News on HFStival, Vibe MusicFest, Rilo Kiley
When Washington, D.C., radio station WHFS flipped its format from rock to Latin music earlier this year, the future of its long-running HFStival was cast in doubt. But the event will be staged this year after all on May 14 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, where WHFS has been reborn as a talk/rock station.
The performance lineup will feature Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Interpol, Garbage, Sum 41, Unwritten Law, Good Charlotte and Stereophonics, plus such veteran acts as Billy Idol, Social Distortion, the New York Dolls, They Might Be Giants and Echo and the Bunnymen. The Crystal Method and DJ Rap will perform in the Trancemission Tent.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (April 2) via Ticketmaster.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Mary J. Blige, OutKast's Big Boi, Ludacris, T.I., Faith Evans, John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Doug E. Fresh and comedian Tommy Davidson are the first acts confirmed for Vibe's first MusicFest. As previously reported, the event will be held June 10-12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, during the same weekend as the city's annual Music Midtown festival.
During the day, a host of activities are on tap for the Georgia World Congress Center, including exhibits, a book fair, film screenings, new artist performances and meet-and-greets with MusicFest performers.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Rilo Kiley has confirmed a two-month of tour, beginning April 28 in San Diego. The trek will take the band across the country and back -- including an April 30 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and a June 11 stop at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival -- before ending with a June 19 homecoming show in Los Angeles.
On the night between the tour opener and Coachella, Rilo Kiley will open for Coldplay at a previously announced show in Las Vegas. Inside Entertainment magazine recently reported that Rilo Kiley and Franz Ferdinand had been tapped as support acts for Coldplay's summer North American tour, but a routing has yet to be announced.
Rilo Kiley's road work comes in support of "More Adventurous," its third full-length set, released last year on its own Brute/Beaute Records label (distributed through Warner Bros.). The album debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and has sold 73,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.