UK Summer Music Festivals 2009

Over the past few weeks many of the main summer music festivals have announced headline acts, so I thought it might be appropriate at this stage to have a quick music festivals round up.

Glastonbury will play host to possibly the biggest of the summer festivals from Wednesday 24th  – Sunday 28th June. The last of the tickets went on sale  yesterday, and like many of this years festivals, all tickets have now been sold.

The full line-up is still to be confirmed.  And even though many artists are officially stating they will be performing, the only “official” Glastonbury list of artists, so far is Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Emiliana Torrini, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, Echo And The Bunnymen, White Lies and Florence And The Machine.

T in the Park will be held over the weekend of Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July at the Balado Airfield in Kinross-Shire. The Main Stage will play host the headline acts: Kings Of Leon (Friday), The Killers (Saturday) and Snow Patrol & Blur (Sunday). While the Radio One/NME Stage will be headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Friday), Nine Inch Nails (Saturday) and Keane (Sunday).

Other acts already confirmed to play the various stages and tents include Razorlight, Pet Shop Boys, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, The Specials, James, Bloc Party, Jane’s Addiction, Paolo Nutini, Florence & The Machine, Ladyhawke, The Script, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lily Allen, Manic Street Preachers, Ting Tings, Katy Perry, Maximo Park, Pendulum, Seasick Steve, James Morrison, Peter Doherty, White Lies and Squeeze.

The most exciting of all the live summer festival line-ups, as far as I’m concerned, will at Reading and Leeds.

Reading Festival
Friday 28th August
Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo, Fall Out Boy, Deftones, Funeral For A Friend, Jamie T, Friendly Fires, Florence & The Machine and more.

Saturday 29th August
Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, Ian Brown, Gossip, Glasvegas, White Lies & more.

Sunday 30th August
Radiohead, Bloc Party, Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and more.

Leeds Festival
Friday 28th August
Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, Ian Brown, Gossip, Glasvegas, White Lies & more.

Saturday 29th August
Radiohead, Bloc Party, Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and more.

Sunday 30th August
Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo, Fall Out Boy, Deftones, Funeral For A Friend, Jamie T, Friendly Fires, Florence & The Machine and more.

V Festival takes place at two separate locations and takes place on 22 & 23 August. Tickets to V Festival Hylands Park, Chelmsford have already sold out and there are only a few remaining tickets for Weston Park, Staffordshire, too.

The following acts will play Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 22nd August & Weston Park, Staffordshire on Sunday 23rd August:

The Killers, Razorlight, The Specials, Lily Allen, The Script, Fatboy Slim, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Wombats, Happy Mondays, Pete Doherty and much more.

The following acts will play Weston Park, Staffordshire on Saturday 22nd August & Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Sunday 23rd August:

Oasis, Snow Patrol, Elbow, James, Biffy Clyro, James Morrison, Ocean Colour Scene, Keane, The Enemy, Paulo Nutini, Katy Perry, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, Lady Gaga, The Streets and many more.

Isle of Wight festival will include The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, and The Ting Tings on Friday 12th June.

On Saturday 13th June, Stereophonics, Razorlight, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, Paulo Nutini, The Zombies and more.

On Sunday 14th June, it’s retro night with headline perfomances from Neil Young, The Pixies and Simple Minds.

Glastonbury Music Festival 2009 – Bruce Springsteen, Blur & Neil Young

Following concerns last year when Glastonbury 2008 tickets were still on sale until the final week, this year the promoters of the most famous UK music festival took the unprecedented step of putting the tickets on sale before any of the artists had been confirmed. It worked, and Glastonbury 2009 tickets have already sold out.

I wonder, then, how many lucky ticket holders are going to be excited by the three main headliners: Blur, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

Michal Eavis, the Glastonbury milk farmer and festival founder has commented that every year people ask him when Neil Young is going to play Glastonbury, so he thinks this will be a special moment for many festival-goers.

Fellow farmer and bass player, Alex James and the rest of Blur are reforming for a big bash at Glastonbury, which is sure to be an exciting occasion for everyone watching.  And Bruce Springsteen is sure to pull out all the stops in attempting to live up to last year’s amazing Saturday night headline performance from the American rapper Jay-Z.

Poor ticket sales were partly blamed on last year’s headline acts Kings Of Leon, The Verve and Jay-Z.  Noel Gallagher joined in the debate, slagging off the Glastonbury promoters for making a rap artist a headline act at what he described as a ‘rock festival’. The outburst was unwarranted, uncalled for, and totally backfired when

Jay-Z delivered one of the most exciting, exuberant and colourful Glastonbury performances of all –time.

Starting his show with a pre-recorded introduction including samples of Noel Gallagher’s rant, Jay-Z walked on stage strumming a ‘rock festival’ guitar as he began singing the Oasis song, Wonderwall; absolutely sublime.

And if that wasn’t enough, after addressing the crowd, started his set proper with the awesome 99 Problems (but my bitch ain’t one!)

I wonder if Noel Gallagher was watching at home; and whether he phoned Jay-z the next morning to congratulate him on a top show and say sorry.

Apart from the three main headline acts, no other artists have been “officially” announced for Glastonbury 2009, but rumours and self-confirmations are a-plenty.

Echo & The Bunnymen have announce that they will be headlining the ‘John Peel Stage’ performing their fourth album Ocean Rain in its entirety. I find it surprising that they are not going to play a set of greatest hits.

And following the release of their forthcoming album, Kingdom Of Rust (due for release on 6h April) the very wonderful Doves have confirmed they will be playing this year’s festival, too.

Other artists happy to confirm they will be appearing include the lovely Lily Allen, the infectious Florence and The Machine,  and bizarrely enough according to their official website Crosby, Stills & Nash are set to perform at Glastonbury on Saturday 27th.

So, will there be a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion at Glastonbury Festival 2009 following Neil Young’s headline performance on the Friday?

I for one am looking forward to another English summer weekend of mud, rain and great live music.