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Smashing Pumpkins and Manic Street Preachers > live in Athens June 7, 2007

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Smashing Pumpkins are booked to play August 29 at a one-day festival in Malakassa along with Manic Street Preachers. More acts will be added to the bill, organizers Di-Di Music said.

Reunited with a new album, Smashing Pumpkins, one of the previous decade’s biggest-selling rock bands, will perform a show at the Terravibe venue on the outskirts of Athens on August 29, concert promoter Di-Di Music has announced.

The American band will headline a bill that will also include Manic Street Preachers, expected for their first ever performance in Greece, as well as Kasabian, a relatively newer act with two albums to its credit. The event’s organizer said it was close to booking two further acts, both well known, for this one-day festival.

Formed in Chicago in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins enjoyed enormous success for several years before falling apart. The act had packed local fans into Athens’s open-air Lycabettus Theater not long before their eventual breakup. Now reunited, Smashing Pumpkins have been booked to perform at major festivals in Europe and the USA this summer.

Manic Street Preachers, whose Terravibe show late this summer will be their first in Greece, will perform both old and material.

Kasabian may boast a far shorter track record compared to Smashing Pumpkins and Manic Street Preachers, but they will perform here having won a Best Live Band prize in 2007, awarded by NME, the long-running influential British music weekly.

Advance ticket sales commence today at Ticket House, 42 Panepistimiou Street, Athens, and 20 Ethnikis Amynis Street, Thessaloniki, as well as www.ticketpro.gr. Tickets are priced at 50, 70, and 80 euros.

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