Archive: Virgin Festival

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Concluding Thoughts

Sunday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest has to be considered a success. As I mentioned more than once in today's story in the Style section, it's hard to complain about anything that's free. The fact that there were three legitimately fantastic performances, a bunch of decent ones, minimal logistical hassles and a...

By David Malitz | August 31, 2009; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (14)

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Live Coverage

Tweeting away from Merriweather Post Pavilion during Sunday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest featuring Blink-182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady and more. Follow @postrock for all the latest. #twitter_div h2 { background-color: transparent; color: #C00; font: bold 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; margin: 0 0 1px...

By David Malitz | August 30, 2009; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Preview

What do you know? We finally have a schedule for Sunday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest! The festival will go until 11 p.m., not 10 p.m. as previously stated, so be prepared for a long day -- especially since the first and final main acts are the two most deserving of...

By David Malitz | August 28, 2009; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real Talk With Girl Talk

Sunday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion features a pioneering band from the '80s (Public Enemy) and will be headlined by a pair of '90s alt-rock radio staples (Blink-182 and Weezer). But is it possible that the act most representative of the '00s is lurking somewhere on the...

By David Malitz | August 28, 2009; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Remaining VMo FreeFest Tickets: Good vs. Evil

Updated 5:54 p.m. with statement on secondary market sales. This summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest is making it really hard to be a grumpy, contrarian blogger. By now you know that it's a legitimately free affair -- no hidden costs, no service charges, free parking, all that. Not surprisingly, tickets were...

By David Malitz | July 1, 2009; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Mobile Festival Is Now FreeFest; Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent and Wale Join Weezer and Blink

Franz Ferdinand -- we called that one. Headlines: Whew, what a day. Freedom and I were just trying to enjoy a major league/minor league exhibition at Fenway -- er, Nationals -- Park (it ain't "be nice to the Nats week" over here) and all of the sudden we get word...

By David Malitz | June 24, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin Festival News: Actual News Coming Soon

Weezer? Headliner? Say it ain't so. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) Details on this year's version of Virgin Festival will finally be revealed tomorrow. What we think we know as of now: Blink-182, Weezer, Holy [Expletive], August 30, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Free. It's worth noting that Holy [Expletive] was the...

By David Malitz | June 23, 2009; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Virgin Festival Speculation: Blink, MPP, Free

The biggest festival of the summer is in the books and there's still no word on the Virgin Mobile Festival plans for 2009. Make that no official word. The powers-that-be are still silent, but amateur detectives can piece things together pretty easily. People are holding out hope that this delay...

By David Malitz | June 16, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin Festival Predictions? Sure, Why Not?

Saw this come across the Twitter feed today: thesonicyouth at in Vancouver July 26 @ Virgin Fest. info at sonicyouth..com I was all, "Sonic Youth are not very careful typists" and then I thought, well if the alt-rock godfathers are playing one of Canada's 239 V-Fests, maybe they'll play the...

By David Malitz | June 4, 2009; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Virgin Mobile Festival Announcement . . .

"Coming soon," according to the official VMoFest web site. Artists who won't be on the festival bill: Stone Temple Pilots (Merriweather Post, July 19); Green Day (Verizon Center, July 29); The Killers (Merriweather Post, Aug. 31); Depeche Mode (Nissan, July 28); Kid Rock (Nissan, Aug. 1); No Doubt (Nissan, June...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

I Can Has Cupcake

Huge IMP announcement today! No, silly, it's not about the 2009 edition of Virgin Mobile Festival that doesn't yet exist on our calendars. It's about the 9:30 Club Specialty Cupcake, which is coming soon to a V Street NW music venue near you because, you know ... nothing says "ROCK-AND-ROLLl!!!!!"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 27, 2009; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Coming to a VMoFest Near You: Green Day

Looks like somebody's been raiding the Killers' eyeliner stash. (Photo by Marina Chavez) The first major festival of the season is already in the books, with Coachella having come and gone, and there's still no news on Virgin Mobile Festival. While the hipsters were baking in the desert, I was...

By David Malitz | April 20, 2009; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (6)

Virgin Mobile Fest Moving to Merriweather?

Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported that there would, in fact, be a VMoFest this year -- but that the big question was where, what with the owner of Pimlico Race Course currently in bankruptcy proceedings. Well, it looks like promoter-producer Seth Hurwitz is thinking about bringing the festival closer...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 6, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hey, Remember VFest? Let's Predict Some Bands.

We fully expect to see Franz Ferdinand at Virgin Festival 2009. You know, assuming there is a Virgin Festival 2009. By this time last year, we already had three separate posts with Virgin Mobile Festival predictions -- and the headliners were officially announced. This year? There hasn't been a drop...

