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Festivals in Brief: Noise for the Needy, 80/35, DFest, HARD Summer

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Just because it’s Lollapalooza day doesn’t mean other festivals have to keep quiet with their own 2009 plans. In fact, today is quite the busy day when it comes to lineup news. Let’s round up all the important info in today’s edition of CoS’ Festivals in Brief:

Noise for the Needy:
There aren’t much things better than a music festival. A music festival that seeks to benefit something is. Take Seattle’s Noise for the Needy for example. From June 10-14, the Seattle-based non-profit organization will look to raise Transitional Resources, a licensed mental health center and residential program that offers a full spectrum of optimistic and respectful mental health services to adults with major mental illnesses, by bringing together some serious live music. Among those taking part? Art Brut, Constantines, Grand Archives, Crystal Antlers, Throw Me The Statue, and 1990s to name a few. Tickets will be available through noisefortheneedy.org.

80/35:
After dropping its headliners a few weeks back, Des Moines’ 80/35 is back with a few more names for its 2009 lineups. Broken Social Scene, Man Man, Tilly and the Wall, Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, and Wild Sweet Orange will join the previously announced Ben Harper & Relentless7, Public Enemy, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Matisyahu, and G. Love & Special Sauce at Western Gateway Park between July 3rd and 4th. Tickets are currently available via 80/35.com.

DFest:
DFest will again return to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a weekend of national, regional, and local acts. The Black Crowes, Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Gogol Bordelo, and Delta Spirit are among the first batch of those acts to be revealed, with many more still on the way. Tickets are currently available via DFest.com.

HARD Summer Festival:
The HARD Summer Festival will again bring the electricity to downtown Los Angeles this summer, and, well, based on the recently revealed initial lineup, it’s anything but hard. Underworld, Tiga, Sebastian, A-Trak, Destructo, and Rye Rye are those currently scheduled to descend at The Forum on August 8th, with 10 acts still yet-to-be-announced. Tickets are currently available via Ticketmaster.com.

A Couple Dates:
Some dates to add to the calender: Baltimore’s Whartscape Music Festival, which last year featured the likes of Black Dice, Dan Deacon, Greg Gillis, and Matmos, will return July 10-12, while the always awesome F Yeah Fest will go down on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-6) in Los Angeles.

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