There are a lot of summer concert festivals going on but none is more appealing at the moment more than the 2009 Virgin Mobile Ã¢â‚¬Å“FreeFest.Ã¢â‚¬Â On August 30th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., Aug. 30, more than 35,000 fans will be able to see Weezer, blink-182, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, The National, Girl Talk, The Bravery, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Wale, Taking Back Sunday and more for FREE. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Taking care of our loyal customers comes first,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P., promoter and producer of the Virgin Mobile Festival. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And when we say free, we mean it. The tickets are free. The parking is free. Ticketmaster really stepped up on this. Everybody just wants to make this the party of the summer. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be nuts.Ã¢â‚¬Â The only catch: To ensure Ticketmaster waives the convenience charge, fans simply have to pick up their tickets at Merriweather or the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (No info yet on if you can pick up tickets at retail locations or print online).
PRESALE CODE: FESTER BUY TIX HERE THURSDAY 6/25 AT 10AM EST
Here’s more from the press release:
All 35,000 festival tickets will be given away with the public onsale kicking off at www.ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. EST this Saturday. Previous Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers and Virgin Mobile customers will have first dibs on the tickets with an invitation to a Ã¢â‚¬Å“free-saleÃ¢â‚¬Â (like a pre-sale but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free) on Thursday and Friday.
“In a time of economic challenges and daily sacrifices, we wanted to throw a fantastic party so people could let loose and have a great time — on us,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder and President, Virgin Group. “Virgin Mobile FreeFest offers music fans a brilliant day of fun and music and a chance for them to give back to those even less fortunate.”
Virgin Mobile is encouraging people to text Ã¢â‚¬Å“FREEFESTÃ¢â‚¬Â to 20222 (regardless of wireless carrier) to donate $5 to select U.S. youth homeless centers, via The RE*Generation, Virgin MobileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s charitable arm.
Want to sit in the special VIP seating area? Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which is being sponsored by Kyocera Communications, will feature a special VIP seating area for ticketholders who complete 13 hours of community service at select U.S. youth homeless centers.
The festÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lucky Layoff Lounge will also offer Ã¢â‚¬Å“surprising treatsÃ¢â‚¬Â to ticketholders that present proof of unemployment. Virgin Mobile USAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current Pink Slip Protection helps out American workers by offering eligible customers that lose their jobs three months of free wireless service.