Reading ticket confusion 29.5.02
It's looking increasingly as though Mean Fiddler are desperately trying to sell tickets for the Leeds leg of the Carling weekend. Press adverts and the official web-site both state that weekend tickets for Reading are only available via selected HMV stores. Meanwhile, on-line ticket agencies such as Ticketmaster and Stargreen aren't exactly saying they're sold out, merely that weekend tickets for reading are either "currently unavailable" or "off sale." Fat Reg believes this is to encourage people wanting the full weekend festival experience to buy a ticket for Leeds. Unfortunately, the press office aren't answering any enquiries at the moment, and probably aren't allowed to give a straight answer to this sort of request. On a more encouraging note, some branches of HMV appear to be getting their tickets at last, nearly three weeks after they were due to. Once again, Mean Fiddler puts the customer last. Guess that's done my chances of a guest pass a world of good...
Ozzy no-show at Irish Ozzfest 28.5.02
Ozzy pulled out of his headline slot at the Irish leg of the Ozzfest, held at Punchestown on Sunday, may 26. Less than 24 hours after the rain-swept Donington Ozzfest he cited a sore throat as his reason for not playing. The event went ahead without its star turn, which ought to be reason enough for a refund - after all, you can hardly have an Ozzfest without Ozzy, can you?.
Alanis Morrisette for V2002 28.5.02
The Canadian warbler is the latest addition to the list of AOR shite that constitutes this year's V Festival. Needless to say, Fat Reg won't be there...
Beer delivery at T in the Park 23.5.02
Here's a cracking idea if you're: a) going to T in the Park and b) lazy. Visit www.festivalbooze.com and place an order for drinks which will be delivered to you at the festival.
Jon Spencer for Reading 23.5.02
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been added to the Evening Session Stage on the Saturday at Reading (Sunday at Leeds). Yhe Von Bondies have been added to the same stage on the Friday at Reading (Saturday at Leeds) and Sparta have joined the bill for the Sunday (Friday, Leeds). The Concrete Jungle Stage line-up has been confirmed, but thanks to Fat Reg's contacts and the forum users, you had the Concrete jungle info nearly two weeks ago. Thanks to everyone who helped compile it. To see the up-to-date line-up, click here.
Additions to smaller stages at Reading and Leeds 21.5.02
Several bands have been added to the Reading/Leeds bill:
Friday, Reading (Saturday, Leeds)
Evening session Stage: The Vines, Guided by Voices, Fenix TX, The Bellrays
Dance Stage: Decks n Effects, Luke Vibert
Saturday, Reading (Sunday, Leeds)
Evening Session Stage: Alec Empire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Icarus Line
Goldfinger, Midtown, The Libertines
Concrete Jungle Stage: Dashboard Confessional, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, Hot Rod Circuit
Sunday, Reading (Friday, Leeds)
Evening Session Stage: Cornershop, Haven, The Shining, Capdown, Hoggboy, Death Cab for Cutie
BRMC for Glastonbury 21.5.02
The hotly-tipped Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have benn confirmed as playing the sold-out Glastonbury Festival.
New additions for reading/Leeds dance stage 20.5.02
The main acts for the Friday night dance stage at Reading (Saturday at Leeds) have been announced: Aphex Twin will headline, with support coming from Lo-Fidelity Allstars, U.N.K.L.E and Peaches. Anti-Pop Consortium have been added to the Sunday night bill (Friday at Leeds).
Festivals on TV 18.5.02
This Wednesday night at 2.45am, there's another in the series ITV at the Festivals, showing highlights from one of 2000's events. It's on in most regions and runs for an hour, so set the video. Or stay up really, really late...
Concrete Jungle stage details 17.5.02
Sick of it All, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, The Get Up kids, Saves the day, Jesse james, Lightyear are all playing the Concrete Jungle stage at reading on Saturday August 24, Leeds Sunday august 25. Capdown have been added to the Evening session Stage on Sunday at Reading, Friday at Leeds.
Sex Pistols one-off gig 16.5.02
The Sex Pistols have confirmed their much-rumoured one-off date, which John Lydon says will definitely be their last ever. It takes place at Crystal Palace on Saturday July 27. Tickets cost £35 (including booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.carlinglive.com.
fatreg.com update 15.5.02
See the Survival Guide page for festival tips and a handy, printable checklist of things you might want to remember to pack for your festival visits this summer. Or click here just for the checklist (opens in a remote window).
