All Signs Point To Tough Competition For V-Fest

Are Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs heading West?

In opening the Official Virgin Festival Predictions thread last week, David noted that speculating about who's going to play the big summer festivals might be more fun than going to the festivals themselves. (It's certainly less schweaty!)

In that spirit, has been busy putting together a guess list - sorted by day! - for the new All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Why should you care about All Points West? Well, it's scheduled for Aug. 8-10 ... which happens to be the same weekend that V-Fest 3.0 is taking place at Pimlico. And while there may be some lineup crossover, you'd have to think the biggest names on the bills will be exclusives, given that the festivals will be staged so close to one another.

Produced and promoted by the Coachella folks, All Points West already has Radiohead confirmed as one of its headliners. Here are some of's other guesses.

August 8th
Headliner: Bjork
Sub-headliner: The Strokes
Others: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Broken Social Scene, The Rapture

August 9th
Headliner: The Flaming Lips
Sub-headliner: Sonic Youth
Others: My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Mogwai

August 10th
Headliner: Radiohead
Sub-headliner: Sigur Ros
Others: Bright Eyes, Mars Volta, LCD Soundsystem


UPDATE: The official All Points West lineup was just announced. Details below, straight from the press release. TWO nights of Radiohead? More Jack Johnson? No Constantine! The speculated lineup sounded more interesting overall, no?

Radiohead have been confirmed as both the Friday and Saturday night headliner for the first-ever ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL. This marks the first time that a cutting-edge band will headline multiple nights of a major U.S. music festival.

Jack Johnson will headline Sunday night of the three-day, multi-stage music and arts festival taking place August 8, 9 and 10 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will also feature performances from Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots and The New Pornographers, among others. More than 40 acts will appear on three stages throughout the 80-acre historic location with panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline.

The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINE-UP (as of 2/21) is as follows: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Youssou N'Dour, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Metric, CSS, Girl Talk, Chromeo, The Go! Team, Amadou & Mariam, The Black Angels, Sia, The Felice Brothers, K'Naan, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, The Virgins, Black Kids, Mates of State, Duffy, Forro in the Dark, Nicole Atkins, Juana Molina, Little Brother, Rogue Wave, Neil Halstead and Your Vegas.


FRIDAY UPDATE: Not to be outdone, the V-Fest folks just announced that their festival is taking place Aug. 9 and 10 (which we already knew, since the official V-Fest Web site flashed those dates weeks ago before somebody decided to hide them). No acts are named in the press release, though the festival's chief booker, Seth Hurwitz, offers this quote: "Last year was an amazing experience for the fans and we're planning a killer show this year that will top it. The entire line-up will be must-see acts."

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 21, 2008; 2:52 PM ET Virgin Festival
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Maybe they'll just do the smart thing and move V Fest. Baltimore's already going to be drowning in people from the O's games and the almost 30,000 cramed into the Convention Center for Otakon. I would be just as happy with a week or two earlier.

I know that Linkin Park is doing their festivalish "Projekt Revolution" with a bunch of band, Ozzfest is out again and AMP Energy Drinks is sponsoring another big touring festival thing, so those wil lalso take up alot of bands, unless one of them wants to set up shop at V Fest.

Going to be an interesting next few months for sure.

Posted by: EricS | February 21, 2008 3:24 PM

I like the Flaming Lips, but NO WAY should they headline over My Bloody Valentine! Okay, the Lips are a lot more popular. But an MBV reunion show is indie rock heaven.

Posted by: Speculating on the Speculations... | February 21, 2008 4:09 PM

i'm really disappointed in the line-up. i was amped all day to see the strokes, bjork, SY, YYYs and the Rapture all on one day. Who starts these fantasy rumors! :-(

Posted by: meg | February 21, 2008 9:31 PM

Well, there go a bunch of my predictions for V Fest unless they want to play both.

Posted by: EricS | February 22, 2008 11:21 AM

Here's hoping for STP as a headliner for V3. I'm sure for Foo Fighters will be there, probably Queens of the Stone Age, maybe Chris Cornell, the 30 something's should do well this year...

Posted by: Adam | February 23, 2008 1:57 PM

Muse will headline a night at Virgin Festival

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