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 SinĂ©ad 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