Dickie Branson Brings Virgin V Festival to NA

Get out your passports hipsters, it’s time to head to Canada (and Baltimore).

Virgin’s hugely successful British rock festival is bringing its superstar lineup to Canada and the United States this year, starting with Toronto.

Bands including Massive Attack, Gnarls Barkley, the Flaming Lips and the Raconteurs will inaugurate North America’s first V Festival at Toronto’s Island Park on Sept. 9 and 10.

The festival is expected to stop in Baltimore, Md., later this year, then head to Vancouver, Montreal and three other countries in 2007.

Canadian acts already confirmed include Alexisonfire, The Hidden Cameras, The Dears and Buck 65, who will play Sept. 9 with international acts the Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley and Eagles of Death Metal.

On Sept. 10, Canadian acts Sam Roberts and K’Naan share the stage with Massive Attack, The Raconteurs and Wolfmother.

One-day tickets cost $57.50 each and two-day tickets costs $104.50. Prices include all taxes and ferry fares to and from the island.

Full Globe and Mail Story

I bet the Vegan already posted about this, but I haven’t been there today (I’m on vacation ya’ know).

UPDATE: Looks like I scooped the Vegan, I’ll email him now.

UPDATE No. 2: Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD on September 23. Full lineup for that festival will be annouced on July 10. (Billboard)