Modest Mouse, YYYs, TV on the Radio Join Virgin Fest

When Virgin Fest officials announced the 2007 installment’s preliminary lineup, citing recently reunited chatter-amassing outfits like the Police and Smashing Pumpkins as well as fresh album producing decisive trio the Beastie Boys, the event, slated for Aug. 4 & 5 at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, was solidified as a surefire crowd magnet. But now, according to, Virgin Fest has also tapped the likes of Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Spoon, and TV on the Radio as well as Bad Brains, Wu-Tang Clan, Peter Bjorn and John, and Amy Winehouse for performances, creating a concert bill that could qualify as the year’s best.

Cheap Trick, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Velvet Revolver, CSS, Regina Spektor, Girl Talk, Crystal Method, 311, Incubus, Chris Cornell, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Booka Shade, Shout Out Out Out Out, Fountains of Wayne, the Fratellis, Matisyahu, Fiction Plane, Felix da Housecat, Miguel Migs (Petalpusher), Deep Dish (Dubfire + Sharam), James Zabeila, Infected Mushroom, Dieselboy & Andy C, Sasha & John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, and Paolo Nutini round off the lengthy bill.

“I feel like we came up with A-list talent from top to bottom, which was our goal,” festival producer Seth Hurwitz told “We’ve evolved to where the level of talent makes for two ‘A-stages’ instead of ‘A’ and ‘B-stages.'” Tickets will be available beginning May 5 as two-day passes for $175 and single-day passes for $97.50.

Fans can also catch the Smashing Pumpkins, alongside Björk, the Killers, Interpol, and Amy Winehouse, at the Toronto installment of V-Fest, scheduled for Sept. 8 & 9. The Killers and My Chemical Romance will headline the Vancouver, B.C. bill, slated for May 20.

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