MyBloody Valen­tine for Pic­nic, REM­for Ox­e­gen

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The sum­mer fes­ti­val ru­mour sea­son has be­gun.

On The Record must take its share of blame for this with a post on the blog dur­ing the week lead­ing to a lot of in­formed (and un­in­formed) spec­u­la­tion about line-ups for open-air stages around the coun­try.

As re­vealed on the blog, My Bloody Valen­tine are set to play the Elec­tric Pic­nic in late Au­gust. The band have re­formed for a tour, which be­gins in June with sold-out shows dates in Lon­don, Manch­ester and Glas­gow. The band are also to play at the Roskilde (Den­mark), Oya (Nor­way) and Beni­cas­sim (Spain) fes­ti­vals.

Tick­ets for Ox­e­gen are due to go on sale on March 7th, so an ini­tial line-up of acts will be an­nounced later this month. Ex­pect to see REM, The Na­tional, Prodigy, The Racon­teurs, The Verve, Ian Brown, The Ting Tings, MGMT, Sons & Daugh­ters and Stereo­phon­ics join­ing the al­ready con­firmed Kings of Leon on that bill.

Last sum­mer saw more than 70 fes­ti­val and out­door shows in Ire­land. There’s talk of even more in 2008.

One of the no-shows will the Mid­lands fes­ti­val. The coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val has had two runs at the mag­n­f­i­cent Belvedere House in Co West­meath, but will not take place this sum­mer.

Stet­son wear­ers look­ing for a day out in a big field can in­stead head north for the UTV County Fes­ti­val, where 50 acts, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Jones, Ricky Sk­aggs and Ken­tucky Thun­der, Nanci Grif­fith and a host of coun­try’n’ west­ern Ir­ish stars play in Dun­gan­non, Co Ty­rone on Au­gust 2nd and 3rd.

Many of this sum­mer’s big out­door shows, such as Bruce Spring­steen and Ce­line Dion, have al­ready been an­nounced and are al­ready sold-out.

How­ever, On The Record has learned that sev­eral pro­mot­ers are vy­ing for the rights to shows by The Ea­gles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

Ian Brown is com­ing to Ox­e­gen

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