Alternative rockers The White Stripes and Kaiser Chiefs will join premiere electro acts Daft Punk and Faithless as headliners for this year's O2 Wireless Festival, organizers said today.
The Live Nation-promoted festival will roll out as a four-day event from June 14 at London's Hyde Park; a compressed, three-day version will begin June 15 at Leeds' Harewood House.
In a statement, Nick Hodgson, drummer with Kaiser Chiefs, said the band jumped at the chance to perform in their northern England hometown of Leeds. "When we heard that Wireless was going to be in Leeds as well as London Hyde Park we were well up for it, and they're letting us pick the bill for the day we're headlining," says Hodgson. "It's going to be massive and it'll be our biggest headline shows to date. We're going to start saving up for the lasers now."
Other acts confirmed include Queens of the Stone Age, Editors, Rakes and The Cribs; Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, Brazilian "nu rave" act CSS, and newcomers Just Jack and The Twang.
Advance tickets were released to O2 customers today, ahead of general sale this Friday at 9am GMT. The most expensive, four-day London package will be priced at £135 ($260), plus booking fee.
The Leeds, Yorkshire event will cost £105 ($202), plus booking fee, for the full three days. Festival-goers for the Leeds leg this year have a camping option, priced at £25 ($48) per person.
Mobile telecoms giant O2 has ramped up its profile in the music field in recent years. In 2005, the firm struck a naming-rights deal for London's Millennium Dome, which is expected to open in July 2007 as the "O2."
The company has also sponsored the NME Rock 'n' Roll Riot Tour, the Silver Clef Awards and the Brit Awards.