Watapalava Festival Annouces North American Dates

A brand-spankin' new, gay-themed summer festival is making rounds this July and August called the Watapalava festival (an English expression meaning "what a fuss about nothing"). Pet Shop Boys member Neil Tennant has put together the festival
, which will feature his recently reunited band along with SinÈad O'Connor, Soft Cell, Rufus Wainwright and Stephen Merritt's Magnetic Fields. The 17-date amphitheatre tour will begin July 13 in Miami
and wind up in Houston August 11 at Woodlands Pavilion.

The event is sponsored by PlanetOut.com and Gay.com. One dollar
from each ticket, which range in price from $40 to $70, will benefit a national
gay-advocacy group and local charities (to be announced later). Beside the main performances, Watapalava will feature a second stage of lesser-known, yet-to-be-announced acts. Following the headliners' final encores, the event will turn into an after-hours dance party featuring renowned club DJs.

Watapalava dates, according to the event's publicist:

7/13 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Amphitheatre

7/15 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre

7/18 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre

7/20 - Boston, MA @ FleetBoston Pavilion

7/21 - Washington, D.C. @ Merriweather Post

7/22 - Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center

7/25 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion

7/27 - Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Amphitheatre

7/28 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

7/29 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center

7/31 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/3 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

8/4 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

8/5 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre

8/8 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre

8/10 - Schertz, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

8/11 - Houston, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion

Source: HOBpm.com

Watapalava Festival Annouces North American Dates