Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 2

Before I get to my next couple of lineup guesses for this summer's Virgin Festival - er, Virgin Mobile Festival, August 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course - let's recap some of the speculation from the first set of comments.

J. Freedom seemed fairly certain the Stone Temple Pilots will be there.

The Phantom seemed fairly certain that Muse would be one of the headliners.

There's a lot of wishful thinking for Led Zeppelin, but with Robert Plant touring with Allison Krauss through June, that seems unlikely.

There were multiple mentions of Rage Against the Machine, who would be a very logical headliner.

With Radiohead booked for Friday and Sunday in New Jersey it would seem highly unlikely they will be a part of Virgin Festival, especially with their May 11 show at Nissan Pavilion being a Live Nation event.

Now for this week's prognosticating...

Prediction #3: The B-52's
Both of today's guesses are Globe-influenced. Next month the party gang from Athens, Ga., will release its first new album in 16 years, "Funplex." The title track is getting more than its fair share of play on the radio. Whenever that happens, I get suspicious. It makes sense for the band to play festivals this summer. They have more than enough hits to keep the crowd interested and after a decade and a half with no new material it makes sense to try to reach as many people as possible, as opposed to only doing their own headlining shows. They seem like the perfect fit for this year's "Cheap Trick" slot.

Prediction #4: Wilco
This is based purely on what I heard this morning. The DJ was gushing about last night's show and then said something to the extent of the following: "I hope you have tickets for tonight's sold out show, but if not, I'm hearing that there may be a chance to catch Wilco later this summer."

That seems pretty obvious, right? Wilco has always played I.M.P. shows in D.C., whether it's multiple night stands at 9:30 Club, at Constitution Hall or at Merriweather. The band is certainly popular enough to handle one of the not-quite-headlining slots - they are certainly better suited for it than Interpol was last year.

Any further guesses from the peanut gallery?

By David Malitz |  February 27, 2008; 2:58 PM ET Virgin Festival
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still don't know who Muse is. do they even have a hit song or are they uber-cool hipsters who don't need one? (not that that's a bad thing...)

What about TOOL?? only the greatest band EVER.

(sike, i couldn't name one of their songs...)

Posted by: around | February 27, 2008 3:42 PM

Muse: You might have heard "Starlight" or "Knights of Cydonia". They're also scheduled to play the UK V fest the week after, I think it's a good guess.

The Foos were mentioned a lot in the previous comments, I think they'd be a lock. I also think Pearl Jam, The Breeders and My Bloody Valentine are possibilities.

Posted by: Hemisphire | February 27, 2008 4:04 PM

pearl Jam seems to be on a break. Maybe Eddie Vedder's solo tour? The Breeders seem like a lock since the Pixies did all IMP shows when they were out last.

Posted by: EricS | February 27, 2008 5:02 PM

My Bloody Valentine is not happening. They're playing a festival in Europe that weekend.

Posted by: julian | February 27, 2008 5:14 PM

Here's another reason to think Wilco will be there that I just noticed, or else I would have put it in the original post. The band canceled a show in Charleston, SC so they could play "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The show was rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 7. So they are confirmed to be on the east coast two days before Virgin Festival. Come on, this is totally happening.

Posted by: David | February 27, 2008 5:50 PM

Hey David, you might want to check out this blog, it has information about every major summer festival this year with confirmations and rumors...

Posted by: Aidan | February 28, 2008 12:12 AM

I have a strong feeling Foo Fighters will be there. Noobody is talking about Weezer. They have a new album coming out before this summer and by reading their website they might be going on tour. Not a single person has analyzed this but that would be amazing. Food for thought.Arcade Fire...maybe? R.E.M.? Modest Mouse? We will see!!!!!

Posted by: Brian | February 28, 2008 12:42 AM

Here are some indies that could show up that haven't played at Virgin before.

Broken Social Scene
Mute Math
Belle & Sebastian
Gogol Bordello (would be amazing)
Mates of State
Cat Power
Rodrigo y Gabriella
My Morning Jacket
Cold War Kids
Jose Gonzalez
BLOC PARTY (which I really think is a strong possibility)
Of Montreal

Posted by: Aidan | February 28, 2008 12:59 AM

Here are my ideas for headliners or subheadliners:

Pearl Jam
Rage (was tapped to headline Vineland festival the same weekend)
Coldplay (new album soon)
Roger Waters (they usually have an oldies act)

REM won't be there since they're playing Merriweather. Radiohead won't be there b/c of APW. Arcade Fire isn't touring this year.

