Public Enemy, Everlast, and Live have become the latest bands to sign on for this year’s Digital Club Festival, slated for July 20-23 at various clubs and venues across New York City.A rare club appearance by Public Enemy, which has become one of the biggest proponents of online music distribution, grew out of plans for a concert by Confrontation Camp, the PE side project featuring Chuck D and Professor Griff (see “Chuck D On Possible Public Enemy-Confrontation Camp Tour” ). PE also made its newest album, “There’s a Poison Goin On,” available via digital download several months before the record was slated for release in retail stores.
For Everlast and Live, the gigs at the DigiFest will serve as a warm-up of sorts for their respective appearances at the Woodstock ’99 Music Festival being held the same weekend in Rome, New York.For the event, Live is scheduled to play Tramps on July 20, with Public Enemy taking
the same stage the following evening. Everlast will play across town at the Bowery Ballroom on July 22. However, admission to the Public Enemy and Everlast shows will only be made available to those who hold four-day passes to the event. Other notable acts slated to take part in the DigiFest include the Apples in Stereo, Bush, DJ Rap, the Donnas, Guided By Voices, Looper, Kottonmouth Kings, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Eitzel, Melky Sedeck, Prince Paul, Rahzel, Remy Zero, Scanner, the Smithereens, Spain, and the X-ecutioners. Users can find more information and an updated lineup of all the groups playing at this year’s Digital Club Festival by visiting www.digitalclubfest.com.