Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP set for Virgin Fest


Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P.

Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson announced the headliners during a keynote at the 2008 CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas. He said the rest of the two-day lineup and additional information about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Kyocera Wireless will again be the handset partner and premiere sponsor of Virgin Mobile Festival. In Vegas, Branson also debuted Virgin Mobile USA's "Virgin Mobile Festival Special Edition Wild Card" handset from Kyocera, which will be available exclusively at Best Buy this summer.

Fans who purchase the phone will receive festival-inspired content as well as other additional benefits.

Foo Fighters, along with Oasis, Bloc Party, Wintersleep, Constantines, Spiritualized, Paul Weller, Stereophonics, the Weakerthans and the Pigeon Detectives, will also perform at the Toronto edition of the Virgin Festival, which is produced by Goldenvoice.

Lineups have yet to be announced for Virgin Festivals in Calgary and Vancouver.

Ray Waddell is an executive director at Billboard. (Nashville)