Other bands I think will be there:

Gnarls (new record, played there before)
Raconteurs (same as Gnarls)
Wilco (in the area at the time)
Beach House, Dan Deacon, etc (Baltimore bands)

Posted by: James Snuka | February 28, 2008 9:18 AM

Tom Petty is another idea for an oldies act. I expect Cat Power to be there too since she didn't come to DC on her latest tour.

Posted by: James Snuka | February 28, 2008 10:25 AM

g love may do. they also put out feelers to floggin molly and the used. warped tour has not been locked down and live nation will take almost anyone who was considered for warped. i dont know about east coast but so far live nation has done poorly out here. from a promoters stand point and a fans view. san diego street scene was the worse one ever and it was all live nation's responsiblity. new jack johnson album is controversial.

Posted by: gfwjq | February 28, 2008 12:43 PM

Foo Fighters are as good as confirmed headliners.
Elliot on DC101 slipped up and announced that the Foo Fighters are headlining this year's VirginFest after talking to the actress that plays Karen on The Office. They asked her about being in the FF video, then after the interview played "Long Road to Ruin."
When they came back in, Elliot said "Foo Fighters will be your headliner at Virgin Fest this year....I'm not supposed to say that? Ok, well all we know are the dates. But, yeah...Foo Fighters will be your headliner.

Posted by: BL | February 29, 2008 8:28 AM

Once again, I'll say Queens of the stone Age would be a great band to fill one of the more important slots. they're playing all the v-fest's in the uk.

Another is chris cornell. originally slated for last years show, but dropped out. he's now booking festivals in europe and elsewhere through the summer.

arcade fire, weren't they there last year? modest mouse was there last year. gnarls and the raconteurs, were there the first year, and i can't see them bringing repeat acts back except maybe the smashing pumpkins who have been playing all the v-fests over-sea's.

what about "the dandy warhols"?? havent heard much from them the past few years, but they're releasing a new record in may, and would fit in perfectly with this show. stp should be the reunion act, though branson could pull led zep if anyone can. also, how about alice in chains in an evening slot?

Posted by: Adam | February 29, 2008 3:44 PM

Clutch, Clutch, and more Clutch.
They did Bonnaroo last year and are doing Summercamp in May, European festivals in June, so tour dates for August would work.

Posted by: Lucida | February 29, 2008 11:56 PM

It would be great if they could pull off Bowie for the classic rock act. He hasn't toured in four years I believe (summer 2004).

Posted by: anonymous | March 1, 2008 5:36 PM

My thoughts,

Two names that haven't been brought up that I think are legitimate possibilities are the Counting Crows and the Black Crowes. Both have new albums in March and are trying to get themselves back in the spotlight after long breaks since their last record.

Foo Fighters seem to be 99% confirmed
Rage and STP are both very strong possibilities considering Rage was rumored for the now postponed vineland festival and STP are would be a big draw reunion act and Weiland played the festival last year with Velvet Revolver.

Wilco and Muse are certainly possibilities but neither would be able to fill a headlining slot.

Jack Johnson is unlikely since he will be a All Points west and I doubt they will share headliners.

Tom Petty and REM both won't be there due to their shows at Nissan and Merriweather.

Pearl Jam would be a huge draw BUT, it is highly unlikely that they would play a festival as commercial as Virgin unless Branson pulls off a miracle. Also, Vedder's solo tour would never come to a big festival.

Kanye West is unlikely because of his show at Nissan

Aidan's Entire list of Indies that haven't played before seems very logical.

I also think you can count out almost all acts that have been to Virgin before. I don't think repeats are necessary considering the festival is only in its third year.

Led Zeppelin will NOT be there.

Other names I think are longshots are:
Bruce and E Street
Roger Waters
Neil Young

Honestly, I think they will have a classic rock headlining act as they have in the past but I can't think of one that will fit the bill. That will most likely be a surprise.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 2, 2008 11:18 AM

Friday Nite: Zep
Saturday Nite: Phish

Jack Johnson could play in the parking lot.

Posted by: Steve | March 4, 2008 10:34 AM

Black Crowes are at Wolf Trap the previous weekend, doubt they'd do two shows in the same area so close together.

