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June 17, 2008

Festivals, etc.

virgin festivalPlease allow me to apologize for the momentary lapse in posting yesterday afternoon.

I was under the gun to turn around a centerpiece for the Today section on large scale music festivals.


I talked to Seth Hurwitz, who booked Virgin Mobile Festival, MS poster ryan97ou and some industry folks for the piece.

Seth didn't think the new All Points West Music & Arts Festival will compete with the Virgin Mobile Festival. What do you think?

(Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:51 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Local music


I don't think it will make too much of a also have to figure that with gas prices as high as they are it will also impact the number of people in this area that would want to drive to Jersey when you can get almost the same show here in Baltimore

The two are completely different and won't have any effect on the other. You'll have some Radiohead fans go up to NY, but other than that, it's really two different markets throwing a large scale outdoor concert.

Bonnaroo, Coachella, and now Lollapallooza are serious events, but Virgin Mobile Fest and All Points West are just newer versions of HFStival and the likes.

One question did you leave out New Orleans Jazzfest in your comparisons of clearly have not ever been, so book you tickets now and prepare to have the best few days of your life!

Jazz Fest is the best damn thing in the world. I totally agree with ESH!

I am strongly considering driving up to All Points West as apposed to staying here for Virgin. For the same price, it offers 2 nights of Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The Black Angels, New Pornographers, Kings of Leon, and many more quality acts.

I've gone to Virgin both years, and have been fed up with the high ticket prices, high costs of food and beer, and the general feeling the concert is put on to achieve maximum profit, not to entertain. That combined with a poor lineup this year, I only hope that 2009 brings vast improvements to the festival.

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