FESTIVAL NEWS: Madonna Confirms Coachella Gig & Blues Festival Looking For New Name

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After rumors circulated for months, Madonna has confirmed that she will perform at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, on April 30, before heading out on a full tour in support of her 2005 album “Confessions on a Dance Floor.”

She will headline the festival’s dance and electronica Sahara Tent, and will be backed by a full live band for her set. In the past, the dance tent has been headlined by Kraftwerk, Underworld and Fatboy Slim, among others.

“I’ve never performed at a festival,” said the pop music queen in a statement, “and I’m especially excited about playing at Coachella before I start my own tour.”

The full tour is expected to begin in May and visit much smaller venues than she has visited in the past.

Daft Punk and Massive Attack were also added to the bill alongside Madonna. The two-day festival will be headlined by Depeche Mode on April 29 and Tool on April 30. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

Blues Festival Begins Search For New Name


HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) – The King Biscuit Blues Festival has been in a battle over trademark issues, and it's now looking for a new name. Everyone's invited to give suggestions.

The three-day festival, held in October in Helena-West Helena, was known for 19 years as the King Biscuit Blues Festival.

But it was renamed the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival last year after New York-based King Biscuit Entertainment Group asked for $20,000 for continued use of the King Biscuit title.

The New York group has owned the trademark to the King Biscuit name since 1973, though it originated in a Helena radio show.

In an effort to build more community loyalty, organizers of the Helena-West Helena festival are asking for advice on a new name.

This talk of a new name follows an announcement in November that a Memphis entertainment group had entered into an agreement with New York-based King Biscuit Entertainment to host an October music festival of its own.

They tentatively plan to call the Memphis festival the King Biscuit Music Festival.

After that announcement, Massachusetts-based bluesman Junior Jackson began an online petition asking people to continue to support the Arkansas-based festival.

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