Posted by: Hemisphire | March 4, 2008 9:48 PM

Agreed on the Black crowes not being at Virgin. Hadn't seen the wolf trap date at the time of my last post.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 4, 2008 10:59 PM

I'm wondering if any of these bands releasing albums soon will be in it. Weezer could be a headliner. The Hold Steady would be great and they havent played Virgin yet

Posted by: Brian | March 5, 2008 12:48 AM

It would be cool to see Justice in the Dance tent

Posted by: Aidan | March 5, 2008 12:51 AM

Well even if they're not going to be able to land led zep as the "classic rock reunion headliner", i think the combination of a re-united ratm and stp certainly qualifies to fill that "role", so to speak.

stp, ratm, foo, queens of the stone age, and chris cornell would be all aces in my book, but at least let me get some stp, foo, and qotsa as i know i'm asking for alot with the original "dream line-up".

Too bad jane's addictions 4th reunion isn't happening before the summer, and too bad nin is in eur-asia all summer. those would be phenomenal headliners, with the full original jane's line up as your "classic rock" (can't believe i'm saying that) reunion act.

virgin needs to start right now, to line-up nine inch nails for next year...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 1:07 PM

NIN???? STP???? This is not HFStival people, those bands will never be here

Posted by: John | March 6, 2008 11:31 AM

Okay, so how do you seperate nin and stp, from smashing pumpkins, velvet revolver, beastie boys, red hot chili peppers, the who and the police? u saying nin & stp are too big to play the festival the other bands mentioned just played the past two years?
or trying to say nin/stp are a different era/generation of music than rhcp/sp/beasties????? i'd really love to hear your theory on why nin and stp don't "fit" with the virgin festival... please don't refer to "muse" in your answer...

Posted by: John | March 6, 2008 1:37 PM

We can officially count out Dave Matthews Band and The Black Crowes. They will be playing shows August 9-10 in Wisconsin

Posted by: Anonymous | March 7, 2008 12:18 AM

Radiohead is not booked in NJ on Friday and Sunday as the article mentions. Radiohead is headlining All Points West (in NJ) on Friday and Saturday night. Radiohead is making the most logical sense for the Sunday night headliner in Baltimore.

Still guessing Daft Punk as the other headliner.

Taking from others...other likely or hopeful non-headliner acts include Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Mute Math, Battles, Underworld, Spank Rock...

Dark horse hopeful...Lake Trout for some local feel...

Posted by: Terry | March 7, 2008 11:07 AM

It is very rare that festivals occurring on the same weekend would share headliners, So I highly doubt Radiohead will be there. Foo Fighters will definitley be a headliner. Not really sure about daft punk but I hope they won't be a headliner. That'd be a huge dissapointment.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 7, 2008 1:42 PM

Nine Inch Nails is rumored to be headlining Lollapalooza this year, which is a few days before. So if they happen to be on tour and doing festivals then the Virgin Festival might be a possibility. It makes sense, especially with the new album out.

Posted by: Chelsea | March 7, 2008 3:16 PM

I still think they need to get Infected Mushroom back to the dance tent. They were the reason I went last year.

Posted by: Tim | March 8, 2008 11:57 AM

does anyone know when we can expect the dates to be released.. This month I hope I can't take much more waiting.

Posted by: G money | March 8, 2008 10:45 PM

Would LOVE to see Rage Against The Machine get on the ticket, theyve been showing up @ some festivals lately

Posted by: SurfPunk420 | March 9, 2008 5:35 AM

Classic headliner, eh? My money is on either McCartney or The Cure.

Posted by: DugC | March 9, 2008 9:38 PM

I applied for a spot on the Virgin Street Team, and I.M.P. the company in charge of producing the festival, said the line-up won't be released until the end of this month. About another two weeks or so... IF i end up getting the street team slot, I'll get the news first, (or second, cuz their's always the big "leaks")... so I'll post anything I find out early...

Posted by: Adam | March 12, 2008 10:13 AM

Finally may get to one day of it this year! My wish list? Siouxsie & the Banshees or Yaz, both doing some reunion shows this year...

