Depeche Mode confirmed festival appearance

The band will be heading to Spain

Depeche Mode have strengthened their presence on the 2006 summer festival season with the announcement that they will play Benicassim.

The band, who recently revealed that they will be headlining California’s Coachella festival between April 29-30, will also head to the Spanish event, which takes place just outside Valencia.

Celebrating the release of their latest album, ‘Playing The Angel’ the electro rockers are the first act to be confirmed for Benicassim, which this year will run between July 20-23.

The festival is now in its 11th year, and normally takes place at the beginning of August, however the town’s mayor said the reason behind the move was to keep the bash away from the Spanish holidays in August.

More UK visitors are expected next year, as Glastonbury is taking a year off.

Depeche Mode kick off their European tour in the New Year. The dates are:

Dresden Messehalle (January 13)

Hamburg Color Line Arena (15)

Berlin Velodrom (18)

Dusseldorf LTU Arena (20)

Prague Sazka Arena (23)

Erfurt Messehalle (24)

Frankfurt Festhalle (26)

Antwerp Sports Paleis (29)

Geneva Arena (31)

Marseille Le Dome (February 2)

Toulouse Zenith (3)

Lyon Tony Garnier (4)

Madrid Palacio Deportes (6)

Lisbon Pavilhao Atlantico (8)

Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi (10)

Munich Olympiahalle (14)

Vienna Stadthalle (16)

Milan Forum (18)

Paris Bercy (21)

Copenhagen Parken Stadium (25)

St Petersburg SKK (March 3)

Moscow Luzhniki (4)

Stuttgart Schleyerhalle (9)

Friedrichshafen Messehalle (10)

Mannheim SAP Arena (11)

Graz Messehalle (13)

Katowice Spodek (14)

Tallin Saku Arena (16)

Riga New Arena (17)

Vilinus Siemens Arena (18)

Budapest Arena (21)

Ljubljana Hala Tivoli (22)

Amneville Galaxie (24)

Douai Gayant Expo (25)

Rotterdam Ahoy (26)

Zurich Hallenstadion (28)

Manchester MEN Arena (30)

Birmingham NEC (31)

London Wembley Arena (April 2/3)