« A day in the life of Sam Sessa | Main | Catching up with the Oranges Band on their 10th anniversary »

April 22, 2010

Rumors: HFStival to return to Merriweather Sept. 18

third-eye blindAfter a four year hiatus, the HFStival could return to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 18, according to local media news and gossip site DCRTV.

If the rumors are true, the lineup could include a where-are-they-now list of '90s acts such as Third Eye Blind (pictured), Fuel, Marcy Playground, Better Than Ezra, Billy Idol and Presidents of the USA.

Though HFS no longer exists as a terrestrial radio station, it continues to stream online and broadcast on 94.7's HD2 channel ...

A longtime staple for alternative fans, the HFStival began in Fairfax, Va., in 1990, moved to RFK Stadium in 1993, and ended its 16-year run at Merriweather in 2006.

Merriweather's publicist declined to comment and a call to HFS was not returned. I'll let you know as soon as I hear something concrete about the festival.

UPDATE: I spoke with Sam Rogers, a spokesman for CBS Radio in Washington, who confirmed that the festival is indeed happening. He wouldn't confirm where, when and who is headlining, though, but he said it's possible to have an HFStival without WHFS on the air.

"HFStival is a brand name," Rogers said. "People still have passion for the festival. We think it's a good idea. ... Virgin Fest is a brand name that doesn't have to have a radio station connected to it."

(Photo of Third-Eye Blind's Stephen Jenkins by Getty Images)

Follow Midnight Sun on Facebook and Twitter @midnightsunblog
Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:02 AM | | Comments (20)
Categories: Local music



better than ezra??? i'm so there.

Thet better get Soundgarden!!!

What about ZZTop and BuckCherry? Aren't all the kids crazy for those bands these days?

Although that line-up may have been decent in 1997, I'll pass. confirms there'll be an HFSTival.

That would be amazing!!! I would love a 90's reunion concert, although I would sorely miss Alice in Chains (with Layne, not the new guy)...

that line-up is shat.


Such fond memories... I'd probably go, just to stay young and healthy.

Love Third Eye Blind! This is great news!

Who is their right mind would want to go see those bands? Billy Idol is the only one I like anymore. It's just the station being greedy and trying to make some money. They really need to get more modern acts than this to be successful.

there's absolutely no way i would pay to go to a 90's themed festival. it was great then, keep up with the times now, remain true to what hfs was (a breaking ground for new music), not what corporate radio has become (play lists of songs that were hits 10 - 15 years ago and should not still be in heavy rotation).

They would have to put a really good lineup together for me to go or make it $30 again.

Will it be the HFS Free Fest?? I'd hope so if they actually expect anyone to show up with a line-up like that!

Umm, Scottieb, isn't "making money" what 100% of all businesses are in existence to do? Funny that you like Billy Idol, the oldest member of the rumored lineup.

@ Jeff

zz top.... really??? the kids were into him about 25 years ago

@ ryan:

see last year's empty infield for the preakness.

@ the preakness:
this year's seems to be more of the same.

No chance in hell i would pay to see these washed up bands. They need to get more modernized, up to date bands for me to make an appearnce.

Holy crap ... P-Weezy won't be in attendance? Better scrap the idea and start from scratch.

Wonderful news. Listening in Baltimore to 94.7 HFS2 on (since leaving Baltimore not long after the now denuct Channel 104.3's debut in 08, and the WHFS format flip from talk to WJZ the Fan) the station has a nice mix of new music, lesser heard past hit from the 80s and 90s, and FREEFORM weekeds. Always good to hear just passing thru sessions, and former HFStival perfomances. Not to mention classic DJs like Cerphe, JB Trimmer, and Neci as well as Jerry during the day. Its a decent lineup with many talented bands. Plus the $20 price tag is sweet. I'll be there if possible.

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Please enter the letter "l" in the field below:
About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

Most Recent Comments
Recent tweets
Sign up for FREE nightlife alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Photo galleries
Stay connected