Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

New Reading names, tickets, Nirvana and more

24 April 2009


The biggest announcement this week came from Reading and Leeds Festivals without organisers having to lift a finger. The recent sunshine has obviously gone straight to Faith No More’s heads, with the band breaking embargo to reveal on their website that they’ll be playing both events in August.

Glastonbury were a lot more orthodox with their latest announcement, confirming that Kasabian will play Worthy Farm this summer as Bruce Springsteen’s ‘special guests’, but bosses were keen not to divulge much else, keeping ticket holders sweating for that little bit longer.

Isle of Wight Festival chiefs were a little more forthcoming this week, confirming that Will Young will be joining Neil Young at the three-day event with McFly, Sneaky Sound System, Iglu And Hartley and Sharon Corr (former fiddler for The Corrs) set to perform too.

Also hitting headlines this week were Secret Garden Party, who confirmed that Fat Freddy’s Drop will close the main stage of the event, and Calvin Harris who was named as headliner for Liverpool Sound City. The Damned, Billy Bragg, The Zutons and Little Boots are also set for the urban bash, with the latter the sole name added to the Wychwood Festival line-up on Monday (20 April).

Sticking with city soirees, Brighton’s Great Escape shoved aside superstition and added 13 new acts, many with an anti-folk stance including Johnny Flynn, Mumford And Sons and Emmy The Great. Grunge legend Evan Dando is also set for next month’s bash.

With less than 50 days to go until Download Festival kicks off, organisers began to reveal the stage-by-stage breakdown this week, adding Hatebreed, Therapy?, Middle Class Rut, Turbowolf, God Forbid and A Day To Remember too.

There were more names confirmed for London’s South West Four with David Guetta and Eric Prydz among the latest acts set to play the Clapham Common dance behemoth, while Regina Spektor and Passion Pit were both announced for this year’s Latitude Festival.

Somerset House Summer Series
released the first acts set to perform at the historic London venue in July this week with Grace Jones, Lily Allen and Pendulum taking the honours for 2009 with more to be announced in coming weeks.

Norwegian producer and DJ Lindstrom is set to play a rare festival appearance at The Big Chill, organisers confirmed on Tuesday (21 April) with the ever-excellent Greg Wilson, Annie Nightingale and LCD Soundsystem’s Tim Goldsworthy and Tim Sweeney also set to perform at Eastnor Castle come August.

Dance events Global Gathering and Glade Festival began to reveal details of their smaller stages with Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Whip and Sneaky Sound System set to play on Global’s Tuborg Live Stage. Meanwhile Glade bosses unveiled the hosts for this year’s Club Tent with Mulletover, Finger Lickin’ Funk and Further Project inviting the likes of Mr C, Format B, Krafty Kuts and Soul Of Man all given sets for the weekend.

Finally this week, student festival Beach Break Live released its second wave of artists for this year’s event with Hadouken!, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, The Nextmen, Tayo and Deekline all confirmed. Sticking with the aquatic theme, British Sea Power head up the latest batch of acts for A Hop At The Farm with Ash, The View and Bell X1 set to join Paul Weller, The Fratellis and more in July.


More Reading Festival tickets were made available today (24 April) with weekend passes on sale for £170 and day tickets available too. Click here to buy Reading tickets.

Summer Series tickets also went on sale; fans can see Grace Jones (£45), Lily Allen (£27.50), Athlete (£25), Pendulum (£27.50) and The Ting Tings (£22.50) this July. Click here to buy Summer Series tickets.

And finally…

Nirvana’s infamous 1992 Reading Festival set, when Kurt Cobain was wheeled onto the stage by wheelchair, is set to be released on DVD. ‘Life Takes No Prisoners’ will be out 4 May.


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