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Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
Turin Brakes in for festival
Eminem on stage
Eminem has been the subject of protests
Mercury Music Prize nominees Turin Brakes have been drafted in to complete the line-up for Scotland's newest music festival.

The band were a late call-up after Catatonia pulled out of Saturday's Gig on the Green event in Glasgow.

The Welsh band have cancelled a string of appearances due to lead singer Cerys Matthews' health problems, although the band has denied speculation that it is to split.

Turin Brakes LP
Turin Brakes were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize
Their decision to pull out of the Glasgow Green festival has seen legendary rocker Iggy Pop move up Sunday's main stage bill.

That switch has seen hotly-tipped New York band The Strokes promoted to the main stage, while Turin Brakes have been drafted in to play the Budweiser True Music stage.

Last month the south London duo's debut album The Optimist LP was chosen for the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

They complete a line-up which includes controversial American acts Marilyn Manson and Eminem, whose planned appearances prompted complaints from Scottish church groups.

Glasgow City Council granted an entertainment licence for the event earlier this month - despite objections from protesters upset by Manson's stage show and the rapper's lyrics.

Crowds at the Gig on the Green
Last year's festival attracted 60,000 revellers
Mark Mackie, a director of organisers Regular Music, said the acts had not been chosen to court controversy.

"They are very good acts. They are what young kids are into and we are reflecting that," he said.

He also confirmed that one of the Church of Scotland's social work projects had written to the organisers requesting tickets for disadvantaged youngsters.

"I was quite pleased that they are clued up enough to understand what's going on," he said.

Mr Mackie said there had been a "great response" to ticket sales, predicting that the event - with a capacity of 35,000 each day - would be close to a sell-out.

Different days

The festival is in its second year, after debuting last year with Oasis, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Beck and Primal Scream on the bill.

However, the experience of 2000 has seen organisers change the format to hold the event on Saturday and Sunday rather than a Friday and Saturday.

Mr Mackie said he was particularly keen to see Iggy Pop and The Strokes.

But he added: "There's so much on I'll have to race round the site to see all of it."

The Strokes
The Strokes are playing on Sunday
Saturday's bill is headlined by Eminem, but also features Marilyn Manson, nu-metallers Papa Roach, Queens of the Stone Age, revitalised rockers The Cult, rappers D12, Staind and Alien Ant Farm on the main stage.

The second stage features Embrace, Mercury Rev and Findlay Quaye, while the dance arena will include Paul Van Dyk, Tall Pall and ATB.

On Sunday, hometown boys Travis are the main draw on the main stage.

Fellow Scots Cosmic Rough Riders are among the other main stage attractions, along with poppy punksters Green Day.

Elsewhere, Idlewild, former Lemonhead Evan Dando and the hotly-tipped Mull Historical Society will be among the second stage highlights.

John Digweed will bring the dance arena events to a close for the weekend, topping a line-up which also includes Timo Maas and Sander Kleinenberg.



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