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You read it here first, folks – My Bloody Valentine for Picnic, REM for Oxegen

The summer festival rumour season has begun. On The Record must take its share of blame for this with a post on the blog during the week leading to a lot of informed (and uninformed) speculation about line-ups for open-air …

Fri, Feb 15, 2008, 10:01

   

The summer festival rumour season has begun.

On The Record must take its share of blame for this with a post on the blog during the week leading to a lot of informed (and uninformed) speculation about line-ups for open-air stages around the country.

As revealed on the blog, My Bloody Valentine are set to play the Electric Picnic in late August.

The band have reformed for a tour, which begins in June with sold-out shows dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow. The band are also to play at the Roskilde (Denmark), Oya (Norway) and Benicassim (Spain) festivals.

Tickets for Oxegen are due to go on sale on March 7th, so an initial line-up of acts will be announced later this month. As revealed here yesterday, REM have joined Kings of Leon on the confirmed list for the festival. Expct to see The National, Prodigy, The Raconteurs, The Verve, Ian Brown, The Ting Tings, MGMT, The Piegon Detectives and Sons & Daughters joining both those acts on that bill.

Last summer saw more than 70 festival and outdoor shows in Ireland. While there’s talk of even more in 2008, one of the no-shows will be the Midlands festival. The country music festival has had two runs at the magnficent Belvedere House in Co Westmeath, but will not take place this summer.

Stetson wearers looking for a day out in a big field can instead head north for the UTV Country Festival, where 50 acts, including George Jones, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Nanci Griffith and a host of country’n’ western Irish stars play in Dungannon, Co Tyrone on August 2nd and 3rd.

Many of this summer’s big outdoor shows, such as Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, have already been announced and are already sold-out.

However, On The Record has learned that several promoters are vying for the rights to shows by The Eagles, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

UPDATE BBC Northern Ireland’s ATL has a line-up for T In The Park, Oxegen’s Scottish cousin so we can expect to see many of the same acts in Co Kildare in July. Thanks to flynnduism for the tip.