By David Malitz | April 3, 2009; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

VFest Scores More Points Than All Points West

Found this a week late, but it's still worth passing along: Our pal Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer did a bi-state double-header to compare and contrast All Points West (Saturday) and Virgin Mobile Festival (Sunday) ... and he came down in favor of the party at Pimlico. He writes:...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 19, 2008; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

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,"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 15, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Virgin Mobile Festival: The Morning-After Roundup

"Crushcrushcrush!!!" (Sarah L. Voisin/TWP) Malitz and I went to Baltimore last weekend, and all you got was this lousy story. (Well that and all these blog posts.) Some more critical reportage from the front lines... The Baltimore Sun's Rashod D. Ollison and Sam Sessa (correctly) call it for Kanye after...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 11, 2008; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nothing Compares to Kanye

Ask Kanye West who the biggest music legend performing at VMoFest is and he'll probably tell you: Kanye West, of course. It's that supreme (over)confidence that makes West such a compelling figure and also one of the most exciting performers around. By proclaiming his greatness at every chance possible he...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trent Reznor's Black Magic

The skies over Pimlico began to darken just as Trent Reznor took the stage. How perfect. Reznor - the heart and (tortured) soul of Nine Inch Nails - is this festival's dark knight, singing bleak, raging anthems about alienation, anger and pain, or a lack thereof. "I don't feel anything/At...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 09:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

How Does It Feel? Pretty Good

Here's my Dylan analogy: Dylan is like the Pope. (This worked better when John Paul II was still alive, so stick with me.) He may be way up there in years and he's all hunched over whenever you see him. He mumbles incoherently to the point where it's near impossible...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 08:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Virgin Mobile Festival Random Fact

Did you know ... 63% of the text messages displayed on the side stage video screens between acts contain the word "awesome." --DAVID MALITZ...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

Gettin' Iggy With It

Iggy Pop doesn't wait until a couple songs into the set to rip off his shirt. He comes out shirtless and then acts like an insane person for an hour, contorting his body, leaping onto amps, going into the audience and howling like a madman. Just watching him would make...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Weezy .... Eventually

We didn't really expect Lil Wayne to show up on time, did we? (No. No we did not.) The reigning king of hip-hop marches to the beat of his own drum machine and sticks to nobody's schedule but his own: His new bestseller, "Tha Carter III," was the most anticipated...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Taking Back Sunday on a Sunday

Emo-rockers Taking Back Sunday definitely win the following awards: Best Microphone Twirling Singer Antonio Longo Adam Lazzara (Note from David: I'm a moron who can't read my own Wiki notes) can spin the mic, that's for sure. It's also likely the only thing he has in common with Guided By...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

No-See Weezy

Lil Wayne, scheduled to hit the stage 37 minutes ago, still hasn't surfaced for his schedule one-hour set. --J. FREEDOM DU LAC...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

She & Him, Takin' It Breezy

Zooey Deschanel, the She of She & Him, looks resplendent in a bright blue dress, with a matching blue flower in her long black hair. Along with guitarist M. Ward, and occasionally a backing band, she plays perfectly breezy folk-pop. (If only there was more actual breeze; it's pretty humid.)...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Paramore's Sunny Delight

One of the most magnetic performers at this year's festival happens to be the 19-year-old singer from a somewhat generic mall-punk band. Go figure. Paramore is like countless other bands playing in the emo-pop-punk space, save for two things: the Tennesse band with the buzzing power-chord crunch has a knack...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shudder to Think, Back to Befuddle

As usual, Shudder to Think seems to be befuddling most people in the audience. Especially the groups of teenagers who are showing up to stake out a prime spot for the upcoming Paramore/Taking Back Sunday back-to-back on the North Stage. Craig Wedren's crooning goes into falsetto range fairly regularly, a...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Andrew Bird's Pocket Symphony

Andrew Bird opened his set by playing a violin. Not the first time the instrument has been used at this year's festival, as the Foo Fighters incorporated one during last night's performance. But this was different: violin featured front and center by a former child prodigy-turned-rock frontman. Bird played dynamic,...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Go! Team's Twinbill

If you closed your eyes during the Go! Team's set, you might have thought you were hearing two different bands. The British group played with a two-drummer, two-guitarist, one-bassist lineup that churned out swelling noise-rock filled with trebley guitar distortion. Then, after ending a long, loud instrumental suite with a...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's a Little Early for Fancy Footwork

It's the beginning of a very long day, so some mindless dance music isn't a bad way to kick things off. There are a couple options in that department right now with The Go! Team playing its hyperactive, sample-heavy party music on the South Stage and Chromeo delivering vocoder-drenched electro-funk...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

BRMC's Satanic Majesties Request

Guy next to me as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kicks off its set of swirling psychedelic blues-rock: "Man, if I had any LSD, I'd be [expletive] right now." BRMC specializes in dirty, druggy music that recalls T. Rex, the Jesus and Mary Chain and psych-era Stones - all woozy, effects-laden...

