• Virgin Mobile FreeFest @ Columbia 8/30

    11 Sep 2009, 14:47 by ACA1985

    Sun 30 Aug – Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    A review with photos and setlists of the Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 30, 2009 featuring Blink-182, Weezer, Public Enemy, The Hold Steady, Taking Back Sunday, Wale, Holy Fuck, and other bands:

  • Blink 8/30

    6 Sep 2009, 21:10 by skankolympicsx

    Sun 30 Aug – Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    So I almost didn't think I was going to go. but then day before I got tickets, some how. I would like to thank the toad I saw in my back yard night before i bought tickets, because toads are good luck. this was one of the best concerts in my life. <3
  • Virgin Mobile Freefest

    3 Sep 2009, 04:05 by celpony

    Sun 30 Aug – Virgin Mobile FreeFest
    I packed my rainboots for Virgin Mobile Freefest but was surprised by beautiful sun, while the grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion (made famous by Animal Collective) provided shady space for listening to the diverse acts. The Pavilion Stage lineup focused on the mainstream, while the West Stage was a mix of indie and...Public Enemy. Still trying to figure that out.

    The first band I caught was Taking Back Sunday, who were the day’s biggest disappointment. Plagued by fuzzy sound that was further marred by sludgy dance tent echo, their songs seemed largely the same, a mix of unclear guitars and middling vocals. Even the afternoon sun was against them; the pavilion’s shadow was so deep that the band was completely obscured for lawn viewers, eliminating the chance for a redeeming stage presence.

    Next up were Jet, who topped Taking Back Sunday but didn’t thrill. Their sound quality was far better, but it couldn’t negate the fact that the majority of their songs sounded similar. …
  • A Recap

    1 Sep 2009, 15:55 by DrewdaJew

  • Great venue for a second-rate line up

    31 Aug 2009, 17:08 by Elziard

    Sun 30 Aug – Virgin Mobile FreeFest

    Favorite moment: music: Franz Ferdinand.
    festival event: drawing on chucks. shamelessly corporate but fun.

    been going to this annually since it's inception.
    the fest was put together last minute, but you couldn't tell from the setting.
    the venue change was surprising as i've never done Merriweather, and the fest made good use of it's grounds. the quality of the sponsored activities was high and more enjoyable that past activities.
    the major drawback for the location is the pavilion itself. it's not inviting and the long cue to get into the seated area was not worth it. the static seating leads to a less organic flow to enjoy each of the stages. you invest way to much for the main stage.
    and lets be honest, this was a second-rate cast. were i to have a vested interest on anyone that played the main stage i'd be more upset.
    the pavilion is the one big reason i'd like the festival to return to Pimlico or another venue.