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Title: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on March 15, 2010, 07:33:23 pm
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/2010/03/virgin_mobile_freefest_to_retu.html

edit: coming to Merriweather September 25th.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on March 15, 2010, 07:38:37 pm
Hot diggity, time for the rumors to start flying about headliners.   ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on March 15, 2010, 09:06:56 pm
Lineup could not possibly be worse than last year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Smylie on March 15, 2010, 09:51:29 pm
I didnt like the headliners, but St. Vincent, The Hold Steady, and The National for free was great for me
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on March 15, 2010, 09:52:49 pm
yeah, maybe the chili peppers will headline . . . but they won't actually be there.  it's a whole new thing that bands will all be doing, but the peppers were the first.  a whole field of kids with headphoned i pads downloading the show from a secret location, pausing when they want to for beer and bathroom lines, then right back to the song they left off on.  the chili peppers have been giving away clues online all month where their secret location really is and contests so you can win backstage passes to meet seth and thatguy.  golly gee.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on March 15, 2010, 09:57:28 pm
Honestly, my only suggestion is Phoenix headlining the second stage and a couple Daptone Record acts.  The few acts I'm excited to see live anymore rarely tour the US.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on March 15, 2010, 10:40:41 pm
Franz Ferdinand was really good at last year's VFF

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Mobius on March 15, 2010, 11:37:26 pm
Pavement + Phoenix

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bkrome on March 16, 2010, 12:59:19 am
the strokes and mgmt ftw
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on March 16, 2010, 07:43:25 am
throw in there a little bit of yeasayer and black mountain, for the mix...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on March 16, 2010, 07:59:59 am
A Fall Out Boy reunion tour seems more likely than all of the good acts y'all are suggesting.  ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: imbecile on March 16, 2010, 08:23:39 am
A Fall Out Boy reunion tour seems more likely than all of the good acts y'all are suggesting.  ;)

Unfortunately, I have to agree.

That being said.. I'd still love to see Iggy and the Stooges at vfest again and I'll make my usual request of Hum (this time they're atleast somewhat active, doing a Memorial Day show in Chicago).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on March 16, 2010, 10:32:47 am
And be sure to beef up the sound on the lawn, it was pathetic at best during Weezer's set.

From a strictly selfish point of view, it would be nice to have a paid VIP area if only to be able to get out of the sun on the second stage.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Davyboy on March 16, 2010, 10:37:15 am
GREAT..... that lawn was awful last year. Please make the sound on the lawn louder as suggested. Please make sure the Video screens are in SYNC with the actual sound, or just move the bigger bands to the other stage where it actually felt like more of a festival. Those are my only suggestions.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on March 16, 2010, 10:55:44 am
Lineup gets worse every year, Good Charlotte headliner maybe
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on March 16, 2010, 11:02:39 am
Lineup gets worse every year, Good Charlotte headliner maybe

But real music fans go to a festival for the undercard, not the headline grabbing headliner.

There were actually MORE bands last year that I actually liked, or had a marginal interest in seeing, than any other year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on March 16, 2010, 11:12:35 am
Well thankfully we can eliminate Jack Johnson from the festival.  And if Good Charlotte is buried in the middle of the Bamboozle Festival the chances of them headlining Free Fest is slim.

It should come as no secret that summer festivals line-ups are made up of a few select Major acts filled in by what ever acts are on the festival circuit. 

Basically one off appearances at festivals are very rare in the US
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on March 16, 2010, 12:05:09 pm
Public Enemy were awesome, probably my favorite of the day. Left before Blink came one (thank god) because I was incredibly drunk and walked away from the Girl Talk travesty and I saw some dude pass out and ended up with his wallet and lost my awesome sunglasses. I've been to 3 of the 4 Virgin Fests and at 2 of them I've shaken Richard Bronson's hand. Unfortunately or not so unfortunately I also met Flavor Flav. I liked the vibe and would probably end up going again, I probably spent more time walking around seeing everything, dancing at the dance stage, and drinking more than seeing any of the live music. Can't wait to see the line-up, hopefully blogs and Facebook won't blow up with the password again this year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 16, 2010, 12:19:03 pm
I saw some dude pass out and ended up with his wallet

wtf?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on March 16, 2010, 12:23:34 pm
Well he did lose his awesome glasses...

