Orbital are tipped to be headline the Lizard Festival in Cornwall which runs from August 7-12, one of the many events planned to mark the solar eclipse.
The 20,000-capacity event is the first to be granted an entertainments licence and boasts two main stages and two all-nighters. Festival-goers will also be able to try their hand at beach sports like jet skiing, windsurfing and parascending.
Confirmed acts so far include Plastikman, Howie B and Pussyfoot, Sonic Mook Experiment, Richard Norris and Femi Kuti. Other acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Fatboy Slim, Faithless, Carl Cox, Tina Cousins and Freestylers are playing a secret event in Cornwall on August 11, the day of the eclipse.
The gig, which will run from 3am until the eclipse at 11.11am, is organised by Lynx deodorant and will take place inside a specially-constructed ‘half dome’.
Tickets are available as competition prizes. For a chance to win, call 09009 662277 from the end of June. All calls cost 50p a minute.
Meanwhile, the organisers of the Carlyon Bay dance festival, planned for August 9-11 will take its appeal case against Restormel Borough Council to Bodmin Magistrates’ Court this week.
Restormel refused an application by Night Time Concerts for a 20,000-capacity entertainments licence. Acts slated for Carlyon Bay include DJs Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules.
And the Totality Dance Festival, just outside Newquay is still waiting to be granted an 20,000-capacity entertainments licence after a Carrick District Council meeting was abandoned last week (April 20) amidst internal wrangling between councillors. Another application date is yet to be set.
The Sundown Eclipse Festival at the ancient Bocconoc Estate by Lostwithiel will go to a licence meeting with local authorities on Wednesday, April 28. If it gets the go-ahead, Belle & Sebastian, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Fatboy Slim are mooted to play the event, slated for August 8-13.
And Plymouth’s Total Eclipse festival, organised by Harvey Goldsmith, Essential and Megadog, is expected to have its 20,000-capacity licence approved by South Hams District Council.
A spokesman said: “We’ve had sound tests and traffic tests done and they’ve gone very well.”
The festival, rumoured to feature Orbital, Kula Shaker, Asian Dub Foundation, Ash and Super Furry Animals will announce a line-up shortly.