Speculation: Virgin Mobile FreeFest Predictions, Vol. 2
By David Malitz
It's been a couple of months since we predicted some bands who will play at this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which we now know will be on Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Gogol Bordello, Phoenix and Wale were those predictions, for the non-clicky.) Don't expect to get a lineup any time soon. Last year's list was revealed two months before the show, which still leaves us still a month away. Plus, a week before FreeFest the resurrected HFStival will be taking place at Merriweather. I.M.P. is promoting both. And announcing a superior lineup for a free concert (and how can it not be superior to a lineup that includes Third Eye Blind, Marcy Playground and the dude from Live) that takes place after a week after a lame concert that costs $25-$40 isn't the best idea. Anyway, some predictions.
Yes, the band is playing its own headlining gig at Merriweather in August. So what? Perhaps no young band has a better relationship with FreeFest promoters I.M.P. than the Rockville-bred group, dating back to their annual Thanksgiving shows a decade ago to their regular Merriweather dates now. You don't need the most exciting headliner for a free show; reliable and popular will do.
Could the biggest indie rock reunion of 2010 possibly skip the D.C. area? No. Not buying it. After a string of five shows in New York (see you up there for a few?) that ends on Sept. 24, Malkmus and the boys will be in Atlanta on Sept. 26. There's an open date on Sept. 25. Hmmm. Is D.C. to Atlanta a long trip to make in one day? Yep. Is it doable? Sure is - I made that trip myself back in 1999. To see Pavement, of course. (Check out that June 23 set list - they played "Give It a Day" for me.) Here's your "second" stage headliner, don't you think?
Here's the most random guess so far. But these terminally chill dudes haven't played in D.C. since opening for Japandroids last October. They've hit Baltimore a few times, including the very large Rams Head Live, and the band is obviously shooting for big things with all that Mountain Dew money behind them. And wouldn't a beautiful fall afternoon in the woods of Columbia, Md., be the perfect time and place to ride some crucial chillwaves?
June 29, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories: Speculation | Tags: Neon Indian, O.A.R., Pavement, Virgin Mobile FreeFest
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