I saw some dude pass out and ended up with his wallet

wtf?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on March 16, 2010, 01:05:14 pm
I saw some dude pass out and ended up with his wallet

wtf?
The guy passed out and he like... fell back on me and some paramedics came and I picked a wallet up off the ground and it was his, because I guess he had gotten seperated from his friends....it's an uneventful tale.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 16, 2010, 01:39:49 pm
oh... did you return it to him?  or did you run off to the merch booth?

The guy passed out and he like... fell back on me

fyi, that sounds really sketchy... ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: PigIron on March 16, 2010, 09:32:10 pm
Its hard to argue when its for free, but I passed on last year and the year before that.  I'm hoping for something a bit more daring than Blink 182 or Lil Wayne this time around.  Its true that the bread and butter of a good festival  is found in the middle of the lineup, but it would be dandy if we got something a bit more on the diverse and creative side this year - from the top of the lineup to the bottom.  I feel that Coachella does this type of thing every year, and we're stuck with a festival that has great potential but has become watered down during its short history.  For the record, I thought the second year was a great festival.  Not only for the lineup, but for the fact that I ended up with 25-30 wallets, purses, and cellphones from passed out concertgoers, most of whom simply fell back on me.  Completely uneventful.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 16, 2010, 09:48:41 pm
i thoroughly enjoyed last year's freefest.  i thought the "free" vibe was cool, it was neat how volunteering was wrapped up in the event, and i ended up checking out several  bands i otherwise wouldn't have given the time of day to.  weather was gorgeous, which certainly helped.  MPP is a great venue for a festival, loved all the trees.  the above-average food and drink selection was a plus too.

i'm in for this year's edition regardless of the line-up.  even with last year's offering, which didn't contained much that excited me, i had a great time.

Not only for the lineup, but for the fact that I ended up with 25-30 wallets, purses, and cellphones from passed out concertgoers, most of whom simply fell back on me.  Completely uneventful.

LOL
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on March 16, 2010, 11:21:44 pm
Man, I wish I still had that picture I drew that one time of DFA1979 because it would truly add some context to his story.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on March 17, 2010, 12:01:48 am
Man, I wish I still had that picture I drew that one time of DFA1979 because it would truly add some context to his story.

why don't you grab a camera . . . and "shoot" a picture of him?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: set1914 on March 17, 2010, 10:36:40 am
Body Count

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on March 17, 2010, 11:57:00 am
oh... did you return it to him?  or did you run off to the merch booth?

The guy passed out and he like... fell back on me

fyi, that sounds really sketchy... ;)
As much as I wanted a Jet t shirt, I had to give the guy his wallet back. Gah, I really wanted a Jet shirt though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on March 17, 2010, 05:53:58 pm
It's a shame that there won't be a Pimlico 2-day fest since I've had some great memories there, but the FreeFest is great. It's easy on the wallet. Seth is bring at least one or two acts that will draw most of us there. The headliner(s) will please the public. Great stuff!

With other shows hitting my wallet hard (PJ and Conan, specifically), the FreeFest is a nice relief.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 17, 2010, 06:05:42 pm
Seth is bring at least one or two acts that will draw most of us there. The headliner(s) will please the public.

are you just going on faith, or do you have info on the lineup?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on March 17, 2010, 09:23:30 pm
Faith. I haven't been let down yet.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 17, 2010, 09:59:04 pm
hey seth,

Jamiroquai has announced a few euro festival dates.  any chance your buddy sir richard could convince them to headline freefest?

this would make for a two-birds-with-one-stone situation: it would ensure that the festival had a unique headliner who would really get the party going, AND it would keep all the chin-scratching non-dancing hipster-haters away.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on March 18, 2010, 07:44:38 am
hey seth,

Jamiroquai has announced a few euro festival dates.  any chance your buddy sir richard could convince them to headline freefest?

this would make for a two-birds-with-one-stone situation: it would ensure that the festival had a unique headliner who would really get the party going, AND it would keep all the chin-scratching non-dancing hipster-haters away.

