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September 27, 2010

Festival review: Virgin Mobile FreeFest

At Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the dust doesn't even have time to settle before it's time to move on.

Just as Texan band Neon Indian finished their set in the dance tent, Joan Jett was getting on stage at the main pavilion. At night, rapper M.I.A. went head-to-head with dance gods LCD Soundsystem.

With 21 artists playing at this one-day event, there was more shuttling here than in Middle East diplomacy.

At least 30,000 music fans came to Columbia Saturday to watch them play at three different stages built around the 40-acre grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Some came for Ludacris, others for indie behemoths Pavement. Most came because it was free.

Performers Saturday covered the spectrum of current music: indie, electronic, trombone-playing (Trombone Shorty). The day was kicked off by electronic duo Brite Lite Brite at noon and ended at 11 p.m., with LCD Soundsystem on the main stage and Sharam in the dance tent.

For the rest of Midnight Sun's print story, click here.

Photo: Josh Sisk, Special to The Baltimore Sun

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Posted by Erik Maza at 8:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Virgin Mobile Festival


wow i love festival thanks buddy

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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.

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.

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