Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 3

At this point I half expect the Coachella 2009 headliners to be announced before this year's Virgin (Mobile) Festival lineup. Every other major summer fling has announced at least the big names but Seth Hurwitz and I.M.P. are taking their sweet time. For this latest round of predictions (here are volumes one and two) I'm going a little more random.

Prediction #5: Gogol Bordello
The Gypsy punks have been honing their craft and building their fanbase for nearly a decade and each passing year finds them getting exponentially more popular. They sold out the 9:30 club last July and haven't been back to the area since. Their live show is a true circus-like spectacle and is perfect for a festival. Their reputation as a great live band could help sway some people who are on the fence about buying tickets. Plus they have very devoted fans, many of whom wouldn't want to miss a show, even if it meant spending a hundred bucks for the entire festival.

Prediction #6: Tegan and Sara
Like Gogol Bordello, these Canadian sisters have been around for a while but are more popular than ever. Also like Gogol Bordello, they have a group of very devoted fans who likely wouldn't mind forking over big festival bucks if it meant a chance to see their favorite band. The pop-folkies also have a pretty good relationship with I.M.P - they played a sold out show at Lisner in the fall and are on the bill for June's True Colors tour stop at Constitution Hall. The festival will need some female representation, especially if any of the rumored Dude Rockers (Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine) are headlining, and T&S could fit the bill.

Anybody out there finding band confirmations in the deep corners of the Internet? The MySpace pages of electronic acts Deadmau5 and Rabbit in the Moon seem to confirm they will both be appearing, presumably in the dance tent.

By David Malitz |  March 27, 2008; 2:16 PM ET Virgin Festival
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Apparently The Foos were confirmed for one of the days by Rolling Stone on Monday. Muse and Oasis also seem to be heavily rumored. I suppose they could always bring the Beasties and The Police back since they are both out this summer and the Police are apparently calling it a wrap, again.

Totally out of left field....Warrant with Janie Lane?

Posted by: EricS | March 27, 2008 3:24 PM

how about Fleetwood Mac with Sheryl Crow? ha...

Posted by: Msto | March 27, 2008 5:16 PM

NINE INCH NAILS

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 7:44 AM

Nine Inch Nails just announced summer tour dates. A DC-area date is noticeably absent, and they happen to have a gap in the schedule the weekend of Virgin Fest. I wanted firsties, but I was beaten to it, in all caps no less. So, you heard it here second.

Posted by: mikef | March 28, 2008 1:31 PM

tegan and sara are on the true colors tour. they'll be at DAR on 6/7

Posted by: James Snuka | March 28, 2008 4:30 PM

"they played a sold out show at Lisner in the fall and are on the bill for June's True Colors tour stop at Constitution Hall."

thanks for letting people who didn't read the original post know, I'm sure you are not one of them.

Posted by: Jimmy | March 28, 2008 9:44 PM

"they played a sold out show at Lisner in the fall and are on the bill for June's True Colors tour stop at Constitution Hall."

thanks for letting people who didn't read the original post know, I'm sure you are not one of them.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 9:44 PM

Just some more predictions:
- Nicole Atkins & The Sea (playing most other festivals; really good and ready for a breakout summer)
- Kings of Leon (playing APW a week prior)
- Cat Power (if Seth is concerned about female representation, who better to bring in than Chan? Also on APW)
- Kaiser Chiefs (they're on the British V Festival and would definitely sell tickets)
- Bloc Party (rumors have been swirling for a while now; who wouldn't want to see them?)
- Eagles of Death Metal (wouldn't it be incredible to see Jesse "The Devil" Hughes AND Queens of the Stone Age at the same festival?)

Posted by: Tom | March 30, 2008 2:34 PM

Geeze. if these predictions are true Im pretty disappointed. Wheres the Weezer, Rage, THe Hold Steady, Flaming Lips (I know they already played there.) WHatever last year was amazing, by the looks of it this year wont be as good ha. maybe THe Mountain Goats? haha I dont know. Other than Sasquatch Bonnaroo looks like the best alternative so far

Posted by: Brian | March 30, 2008 10:27 PM

Foo Fighters
Jack Johnson
Kanye West
Nine Inch Nails
Stone Temple Pilots

Posted by: Tom | April 1, 2008 1:26 PM

Stone Temple Pilots has Virgin Festival on their schedule

Posted by: Amie | April 8, 2008 1:32 PM

In Spin Magazine, they had an article on festivals, and it said the headliners, and then it said, come early for Gogel Bordello.
so im pretty sure they are gonna be there

Posted by: Lefty | April 27, 2008 12:28 PM

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