July 17, 2006

Chili Peppers, Who lead U.S. Virgin festival

By Ray Waddell

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the
Who will headline the U.S. version of the Virgin Festival, set
for September 23 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The festival, presented by Virgin Mobile, will also visit
Toronto on September 9-10. This is the first time the
longstanding U.K. festival has left its shores.

Also on the bill in Baltimore are the Killers, the Flaming
Lips, the Raconteurs, Scissor Sisters, Gnarls Barkley, Keane,
Thievery Corporation, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, New
Pornographers, Wolfmother, Drive-By Truckers, Kasabian,
Brazilian Girls, Tiesto, John Digweed, Carl Cox, 2Many DJs,
RJD2 and James Holden.

Tickets go on sale July 22. Capacity at the Pimlico infield
will be 60,000, and general admission tickets are $97.50. A
limited number of VIP tickets will be available.

"My concept was to book the absolute best, most
power-packed, quality-versus-quantity lineup I could," event
producer Seth Hurwitz told Billboard.com. "I wanted to make
this the most prestigious festival to play on for bands."

This year's U.K. edition will be held at Hylands Park in
Chelmsford (August 19) and Weston Park in Staffordshire (August