MANICS FESTIVAL OVERLOAD

Line-ups of V99, Glastonbury and T In The Park announced...

THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS are headlining at least three major British festivals this summer.

The line-up for V99 was announced last night and T In The Park have also released theirs – it was revealed that the Manics are to headline at both.

And although the Glastonbury bill will not be revealed before tickets go on sale on April 1, it is widely known that the Manics are headlining there aswell.

V99 features Suede, The Beautiful South, Massive Attack, Faithless, Happy Mondays, Shed 7, Cast and Gomez alongside the Manics. The festival, which traditionally plays across two sites over one weekend, takes place on August 21 & 22.

This year it has moved its ‘northern’ leg from Leeds Temple Newsham Park to Weston Park, a stately home near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

The other leg remains at Chelmsford Hylands Park. There’s a 60,000 capacity per day at each site, with the line-ups for the two days swapping between the sites.

Tickets for V99 are on sale from March 17 (tommorrow) at #70 for the weekend with camping, #60 without camping and #35 per day. Tickets for the show are available from nme.com‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125.

The Leeds Temple Newsam Park becomes the site of The Mean Fiddler Organisation’s Leeds 99 Festival which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is twinned with their Reading Festival. Acts will swap between the two sites.

No official line-up has been revealed although bands tipped to appear are The Charlatans, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Chemical Brothers.

Ticket details will be announced soon.

T In The Park‘s line-up includes Blur headlining on the Saturday, along with The Beautiful South, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Gomez. Sunday sees the ubiquitous Manics headlining above Massive Attack, Eagle Eye Cherry, Mercury Rev and dEUS. Placebo also play, but have yet to decide which day. Cast and Tom Jones are also possible contenders to appear.

The festival is being held on July 10 &11 at Balado near Kinross, Perthshire. Tickets are on sale now at #58 for the weekend or #32.50 per day. Camping tickets at #8.50 should be booked at the same time.

Tickets for the show are available from nme.com‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125 or click here to go to our online gig guide and ticket service.

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