-up.
Roskilde also dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s this week by completing their programme for the upcoming event. Coldplay, Oasis, Slipknot and more will feature this June.
Ireland’s Electric Picnic revealed a slew of names for the event before announcing that their tickets are going on sale this week (fish and hook anyone?). Among the names released are Orbital, The Flaming Lips, Madness and Basement Jaxx. Click here to get your tickets before they all go.
Over on Virtual Festivals UK
On the headliners front The Fratellis were announced as bill toppers at Hop At The Farm Festival, while The Horrors were confirmed to close the main stage on the Friday night at Lounge On The Farm. Elsewhere it was smaller bands filling up the bills with Noistettes, The Horrors and more for T In The Park, Mystery Jets heading up the latest acts for Summer Sundae Weekender and Doves extending their whistle stop tour of the country at Lovebox.