Virgin Mobile Festival: The Head Count

Total, two-day attendance this year: 60,289, according to a festival rep. And only half of them were in Lil Wayne's entourage! (Oh, I keed, I keed.)

"This number met our expectations and we're thrilled with the amazing response we've gotten to the festival, the memorable performances, and the entire experience," says festival spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer.

Expectations must have been kind of modest this year, then: The 140-acre track at Pimlico could have held up to 120,000 festival-goers during the two-day music bacchanalia (although if there were that many people there, it would have been pretty uncomfortable).

Two-day attendance in 2007 was about 74,000.

In 2006, when VFest was confined to a single day, attendance was about 40,000.

Then again, that was before gas prices spiraled out of control, the economy went into the tank and festival fatigue set in. Probably didn't help that a competing East Coast festival launched this year, as All Points West was scheduled in New Jersey on the same weekend as Virgin Mobile Festival.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  August 15, 2008; 4:55 PM ET Virgin Festival
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Math question...

Is that the total number of tickets sold? Did they count the 2 dayers twice, or only once?

Posted by: EricS | August 16, 2008 2:56 AM

For the most part is was pretty easy to move between stages, and the only time things felt really croweded was around the food stands later in the evening. There wasn't much bleed between the stages from where I was stading most of the day, but I think they need to invest in something to muffle the sound of the dance tent.

Posted by: MN | August 18, 2008 11:38 AM

I agree on muffling the exterior noise around the dance tent. I was back near the grandstand during Swell Season's set and had to move closer because the dance tent was so loud you couldn't hear Glenn and Marketa at all (luckily for us, there weren't a lot of people there for them, so we managed to get pretty close).
The food stands got pretty crowded (they also ran out of pretzels Saturday night and Hamburger buns Sunday afternoon), but that was about the only complaint I had about the whole weekend (well, besides, Lil Wayne's and Scott Weiland's inability to show up on time).

Posted by: Tom | August 18, 2008 12:01 PM

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