Rumours suggest that a Tibetan benefit festival will take place at Donington in June...
BEASTIE BOYS, REM and RADIOHEAD are among the acts rumoured to be lining up to play the UK leg of the TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT this summer, NME.COM can reveal.
The festival took place in Chicago, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Sydney in 1999 and took a year off last year.
But speculation is mounting that a British date could take place on the weekend left open by the cancellation of Glastonbury Festival this year, possibly at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, which has hosted a series of high-profile, predominately rock, festivals over the years, and will this summer play host to the Stereophonics.
US website Allstar reports that spokespersons for the festival confirmed that they are in talks over possibly staging the event in the UK on June 23-24.
The first major event for Tibetan Freedom was held in 1998, when Thom Yorke, REM and the Beasties were all involved in a weekend of concerts to raise awareness and funds for Tibetan freedom through the Milarepa Fund – making it likely they’ll be involved in some capacity in this year’s UK event.
The second event was spread over four cities and featured performances from artists including Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Garbage, Blur, Rage Against The Machine, Eddie Vedder and Run DMC.