NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Rock icon Billy Idol has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2014 CBGB Music & Film Festival in New York.
The festival will include concerts, film screenings, industry talks, comedy shows, art exhibitions and special performances, Oct. 8-12.
Among the musical acts booked for the event are The Echo Friendly, Emily Danger, Fort Lean, Marco with Love, The Black Owls, Michael Golden, Stephen Babcock, Boy Toy, Handsome Jack, Shark Week, Jenn Friedman, Blackfires, Chucklehead, Matt Sucich, Mark Crozer, Rowboat Casino, Windor Circle, Sanginistas, Carleigh Jade, The Marquee, Rory, Late Guest at the Party, DragonFly13, Memoryy, Miscengenator, Sinaloha, Ole Fateful, American Echos, Pete from Tattoo Money, Chamber Band, LTrain, 5J Barrow, Toy Cities, Mariko, Crime X Scene, Oil Boom, Autodrone, Son of Stan, Echo Station, Matte Black, Claire London, The Morning Sea, Secret Islands, Crazy Pills, For Everest, The Britanys, D'Arkestra, Noise NY and Firehaze.
Idol will answer questions and perform a short acoustic concert at the CBGB festival headquarters Center 548 in downtown Manhattan Oct. 9. His autobiography Dancing with Myself is set for release Oct. 7 and his first new album in nearly a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground, is to go on sale Oct. 21.
Founded in the East Village in 1973, CBGB is considered the birthplace of American punk rock, introducing the world to the music of acts like The Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, Talking Heads and Blondie. The venue closed its doors in 2006 due to a rent dispute between its manager and the building's owner.