Wait a minute. How did my wife log in under Sweetcell's screen name? She forgot to mention having Steely Dan on the bill, but the rest sounds like her.  :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: ggw on March 18, 2010, 09:14:13 am
Jamiroquai

The twat in the hat, as Markie used to say.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: miss pretentious on March 18, 2010, 05:33:43 pm
Man, I wish I still had that picture I drew that one time of DFA1979 because it would truly add some context to his story.

those are your two favorite sp songs after all.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on March 18, 2010, 11:35:55 pm
i would like to see members of the orb, front 242, and ministry team up for a super group in the dance tent.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on March 18, 2010, 11:55:28 pm
Man, I wish I still had that picture I drew that one time of DFA1979 because it would truly add some context to his story.
those are your two favorite sp songs after all.
Hahaha... delightful. How are you not Mrs. Pretentious yet?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on March 19, 2010, 07:39:19 am
there is a ministry documentary coming out that looks pretty good

http://www.fixtheministrymovie.com/

I would like to see Faith No More at the free fest.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on March 19, 2010, 12:43:54 pm
I would like to see Faith No More at the free fest.

Seconded.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on March 19, 2010, 01:07:59 pm
thirded
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Sir HC on March 19, 2010, 01:26:02 pm
Pretty much for the lawn there is one PA that is put up at the beginning of the season (RCI bring it in IIRC), so that the lawn sound is consistent over the summer without going over the limits.  I wasn't at FreeFest but I work across the street and often hear sound checks at Merriweather (we could look out the window and see them build that new building last spring), so maybe they just didn't have them turned up that high?  I think these speakers have been the norm for at least 5-6 years.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on March 19, 2010, 01:40:52 pm
Faith No More at the free fest.


Yes, please.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on March 19, 2010, 01:44:36 pm
Faith No More at the free fest.


Yes, please.

Yes, please.

That way all the blockheads will be over at the bad band main stage. Like last year.  :P
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on March 19, 2010, 03:00:19 pm
I would like to see Faith No More at the free fest.

I would love this also. I'm already planning on seeing them twice this year (Coachella, Brooklyn, NY show). Would love a third chance.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 19, 2010, 03:18:29 pm
Faith.

faith no more!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on March 19, 2010, 03:19:23 pm
lcd soundsystem teaming up with daft punk.  they're (lcd) sluts for everything else this year it seems.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: PigIron on March 21, 2010, 08:10:46 pm
Faith.

faith no more!

Pretty much the only band that would assure my presence.  I'm not dragging my ass to Coachella, and I'm out of the country for the Brooklyn show.  Please God, bring us a national tour already.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: set1914 on March 22, 2010, 10:31:20 pm
Faith No More would be great.

DEVO has a new disc coming and will be touring on it. The rocked out both nights last fall at the club.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: set1914 on March 22, 2010, 10:37:37 pm
Green Day and STP are both touring this summer.  I only would want Green Day if the burn their gear like the did at HFS many moon's ago.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on March 22, 2010, 11:16:06 pm
Green Day and STP are both touring this summer.  I only would want Green Day if the burn their gear like the did at HFS many moon's ago.
Green Day is playing at the Lube in August. So they won't be at vfest.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on March 24, 2010, 02:24:18 pm
I'll bet Them Crooked Vultures and either Muse and Silversun Pickups.  Another combo 311 and Offspring with Alice In Chains.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on March 24, 2010, 02:40:13 pm
I hope LCD SS does not play V-fest again. It may mean no 930 club date on their US tour, and they're much better suited for the club environment as opposed to a festival setting (V-fest 07 was meh.)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on March 24, 2010, 03:30:27 pm
I'll bet Them Crooked Vultures and either Muse and Silversun Pickups.  Another combo 311 and Offspring with Alice In Chains.
Is Seth booking the DC101 Chili Cook Off at MPP?

