Billboard Bits: Field Day, Verizon/RIAA, Kathleen Edwards

News on Field Day, Verizon/RIAA, Kathleen Edwards

UnderworldThe beleaguered Field Day festival, which yesterday revamped to a single-day event Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J.'s Giants Stadium, has announced its full reconfigured lineup.

Original headliners Beastie Boys and Radiohead are set to play on the main stage, preceded by Beck, Blur, Underworld, Spiritualized, Beth Orton, and Liz Phair. A second stage will host performances by Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, Thursday, Gemma Hayes, 22-20s, and Ours.

Tickets to the new event are on sale via Ticketmaster. Previously issued Field Day tickets for the festival's original Riverhead, N.Y., incarnation will not be valid and refunds will be processed automatically for those who purchased by credit card. Check the festival's Web site for up-to-date information.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

A U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., yesterday (June 4) denied a stay requested by Verizon in the lawsuit brought against it by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),
Billboard Bulletin reports. The trade group had sued to obtain the names and addresses of two Verizon subscribers alleged to be copyright infringers. According to the RIAA, Verizon must turn over the information today. A trial on the merits of the case will take place in September.

Verizon, which had argued that revealing the names would create a chilling effect on its users' private communications, was appealing a judge's earlier decision in favor of the RIAA. A Verizon representative could not be reached for comment.

In a statement, the RIAA says the decision "confirms our long-held position that music pirates must be held accountable for their actions, and not be allowed to hide behind the company that provides their Internet service. The courts have repeatedly affirmed that the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act's] subpoena authority is constitutional, and does not threaten anyone's free speech or privacy rights."

-- Erik Gruenwedel, L.A.

KathFollowing her ongoing tour dates with Richard Buckner, Canadian alt-country artist Kathleen Edwards has a full slate of European and North American festival appearances lined up through the summer. Among the stops will be England's Glastonbury Festival, Denmark's Midtfyns Festival, and Seattle's annual Bumbershoot event.

Tucked within the schedule are a handful of headlining club appearances. For the full schedule, visit Edwards'
official Web site.

Edwards is touring in support of her debut Zoe/Rounder album "Failer." Released in January, the set reached No. 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Here are Edwards' upcoming festival appearances:

June 28: Glastonbury, England (Glastonbury Festival)
June 29: The Hague, Netherlands (Parkpop)
July 5: Ringe, Denmark (Midtfyns Festival)
July 10-11: Winnipeg (Winnipeg Folk Festival)
July 12: Minneapolis (Basilica Block Party)
July 13: Winter Park, Colo. (Winter Park Festival)
July 25-26: Calgary (Calgary Folk Festival)
July 27: Guelph, Ontario (Hillside Festival)
Aug. 9: Edmonton (Edmonton Folk Festival)
Aug. 23-24: Philadelphia (Philadelphia Folk Festival)
Aug. 30: Seattle (Bumbershoot)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.