Festival Briefs: Kings of Leon/Kasabian In, Green Day Out

United States:
After Billie Jo Armstrong’s spectacular breakdown during the iHeartRadio Festival, Green Day is cancelling all 2012 shows and 2013 appearances up to February. Rehab is a bitch.

Portugal:
Kings of Leon
will join Depeche Mode headlining the Optimus Alive Festival in Lisbon this July.

Austria:
Kasabian announced that their first festival stop this year will be the ultimate apres-ski party — Snowbombing.  According to the band: “We have heard amazing things about Snowbombing over the years. Dance music has always been a massive influence on us so we are very exited to play this iconic event.”

Spain:
The financially trouble Benicassim Festival has secured a future at least through this summer. After going bankrupt in September, promoter Vince Power will rebuy the event.

UK: 
Lily Allen won’t take her kids to Glastonbury because she wants to have fun: “I was taken to the Glastonbury Festival every year but I won’t be taking Ethel there — although that’s more for selfish reasons, because I want to go and enjoy myself!”

United States:
Remember when raves used to be held illegally in a warehouse? Meet the man who helped turn them mainstream.

 

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the Chief Festival Junkie's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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