Them Crooked Vultures would be tits. Except they'd put Dave Grohl in the front of the stage, John Paul Jones behind him, and Josh Homme somewhere off to the side stage.

Headliners: Buckcherry

Callin' it now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on March 24, 2010, 11:04:48 pm
I'll bet Them Crooked Vultures and either Muse and Silversun Pickups.  Another combo 311 and Offspring with Alice In Chains.
Is Seth booking the DC101 Chili Cook Off at MPP?


No.  DC 101 is a Clear Channel station partnered with LiveNation.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on March 24, 2010, 11:28:33 pm
sarcasm comprehension fail.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on May 20, 2010, 07:21:47 am
Will be in Sept from what I read  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on May 25, 2010, 02:10:14 pm
September 25th
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on May 25, 2010, 04:01:48 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?

Last year they built a free show around an already booked (arguably) crappy Blink/Weezer bill, if I'm not mistaken. This year they can build the show from scratch.


September 25th
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on May 25, 2010, 04:09:28 pm
I think it will be a decent lineup.  Either way it's free, so no arguing with that.  So when is the lineup coming out sethy?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on May 25, 2010, 04:11:30 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?

i wasn't impressed with last year's line-up (save for FF), and i still had a really great time.  as long as they book something better than HFStival (which would be hard not to do), i'm there.  

there's tons to do & see if the 3 stages of music aren't interesting at any given moment.

thanks seth & the entire IMP team!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on May 25, 2010, 04:23:50 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?
Couldn't concievably be worse. I still say no one on here who attended last year's event has one iota of right to question the tastes of anyone else on anything ever again.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on May 25, 2010, 04:30:36 pm
I think it's hard to argue with a free day at Merriweather + Public Enemy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on May 25, 2010, 04:32:28 pm
I think it's hard to argue with a free day at Merriweather + Public Enemy
20,000 sacks of shit wanting to see Blink-182 and drink cheap beer + probably 800 rapes.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on May 25, 2010, 04:45:34 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?
Couldn't concievably be worse.

false: look at this year's HFStival lineup.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on May 25, 2010, 05:00:29 pm

Just like not being able to figure out the end of Lost...

I think THIS is where Pavement fits into your puzzle.  Columbia, MD is between NYC and Atlanta.

I don't know if they'll play six nights in a row, though.  They're Pavement.  They do tend to be a bit lazy.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on May 25, 2010, 05:02:47 pm
While organizers haven?t even hinted at any bands or artists for this year?s blowout, they?re promising big names.
?At this point, we?re just narrowing it down to finalists we consider to be the most relevant acts out there,? said I.M.P. chairman and concert producer Seth Hurwitz. ?This is not your typical format, with a big headliner closing after smaller acts leading up. It will be A-list from opening to closing. It has to be that good. The culture of the Virgin brand expects nothing less.?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on May 25, 2010, 05:18:52 pm
freefest has brought brian_walalce out of the woodwork, for the first time in almost six years?!?  now i'm really interested.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on May 25, 2010, 05:24:49 pm
Up on Twitter the 930 Club says the line-up will be anounced soon. That means a week? Or so?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on May 25, 2010, 05:25:36 pm
I think it's hard to argue with a free day at Merriweather + Public Enemy
20,000 sacks of shit wanting to see Blink-182 and drink cheap beer + probably 800 rapes.

You let people bug you too much. Wasn't The National there? Don't you like critiquing their stuff?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on May 25, 2010, 05:34:22 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?
Couldn't concievably be worse. I still say no one on here who attended last year's event has one iota of right to question the tastes of anyone else on anything ever again.

Sounds like someone couldn't get free tickets.

A day of:

St. Vincent
Wale
Public Enemy
The National
Girl Talk
Weezer
Franz Ferdinand

was pretty good to me.  Plus I talked the Vodka stand lady into giving me 24oz of pure Vodka for 8 bucks.  Perfect weather and a great location.  Only wish it were two days this year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on May 25, 2010, 06:17:50 pm
Lineup was great last year.

