Big lineup set for S.F. summer music festival

Organizers of San Francisco’s biggest concert event of the summer on Aug. 23-24 in Golden Gate Park have announced the official 2008 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival lineup, and it’s amazing.

Featured performers are: Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jack Johnson, Beck, Wilco, Manu Chao, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Widespread Panic, Primus, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steve Winwoo, Café Tacvba, Broken Social Scene, Regina Spektor, Devendra Banhart, Cold War Kids, Galactic’s Crescent City Soul Krewe, Lyrics Born, Andrew Bird, Steel Pulse, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, M. Ward, Drive-By Truckers, ALO, Matt Nathanson, the Cool Kids, Two Gallants, Dredg, Little Brother, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Donavon Frankenreiter, the Mother Hips. Black Mountain. Sidestepper, Nellie McKay, the Coup, Goapele, Bon Iver, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Sean Hayes, the Felice Brothers, Rupa and the April Fishes, Back Door Slam and K’NAAN.

General admission three-day festival tickets cost $225.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday at www.sfoutsidelands.com.

Meanwhile, pop sensation George Michael’s first North American tour in 17 years comes on its second stop to San Jose’s HP Pavilion on June 19.

The tour, recently a smash in Europe, features the singer playing hits from the span of his career, starting with Wham! and continuing through new duets with Paul McCartney (“Heal the Pain”) and Mary J. Blige(“As”) on his most recent recording, “Twenty-Five.” That double-disc set gets its U.S. release on April 1.

Michael’s “25 LIVE ” tour broke ticket sales records in Copenhagen, where The Parken Stadium sold over 50,000 tickets in minutes, shattering a record set by U2. Worldwide, critics have raved about the show, calling it “a master class in pop genius” and “worth waiting for.”

The busy Michael also made his American acting debut recently on the primiere episode of ABC’s “Eil Stone.” Other episodes of the show are titled after names of his songs.

Concert tickets, which are $55.50 to $175.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. April 7. Visit www.livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or call (415) 421-8497.

— Staff report

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