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Festivals in Brief: Wakarusa, Gathering of the Vibes, ACL, Virgin Festival, and more!

on April 03, 2009, 2:02pm

A new day, a new slew of festival news. Let’s round up all the important info in today’s edition of CoS’ Festivals in Brief:

Wakarusa Music Festival:

And the additions keep on coming for Wakarusa. Fresh off the unveiling of the Interstellar Meltdown late night electro action of epic proportions, the Ozark, Arkansas based festival has added a few more names to this year’s bill, including Gomez, Telepath, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, and The Hood Internet.

Gathering of the Vibes:
In its latest late night announcement, Gathering of the Vibes revealed this year’s final main stage lineup, which now includes Crosby Stills & Nash, The Machine, and Guster joining the previously announced George Clinton, Grace Potter, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and 20+ other acts currently confirmed. Advanced ticket sales for weekend and VIP passes are still available via gatheringofthevibes.com.

Austin City Limits:
Austin City Limits is about as good as keeping its lineup secret as Lollaplooza, which makes sense considering they are both organized by the same folks. Thanks to our friends over at Austin Soundcheck, we now know that Pearl Jam, Mos Def, The B-52s, Sonic Youth, John Legend, and Thievery Corporation all look to be included on this year’s lineup, while Papa Mali, Passion Pit, The Knux, Kings of Leon, Perservation Hall, and Reckless Kelly all look to be safe bets as well.

Capitol Hill Block Party:
While nothing has been officially confirmed, according to Seattle’s Ear Candy, some comments made by KEXP DJ Marco Collins basically confirmed that Sonic Youth and The Jesus Lizard will headline this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. Official details should be coming soon, the Seattle based event generally takes place in late July.

Virgin Mobile Festival:
We finally have a Virgin Mobile Festival update, courtesy of the Baltimore Sun. The only problem? It’s not much of an update at all – an email sent to publicist Audrey Fix Schaefer was met with a response saying “no news to report.” The Sun goes on to note that the uncertain future of Pimlico, the festival’s venue, could be the culprit behind the problem, asking “Who books a festival at a venue that could be torn down in six months?” Then again, how would you explain the lack of details for its sister festivals up north, Virgin Calgary and Virgin Toronto, as well?

AC Entertainment:
This doesn’t really fit into the category of festival news, but it could in the future, so just go with it for now. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, AC Entertainment, the co-creator of Bonnaroo, recently acquired Nashville-based concert promotion company Great Big Shows. The acquisition will expand AC Entertainment’s “resources for event creation, management and production nationwide.” In other words, Stagecoach could soon be getting some compeition.

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