Britain's Download Festival lands in U.S. with the Killers, Modest Mouse at Shoreline
Download, one of Britian's biggest rock festivals, will make its first U.S. appearance on Oct. 8 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
Tickets go on sale Sunday for the festival, which blends music with a tech sideshow.
The initial Bay Area lineup includes the Killers, Modest Mouse, the Arcade Fire, Doves, H.I.M and Mindless Self Indulgence. The festival will add more bands to fill two stages, Aaron Siuda of Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco said Tuesday.
That's not exactly the hard-rock feel of the British Download Festival, which has featured Metallica, Audioslave and Slayer. This June's festival featured 98 bands, including Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down and Billy Idol, and drew a total of 150,000 fans over three days to a speedway north of London.
"Because the Bay Area already gets Ozzfest and the Sounds of the Underground tour, we looked at more of an alternative feel,'' Siuda said. ""Alternative music has always sold well in this area. San Francisco has the ability to discover and gravitate to new music.''
There's also plenty of of high-tech activity planned off stage on the concours around Shoreline, said Christopher Swope, vice president for business development for Clear Channel Entertainment in New York.
Swope outlined the digital tie-ins:
GameTap, Turner Broadcasting's broadband gaming network which is launching in the fall, will will sponsor a ""gaming den.'' Inside, fans can try out new games and compete in game-offs, which will be projected projected on the roof of the 80-foot "igloo'' and on festival screens. Amp'd Mobile will stream bands online.
AOL Instant Messenger will provide chat between fans with cellphones and artists backstage.
Napster will provide downloading stations
. eBay will auction guitars signed by festival artists to benefit VH1's Save the Music charity
. There will be downloads of bands' ringtones, wallpaper, interviews and other items at the festival Web site
. The site operates year-round and offers a download that automatically sends updates to fans' computers. For example, the site is offering tickets to screenings of Luc Bresson's film "Unleashed'' and Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects'' in the United Kingdom.
Tickets are $49.50 for reserved seats and $29.50 for the lawn and are avaiable at the Shoreline box office, BGP.com and ticketmaster.com. The ticket includes a one-month trial subscription to the Napster downloading service and a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone magazine, Swope said.