This years Virgin Mobile FreeFest takes place on September 25 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Having grown up in the Washington DC area and attending many, many shows at Merriweather, I can guarantee, this will be an amazing event. I am going to do my best to make it down for this one, just to see Pavement again is well worth the trip let alone all the other amazing acts.
On the main stage there will be sets by: Pavement, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corporation Jimmy Eat World, Ludicris, T.I., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, The Temper Trap, Yeasayer and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. There is also a dance forest which will include sets by: Chromeo, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Modeselektor and Die Antwoord.
Tickets are free and will be up for grab at Ticketfly at 10 a.m. on July 24 . If you happen to be a Virgin Mobile customer or attended previous Virgin Festivals, you are in luck. You will be receiving a text and/or email invitation to apply for an advance purchase the day before the tickets go public. More than 30,000 tickets will be given away, and a limited number of pavilion seats will be sold for $125.
Some clips of a few of the bands appearing in the dance forest.
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