Hey, Remember VFest? Let's Predict Some Bands.
This year? There hasn't been a drop of news. Forget about bands, forget about dates -- we don't even know for sure if there will be a festival this year. All Points West (July 31-Aug. 2 in New Jersey) is all set, with the Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay headlining. Lollapalooza will take the festival spotlight the next weekend (Aug. 7-9 in Chicago) with the Beasties and Tool handling headlining duties here, as well, along with Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and the Killers. Coachella and Bonnaroo news has been out forever. Pitchfork announced the first bands for its festival. And Bumbershoot just announced its lineup, as well.
So: Pretty much everyone has come out with some news except the VFest folks. Are they waiting on one big band? (Freedom is rooting for Green Day.) Still figuring out whether to scale back to one day or keep it at two? Is Seth Hurwitz just waiting to see if he wins his March Madness bracket and has more money to play with this year? Who knows.
But that won't stop us from making some guesses!
VFest predictions are always a bit tricky. That's because it's the one festival without a true identity. Hurwitz has seemingly always prided himself on the little-bit-of-everything approach, even if it leaves his festival without a specific target audience. One need look no further than last year's She & Him --> Lil Wayne --> Black Keys --> Bob Dylan --> Kanye West stretch on the Sunday of last year's festival to see that in action.
So while you can be assured that there will be some truly out-of-left-field performers (Spandau Ballet reunion, anyone?), here are some guesses on bands we expect to see on one of two stages at Pimlico.
The band has always done I.M.P. shows in the area and very conspicuously skipped D.C. during its tour earlier this year. They would be a perfect fit for a secondary headlining band. I would be shocked if there was a Virgin Festival without Franz Ferdinand.
Freedom and I guessed this one at the same moment, so it is ordained that they shall play. The rap legends (yes, we can still call them that even though Flav has done his best to set humanity back with his TV shows and their spinoffs) are doing the circuit this summer and seem a logical fit.
Booker T with the Drive-By Truckers
Another combo that's doing the festival circuit and also has good I.M.P. connections. Booker T and the MGs played a Stax 50th anniversary show at the club earlier this year while the DBTs had a (somewhat ramshackle) two-night stand. Plus, they are VFest alumni, as well.
Because don't the kids just love it? (Even if Patrick Foster doesn't.)
Got your own guesses? You know you do. Let's hear 'em.
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UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun's Sam Sessa posted on VMoFest this morning, and he did some actual reporting! "I e-mailed Virgin Mobile Festival publicist Audrey Fix Schaefer, who said there is 'no news to report,'" Sessa writes. He adds: "That doesn't bode well for the festival."
UPDATE 2: Someone is working hard today. And that someone is Sam Sessa of the Baltimore Sun! Hey, Sam, stop making us look bad. He's got news that there will indeed be a Virgin Mobile Festival this year. But where exactly it will be is still up in the air. Interesting...
By David Malitz |
April 3, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
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