After the last 48 hours in which I have had several emails telling me who will be playing Deconstruction this year, I thought I would just put up a post with all of the alleged goings-on.
None of this has been confirmed by Destiny Tourbookings, the promoters. All of this is either rumour or opinions expressed by reputable sources.
It appears that June 3 at Finsbury Park will be the London date. This has been banded about by various parties. But the Queen is hosting ‘Party At The Palace’ on the very same day, where 20,000 people are expected to turn up at Buckingham Palace to see a variety of pop acts.
I don’t believe the Metropolitan Police would allow both Deconstruction and Party At The Palace to go ahead on the same day. As The Sun today ran a story confirming Buckingham Palace’s event, I suspect that June 3 WON’T be hosting Deconstruction in London.
This is just my personal opinion, but I smell a rat with this.
Secondly, I have it from a reasonably reliable source that outdoor venues have been chosen for this years event because the headliners are allegedly “a big draw.” Punktastic believes that Green Day, Rancid and Blink 182 all turned down the headlining slot at the festival.
Suggestions that Less Than Jake and The Offspring would headline would appear to be false, as would New Found Glory after they announced a UK headlining tour of their own. The Rancid/NOFX co-headline rumour will still not go away, but this would appear unlikely after Fat Mike stated on the Nofx website that he wouldn’t return to the UK because he was fed up with fans spitting at him.
UK radio station TotalRock today “confirmed” Lagwagon would headline the event, but as no official statement has been made, plus I doubt it will happen on June 3, I treat this with a pinch of salt. I may turn out to be wrong, but I don’t believe Lagwagon are a big enough band to headline.
There are rumours that there will be no Manchester date this year. I received a forwarded email from someone who had emailed Dave at Destiny and it stated that a Manchester date was “looking unlikely.” More on this as we have it.
A further email stated that there will be “extra add-ons” at UK shows this year, and there is a rumour that a second stage, made up of UK bands, will be on show at the London date. With the lack of UK bands on the current bill, this would make sense. However, this is again just a rumour.
However, I believe the current line-up stands like this:
The final confirmed list is expected to be released this week. We will bring you all the details as soon as we have it.
Whatever happens, there has been more publicity and guesswork than ever before, and Deconstruction 2002 looks set to be one of the best yet.