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June 30, 2009

The skinny on the remaining Virgin Mobile FreeFest tickets

virgin mobile festivalIn case you're just tuning in, there are close to 3,000 tickets left to this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. (Backstory here).

To get one of 2,400 general admission tickets, you have to volunteer for an act of community service -- giving blood, cleaning up parks, etc. -- through this Web site.

The initiative, called the Summer of Service, is being spearheaded by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

The sign-up for volunteering starts at noon Thursday. Volunteers must be 18 and older. In the coming weeks, the volunteering will be expanded to include other counties throughout the state.

But wait, there's more ...

Virgin Mobile is launching their own volunteering campaign in conjunction with the Summer of Service, called the Free I.P. (it's a play on V.I.P.).

Fans can sign up for 13 hours of volunteer work at a designated youth homeless center in trade for one V.I.P. pass to the festival. There are about 400 V.I.P spots up for grabs, according to Ron Faris, Virgin U.S.A.'s senior director of brand marketing an innovation.

Go here for more information.

I'd like to take a moment and put my two cents in here: This is a smart move by Ulman and Virgin Mobile. These tickets are a hot commodity right now, and I'm surprised they didn't hold onto more than just 3,000. Heck, they're going for as much as $695 on StubHub.

(Baltimore Sun by Patrick Smith

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:20 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Virgin Mobile Festival



The $695 tickets won't sell.

The market isn't $695 for these ... the majority of the tickets on there are just under $100 a pop last I saw.

under $100 or not. The scalpers who got the tickets got them for FREE.

This Summer of Service is really going to interfer with my current campaign for the Summer of George.

I wouldn't pay a dime for these tickets. Virign Mobile is such a weird brand i bet the concert will be weird also. They have a supposed trendy phone and a supposed low income phone, I wonder if there is a trendy part of the concert and a low income part as well.

10$ for 120min with Virgn Jay, your nuts if you think thats a bad deal. I have Virgin moble pone would appreciate it if you didn't refer to the line as "WEIRD".

Any updates on what the schedules for the bands are?

Another option is to simply go on TicketMaster and buy 'em for $14 each (incl. service fee & print-at-home charge). They re-released a bunch of tix early this afternoon, and I just got mine at 4:30 pm.

But do the community service too...

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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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