Poor ticket sales for Isle of Wight 15.5.02
With just three weeks to go, the revived Isle of Wight Festival has only sold 6000 out of 25,000 tickets. The festival will make a loss if it only attracts a half-capacity crowd of 12-13,000, though the organisers say they are prepared to absorb this cost. Despite other factors, such as the World Cup, could it be that the main acts (Charlatans, Starsailor, Ash and Robert Plant), together with the fact that the festival isn't on the mainland are the cause of the poor sales?
Glastonbury line-up leaked 15.5.02
Details have emerged of some of the acts playing Glastonbury this year:
Friday June 28
Pyramid Stage: Coldplay, Nelly Furtado, Alabama 3, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dandy Warhols
Other stage: Garbage, Idlewild, Mull Historical Society, Vex Red, Bush
Saturday june 29
Pyramid Stage: Charlatans, Beta Band, No Doubt, Ian Brown, Jools Holland
Other Stage: Mercury Rev, Spiritualized, The Vines, Orbital, Less than Jake
Dance Tent: Mis-Teeq
Sunday June 30
Pyramid Stage: Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, super Furry Animals, Dreadzone, Rolf Harris
Other Stage: Elbow, Belle & Sebastian, New Model Army, Ikira Colt, Hundred Reasons, My Vitriol
Dance Tent: Fatboy Slim
Jazzworld Stage: Groove Armarda, Zero 7, Josheen, Cornershop, Air
That'll be a hundred quid's worth, then... still, it's sold out anyway.
Raging Speedhorn for Reading only 14.5.02
Well, Leeds get Guns N Roses, Reading gets Raging Speedhorn. The Corby-based metallers are only playing the southern leg of the Carling Weekend. Also added to the line-up are Dillinger Escape Plan, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Herbaliser and Blade. See the line-up page for details.
Ozzfest stage times 14.5.02
Here's the official list of who's playing when at the Ozzfest, Donington on May 25
Ozzy Osbourne 8.45 pm -
Tool 7.15 - 8.30pm
System of a Down 5.45 - 7.00pm
Slayer 4.40 - 5.30pm
Lostprophets 3.40 - 4.25pm
Cradle of Filth 2.40 - 3.25pm
Millencolin 1.45 - 2.25pm
Drowning Pool 1.00 - 1.30pm
Mad Capsule Markets 12.15 - 12.45pm
Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society 11.35 - 12.05pm
Antiproduct 11.00 - 11.25pm
KERRANG! / RADIO 1 STAGE
Hundred Reasons 8.00 - 8.45pm
Ill Nino 7.10 - 7.40pm
Kittie 6.25 - 6.55pm
American Headcharge 5.40 - 6.10pm
Cyclefly 4.55 - 5.25pm
Hell Is For Heroes 4.10 - 4.40pm
Mushroomhead 3.25 - 3.55pm
OTEP 2.40 - 3.10pm
Nonpoint 1.55 - 2.25pm
Danko Jones 1.10 - 1.40pm
Skindred 12.25 -12.55pm
Flaw 11.40 - 12.10am
Pulse Ultra 11.00 - 11.25am
To get a printable version of this list to take with you, click here
Some confirmations for Reading/Leeds 14.5.02
Sick of it All are, according to the band's PR agent, confirmed to headline the Concrete Jungle stage at the Carling Weekend. Official confimation to follow. New Found Glory and Finch are two further confirmations, though details of which stage or day are unknown yet.
Reading's best boozer bulldozed! 14.5.02
The Duke of Edinburgh, just down from Reading station, and traditonally the first port of call for the serious festival drinker until its closure a few years back has been bulldozed. Reading council should hang their heads in shame.
Hives on Lamacq Live 9.5.02
To whet your appetite for the mighty Hives at Reading, tune into Lamacq Live on Radio 1 this Monday night (May 13) to hear a 45-minute live set from the band. The Hives performance starts at 10pm.
Radio 1 at Reading/Leeds 9.5.02
Radio 1 will broadcast two shows live from the Carling Weekend, and have an evening of highlights on August Bank Holiday Monday. The details are:
Friday August 23, 10am-12.45pm Jo Whiley at Reading
Saturday August 24 12noon-3pm Nemone at Leeds
Monday August 26 8pm-midnight Lamacq Live special
The station promises special guests and exclusive acoustic performances from the VIP backstage area. Expect Lamacq's show to feature live performances from Reading and Leeds.
