Sinead O'Connor, Pet Shop Boys Tour In Wotapalava Festival

Soft Cell, Rufus Wainwright, Magnetic Fields also on 17-date, gay-themed tour.

Pet Shop Boys member Neil Tennant has announced the dates for his Wotapalava festival, which will feature his band along with Sinéad O'Connor, Soft Cell, Rufus Wainwright and Magnetic Fields.

The 17-date amphitheatre tour will begin July 13 in Miami's Bayfront Amphitheatre and zigzag across the country to conclude August 11 at Woodlands Pavilion in Houston.

The antithesis of Ozzfest, Wotapalava — an English expression meaning "what a fuss about nothing" — is a gay-themed event sponsored by PlanetOut.com and Gay.com. One dollar from each Wotapalava ticket, which range in price from $40 to $70, will benefit a national gay-advocacy group and local charities (to be announced later).

"Wotapalava will be a celebration of individuality and the freedom to be what you want to be," Tennant said in a statement. "This is not exclusively an issue of sexuality. It's about having the power to live as you want."

Beside the main performances, Wotapalava 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.

Busy as they've been organizing Wotapalava, Pet Shop Boys have found time to write the music and lyrics for "Closer to Heaven," a West End musical that opens May 31 at the Arts Theatre in London.

Wotapalava 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, DC @ Merriweather Post

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

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

  • 7/27 - Toronto, ON @ 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 - Mountain View, 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