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Festivals in Brief: Wakarusa, Forecastle, ACL, Voodoo

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A new days, a new slew of festival news. Let’s round up all the important info in today’s edition of CoS’ Festivals in Brief:

Wakarusa Music Festival:
As if Wakarusa didn’t have enough changes to look forward to this year, the newly located Ozark, Arkansas based festival will feature something called the Interstellar Meltdown. Billed as a series of events that will keep the music pumping into the wee hours of the night during this year’s Wakarusa, the Interstellar Meltdown will feature 25+ late night acts over the course of the festival’s three days (July 4-7). Among those scheduled to take part include STS9, Buckethead, Shpongle, Secret Chiefs 3, Galactic, Perpetual Groove, 20/20 Sound System, and The Egg.

Forecastle Festival:
Now in it’s eighth incarnation, Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier events of the summer. This year, over sixty-five bands and DJs will descend on downtown Louisville from July 10-12, highlighted by two nights of Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, and The Avett Brothers. Pre-sales tickets are available beginning today via Ticketmaster.com.

Austin City Limits:
Advanced ticket sales, aka the cheapest possible three-day passes available, for this year’s Austin City Limits go on sale beginning April 7th. If you take stock in our confirmations (Kings of Leon, The Knux, Levon Helm, Papa Mali, Passion Pit, and Reckless Kelly) and/or the currently rumored headliners leaked by that “loose-lipped C3 executive” (Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Ghostland Observatory, and Pearl Jam), and actually like what you see, then it’s probably a good idea to take advantage of the price and save a few bucks.

Voodoo Music Experience:
According to the Associated Press (via WDAM TV), a communication gaffe is threatening this year’s Voodoo Music Experience. Apparently no one informed Rehage Entertainment CEO Bob Becker that Voodoo had decided to push its 2009 edition back a week to October 30-November 1. Becker, who has ultimate say over the schedule of New Orleans’ City Park, the venue where Voodoo is currently scheduled to take place, now faces the task of trying to figure out what to do with the four weddings and fundraiser also contracted for Halloween weekend. Rehage officials say they’re hoping to resolve the impasse by Monday.

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