Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 3
At this point I half expect the Coachella 2009 headliners to be announced before this year's Virgin (Mobile) Festival lineup. Every other major summer fling has announced at least the big names but Seth Hurwitz and I.M.P. are taking their sweet time. For this latest round of predictions (here are volumes one and two) I'm going a little more random.
Prediction #5: Gogol Bordello
The Gypsy punks have been honing their craft and building their fanbase for nearly a decade and each passing year finds them getting exponentially more popular. They sold out the 9:30 club last July and haven't been back to the area since. Their live show is a true circus-like spectacle and is perfect for a festival. Their reputation as a great live band could help sway some people who are on the fence about buying tickets. Plus they have very devoted fans, many of whom wouldn't want to miss a show, even if it meant spending a hundred bucks for the entire festival.
Prediction #6: Tegan and Sara
Like Gogol Bordello, these Canadian sisters have been around for a while but are more popular than ever. Also like Gogol Bordello, they have a group of very devoted fans who likely wouldn't mind forking over big festival bucks if it meant a chance to see their favorite band. The pop-folkies also have a pretty good relationship with I.M.P - they played a sold out show at Lisner in the fall and are on the bill for June's True Colors tour stop at Constitution Hall. The festival will need some female representation, especially if any of the rumored Dude Rockers (Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine) are headlining, and T&S could fit the bill.
Anybody out there finding band confirmations in the deep corners of the Internet? The MySpace pages of electronic acts Deadmau5 and Rabbit in the Moon seem to confirm they will both be appearing, presumably in the dance tent.
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