Posted on July 14, 2009 |
At long last, the Ontario (not Toronto’s) Virgin Music Festival lineup
has been unveiled.
It shall go down August 29-30.
Goodbye Toronto Islands Park, hello Burl’s Creek! which is near Orillia,
Ontario, down highway 400, an hour trek from downtown Toronto … or so
The reason for the move?
“We’ve always wanted to bring the European festival experience to Canada,”
says Virgin Festival director Andrew Bridge. “[Virgin President] Richard
Branson has always told us, ‘you guys throw a great party, it’s just too
bad you can’t do camping.’”
Here’s the lineup (with more to be announced in the coming weeks):
Saturday, August 29
Ben Harper & The Relentless7
Mates Of State
Plants & Animals
Down With Webster
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Iglu & Hartly
Candy Coated Killahz
Sunday, August 30
Nine Inch Nails
Pet Shop Boys
Our Lady Peace
Cold War Kids
Coeur De Pirate
The Von Bondies
The New Cities
Pretty eclectic lineup fo’ sure.
The biggest draws for me and i’m sure most of the people who
will show up this year will be NIN (their last show on Canuck
soil) and Pixies. Franz Ferdinand, Grizzly Bear, Sloan, Mute
Math, Mew … are bands I’d see headline a show any day of the week.
Now, as for the whole camping situation? gotta say, not my favorite
thing to do but it would be something interesting to experience.
More interesting will be to see how many people will actually
go for it and rough it out with thousands of their fellow Virgin-goers.
Each camp sites will cost you 100$ for 2 days (135$ for 3).
Get the lowdown here.
Virgin as also provided a list of hotels near the site where you can
set up shop.
There will be shuttles leaving from the Barrie Bus Terminal to get
to the festival site.
They go on sale this Saturday @ Noon.