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hollywood Undead: Even Worse Than Expected

Book the Band winner Hollywood Undead makes Limp Bizkit sound like a cross between Dylan, the Beatles and the Stones. I'd quote some of their juvenile, sexist, derogatory lyrics, but my editors would have a fit. Let's just say that they went there in finding a rhyme for Bob Saget....

By David Malitz | August 10, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Foo Fighters: The Perfect Headliners

If there was any question as to who the big draw of Day 1 was, it was answered by the frenzy the broke out in the densely packed crowd (a solid 100 rows stretching the entire South Stage area) when Foo Fighters tore into "The Pretender" and "Times Like These."...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sleeping Through The Static

I got to Jack Johnson's stage just in time to hear the least-funky Sly Stone interpolation in pop history. Lucky me. Johnson is the new king of soft rock, specializing in slight, breezy songs that have about as much edge as the beach ball that just landed at my feet....

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 09:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Underworld: So You Think You Can Dance?

A music-loving friend of mine recently said that he just didn't understand the appeal of live dance music -- that the thought of standing around and watching a bunch of guys pressing buttons and twiddling knobs was about as appealing as, oh, I dunno, the bite of soggy, half-eaten crabcake...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilco: What They Once Were Isn't What They Want To Be Anymore

It's come to this - Wilco is now a band that inspires mid-song clapping after an especially impressive guitar solo. This isn't the most terrible thing in the world. Nels Cline is a world-class guitarist and his skills are worth applauding. But when that becomes the highlight of just about...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 08:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Today's Forecast: Hail!

Chuck Berry just oozes cool, doesn't he? The man who helped define rock-and-roll attitude in its formative years sauntered onto the stage in a spangly red shirt, white captain's hat and black slacks, then smiled wryly while pretending to stretch. No need for sustained posturing, though. Berry almost immediately got...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 07:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Silver Beats Make the Festival Crowd Come Together

There are two directions you can go when it comes to covers. Either completely revamp the song and make it your own or don't change a thing. There have been plenty of bands to put their own spin on the songs of the Beatles but it's hard to go wrong...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 07:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sales Pitch

A festival isn't Just Another Show. It's also an opportunity. Consider the case of Citizen Cope, the hip-hop/blues/soul/rock/reggae hybrid led by D.C.-bred singer-musician Clarence Greenwood. The band is playing to some of its fans, the ones who know the lyrics to the set-opening "Bullet and a Target." But Cope is...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Offspring: A Terrible Band

As I was eating my $6 slice of pizza I thought to myself, what a pleasant day it's been so far. I caught at least 15 minutes of six acts and the quality ranged from pretty good to really, really good. And then came the Offspring. This festival is heavy...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Now, For Something Competely Different

Not that there's a clear stylistic thread tying the artists together (not with the festival's guiding philosophy basically being Bands That Promoter Seth Hurwitz Likes); but there's nobody else on the bill even remotely like Rodrigo y Gabriela. The Mexican duo is shredding through a set of flamenco songs played...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Random Question

Did you tools really pay $100+ just to come here and play frisbee hit unsuspecting concertgoers in the head with a frisbee because you can't even throw a frisbee right, you stupid tools? --DAVID MALITZ...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rated "E" For Everyone

Just wandered into the Dance Tent to catch some of Soulwax's set, and the boys from Belgium are using a detonative drum-and-bass pattern and a looped vocal sample to send a euphoric surge through the crowd: "The party on the weekend/never dies," an exotic, robotic female voice says repeatedly. The...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Please Explain to Me ... Why Sharon Jones Isn't a Huge Star

I defy anyone to say anything negative about a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performance. She's a soul singing dynamo, with a voice of a long-lost Stax artist, and stage presence that would have made the Godfather of Soul proud. "When I get the mic in my hand I lose...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

All In The Gang

The members of Bloc Party have said that they dislike Gang of Four comparisons, as they don't exactly fancy the '80s band whose blend of spiky, dissonant guitars and punk-funk beats provided a post-punk template. But then Bloc Party comes roaring out of the gate here with songs that feature...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Yeah, I Think I'll Stick to the Music

