In the wake of Glastonbury's cancellation, details are beginning to emerge about who'll be giving the masses outdoor pleasure in the UK this summer...
TRAVIS, MANIC STREET PREACHERS, EMINEM and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are tipped to headline UK festivals this summer, as line-up details begin to emerge.
With the cancellation of this year’s Glastonbury, the focus has shifted to the Carling Weekend, T In The Park and V2001, with only a handful of headline slots available to share out.
Travis, Manic Street Preachers and Eminem are in the frame for the Carling Weekend – Marilyn Manson has also been talking about joining Eminem onstage in the UK this summer, which also makes him a Carling Weekend contender. Travis look likely to play if work on their new album, currently being recorded in LA, goes according to plan.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to headline at the V2001 festival, with REM also in the frame if they are able to come to the UK. The Charlatans are also believed to be appearing, while Faithless have already been booked to appear at V2001.
Other bands being tipped for the Carling Weekend include Garbage, Muse, Ash and JJ72. Papa Roach are likely to be among the raft of nu-metal bands playing the festivals this year. Drummer Dave Buckner told NME.COM: “I think we will be coming back to the UK in the summer and we’ve been talking about doing Reading.”
However, promoters for this summer’s festivals have yet to confirm line-ups. Phoenix Festival has still not been given the go-ahead following Mean Fiddler boss Vince Power’s talk of resurrecting it around the time of Glastonbury. But the Hell’s Angels-backed Bulldog Bash will be taking place on August 9-12 at the same location as the former Phoenix, the Avon Park Raceway in Long Marston. It is understood that The Cult were approached to play, but organisers are now looking to sign up some big contemporary US rock bands.
Big rock acts will also be playing their own UK shows this summer, NME.COM understands. A source told NME.COM: “There’s five different gigs booked for the Milton Keynes Bowl and Bon Jovi are definitely playing.” AC/DC are also playing at Milton Keynes, while Paul Weller has also been approached to headline another UK festival.