Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up

Sell outs, new ATP event and some very cheap tickets!

Ali Ryland - 19 June 2009


As if their recent Download appearance wasn’t enough, Faith No More have now been confirmed as NME/Radio 1 stage headliners for Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reformed rockers are set to be join established acts Jamie T and Friendly Fires, while legends Radiohead, Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys take to the main stage. Canadian electro-rodent Deadmau5 heads up the dance tent at the events alongside Vitalic, Chase And Status and MSTRKRFT.

Peter Gabriel will be playing his only European show of the summer at WOMAD 2009, filling the gap left by the cancellation of original headliners Fat Freddy's Drop. The ex-Genesis frontman has been added along with Jon McClure’s new political project Mongrel, Swiss -Peruvian duo Radiokijada and many more including Cimmarón and Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.

Meanwhile Dance Island - East Anglia’s biggest dance event - is drawing ever closer, with Shapeshifters and Plump DJs joining bill toppers Chicane and Pendulum.


Isle Of Wight Festival
boss John Giddings revealed some ambitious 2010 line-up targets when Virtual Festivals spoke exclusively to the organiser and asked who he wanted next year. He said: “Oasis, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Radiohead. I don’t think that we’ll ever run out of bands.”

are expected to be revealed as one of the surprise guests at this summer’s Glastonbury. The hip-hop troupe are likely to take the ‘Special Guests’ slot between Regina Spektor and Fleet Foxes on Friday’s Pyramid stage. The Libertines, Klaxons, Coldplay and Thom Yorke are other names circling the rumour mill for Glastonbury’s ‘Special Guest’ slots.

Up in Scotland, T In The Park has finalised its line-up for the T-break stage with scheduled performances from Pulled Apart By Horses, General Fiasco and Paper Planes among others. Pearl And The Puppets, The Phantom Band, Sucioperro and Jill Jackson have also been confirmed along with Priscilla Ahn, Healthy Minds Collapse, Hip Parade and Wallis Bird. Elsewhere Bacardi will return to Balado Airfield for a 12th year with performances from Filthy Dukes, Horse Meat Disco and A Skillz.


Bilbao BBK Live
announced that they are still running an exclusive UK ticket offer. Weekend camping passes are going for a mere £40, not bad for a festival that’s set to be headlined by Depeche Mode, Placebo and Jane's Addiction and the newly added Echo And The Bunnyman, Baddies and Asian Dub Foundation.

Moving back to the northern recesses of England, Bloodstock has added more hard-metalling acts to its ranks with Anathema, Wolf and Arthemis join a bristling line-up of Cradle Of Filth, Arch Enemy and Carcass. The open air festival takes place at Catton Hall, Derby from 14-16 August.

Fresh from IOW Festival, Goldie Lookin’ Chain were among the latest additions for Guilfest along with Tragedy: All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees and Jon Allen. Elsewhere Sonisphere added performances from The Wildhearts, Architects and Glamour Of The Kill for the weekend.

Wednesday finished with the sobering news that festival-goers are spending on average £600 at each festival. The survey of 3,000 festival fanatics, commissioned by Lovebox Weekender, found that the biggest expense is tickets at an average of £140, followed by drinks (£130), travel (£100) and food (£60).


Those hoping to grab a camping ticket for Camp Bestival have left it too late, with all the passes selling out. An ecstatic Rob da Bank said, “Wow, we sold out! Big up respect to all the mums, dads, kiddywinkles, rebellious teens and hangers on that got a ticket and thanks for supporting the Camp Bestival massive. From PJ Harvey's only UK solo show to Bon Iver, Mercury Rev, Chic and Tinchy Stryder the music is all over the shop in a good way and bung in SpongeBob, River Cottage, National Ballet and Mr Tumble and we've hit on a weird but surprisingly attractive formula. See you next month!”

Meanwhile, Creamfields has revealed its full arena breakdown, with the likes of Tiesto and David Guetta confirmed for the Saturday (29 August) and Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx and Calvin Harris appearing on the main stage on Sunday (30 August).

In other news, Virtual Festivals announced an exclusive competition, where you can win £75 off a Hop Farm ticket! The Kent event, featuring acts such as Paul Weller, The Fratellis and The View, originally costs £125 for a weekend of quality music, but you could be there to experience it for a mere £50. For your chance to save over 50% of the ticket price, just answer this question: Much-loved solo artist Paul Weller is headlining this year’s Hop Farm Festival, but what was the name of his first band? To enter, simply e-mail your name and the answer to the question below to before Tuesday 30th June.


fans woke up this morning to the news of much more arts entertainment. Eco-conscious docu-drama ‘Age Of Stupid’ and a Q&A session with MP Ed Miliband are set to turn things green, while Noah And The Whale will be presenting and premiering narrative film ‘The First Days Of Spring’. The literary arena will now feature interviews with conceptual writers, a look into the life of playwrights and Sketchatron, the UK’s biggest sketch showcase. The Waterfront stage will have freestyle hip-hop, excerpts from Swan Lake and there’s more acts announced for the Theatre arena and the Poetry stage. Lastly, Brendon Burns and Jamie Kilstein have been confirmed for the Comedy arena, which will surely evoke a chuckle or two.

Roots Manuva
has been confirmed as the final headliner for this year’s Lounge On The Farm. The Brixton rapper will join bill toppers The Horrors and former-Orange Juice man Edwyn Collins. Elsewhere ATP have added a second weekend event for December in celebration of being 10 years old. Explosions In The Sky, Dirty Three, Fuck Buttons and Papa M are among the bands set to make it a birthday bash to remember.


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