On my way across Pimlico's infield to get to Sharon Jones on the North Stage I figured I'd take in one of the many "attractions," this one being the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus & High-Wire Act. I have a mild case of high-wire fever, I guess, thanks to "Man on Wire."...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lupe on a Beautiful Day

"Can I get a wired microphone? Like, a microphone with a wire in it?" It's never a good sign when you have to ask that during a set, but Lupe Fiasco's mic is not cooperating, cutting out for about every other word. For some acts this wouldn't be so bad...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alone Apart

Bold man, that Glen Hansard. The Irish singer-songwriter opened the Swell Season set onstage alone, with his battle-scared acoustic guitar, singing "Say It to Me Now." A quavering voice, a strummy guitar, a brittle but delicate song - tough sell at an outdoor rock festival. But the performance was riveting...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thump Thump Thump

There is no happier - or louder - place than the Dance Tent here at Virgin Mobile Festival. Get within 100 feet of the tent and your bones start to rattle thanks to the thumping bass. Then when you get inside it's a bunch of smiling people jumping up and...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Going Crazy for Gogol

Gogol Bordello is a self-proclaimed "gypsy punk" band, and there's an inherent amount of shtickiness that goes along with that. Gogol doesn't shy away, going completely over the top - they employ three hype men after all. (Actually, two are women, wearing outfits very similar to those sported by the...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Mercy

The 24-year-old Welsh singer Aimee Duffy is showing her roots. Her follicular ones, anyway: You can see some dark hair peeking out from under her dyed-blond 'do as she sashays across the stage in a slinky red dress. Musically, it's a different story. Duffy - who uses her surname as...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Really?

Actually overheard (from a woman old enough to know better): "What's a Chuck Berry song?" Her husband, a full two minutes later: "Johnny B Goode!" --DAVID MALITZ...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Down With Cat Power

Cat Power's Chan Marshall specializes in songs sung blue - sad, sorrowful indie-torch ballads and rockers that are often downtempo and almost always downcast. As such, the festival got off to decidedly depressive start, with Cat Power opening on the North Stage with a gorgeously gloomy set of originals and...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

KT: More Than OK

The first major difference with this year's festival is that there really is no second stage. Last year's South Stage was clearly the b-stage, no matter what the promoters tried to say. This time both get the major league treatment. KT Tunstall is the first pleasant surprise of the day...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Need a Weatherman

Apologies to those of you who couldn't get enough of our constant "Man, it's hot here" updates last year. That's not an issue today. In fact, it's cool enough that I decided to wear jeans to go with my Double Dagger t-shirt. (Sorry, J Free, that's one issue where we...

By David Malitz | August 9, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Mobile Festival Preview: Vital Albums

Malitz and I scoured the discographies of each band in the VFest lineup to come up with the 10 albums that belong in your collection. We debated doing 11, just to get Lil Wayne's "Da Drought 3" onto the list; but there's no symmetry to that number. And yes, there...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 8, 2008; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin Mobile Festival Preview: Bob Dylan

Two out of three Posties think "Visions of Johanna" is the (soy) bomb. In advance of Bobby Z's Virgin Mobile Festival performance on Sunday, Malitz and I asked various Posties (including each other) to put together annotated lists of their Top 5 Dylan songs. UPDATE (12:43 p.m., 8/8/08): Gene Weingarten...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 7, 2008; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (44)

Virgin Mobile Festival Preview: Shudder To Think

Shudder To Think, back for some more. If Shudder To Think doesn't exactly fit in with this year's Virgin Mobile Festival lineup, it's nothing new for the just-reunited band. They've made a career of being outcasts, whether it was as the avant-pop band on D.C. punk label Dischord or...

By David Malitz | August 7, 2008; 11:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Mobile Festival Preview: Post Rock Draft

"Still trying to figure out how I wasn't the first pick..." In which Malitz and I finally figure out how to move our shared fantasy-baseball obsession into the music space. The draft to determine our live-blogging assignments took place this afternoon via IM. (Note that most of the undrafted...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 7, 2008; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Virgin **MOBILE** Festival Preview: Andrew Bird

He whistles, plays violin, plays glockenspiel ... and this Bird can sing. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) Andrew Bird is just another one of those world-class whistling, sometimes glockenspieling former child...

By David Malitz | August 7, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Festival Preview: Moby

(Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) Last night a DJ saved my life. Actually, he answered my email while I was at the Jonas Brothers concert in Baltimore, but as there's no well-known...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 7, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Festival Preview: Should We Talk About The Weather?

