Moby has recruited hip-hop heavyweights Outkast and the Roots, the newly reactivated New Order, modern rock act Incubus, and internationally renowned DJs Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox for the inaugural
Moby has recruited hip-hop heavyweights Outkast and the Roots, the newly reactivated New Order, modern rock act Incubus, and internationally renowned DJs Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox for the inaugural Area: One festival tour, which will hit 16 North American markets from July 11 to August 5, Billboard.com can reveal.
The idea for the festival came from Moby, who sees it as a return to the early, cutting-edge days of the now-defunct Lollapalooza. "My reason for doing this is that there is a lot of music in the world that I love that does not always get the appropriate exposure," he said in a statement.
Area: One will primarily visit major amphitheaters, but will hit what organizers describe as "some specially selected outdoor venues." In addition to the traditional concert stage, the event will sport an air-conditioned tent with a unique quadraphonic sound system.
Portions of the proceeds from each show will be donated to local charities. Additional details, including the full lineup, will be revealed at an April 23 press conference in New York.
The shows will be the only performances of the year for Moby, who is making a final push for his multi-platinum 1999 V2 album "Play." Outkast continues to reap the rewards of its fourth LaFace/Arista album, "Stankonia," which is No. 30 on The Billboard 200 in its 22nd week.
As for New Order, the pioneering U.K. synthpop act is set to release its first new studio album in more than eight years this September. New remixes of the track "True Faith" by Richard Morel and Philip Steir are currently spinning in clubs worldwide.