Yes, the Virgin Mobile Festival will be back. But where?
This just in: The Virgin Mobile Festival will return for a fourth year.
Now the big question is, where?
"Nothing in life is definite," said Jayne Wallace, director of corporate communications for Virgin Mobile.
"But for all intents and purposes, we fully expect to hold another festival. We have some exciting ideas we're looking at."
Here is a short piece I just wrote, with more details about the festival.
Actually, the piece is more about what we don't know than what we do. We don't know who's on the roster or when or where it will be.
I wonder if they're taking suggestions? I mean, who would you want to see, and where would you want the festival to be?
If I had my way ...
I'd want the festival to be in September, when it's not so hot. I like Pimlico as the location, because it's spread out enough to allow for a real festival atmosphere. If they move it to a stadium, it will lose that feel.
I'd like to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as one of the headliners -- even if he had to shorten his set for the festival crowd. I'd be happy with two hours of Bruce as opposed to the usual four.
Phish might not be a bad choice, either. They're one of this year's biggest draws. But another big summer festival has already booked them and the Boss, so I doubt we'll see this lineup at Virgin Mobile Festival.
Somebody posted a rumor about Metallica possibly headlining the festival. That's not a bad choice. Their new album, Death Magnetic, was the best thing they've done in years. And I'm sure their live show is wild.
Would they be wilder than the Foo Fighters (pictured), who headlined last year's festival? I dunno.
Merriweather wouldn't be an awful location for the festival. It just doesn't hold as many people, and might limit the caliber of bands they book.
(Sun photos by Patrick Smith)