Dubliners pull out of Fleadh 9.5.02
Irish Legends the Dubliners have been forced to pull out of their headline slot on the second stage at the Fleadh. No official reason has been given as yet.
London Essential Festival 9.5.02
The troubled Essential Festival looks set to have a second event of the year in Hackney Marshes on the weekend of August 2-4. There looks likely to be a punk stage, featuring Pennywise, AFI, Saves the Day and American Nightmare, though the scrapping of stages and rumoured poor ticket sales at the recent Essential Festival in Bristol may put this in doubt.
Concrete Jungle Stage for Reading and Leeds? 9.5.02
According to www.punktastic.com, UK punk bands Lightyear and Jesse James will play the (as yet unconfirmed) Concrete Jungle Stage at Reading on August 24 and Leeds August 25. The site also suggests that Sick of it All are to play a "punk stage" at the Carling Weekend - presumably the Concrete Jungle Stage. Confirmation of this as soon as I get it.
Sahara Hotnights for Reading/Leeds 9.5.02
Sahara Hotnights, who recently supported The Hives around Britain have confirmed for the main stage at Reading, August 24 and Leeds, August 25.
Hives confirmed for Reading/Leeds 8.5.02
As if by magic, the Hives are now officially on the bill for the Carling Weekend, playing Reading on Saturday August 23, and the following day at Leeds. The Evening Session Stage line-up has been boosted with the addition of The Breeders and The Electric Soft Parade, playing Reading on Friday August 22 and Leeds Saturday 24. Jimmy Eat World are co-headliners on the Evening Session Stage at Reading on Saturday 24, and Leeds Sunday 25 and are joined by The Cooper Temple Clause, Rival Schools and The Mars Volta. For the full line-up to date, click here.
ITV at the Festivals 7.5.02
On Wednesday May 8 there's a repeat programme in the ITV at the Festivals series, featuring Gomez and Super Furry Animals, which looks like it's Reading 2000, then. It's at 2.35am (so that's very early on Thursday, really) and on most ITV regions.
Hives and more for Witnness 7.5.02
Sweden's finest, The Hives, have been added to the bill for Ireland's Witnness Festival on July 13/14. Joining them on the bill are Beverley Knight, Hoobastank, Lemon Jelly, Rival schools and Soulwax DJs. There's still no news on The Hives' mysterious disappearance from the Reading/Leeds bill.
More acts for V2002 7.5.02
Royksopp, Lamb, Bluetones and Mull Historical Society have all been added to the bill for V2002, now officially the dullest festival in the world, ever.
Guns n Roses for Leeds (but not Reading) 29.4.02
As rumoured for the last couple of days, Guns n Roses are to play the Leeds leg only of the Carling Weekend. The reasons for this remain unclear at the moment. The headliners are The Strokes, Foo Fighters and The Prodigy. For the latest details, click here.
Reading details on Lamacq Live 27.4.02
The first details of this year's Reading/Leeds Festivals will be announced on Lamacq Live on Monday April 29. The show starts at 8pm, but if you can't be bothered to listen to several hours of sad indie shite, then I'll suffer that for you and post the details here as soon as I have them.
Iggy Pop for Lost Weekend 27.4.02
Iggy is to headline the Lost Weekend, which takes place at London's Docklands Arena on July 13. He's joined by Pitchshifter, Soulfly, Amen, Rachel Stamp and Hatebreed, with others to follow.
Glastonbury "sold out" plus Coldplay confirm appearance 27.4.02
All 100,000 tickets are reprted to have been sold for this year's festival and Coldplay have confirmed their much-rumoured appearance. My Vitriol have also confirmed.
More acts for V2002 27.4.02
Sugababes, Elvis Costello, Beverley Knight, Kosheen and Soft Cell have been added to the V2002 bill - as if it wasn't dull enough already.
Reading line-up due on April 29 21.4.02
The first official details of this summer's Reading and Leeds festivals will be released on Monday, April 29.
The Streets confirmed for Reading, Offspring likely, too 21.4.02
Rising star The Streets has confirmed on his web-site that he will play Reading and Leeds Festivals. See www.the-streets.co.uk for more. The Offspring also look to be a confirmation, according to Metal Hammer.
Oasis to headline Witnness 21.4.02
Oasis are the latest addition to Ireland's Witnness Festival, to be held at Fairground Racecourse, Ireland on July 13/14. The join a line-up which includes The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Green Day and Ian Brown. Tickets go on sale on April 27, and there's a special price of 120 Euros (including camping) until May 12. For more information, visit www.witnness.com.
