Monday, April 25, 2011

It's here: the Kanrocksas Festival official lineup

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 3:11 PM

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Everyone's been a-buzz about the Kanrocksas Music Festival since it shuffled into the spotlight sometime last week. Now, we've got the official lineup in hand. First things first: The festival will be held at the speedway in KCK, on August 5 and 6 (days after the Pitch Music Showcase). Pre-leaked headliners included Muse, and rumors included Eminem; and, as it turns out, both will be headlining the Fest.

Other acts: The Black Keys, A Perfect Circle, the Flaming Lips, Kid Cudi, D12, Girl Talk, Primus, Flogging Molly, Jack's Mannequin, Arctic Monkeys, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Tinie Tempah.

At the press conference, the organizers said there were more to be announced.

Pre-sale tickets are available tomorrow, for $159. The price jumps to $179 after April 30.

More details after the jump.

According to Chris Fitz, one of the festiver's organizers and promoters, the cost for seeing all of the acts in total would come to about $1,200. Instead, you can score them for $159 tomorrow, and $179 after April 30.

For those worried about space: according to the press conference, one could drop Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums inside of the infield of the speedway -- where the stages will sit -- and neither of them would touch the outer rims of the infield. Damn!

Chris Fritz said that he'd been aiming to host a festival at the speedway since it was built in 2001. They're expecting more than 100,000 people to attend from a nine-state area, and they're actually snagging one of the stages from Coachella for the event. (There will be two large stages, and one mid-size stage, in addition to a DJ stage and a VIP area.)

On the local spectrum, Wild Bill's Legendary Steakhouse and Saloon -- located in Village West --  will be doing a battle of the bands for local acts, to see who gets to claim a stage at Kanrocksas alongside the headliners.

As far as the Kanrocksas name: Chris Fritz said he was to blame. "I'll take credit for it," he said, laughing. "When this thing wasn't even off the ground, I needed a unique word. Kansas is in the middle of the country. Putting 'rock' in the middle of Kansas probably wasn't the most genius moment, but it sounded good after a bottle of wine," he said. "And after you announce Muse and Eminem, it sounds even better."

Tickets will go on a pre-sale tomorrow, and they'll run you $159, with no fees and with free parking and camping.

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