Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 was just about as perfect a day as one could ask for. The weather was phenomenal, the crowds and lines were manageable, and the music was spectacular. An irresistible atmosphere of fun prevailed over Merriweather Post Pavilion as Virgin and I.M.P. presented three stages jam-packed with a variety of great musical acts. The one genre that eclipsed all others however was dance music; the day featured a killer line-up of electronic-inspired groups that kept a large portion of attendees in a near-constant state of dance-frenzy.
I split my FreeFest experience between the Dance Forest and the Main Stage. Although I intended to check it out, I did not venture over to the West Stage once all day; thanks in large part to the caliber of the performances I was already watching. From Will Eastman dropping some DJ science early in the day all the way through to LCD Soundsystem’s mega-finale, I had a fantastic time at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010.
As most music fans in the DC area and beyond already know, this weekend’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, featuring the very now sounds of just about every “it” band of the moment, “free’d out” in a hot minute when the free tickets became available earlier this summer. Congrats if you are one of the lucky thousands who scored tix.
If you are one of the tens of thousands who failed to get tickets and are now scouring Craigslist for a friendless individual to tag along with, fear not, you may not have to resort to pimping yourself out to weird Steve who has an extra ticket but has no one to go with because he smells like cheese. Virgin Mobile is also selling tickets to their festival and they come with a ton of perks.
The VIPavilion ticket costs $125 and provides things like exclusive Pavilion seating under-the-hood at Merriweather, access to early parking, VIP bars, a back-stage tour, a free t-shirt and poster, access to the official after-party, and more. Charging for a “FreeFest” doesn’t seem very Free to me, but hey it gets you access to a comfortable spot to see some of the hottest bands on the planet without getting breathed on by stinky Steve all day.
Tickets are available over at Ticketfly.