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Virgin Mobile “FreeFest”

09:01 PM Tuesday 6/23/09 | |

Forget discounted tickets or discounted merch – this summer’s unbeatable deal comes courtesy of the Virgin Mobile Festival as tickets to this year’s event are absolutely free. Free. That’s right. It will cost you zip, zero, nada, nothing to get in.

The 2009 Virgin Mobile “FreeFest” is going down on the 40 wooded acres of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., Aug. 30.

“Taking care of our loyal customers comes first,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P., promoter and producer of the Virgin Mobile Festival. “And when we say free, we mean it. The tickets are free. The parking is free. Ticketmaster really stepped up on this. Everybody just wants to make this the party of the summer. It’s gonna be nuts.”

(To ensure Ticketmaster waives the convenience charge, fans simply have to pick up their tickets at Merriweather or the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.)

This year’s fest features artists including Weezer, blink-182, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, The National, Girl Talk, The Bravery, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Wale, and Taking Back Sunday. Dance tent favorites include Holy F*ck, Pete Tong, Danny Howells and Lee Burridge.

All 35,000 festival tickets will be given away with the public onsale kicking off at www.ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. EST this Saturday. Previous Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers and Virgin Mobile customers will have first dibs on the tickets with an invitation to a “free-sale” (like a pre-sale but it’s free) on Thursday and Friday.

"In a time of economic challenges and daily sacrifices, we wanted to throw a fantastic party so people could let loose and have a great time -- on us," said Sir Richard Branson, Founder and President, Virgin Group. "Virgin Mobile FreeFest offers music fans a brilliant day of fun and music and a chance for them to give back to those even less fortunate."

Virgin Mobile is encouraging people to text “FREEFEST” to 20222 (regardless of wireless carrier) to donate $5 to select U.S. youth homeless centers, via The RE*Generation, Virgin Mobile’s charitable arm.

  • The Hold Steady

    Sasquatch Festival, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.
    May 27, 2007

    (Sean Pecknold)


Want to sit in the special VIP seating area? Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which is being sponsored by Kyocera Communications, will feature a special VIP seating area for ticketholders who complete 13 hours of community service at select U.S. youth homeless centers.

The fest’s Lucky Layoff Lounge will also offer “surprising treats” to ticketholders that present proof of unemployment. Virgin Mobile USA’s current Pink Slip Protection helps out American workers by offering eligible customers that lose their jobs three months of free wireless service.

Last year’s Virgin Mobile Festival, which featured artists such as Foo Fighters, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, Stone Temple Pilots, Kanye West, Wilco and Jack Johnson, was nominated for Best Festival of the Year by Pollstar magazine.

Click here for more information about the fest, including a full lineup.


  1. ericinprogress wrote:

    03:43 PM, Jul 28, 2009

    Hey Guys and Gals! Pledge to volunteer and be entered to win a pair of free tickets and backstage passes to the FreeFest. Head over to http://thevoluntour.org to learn about more shows causecast and the voluntour have this summer and how give back to your community.

  2. evilrob wrote:

    11:23 AM, Jun 29, 2009

    Yea, too bad they failed to mention that there weren't going to be jack given away through TM. I, and at least 20 other people I know hit TM's site at 10AM on the nose (by TM's site time). At first, the ticket selection page was screwed up and giving incorrect pulldown menus. Then it was corrected, and from 10AM until 10:50AM when I finally finished cussing at TM's site (ironic, how after I backed TM on the Springsteen thing that they'd finally bend me over right?), the site constantly reported that there were NO TICKETS AVAILABLE. Over a 50 minute time span from the opening of the sale until I gave up, Ticketmaster said there were never any tickets available. Oh, and what happened when we tried to call in at 10:10AM? The phone rep said there WERE no tickets available.

    It's amazing that TM pretty much dumped every ticket available after the pre-sale in less than 30 seconds. Just stunning.

    Oh, and there's "Free" Fest tickets on sale at Stubhub and other sites. For anywhere from 79 bucks up to 700 bucks. Thanks for nothing TM and Virgin...

  3. skychotic wrote:

    10:36 PM, Jun 23, 2009

    That's pretty cool. Too bad I live 2000 miles away and I'm not a Virgin Mobile user. Oh well.