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Friday, June 30, 2006
RHCP Confirmed for V Fest

Not only did we hear our first official announcement regarding the much ballyhooed V Fest at Pimlico, but Billboard has reported that the already rumored Red Hot Chili Peppers will in fact be the headliner. The festival is currently one of two North Atlantic ventures (the other being Toronto) put on by bajillionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Mobile brand:

The Toronto event, which Branson hopes will attract 50,000 fans, will feature more than 40 acts, including Massive Attack, Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley, the Raconteurs, Phoenix, Wolfmother, the Dears, Alexisonfire, Sam Roberts Band and Zero 7.

A U.S. edition of the festival will be held Sept. 23 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, home of the Preakness Stakes. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will anchor the lineup, which will be announced in full on July 10.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Just ten more days until we get to hear what other artists will be joining already confirmed acts Gnarls Barkley, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and The Raconteurs. One thing The Upstate Life just realized, however, is that V Fest will be held on the very first day of frickin Rosh Hashanah. For all you gentile readers out there, that's pretty much one of the most holy days of the Jewish year (ironically, it falls on the Sabbath in '06, making it even doubly holy!), which essentially means there's already a solid chance I'll miss out on what will have been this area's first decent music festival, in say, ever? Way to be an anti-semite, Branson. Shul is like so where it's at anyway.

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