Moby Unveils Plans For Area: One Festival

As first tipped here earlier this month, Moby has recruited a host of major acts from a wide variety of music genres for the inaugural Area: One festival tour, which will hit 16 North American markets

As first tipped here earlier this month, Moby has recruited a host of major acts from a wide variety of music genres for the inaugural Area: One festival tour, which will hit 16 North American markets, beginning July 11 in Atlanta and wrapping Aug. 5 in D evore, Calif. Full details were announced at a press conference today in New York.

Among the artists performing at various shows are hip-hop heavyweights Outkast and the Roots, the newly reactivated New Order, modern rock act Incubus, electronica veteran s the Orb, singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado, and internationally renowned DJs Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Timo Maas, the latter of whom was on hand to spin music prior to the press conference.

Moby said he was most proud of the "genuinely eclectic" lineup that Area: One boasts. He said he may unveil a new song or two during his sets, but admitted that he was "at heart, a populist," and that his performances will likely be dominated by more familiar tracks. He added that "it might be presumptuous," but he hopes the festival will be an annual affair.

In addition to the traditional concert stage, Ford Focus will sponsor an air-conditioned tent with a unique quadraphonic sound system, playing host to DJ and elec tronica talent. Intel will sponsor a Digital Music Zone, giving fans the chance to create customized music videos, download music, and send electronic greetings. Energy drink company KMX will sponsor special pre- and post-show parties in most cities, featuring Area: One acts as well as local talent.

Portions of the proceeds from each show will be donated to Greenpeace and Lifebeat, as well as local charities. For the full lineup for each show, visit the event's official Web site.

Here are the Area: One festival's tour dates:
July 11: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater / on sale May 19)
July 13: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion / on sale May 5)
July 14: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center / on sale May 5)
July 15: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach / on sale May 5)
July 18: Boston (Tweeter Center / on sale April 28)
July 19: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center / on sale April 28)
July 20: Montreal (Parc Des Iles / on sale TBA)
July 22: Toronto (Docks / on sale May 5)
July 24: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Theatre / on sale May 5)
July 25: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center / on sale May 5)
July 26: Minneapolis (Midway Stadium / on sale May 5)
July 28: Denver (Mile High Stadium / on sale April 28)
July 31: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater / on sale May 20)
Aug. 2: Vancouver (Thunderbird Stadium / on sale May 5)
Aug. 3: George, Wash. (the Gorge / on sale April 28)
Aug. 5: Devore, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion / on sale TBA))