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Underworld takes over U.S. festival circuit

Author: Genevieve Powers
Thursday, May 8, 2003
During March and April, Underworld further staked its claim as one of the world's most amazing festival bands, headlining the 40,000-person Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida on March 22, then working thousands onto "the verge of frenzy" (Billboard) at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival April 27 in Indio, California. Underworld can dominate a dance-oriented event like Ultra while holding its own alongside rock heavyweights like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the White Stripes. On June 7, Underworld will rock Long Island's Field Day festival, joining Radiohead and Beck among that day's headliners.

"The presence of Underworld, one of the most revered acts on the dance scene, gave Sunday a focal point and event status lacking on Saturday," said the LA Times' Steve Baltin of the band's Coachella performance. "At Sahara [the festival's dance area], the thrilling release of Underworld finally had that massive space properly hopping," said the Orange County Register's Ben Wener. Underworld also stunned crowds in Miami at the Ultra Music Festival. "It speaks volumes that Paul van Dyk, considered one of the greatest DJs on the planet -- who followed Underworld -- seemed almost like an afterthought," said the Miami Herald.