Welcome to Virtual Festivals' weekly news round up. Here are the big stories, rumours and ticket sales you may have missed over the last seven days...
We kick off with the big line-up rumours, starting with Glastonbury who, in recent weeks, seem to have been inundated with bands hoping to earn/grovel their way into playing. This week’s eye-flutterers were Sonic Youth: “I wanna play Glastonbury because it’s such a disaster camp and I really enjoy that,” singer Thurston Moore said, but, it probably won’t be the only festival they play in 2009, “I’m almost positive we’ll definitely be doing one or two festivals in the UK,” he continued.
Another group that looks certain for the Somerset soiree is the brothers Hartnoll AKA Orbital, whose 2004 performance on the festival’s Other Stage is ranked as one of their most memorable. They’ve been busy racking up confirmations this week (Rock Ness, Sonar), but they still had time to give the game away about their Global Gathering appearance in July on thier MySpace blog.
Our final rumour from the last seven days involves Paul McCartney who is thought to be joining Bruce Springsteen at London’s Hard Rock Calling. This comes after the former-Beatle was named among the headliners for Coachella alongside The Cure and The Killers. The Californian festival is usually a good indicator of the names hitting the UK circuit in the summer, so watch out for Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Fleet Foxes, Beirut and more in 2009.
Elsewhere, band bookers and organisers have been very busy. Oxegen fans decided that seeing Kings Of Leon last year wasn’t enough and asked festival bosses to invite the band back for the second consecutive year. The Killers, Snow Patrol and Bloc Party will also be heading to Best European Festival 2008 alongside The Script and Katy Perry, which means they’re all likely to be at T In The Park 2009 as both traditionally share their line-ups.
The Great Escape released a slew of acts, which includes Passion Pit and Golden Silvers, both of whom were named in Virtual Festivals‘ prediction features. Metronomy, Esser, Kissy Sell Out and many more will also play.
Field Day announced that Mogwai will headline the festival with Four Tet, Malcolm Middleton and more confirmed too. See the rest of the Field Day line-up.
Meanwhile Blissfields Festival, winners of the Best Small Festival back in 2007, have returned to Bradley Farm, Hampshire after a year off with a line-up that includes the delightful Laura Marling, as well as Mumford And Sons (another two of VF’s predictions for 2009) and many more. Check out the other names you can catch at Blissfields.
In Channel Island news there were more names announced for Jersey Music Live Festival including Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Andy C, London Elektricity And MC Wrec and a couple of others. They will all join the previously announced Basement Jaxx. Jersey Live tickets can be bought here.
Over at Virtual Festivals Europe…
Biffy, Kissy and Mylo will join in the 10th birthday celebrations at Snowbombing in Austria, all the ticket details are available here or, if you’re feeling lucky punk, you can enter our exclusive competition here. More details when you click.
Oasis, as Virtual Festivals predicted, will join Kings Of Leon, Paul Weller and Franz Ferdinand at Benicassim in Spain.
Bloc Weekend confirmed their fancy dress theme for the Sunday: Miami Vice. Festival-goers have been told to think: “powder blue suits, volumised hair and super-slick supreme naffness.”