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June 2, 2009

Organizers: Yes, there will still be a Virgin Mobile Festival

Despite the fact that it's June and we've heard no announcements about this year's Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers are assuring me that it's still on.

Here's proof, they say.

I'm still a little skeptical.

I wonder how good it could be, considering how late in the season it is to announce a summer festival. We shall see.

Yesterday, at a press conference about Merriweather Post Pavilion's recent renovations, promoter Seth Hurwitz declined to comment about the festival's potential move to Merriweather ...

Hurwitz said when he has an announcement, he'll make it, and sit tight until then. 

Also, I'd like to note that it's 6:30 a.m. -- a terrible hour for a nightlife blogger to be awake.

(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:35 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Virgin Mobile Festival


I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

i bet is Aug 30 at Merriweather and the head liner will be Blink 182....pathetic if you look at the previous yrs line ups - The Who, NIN, The Police, RHCP, Foo's.

I like the idea of virgins being more mobile. Sometimes they need to do this just to keep away from the guys.

I don't possibly see any way they can put together a seriously legitimate FESTIVAL at this point in the season. Last year's headliner's NIN & STP are both playing their own individual headlining show's @ Merriweather. Jane's Addiction is playing with NIN. Without recycling some other band's from previous years, I don't know what they could possibly do that would be any consistent draw. Every other festival in the world is booked, some have already taken place. Either way, there's not a strong core of bands out there touring, and the one's that are- have not only already played the V-Fest in previous years, but are playing here on their own anyway! The best they can do (IMO) is pull off a one day make-shift version of the warped tour (using lame band's like Blink, Rancid, No Doubt etc...). They may be able to do something there, but as for a festival with mass appeal as the previous 3 years? No way. Once again, it's not even necessary. I.M.P. has plenty of GREAT headline show's lined-up this summer, no festival required...

Sam, you see this? Found it on DCist:

Both Blink 182 and Weezer, two bands that are touring together this summer, have listed a Merriweather date for late August, though at one point Weezer's web site said "THIS GIG MAY NOT HAPPEN," while it now says "Confirmed, but venue TBA."

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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