Last year's Style section headline captured it perfectly: "Gimme Swelter." The first day of VFest 2007 was something like a steam bath, turning Pimlico into the sweatiest place on Earth. (Day Two was much more pleasant - but by then, just about everybody had been baked into submission.) So what...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 7, 2008; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Festival Preview: The Silver Beats

The Silver Beats won't let you down. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) The most interesting performance at Virgin Festival promises to be Chuck Berry with the Silver Beats. One of rock-and-roll's...

By David Malitz | August 6, 2008; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Virgin Festival Preview: The Stooges

The Stooges: They came to play, to play real good. (Programming Reminder: Post Rock will be blogging LIVE from Virgin Mobile Festival all weekend. Check in often on Saturday and Sunday for updates.) Ron Asheton is in the Stooges. They play loud and hard and fast. See for yourself...

By David Malitz | August 5, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Uh-Oh Maybelline

Chuck Berry, road runner. Note to Maryland State Police: If you see an old rock-legend-looking dude in a Cadillac a-rollin' on the open road - and doing so at very high speeds - please just let him go. Or else Seth Hurwitz will be angry -- and more than...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 30, 2008; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virgin Festival Schedule Released

Virgin Mobile Festival is less than two weeks away and now we have a schedule, which you can find below. A few very quick observations: -- Bob Dylan is indeed going on right before Kanye. Sweet. -- Every band gets at least 45 minutes. (Except, mercifully, Hollywood Undead.) -- Security...

By David Malitz | July 28, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hey Virgin Festival Decision Makers - Ditch Book the Band

Hollywood Undead, coming to a stage near you. Unfortunately. It's got to go. In theory, maybe it's not a terrible idea. You embrace the Internet, have a direct connection with the fans and give a chance to an up-and-coming act. But in practice you end up with a band...

By David Malitz | July 24, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (13)

Virgin Festival Lineup Announced. Was the Wait Worth It?

In case you haven't seen J. Freedom's article or checked out the Virgin Mobile Festival Web site, here's a quick rundown of the lineup for the Aug. 9-10 concert up at Pimlico. Saturday: Bloc Party, Cat Power, Chuck Berry & the Silver Beats, Citizen Cope, Duffy, Foo Fighters, Gogol Bordello,...

By David Malitz | April 28, 2008; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (16)

Virgin Festival Rumor of the Day -- Bob Dylan?

"How does it feel? To still not know the VMoFest lineup?" In this new media world you can't always rely on traditional sources. Sometimes you have to wade through back channels to get good info. In D.C. that means keeping tabs on the 9:30 Club forum, which in between...

By David Malitz | April 21, 2008; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (18)

The Full Festival Lineup!

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, John Fogerty, Foo Fighters, Beck, Manu Chao, Gnarls Barkley, David Byrne, the Raconteurs, Erykah Badu, Patty Griffin, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Vampire Weekend, Roky Erickson, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, MGMT, Okkervil River, Against Me!, Jenny Lewis, Jamie Lidell, the Black Keys, Drive-By...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 15, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Acts That Won't Be Playing Virgin Festival

Far East-side Soweto > VMoFest. Now that the Virgin Mobile Festival headliners have been announced (Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, the Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson and Stone Temple Pilots), the guessing game shifts to the undercard. Plenty of speculation here and elsewhere regarding the potential VMoFest support acts on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Official Virgin Festival Lineup, Vol. 1

See you in Balmer, bruh. Finally, some real news about Virgin Festival 3.0 Virgin Mobile Festival 2008, which will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The headliners, as announced today by Sir Richard Branson, will be Foo Fighters, a newly reunited Stone Temple...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 1, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 3

At this point I half expect the Coachella 2009 headliners to be announced before this year's Virgin (Mobile) Festival lineup. Every other major summer fling has announced at least the big names but Seth Hurwitz and I.M.P. are taking their sweet time. For this latest round of predictions (here are...

By David Malitz | March 27, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (12)

Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 2

Before I get to my next couple of lineup guesses for this summer's Virgin Festival - er, Virgin Mobile Festival, August 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course - let's recap some of the speculation from the first set of comments. J. Freedom seemed fairly certain the Stone Temple Pilots...

By David Malitz | February 27, 2008; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (57)

All Signs Point To Tough Competition For V-Fest

Are Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs heading West? In opening the Official Virgin Festival Predictions thread last week, David noted that speculating about who's going to play the big summer festivals might be more fun than going to the festivals themselves. (It's certainly less schweaty!) In that spirit, Hoboken411.com has been...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 21, 2008; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (7)

Official Virgin Festival Predictions, Vol. 1

The speculation about who is going to play at big summer music festivals is arguably more fun than the actual festivals themselves. Who doesn't love the guessing game that leads up to the big announcement? Back in high school I'd try to piece together HFStival lineups based on what bands...

By David Malitz | February 12, 2008; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (61)

 

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