Sonic Youth for T in the Park 21.4.02
Sonic Youth will play the King Tut's Tent at T in the Park on July 14. Hoobastank are to appear on the NME Stage.
Garbage for Glastonbury 21.4.02
Garbage are to play the main stage at Glastonbury on Friday june 28. The date is part of a European tour that includes festival dates on the continent.
Classic festival broadcasts on radio 16.4.02
Hear five tracks from def Leppard's 1980 Reading Festival set this week on BBC 6 Music's web-site. You can also hear tracks by Page & plant from Glastonbury 1995 and Sheryl Crow at Glastonbury 1997. For more info and to hear the tracks, click here. The sets are part of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's shows for the BBC's new digital radio station, 6 Music. He's promising to feature more archive sets from Reading, Donington and more in future shows. The downside? You'll need a special digital radio to recieve them in high quality sound. the web site only has RealAudio files.
Iggy for Distortion Festival 12.4.02
Iggy Pop has been added to the bill for the one day event in Nottingham on July 20. Green Day are headliners and also on the bill are A, Rival Schools and Less Than Jake. Ticket details will appear when I find out more info.
Beta Band for Glastonbury 12.4.02
The Beta Band join the Charlatans, No Doubt, Orbital, ian Brown and Mis-Teeq on the list of confirmed bands for Glastonbury 2002.
Basement Jaxx for T in the Park 12.4.02
Basement Jaxx are to headline the NME Stage at T in the Park on saturday July 13. Appearing with them will be Shaun Ryder's new band, SWR and Proud Mary. Orbital have been confirmed to headline the Slam tent on the Sunday. Also appearing at the festival are Jimmy Eat World, Less than Jake, Halo and Delta.
Pogues to headline Fleadh 11.4.02
The on-off Pogues reformation continues at the Fleadh in Finsbury Park, north London on Saturday June 8. They're supported by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, the Wonderstuff, Paul Brady, Paul Kelly, The Proclaimers, Alabama 3 and Aslan, with further acts to be announced. Tickets cost £32.50 (plus booking fee) and are available from Ticketmaster outlets and selected HMV stores, the London 24-hour credit card hotline (020 7344 0044) or the national 24-hour hotline (08701 500044).
Orbital for Glastonbury 10.4.02
Orbital are to play the "Other" stage at Glastonbury on June 29. Mis-Teeq will appear in the dance tent.
New bands for V2002 10.4.02
Doves, Nickelback and Counting Crows have been added to the V2002 line-up.
Prodigy festival show likely 10.4.02
The much-rumoured Prodigy festival appearance seems more likely after it emerged that promotors have been asked for a £1 million fee for the band. The question remains as to which promotor has that sort of money to spend: Mean Fiddler or Michael Eavis?
Lip up fatty! Bad manners in festival appearance shock 10.4.02
Okay, so it's only Peterborough's annual Willow Festival that's to be graced with the corpulent ones' presence, but it's festival news of a sort. The free event takes place on the embankment, Peterborough from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14. Also appearing among 50 bands so far booked are Pornstar and MadonnaRama, who apparently play Madonna's songs in a grunge style - an idea they seem to have nicked from Sonic Youth spin-off Ciccone Youth. For more, check out www.willowfestival.co.uk
Mercury Rev and Idlewild for T in the Park 2.4.02
Mercury Rev will play the King Tut's Tent on Saturday July 13. Idlewild are on the NME Stage the same day. Also in the King Tut's Tent with Mercury Rev are Athlete and The Music. On Sunday, Vex Red and the mighty Parkinsons appear on the NME Stage.
Reading line-up "soon" 26.3.02
Fat Reg can exclusively reveal that the first official announcements about this year's Reading/Leeds festival line-ups are due very soon - possibly as soon as a week after Easter. This information has come from the press office, so it's as concrete as you'll get.
New bands for Ozzfest 26.3.02
Hundred Reasons, Mushroomhead, Mad Capsule Markets, Nonpoint and the awesome Danko Jones will play the indoor stage at this year's Ozzfest at Castle Donington on May 25. Ozzy, Tool, System of a Down, Slayer and Cradle of Filth are all confirmed for the main stage. Tickets are on sale now, priced £39.
