During the last decade, the United States music festival scene has become a bustling industry. But across the pond, the music festival is an even more prominent entity. Seems like there are countless fests taking place throughout the summer in UK and Europe, and it’s hard to keep track, so here a few updates to get you current:
- Balado, Scotland’s T in The Park (July 10-12), which already includes Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon, and The Killers (among other great headliners), has just added Doves, Patrick Wolf, Idlewild, Iglu & Hartly, Dinosaur Pile-up and Vagabond to the lineup. Sadly, however, electro-pop man La Roux has pulled out due to “touring commitments.” Bummer, but in the scheme of this lineup, not a huge loss.
- London’s Southbank Meltdown festival (June 13-21), will feature The Roots with David Murray, Yoko Ono‘s Plastic Ono Band (with Sean Lennon) and Moby. With bands like Yo La Tengo and The Bad Plus also on the bill, it’s looking to be one of the summer’s most eclectic lineups.
- Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and The Prodigy are slated to headline Novi Sad, Serbia’s EXIT festival July 10-12. Sounds solid, but there are few curve balls in there…like Korn, for example. I guess there’s got to be something for everyone…
- Wireless 2009 (July 4-5 in London’s Hyde Park) has just added the chart-topping Tinchy Stryder, Lady Sovereign and Metric to its lineup, which already features big-namers like Kanye West, Q-tip and Basement Jaxx, and Young Jeezy. Can you say, ‘mainstream sellout fest’?
Which other UK/European festivals are you pumped for this year? Who will the top bands to catch?