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M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, T.I., Pavement to perform Virgin Mobile FreeFest

M.I.A.M.I.A. will perform the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 25 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (By Jaime Martinez)

By Chris Richards

Virgin Mobile FreeFest has announced a line-up that’s sure to delight both pop-omnivores and text message enthusiasts. M.I.A.! LCD! T.I.! OMG!

The region’s leading annual pop-music festival will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 25, offering the most refreshing line-up in its five-year history: Pop polyglot M.I.A., disco-rock troupe LCD Soundsystem, Georgia rap hero T.I., reunited indie gods Pavement, hype-surfers Sleigh Bells and a dozen other acts are all scheduled to perform.

And like last year’s concert, this one will cost fans a whole lotta zilch. Tickets are free and will be given away at Ticketfly.com on Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m.

“We really took the approach of turning people on to who we thought were the coolest bands out there,” says Seth Hurwitz, FreeFest producer and chairman of concert promotion powerhouse I.M.P. “We don’t have the pressure of having to sell tickets, so who do you pick? You pick the bands you think are going to [offer] the best music... It's a rare privilege to book a show like this.”

T.I. LudacrisRappers Ludacris and T.I. are part of the 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest lineup. (By John Amis)

Other FreeFest main stage acts include Ludacris, Joan Jett, Thievery Corporation, Matt & Kim, Jimmy Eat World, the Temper Trap, Yeasayer and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. In addition to the two main stages, there will be a third stage on the Merriweather grounds — they’ve dubbed it the “Dance Forest” — to host sets from Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Modeselektor and Neon Indian. Ascendant jazzman Trombone Shorty will also be performing on the grounds.

And while this year’s programming might not have the star power of previous years, it still feels the most current. Back when the festival charged actual money, headliners included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Who in 2006, the Police and the Beastie Boys in 2007, and Kanye West and the Foo Fighters in 2008.

Last year, the festival downsized from two days to one, and migrated from Pimlico Race Course to Merriweather Post. Aging alt-rockers Blink-182 and Weezer headlined. The party line was, “I can’t complain when it’s free.” This year, the party line will probably be, “I can’t believe this is free!”

Also like last year, Virgin Mobile is encouraging concertgoers to make a $5 donation to The RE*Generation, its charitable initiative to end youth homelessness. In return, fans will receive a download of FreeFest artists mixed by DJ and dubstep producer, Rusko.

And there are two asterisks. First one: Virgin Mobile customers and fans who held tickets for previous Virgin Mobile Festivals will be invited via text message and email to a private online ticket giveaway on Friday, July 23. Secondly, fans who don’t want to deal with the rush of online ticket-snatchers can choose to purchase a premium ticket for $125. It provides Pavilion seating, with a portion of the proceeds going to homeless youth charities, and is available for purchase online Friday at 10 a.m.

Fans who would prefer a totally free FreeFest, practice your mouse-clicks. Last year, all 35,000 tickets vanished in a mere 30 minutes.

lcd soundsystemWith retirement looming, will FreeFest be the last local show for LCD Soundsystem? (By Ruvan Wijesooriya)

pavementReunited '90s indie rock stars Pavement will play Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

By Chris Richards  |  July 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Chromeo, Die Antwoord, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, LCD Soundsystem, Ludacris, M.I.A., Matt & Kim, Pavement, Sleigh Bells, T.I., The Temper Trap, Thievery Corporation, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Yeasayer  
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Comments

Most underwhealming Virgin Fest lineup EVER. I don't think it's even worth a free ticket.

LCD, Matt and Kim, and Yeasayer are the only bands worth treking out to see, and maybe Joan Jett.

Richards is far overrating the quality of this set of artists.

Last year's selection was FAR superior (Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, the Bravery, Taking Back Sunday, Girl Talk, Weezer and Blink--I could have done without those last 2).

TI is a riot waiting to happen, Luda is decent, but is he still relevant, MIA is full of $HIT, Jimmy Eat World was irrelevant in 1999, Pavement is a niche band at best, and Thievery Corporation is overrated because they're local.

I would rather spend $35 for the 90's throwback HFStival the prior week than go to this show for free.

Posted by: Russtinator | July 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

That lineup is... pretty impressive.

Poster above me is...pretty crazy.

Posted by: agl132 | July 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Agree with agi132 on all counts. This looks like a lot of fun if the Web is willing to grant me tix.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | July 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Was hoping for so much more. Where the hell is the energy? OK, so Chromeo and MIA will drop some decent beats and Luda can move a party, but over all this is pretty lame. Don't care about Pavement, never did. LCD is background music. Die Antwoord is a bad joke... literally. Screw TI, he brings the wrong crowd... hustlah-wannabe-white-boys. Where are the actual DJs in the woods? Where's the old school hip hop act? Biggest issue with this year... where is the real rock? Joan Jett is seriously the hardest band out here? I will be there but it will definitely be a day to reminisce about better days. Personally, I'm ready to go back to the old format. I and all my friends will gladly pay to see truly spectacular line-ups like they used to book.

Posted by: JA007 | July 20, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Most underwhealming Virgin Fest lineup EVER. I don't think it's even worth a free ticket.

LCD, Matt and Kim, and Yeasayer are the only bands worth treking out to see, and maybe Joan Jett.

Richards is far overrating the quality of this set of artists.

Last year's selection was FAR superior (Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, the Bravery, Taking Back Sunday, Girl Talk, Weezer and Blink--I could have done without those last 2).

TI is a riot waiting to happen, Luda is decent, but is he still relevant, MIA is full of $HIT, Jimmy Eat World was irrelevant in 1999, Pavement is a niche band at best, and Thievery Corporation is overrated because they're local.

I would rather spend $35 for the 90's throwback HFStival the prior week than go to this show for free.

Posted by: Russtinator | July 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Your credibility vanished when you mentioned Girl Talk.

Girl Talk sucks.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned that there isn't a more positive response to this lineup. But I'm also glad to know that there's at least two people who won't be in my way when I'm trying to get a ticket Saturday morning

Posted by: tylerjeffries | July 20, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

If all Virgin Mobile customers and previous attendees of the festival get first shot at the tickets on Friday, are there even going to be any tickets left to give away by Saturday? All this talk about the line-up and the free tickets and "who are you psyched to see" is hot air - this doggie is basically "By Invitation Only", just like the 9:30's 30th birthday bash. I guess the rest of us will just have to see how David Malitz and Chris Richards and the Brightest Young Things liked it.

Posted by: MyPostID27 | July 21, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

@MyPostID27, Are you going to try to get tickets on Saturday morning? I'd love to hear about your success/failure. Hit me up at richardsc [at] washpost [dot] com and let me know how you do.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | July 21, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Richards -

Yes, I plan to try, and I will let you know the result.
BTW, I was not my intention to pick on you or Mr. Malitz, only to note that some folks are almost sure to get tickets, and most folks are not.
FWIW, I enjoy this site (notwithstanding my bewilderment at your Dead Weather review) and wish that you and your colleagues wrote more, particularly about new bands. I usually see it at work and can't very well play the songs/videos at the morning links.
I also appreciate the fact that you read these comments and respond as appropriate. Thanks.

MyPostID27

Posted by: MyPostID27 | July 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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