Summer is heating up and that this year’s annual crop of music festivals is fast upon us. You already have Lollapalooza in Chicago (Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Eminem, The Cars, Lykke Li) and the Austin (Texas) City Limits music festival (Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder) in August and September, respectively. You also have one right here in our backyard in the Virgin Mobile FreeFest taking place on Saturday, September 10th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
The lineup was announced today via Sir Richard Branson on Virgin Mobile Live’s Facebook page and it is a veritable who who’s of indie music. Artists on two main stages and the Dance Forest include blues-rock duo The Black Keys , Cee Lo Green, Deadmau5, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals (one of my favorites), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, Alberta Cross, TV on the Radio, Big Sean and the eight member dance/pop band !!! (pronounced chk chk chk) among others.
“It’s so much fun to be a part of this,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and Virgin Mobile FreeFest producer. “ As a promoter, I enjoy watching 40,000 people walking around, having a blast, feeling very lucky they got a free ticket…it’s my favorite day of the year.”
Tickets to the 2011 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will go “On Free” to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, via Virgin Mobile LIVE on facebook.com/virginmobilelive. Fans must first “like” Virgin Mobile Live before they are eligible to secure free tickets.
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