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The rock station WRXP—which highlights the current confused place occupied by the term “alternative” by jumbling together the likes of Sublime, Adele, David Bowie, Death Cab For Cutie, and the Smiths on an hourly basis—has announced its first festival, a two-stage affair that will take over the PNC Bank Arts Center on September 18. Dubbed the RXP Tākliberty (pronounced “take liberty,” get it?) Festival, the fest has snagged Coldplay as the headliner, with ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and local twee heroes The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart also on the bill. The general public can have at tickets on Friday, June 24, and a members-only presale that begins tomorrow. The lineup as it stands now after the jump.
Richard Ashcroft (from the Verve)
Two Door Cinema Club
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Given ‘RXP’s on-air blending of the new and the old (and the bands that really should have stayed in the dustbin like the utterly horrid Sublime), how the rest of the lineup fills in over the coming weeks should be something to behold—although quite a few tickets will surely be sold based on the starpower of Chris Martin & Co.