'All bands are confirmed!' proclaims a lurid banner splashed across the inaugural Bangkok 100 Rock Festival's website. And Thai music fans are lighting incense sticks and fervently praying that this proves to be the case. When the first power chords ring out across a man-made lake next to an arena and sporting complex on Bangkok's outskirts, they'll herald the start of two days of pure rock'n'roll on a scale once undreamed of in the Land of Smiles. The concert promoters are confidently billing the February 18-19 festival at Muang Thong Thani as 'Southeast Asia's biggest rock festival'. Concerts at Muang Thong Thani usually take place inside the cavernous Impact Arena, but even that has been deemed too small for the expected 50,000-strong crowd. And when you inspect the line-up, you begin to understand why. Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Ian Brown, the Futureheads, Placebo, Maximo Park and Snow Patrol. How's that for starters? Every- thing from pompous rock royalty to upstart art-school types, androgynous nancy boys and Coldplay clones, with ex-Stone Roses Ian Brown thrown in for good measure. Then there's the cream of home-grown talent, including Modern Dog, Ebola, Flure, Body Slam and Big Ass. According to promoters Matching Entertainment, day one is shaping up as the busier of the two, with feuding titans Oasis and Franz Ferdinand heading the bill. With a vitriol-soaked war of words between leering, sneering Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and cheeky Franz Ferdinand chappy Alex Kapranos raging across the pages of the musical press in recent weeks, there could be more fireworks backstage than those the promoters plan to set off into the night sky. Both bands have new albums to flog - Oasis with the mediocre Don't Believe the Truth and Franz Ferdinand with the well-received sophomore offering You Could Have It So Much Better - so it's probably best all taken with a grain of salt. A spokesman for Matching Entertainment says he doesn't expect any fisticuffs backstage. 'But we'll be sure to have separate areas for all the big bands,' he says. Feuding frontmen aside, one of the most anticipated performances also arrives on day one, in the shape of Brown. Although often derided for his weak and patchy vocals in live sets, on a good day the charismatic Brown can turn in a show-stopping performance, and Stone Roses fans will be hoping he follows on from a recent gig in when he trotted out Roses classics such as I Wanna Be Adored, Fools Gold, I Am the Resurrection, Waterfall and She Bangs the Drum. As for day two, Placebo - the band David Bowie asked to play at his 50th birthday - are likely to prove a strong drawcard. Although gender-bending frontman Brian Molko regularly gets mocked by the music press for pretentiousness, the band have a unique sound and a whole suitcase of hits, from early tunes such as Nancy Boy and Pure Morning to recent stuff such as 20 Years, Special K and You Don't Care About Us. Matching Entertainment general manager Boonperm Intanapasat says he's confident the festival will be a success. 'I think in the wake of the festival we'll be able to get more big names to come and play here,' he says. 'We're going to put on a world-class event to show everyone that Thailand can meet high standards. 'Once we demonstrate that our standards are top-notch, foreigners will change their minds about Thailand's ability to organise an international festival, and then the government will support us and let us make the music festivals bigger. 'We're hopeful this festival will become an annual event, and eventually could become Bangkok's answer to something like Fuji Rock in Japan, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people.' Bangkok 100 Rock Festival, Feb 18-19, Lakeside Muang Thong Thani, Changwattana Rd, Bangkok, one-day pass, 1,000 baht ($197) to 3,000 baht; two-day pass, 1,700 bah to 5,000 baht. Inquiries: go to www.thaiticketmaster.com .