More bands for Isle of Wight 26.3.02
Hundred Reasons and ex-Led Zep singer Robert Plant have been added to the Isle of Wight Festival bill on June 3. Tickets go on sale on March 22, at £35.
Green Day for T in the Park and NME shows 26.3.02
Green Day will headline the NME Stage at T in the Park, to be held at Kinross, Scotland on July 13-14. They will also headline one of three NME-sponsored shows at Lancashire County Cricket Club on July 11, supported by No Doubt. Tickets are £25. On July 12 Paul Weller will headline, supported by Ian Brown, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Shed Seven and Haven. Tickets for Paul Weller are £27.50. No acts have yet been annpunced for the third day, July 13. For tickets call the NME Ticketline, 0870-166 3663.
V2002 bands announced 26.3.02
Stereophonics and Travis are to headline V2002, which takes place on August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Stafford. Also on the bill are Badly Drawn Boy, Groove Armaada and Stereo MCs. The Chemical Brothers are to headline the NME-sponsored second stage. Other secon-stage acts include Ian Brown, Elbow and the Beta Band.
T in the Park bands announced 7.3.02
The first details of this year's T in the Park line-up have been revealed. The Chemical Brothers will headline the second night, supported by Foo Fighters. As yet there is no word on the first night's headliners, though Oasis are rumoured. Other acts announced include ian Brown, Badly Drawn Boy, Gomez, No Doubt, the Hives, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beta Band, Joe Strummer, Mull Historical Society, Tricky, A and Haven. T in the Park takes place on the weekend of July 13/14 at Kinross, Scotland.
Proper metal on TV 7.3.02
OK, so this is nothing to do with festivals as such, but on Tuesday March 13 at 10:40pm on BBC1 there's a programme called "When Rock Ruled the Earth." Expect footage of and interviews with classic metal bands such as Motorhead, Iron, Maiden, Saxon and Rainbow. Makes me all misty-eyed thinking about it...
Design the official Glastonbury T-shirt and win £1000! 28.2.02
Q magazine have got together with the Glastonbury Festival to organise a competition to design the official festival T-shirt this year. The winner gets free entry to the festival and £1000. In cash. Send your design to:
Glastonbury T-shirt competition
4 Winsley Street
Closing date is April 21 and the winner will be announced in the June issue of Q, which goes on sale on May 23.
Oasis to play Finsbury Park 26.2.02
Oasis have announced two outdoor shows in London's Finsbury Park on Saturyday and Sunday July 5/6. Support will come from the Charlatans (who are having a busy outdoor summer) and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Tickets go on sale on March 2 at 9am, priced at £28.50 (+ £2 booking fee) and are available via the NME Ticketline on 0870-166 3663, or via the band's official web-site www.oasisnet.com.
Charlatans for Glastonbury and Isle of Wight 26.2.02
The Charlatans have announced that they will be headlining the opening night (June 28) of this year's Glastonbury Festival. They will also be headlining the revived Isle of Wight one-day festival on June 3.
Ozzfest bands announced 26.2.02
Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Slayer and System of a Down have all been confirmed for the Irish leg of this year's touring Ozzfest, which takes place at Punchestown Racecourse near Kildare on May 26. It's expected that the UK event, to be held the day before at Donington, will feature these bands, too. The announcement states that this is the "finalised" line-up, which would make the event considerably smaller than the two-stage metal-fest of previous years. Come on, more bands please!
Supergrass and James Brown for Essential Festival 26.2.02
The first Essential Festival of 2002 will be held at Ashton Court, Bristol over the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 4-6. The three days will be themed:
May 4 Dance: Roni Size, Adam F, Richie Hawtin and Phil Hartnoll
May 5 Rock: Supergrass, the Beta Band, Shed Seven, Therapy? Six by Seven
May 6 Roots: James Brown, De La Soul, ADF, Lee Perry, Courtney pine
Tickets go on sale nationally in early March, priced £35 per day, but there is no camping at the event.
So Solid Crew for Homelands 26.2.02
Chart-toppers So Solid Crew join Basemant Jaxx, Soft Cell and the Beta Band at Homelands on Saturday 1st June 2002, 1pm - 6am at The Bowl, Matterley Estate, Near Winchester, Hampshire. Tickets are £49. See www.homelands.co.uk for more details.
