Billboard Bits: Download, Suwannee Bound, Howlin' Wolf

Stories on England's new Download Festival, Florida's inaugural Suwannee Bound festival, and a reissue of a classic Howlin' Wolf album.

Fred DurstLimp Bizkit, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, and the Deftones, are the initial acts confirmed for the inaugural Download Festival, slated for May 31-June 1 in Donnington (England) Park. Organizers expect to draw more than 50,000 music fans to the event to witness more than 50 bands on three stages.

Veteran U.K. heavy metal act Iron Maiden will headline the first day, with Marilyn Manson also slated for that day's mainstage lineup. The second day will be top-lined by Limp Bizkit, which will be performing its first show in the region in more than two years, and feature a set by the Deftones.

Tickets and camping packages are being sold through the festival's official Web site. Along with music, extreme sports, movies, and a marketplace are also planned.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

String Cheese IncidentA new music festival, Suwannee Bound, has been scheduled for April 19-20 in Florida. Set in the 600-acre Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, the event will feature the String Cheese Incident, Charlie Hunter Quintet, North Mississippi AllStars, and Rudy. More bands will be added in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the event are on sale via the String Cheese Incident's official Web site and promoter Mad Booking's Web site. The $65 cost includes admission for two days of music, as well as camping and parking.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Howlin' WolfLate blues great Howlin' Wolf's 1971 album "The London' Howlin' Wolf Sessions" will be reissued March 4 via Chess/MCA. The digitally remastered set -- which features accompaniment from Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts, and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (credited as "Richie") -- has grown to two discs with 12 previously unreleased tracks.

The second disc features rehearsal takes, studio dialogue, and alternate mixes of many of the original album's tracks. In addition, the first disc also boasts three tracks that appeared on the 1974 Muddy Waters/Howlin' Wolf compilation "London Revisited."

"The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions" was the artist's only album to appear on The Billboard 200, spending 15 weeks on the chart and peaking at No. 19.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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