Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up
Jacko, Madness, tears, Reading/Leeds and ice cold beers
Daniel Fahey - 03 July 2009
The start of the week was dominated completely by post-Glastonbury coverage. The big news from the festival was of fans paying homage to Michael Jackson who passed away during the event, as well as Blur’s triumphant comeback, which had singer Damon Albarn sobbing on the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday night. Even the event’s organiser Michael Eavis admitted that 2010’s festival is unlikely to better this year’s event. Click here to read Virtual Festivals’ Glastonbury coverage.
Normal service resumed on Tuesday with Kasabian announced as headliners for this November’s Liverpool Music Week. The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers were also confirmed, with many more expected in the coming months.
Reading and Leeds Festivals continued to take shape as well with Jack Penate the latest act to be confirmed for the August weekenders. The London troubadour will play in the Radio 1/NME Tent alongside Faith No More, Jamie T and The Horrors on 28 August in Reading before travelling up the A1 to Leeds to do the same on 30 August.
Kendal Calling completed its line-up with a myriad of new names including Tunng, Jelly's Last Jam, The Blims, Casiokids and more. Organisers have even bagged KISS tribute band Arockalypse Now for the event, which will be headlined by The Streets, The Zutons and Ash.
T In The Park organisers announced the return of their Be Chilled service, which allows campers to pre-order Tennent’s Lager before the festival begins and collect it during the event. Ticket-holders only have until Thursday (9 July) at 11am to do so though. Click here to order yours now.
The Hold Steady were confirmed as the final headliners for this year’s End Of The Road Festival, joining Fleet Foxes and Explosions In The Sky at the top of the bill. Okkervil River, Steve Earle, Dirty Projectors and The Horrors are also set to play, but any under 5’s hoping to catch some of these acts – you’re too late – under 5’s tickets have all been snapped up.
Ireland’s Electric Picnic was also busy adding more bands to the bill with Dinosaur Jr, Kid Creole And The Coconuts and Neko Case all confirmed alongside Dan Deacon Ensemble, Diplo, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Temper Trap and a live performance from Buraka Som Sistema.
With the Isle Of Wight Festival, Bestival, International Jazz Festival and even a didgeridoo festival, you’d think the Isle of Wight would be sick of the site of festivals. Not so it would seem as local resident and music promoter John Curd has started up another one: Summer Madness! The clue is in the title with Baggy Boys Madness headlining the event, which takes place at Carisbrooke Castle on 30 August. More names are expected to be added to the bill in the coming months.