Glastonbury back on! 20.2.02
This year's Glastonbury Festival is back after organiser Michael Eavis rached an agreement with the Mean Fiddler Organisation. A statement issued late this afternoon said there had been a "misunderstanding" but that the festival's future was safe. The statement went on: "as a result of the meeting Michael Eavis and the Mean Fiddler are proud to announce that they've reached a fundamental understanding as to what is needed to safeguard the spirit of the Glastonbury Festival while taking the steps necessary to secure its future."
Glastonbury 2002 in doubt again 19.2.02
The future of this year's Glastonbury Festival has been thrown into chaos again as Michael Eavis appears to have second thoughts about the recent deal with Mean Fiddler. The Mean Fiddler organisation were to take over the security arrangements as part of their deal to buy a 20 per cent stake in the Glastonbury Festival, and if the deal collapses the local council may withdraw the event's licence. More news as it happens.
Have YOUR say about the Ozzfest line-up 19.2.02
Ozzfest organisers want people to let them know the bands they'd most like to see at this year's event. Send your top five wish-list to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading highlights on TV 18.2.02
Brief highlights from Reading are to be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday night, February 20. The two programmes are:
1:20am-1:40am Queens of the Stone Age.
You'd think they could have shown a bit more at that time of night...
Ozzfest dates confirmed 15.2.02
This year's Ozzfest will take place on Saturday May 25 at Castle Donington. The Irish Ozzfest will be the following day, Sunday May 26. There is also a planned Dutch Ozzfest on June 1, venue as yet unconfirmed.
Glastonbury tickets on sale date 14.2.02
Tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival go on sale on Friday February 15, priced £100, which includes the booking fee and a free programme. The ticket hotline number is 01159-129129. The line-up for the festival will only be announced after the event is sold out, so there could be any old crap on the bill. Currently tipped to play are Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Coldplay, the Pretenders, Stereophonics, David Gray, Blur, Basement Jaxx, Pulp, the Cure, the Strokes, Radiohead, Starsailor and Gorillaz. See what I mean?
Mean Fiddler buys stake in Glastonbury 14.2.02
In a shock move, Mean Fiddler, organisers of the Carling Weekend, have bought a 20 per cent stake in the Glastonbury Festival from founder Michael Eavis. The deal should ensure the future of the festival, which had been said to be in doubt if there were any repetition of large numbers getting in over the fence. Mean Fiddler would be extremely unlikely to buy a stake in anything likely to cease after this summer, after all.
Ozzfest goes to Ireland 14.2.02
Ireland is to get it's own Ozzfest this year. The one-day event will take place at Punchestown Racecourse on May 20. Tickets go on sale on February 23. There are no line-up details yeat, but announcements will be made on www.mcd.ie. And here, of course.
Isle of Wight Festival date set 27.1.02
The date for the first Isle of Wight Festival since 1970 has been confirmed as June 3. It's a one-dayer, called Rock Island, not the two-day event originally planned and there are no confirmed acts yet, though the Who have been rumoured, along with the the Strokes, the White Stripes and Pulp. Tickets go on sale at the end of February, priced £30, and capacity is limited to 22,000. For more information, got to www.isleofwightfestival.com
System of a Down for Ozzfest - and a new venue 27.1.02
This years UK Ozzfest is set to be held at Castle Donington sometime in June. The first confirmed acts are Ozzy himself (a solo show is expected, rather than Black Sabbath) and System of a Down. Cradle of Filth and Zakk Wylde are also rumoured to be appearing.
Mean Fiddler denies Foo Fighters are to headline Reading 27.1.02
A report on music web-site Drowned In Sound claims that Foo Fighters are to headline Reading this year, supported by Muse. The report stated that "sources close to the band" had revealed this at a music conference in Cannes. Click here to read it in full. However, a spokesman for the Mean Fiddler's press agency denied this and said that "no bands have been booked at this point."
Stonehenge Festival to return? 27.1.02
News has reached Fat Reg Towers of a possible Stonehenge Festival this summer, presumably round the time of the summer solstice. Details are sketchy at the moment, but there is a web-site which should reveal more over the next few months: www.stonehengefestival.co.uk
Glastonbury gets the go-ahead 25.1.02
This year's Glastonbury Festival has been given the green light by local councillors, after the Police gave their approval, despite reservations about safety and the rise in crime which accompanies the festival. Organiser Michael Eavis has applied for a crowd of 140,000, though 40,000 of the tickets will be for local residents, performers and crew. Rod Stewart, The Who and ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters are all keen to play, so that should keep the attendance down... 11.4.02