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Tool, Widespread Panic, The Fray to headline 2009 Mile High Music Festival

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Mile High Music Fest 2009

The Mile High Music Festival is back for its second year, and continues to draw big name bands with Tool, Widespread Panic and Denver’s The Fray headlining.

Other bands announced for the July 18-19 festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City includes: Incubus, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy, G. Love & Special Sauce, John Butler, Matisyahu Guster and Boulder’s own 3OH!3 to name a few.

In 2003 when The Fray released its Reason EP I was able to see them at the Soiled Dove in Denver. The intimate venue with no more than 100 people sitting at tables sipping mixed drinks, shows how far this local Denver band has come in such a short time.

In 2002 I saw Tool live in Boulder and will simply give the same advice that comedian Jim Breuer gave me before I went to the show – make sure you don’t do any hallucinogenic drugs.

More acts are to be announced in the coming weeks.

Last year’s inaugural show was the ninth biggest selling festival of 2008, bringing in $7 million and more than 90,000 people in two days, according to Billboard.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer, O.A.R and the Black Crowes were some of last year’s headliners.

Last year the festival got off to a shaky start when poor organization and planning left many fans stuck in traffic for hours or without water under the summer’s blazing heat. Reports of long lines for restrooms and concessions also detracted from the show.

AEG Live isn’t cutting ticket costs at all in this down economy. Tickets, which go on sale Apr. 3, are $162.50 for a two-day pass or $90 for one-day.


Full lineup:

Saturday July 18, 2009
Widespread Panic
Ben Harper & Relentless7
G. Love & Special Sauce

Ani Difranco
The Black Keys
Paolo Nutini
The Greyboy Allstars
Railroad Earth
Lyrics Born
Rocco DeLuca & The Burden 
Erin McCarley
The Band of Heathens
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
Set Forth
Early Pearl

Sunday July 19, 2009
Widespread Panic
The Fray 
Gov’t Mule
Buddy Guy
John Butler
Gogol Bordello 
The Wailers
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mat Kearney

Dead Confederate 
Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons
Paper Bird 
Joe Pug
Electric Touch


Written by David Young

March 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Posted in Concerts, Music

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