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FestWatch: Green Day Top Voodoo Bill, Plus Riot Fest and iTunes Lineups

The spring/summer 2012 festival season is in full swing, and autumn fests are already starting to reveal their lineups. Yesterday, the late-blooming Voodoo Music Experience announced that its 14th installment, which hits New Orleans October 26-28, will be headed up by Green Day, whose “epic” trilogy of albums start dropping this fall. (The trio haven’t mapped a tour yet, but they’ve sketched out a few big anchor dates at fests in the U.K.) The rest of the Voodoo lineup is slated for a Wednesday announcement, but tickets are already available (via Fuse).

The iTunes festival, which has been held at London’s Camden Roundhouse as a free concert series every July since 2007, also announced its headliners this morning (via BBC); this year’s installment, which was been pushed back to September, will invite recent SNL charmer Usher and the Vegemite-hating One Direction to headline its month-long show schedule. For once not in a “headlining” slot (though with iTunes, there really isn’t a “headliner,” per se), Jack White will also play the fest, along with Norah Jones and a slew of as-yet-unnamed other performers. (Free) tickets will be available via iTunes.

And finally, the most complete (though still not all-the-way-complete) lineup announcement of the day belongs to Chicago’s eighth annual Riot Fest, which descends on Humboldt Park and the Congress Theater September 14-16 and will welcome Rise Against, Iggy and the Stooges (do we smell a Ke$ha cameo?), Descendents, Built to Spill, and the Jesus and Mary Chain among the first 35 acts announced for its astonishingly affordable ($36 for two days, $90 for three) offering. Also in the mix at Riot will be GWAR, who recently held a zombie prom benefit for the family of fallen guitarist Cory Smoot. Tickets are already on sale. Check the full (initial) lineup below.

Riot Fest 2012 Lineup:
Rise Against
Iggy and the Stooges
The Offspring
Elvis Costello
A Day to Remember
Coheed and Cambria
Gogol Bordello
Dropkick Murphys
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Gaslight Anthem
Alkaline Trio
The Promise Ring
August Burns Red
Less Than Jake
Built to Spill
Frank Turner
Reverend Norton Heat
A Wilhelm Scream
Screaming Females
Teenage Bottlerocket
Off with Their Heads
Sister Crayon
Deals Gone bad
White Mystery
Larry and His Flask
The Story So Far