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Croatia Croatia | 05 June 2009


We began the week with the news that soon to be retired Dutch band, Krezip, replaced Depeche Mode at Pinkpop which took place over the weekend. Despite rumours that Oasis or The Prodigy would fill the gap, Placebo were bumped up to headline with the Dutch outfit making their final Pinkpop bow. The gig was received with mixed feelings among the Pinkpop faithful. Depeche Mode frontman, Dave Gahan, is still recovering from surgery. The band will kick their European tour off again on 8 June, taking in five Euro-festivals in the process.

On the line-up front Roskilde promised us a few more announcements for the upcoming weeks and sure enough the Danish bash did just that. Indie-pop troupe I'm From Barcelona, Wavves and The Whitest Boy Alive were added to line-up. More bands for the Lounge and Pavilion Junior arenas are set to be revealed in the next few weeks. There's nothing like being kept on your toes!

Roskilde were pipped to the coveted Best European Festival 2008 by Oxegen at the UK Festival Awards. The Irish fest is also still announcing treats for all and this week was no different with the confirmation of a trio of Irish headliners for the IMRO New Sounds Stage. David Kitt, Director and Villagers front a list of artists that includes Heathers, The Joy Formidable, The Flaws, General Fiasco, St Vincent, Wintersleep and more.

Click here to check out the latest Oxegen line-up.

Oxegen weren't the only festival turning to home-grown talent this week. Finland's Ruisrock were also at it, completing their line-up in the process. Stratovarius, Soul Captain Band, Stella and Rubik headed up this week's Finnish additions with the festival also confirming the esteemed presence of Slipknot turntablist DJ Starscream as well as Swedish heavy-hitters Deathstars and Dead by April.

It's about that time of year when all the summer events are adding the final little tweaks to their programs. Germany's Highfield are no exception as they polished things off with the confirmation of Spinnerette, VETO, Riverboat Gamblers and UK sensations The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club. Metric, Twisted Wheel and Auletta are also set to be involved at the festival which is to be headlined by Faith No More, Arctic Monkeys and Die Toten Hosen.

Over in neighbouring Switzerland another line-up was completed today as For Noise made a slew of announcements, headlined by Phoenix, Ebony Bones and The Streets. The likes of Moriarty, Ghinzu, Eric Truffaz and The Black Angels are also set to feature on the shores of Lake Geneva this summer.

Down in the Croatian capital Zagreb, the week went by in flash with addition upon addition being made to INmusic Festival. The Radio 101 Stage line-up was completed with the likes of Richard Dorfmeister, Adrian Sherwood and Eddy Ramich. Crno Trzište, from neighbouring Serbia will also feature alongside Afion, Antenat, Le Zbor and more.

Once again, there was some big news popping out of the dance scene over the last seven days with the addition of the mighty Tiesto to the ranks of Skive Beach Party. One of Denmark's biggest, Skive's line-up also sports The Killers, Bloc Party and the unmissable return of pop group extraordinaire, Aqua.

After the announcement of Carl Cox last week, France's Electromind festival grew a little more with the announcement of hip-hoppers Naughty by Nature. The grammy-winning trio are set to take to the stage on the Med coast alongside a number of French favourites in the shape of Miss Kittin and the Hacker, Busy P and more.

Further down the coast, Sonar took a bit of a blow as Vincent Gallo and his band RRIICCEE cancelled their Barcelona appearance and their entire European summer tour due to the withdrawal of one of their members. Konono Nº1 has also changed the day and stage of their concert, from Friday in SonarVillage to Thursday in SonarHall at 8.30pm. The concert by Ebony Bones, scheduled for Saturday night on the SonarLab Stage, moves to the SonarHall stage, in Sónar by Day, on Saturday 20 at 5.00pm. Japanese visual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa has come in to complete line-up. Sonar is set to take place in a couple of weekends time.

Finally, we can round things off with a couple of the lesser known European fests.

Les 3 Elephants, another one on France's expansive Festival horizon, confirmed an appearance by experimental Parisian, Sebastian Schuller who falls somewhere between Radiohead and Yann Tiersen on the musical spectrum. Tryo, 2 Many DJs and Rodrigo y Gabriela are just three of the names on the bill for this year with event also announcing a free stage for local bands in the centre of its host city Laval.

And last but not least, Brugge is our final destination of the week where Klinkers confirmed a slew of acts for its two week long program. The bill that will be on show under the church towers of Belgium's most romantic town now includes Ska Cubano, Rupa & The April Fishes, Olah Gipsy Allstars, Kokani Orkestar and many more.

Click here for the latest Klinkers line-up.


Whilst most early-bird tickets are long gone punters are still able to snap up €45 festival passes for Holland's Feest in het Park until 15 June. Solomon Burke, Lamb, The Wombats and Roots Manuva are among the names for the event which takes place in the town of Oudenaarde from 13 – 16 August.

Click here to browse and buy tickets to Feest in het Park.


Just as festival tickets can be bought, they can also be won.

We have teamed up with Hulstfred Festival 2009 in Sweden to offer one lucky soul the chance to snap up five tickets for a grand old weekend up north. The Killers, Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand are headlining. The competition closes on 11 June.

Click here for the chance win 5 tickets to Hulstfred.

Like Virtual Festivals, EXIT Festival are celebrating their 10th brithday this year. With the premise of back to back DJ slots for the occasion in addition to the usual star studded line-up you'de be crazy to pass this one up.

Click here for the chance to win 2 tickets to EXIT Festival 2009.

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