Billboard Bits: Tribeca Film Fest, R.E.M., Town Fair
News on Tribeca Film Fest, R.E.M., Town FairRobbie Williams, Sean Paul, and comedian Mario Cantone have joined the lineup of a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery Park as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Roots and Norah Jones were previously announced performers for the concert, titled 100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival.
The show will also include guest appearances by comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Denis Leary, as well as other performers to be announced. Free tickets for the show are available by calling 212-846-2596 or logging onto the official Tribeca Film festival Web site. MTV and VH1 will televise the concert in a May 17 TV special about the festival.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
R.E.M., who start a European tour in Utrecht, Holland, on June 21, have added two London shows to warm up for its headlining performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival on June 27. The dates are June 24-25 at the 4,500-capacity Brixton Academy, with tickets going on sale tomorrow (May 3).
Lead singer Michael Stipe says of the venue in a statement, "I spent weeks there shooting the Todd Haynes film 'Velvet Goldmine' and it will be great to hit the boards again." The band has been frequent visitors to the Academy as observers, attending shows there by Hole, Placebo and the Smiths, on their "Meat Is Murder" tour.
Pete Yorn will open the first show and Scottish modern rock act Mull Historical Society will support on the second. As previously reported, R.E.M. kicks off a North American tour Sept. 1 in Seattle. A best-of collection with two new songs will be released Sept. 30 by Warner Bros., followed by a new studio album next year.
-- Paul Sexton, London
Hard rock act Saliva has joined the lineup for Rolling Rock Town Fair IV. As previously reported, the July 26 event at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field will also feature Blink 182, Puddle Of Mudd, 311, Def Leppard, Sum 41, and Trapt.
Tickets for Town Fair IV go on sale tomorrow (May 3) via Ticketmaster, RollingRock.com, and 877-9LATROBE. Organizers expect 40,000 to 50,000 to purchase tickets for the event, which are priced at $40.33, $55.33, $65.33, and $75.33.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.