Posted by: Dana | March 13, 2008 2:46 PM

If Rage is indeed at Lolla, that might make it less possible for them to be at virgin fest. But it is still possible.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 14, 2008 10:23 AM

according to the lolla board, they have Foo's and Rage... so, if you believe them, they have Radiohead for two nights, Nine Inch Nails (confirmed yet?), and then they're saying Foo Fighters and Rage as well, and I believe STP. If Perry turned Lollapalooza from what it was last year (where he had 2 or 3 great bands of that ilk, over 3 days (Pearl Jam, White Stripes...?) , and turned into this alterna-rock reunion show, i'll be amazed, amused, and surpised. And I'll be happy, because with Lolla a week earlier than V-Fest, there's NO reason there can't be crossover act's...and if anything I tend to think it may increase the chances of playing V-Fest3 here, with some band's...

Posted by: Adrock | March 14, 2008 11:13 PM

i would love blur

Posted by: forksandknives | March 20, 2008 11:55 AM

i would love blur

Posted by: forksandknives | March 20, 2008 11:55 AM

radiohead will be on the east coast sunday so thats a possibility and whoever said counting crows no way, that band sucks live they wouldn't get a band that sucks live and they totally arent the virgin fest vibe

Posted by: jeff | March 20, 2008 11:59 AM

Serj Tankian or maybe even System of a Down????

Posted by: SOMEONE | March 20, 2008 2:06 PM

Rabbit in the moon is playing the 9th!!!!!!!

Posted by: SOMEONE | March 20, 2008 8:05 PM

Jack Johnson is confirmed
Celine Dion is confirmed
Tim Mcgraw is confirmed
Lou Bega is confirmed
Cherry poppin daddies is conformed
Elton John is confirmed
Parliment is confirmed
Heart is confirmed

Posted by: unknown | March 21, 2008 4:32 PM

I saw these names on another site, I hope it is not true.

Posted by: DNA Helix | March 21, 2008 4:39 PM

That would BLOW

Posted by: Nick | March 21, 2008 4:44 PM

Ok, Whoever said counting crows suck live obviously have never been to a counting crows show. Also, what is Virgin Fest Vibe??? Isn't the point of a festival to have a wide variety of acts??? Just saying.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 21, 2008 11:56 PM

And another thing. Radiohead won't be there. Two festivals happening on the same weekend would never share headliners.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 21, 2008 11:57 PM

that person who said elton jon and the other terrible acts is a troll. vfest is about alternative acts not country/classical

Posted by: VIRGIN | March 23, 2008 10:50 PM

that person who said elton jon and the other terrible acts is a troll. vfest is about alternative acts not country/classical

Posted by: VIRGIN | March 23, 2008 10:50 PM

Anyone think there is a chance for primus... they are playin in late august with some bands that have been rumored for virgin festival

Posted by: Greg | March 24, 2008 1:54 PM

Muse could absolutely headline V! They are the BEST live act around PERIOD.

Foo Fighters and Oasis were just announced for V Festival Toronto...that wouldnt be a bad V Festival for Baltimore with Muse and a 4th co-headliner...I'd walk from NJ to see that!

Posted by: Mike | March 25, 2008 4:35 PM

When are they going to announce the lineup?

Posted by: ? | March 26, 2008 4:15 PM

I heard the lineup was going to be this week but there are still so snags so more likely next week now the lineup should be announced.

Posted by: Greg | March 26, 2008 7:16 PM

Another confirmation for you all:

Bloc Party will be at the Virgin Mobile Festival this year

Posted by: The Phantom | March 27, 2008 12:37 AM

where are you finding these confirmations, i can see people saying what bands won't be there and possibilities but the only band that has been confirmed as to my knowledge is Foo Fighters because there was a slip-up on the radio and they ended up announcing them. as for alot of the possibilities that people have said there is a tour in japan the same weekend Summer Sonic, and Death Cab, Band Of Horses, Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Jesus & Mary Chain, and alot of other possibilities are playing there, also who the hell would want to see Counting Crows and that band does suck live because i've been to one of there concerts so i agree with jeff. And there is a virgin fest vibe, your not gonna see system of a down at virgin fest or the lead singers band which also sucks. the best way to find possibilities is to look at other festivals that are going on this summer, they almost all have the same line-up

Posted by: KnifeFace | March 27, 2008 9:18 AM

phantom you are dumb, bloc party is confirmed for toronto's v-fest not baltimore

Posted by: Cellar | March 27, 2008 9:26 AM

... or both :-)

Posted by: The Phantom | March 27, 2008 10:35 AM

I'm not going to even try to address the idiocy in your post Knifeface.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 27, 2008 7:17 PM

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