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FR reveals QOTSA Finsbury Park show…as Wireless challenge fails

Liam Gallagher’s 29 June 2018 headline show in Finsbury Park, London, will be followed on the 30th by a similar mini-festival headlined by Queens of the Stone Age, promoter Festival Republic announced today.

The show, billed as ‘Queens of the Stone Age and Friends’, will also include performances by Iggy Pop (a UK exclusive), Run the Jewels and the Hives, with more acts still to be announced.

Festival Republic currently promotes two festivals, Wireless and Community Festival, in Finsbury Park, in Harringay, north London.

The announcement of the QOTSA (pictured) show follows the rejection of another bid by residents’ group Friends of Finsbury Park to prevent Wireless being allowed to take place in the 110-acre park. The association appealed following the failure of a previous legal challenge against Wireless 2016, but its claims were last week dismissed by court of appeal judge Gary Hickinbottom. Friends of Finsbury Park chair Simon Hunt says the group has now applied for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The show will also include performances by Iggy Pop, Run the Jewels and the Hives

Like the Liam Gallagher concert, Festival Republic says the new event is “guaranteed to be [a] stand-out show of the summer”.

In addition to Wireless, Community and the two new shows, Festival Republic has applied to Haringey Council for permission to stage an additional, yet-to-be-announced “music event” with a daily capacity of 20,000 from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May.

Tickets for the QOTSA-headlined event will go on sale on 9am on Friday 1 December, priced at £52.50 plus booking fee for GA, with VIP tickets are available.


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LiveStyle axes Mysteryland USA

There will be no Mysteryland USA this July, festival promoter ID&T/SFX Mysteryland has announced.

The axing of the dance music event – which was to have been headlined by LCD Soundsystem (pictured), Major Lazer and G-Eazy – is the first for SFX Entertainment in its new, debt-free, Randy Philips-led incarnation as LiveStyle following a string of cancellations in 2016, including TomorrowWorld (USA), Tomorrowland Brasil and Australia’s Stereosonic.

A statement on the Mysteryland USA website cites “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the cancellation. Refunds will be issued automatically to those who had bought tickets.

Mysteryland USA has taken place at the Woodstock Festival site, in Bethel, New York, since 2014.

The flagship Dutch event has taken place since 1993, most recently in Haarlemmermeer, North Holland. Its 2017 headliners include Deadmau5, Armin van Buuren, Alesso and Axwell Λ Ingrosso.


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