The two bands that I think will be there are Phoenix and Pavement.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on May 25, 2010, 07:13:47 pm
The fact that you're 30 and watch teen dramas kills your right to criticize anyone's taste.

Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?
Couldn't concievably be worse. I still say no one on here who attended last year's event has one iota of right to question the tastes of anyone else on anything ever again.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on May 25, 2010, 07:24:26 pm
Does anybody think the lineup will be better this year over last year?
Couldn't concievably be worse. I still say no one on here who attended last year's event has one iota of right to question the tastes of anyone else on anything ever again.

Sounds like someone couldn't get free tickets.

A day of:

St. Vincent
Wale
Public Enemy
The National
Girl Talk
Weezer
Franz Ferdinand

was pretty good to me.  Plus I talked the Vodka stand lady into giving me 24oz of pure Vodka for 8 bucks.  Perfect weather and a great location.  Only wish it were two days this year.

Substitute Girl Talk for the Hold Steady and we are in agreement....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on May 25, 2010, 08:40:10 pm
Who knew there were so many dead horses around these parts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Julian, Alleged Computer F**kface on May 25, 2010, 09:22:02 pm
The fact that you're 30 and watch teen dramas kills your right to criticize anyone's taste.

I'm 30? When did this happen?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on May 25, 2010, 10:24:25 pm
Return of the Walalce?

No way.


And he posted essentially what I was going to.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on May 25, 2010, 10:55:24 pm
Anyone think there's a chance of the Strokes headlining one of the stages? They seem to be doing some festivals this year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on May 26, 2010, 10:13:13 am
Up on Twitter the 930 Club says the line-up will be anounced soon. That means a week? Or so?

last time I think they said "soon" which translated to about 2 1/2 months
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on May 26, 2010, 10:14:27 am
soon means late aug  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on May 28, 2010, 05:17:52 pm
I was thinking REM would be a possible headliner.   They are working on a new album now.  End of September they would be ready to premier some new songs?

Non headline guesses:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on May 28, 2010, 10:08:46 pm
Pavement could headline the smaller stage.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blinkboy on June 14, 2010, 11:04:30 am
if i am correct in that the festival is on September 25, pollstar has Joan Jett and the Blackhearts listed that day at MPP so i guess they are the first band to be "announced" for the festival...i guess/hope they are this years Public Enemy?

i am hoping for a Soundgarden headliner personally since i am skipping Lolla now. :(

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on June 14, 2010, 04:19:49 pm
Joan Jett played Artscape a few years ago.....it was incredible.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on June 14, 2010, 04:27:49 pm
agreed....i was there...and she played all the hits....

Joan Jett played Artscape a few years ago.....it was incredible.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on June 17, 2010, 02:19:59 pm
Matt and Kim's tour came out.  No local date (they play philly twice) and 9/25 open.  I think they will be in the line-up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on June 17, 2010, 02:32:25 pm
Matt and Kim's tour came out.  No local date (they play philly twice) and 9/25 open.  I think they will be in the line-up.


10/21/2010 Canal Club Richmond, not a bad place to see a show  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on June 17, 2010, 02:50:31 pm
They're playing 9/24 in DENVER. That's in the WEST COAST. I highly doubt it. 

Matt and Kim's tour came out.  No local date (they play philly twice) and 9/25 open.  I think they will be in the line-up.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on June 17, 2010, 05:34:10 pm
Hold Steady will be on the east coast with 9/25 open though...

Also Pollstar took down the Joan Jett date
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on June 17, 2010, 07:58:10 pm
Hold Steady will be on the east coast with 9/25 open though...

Also Pollstar took down the Joan Jett date

Off Joan Jett's site as well.   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on June 17, 2010, 10:19:10 pm
Matt and Kim's tour came out.  No local date (they play philly twice) and 9/25 open.  I think they will be in the line-up.


10/21/2010 Canal Club Richmond, not a bad place to see a show  ;D

The Canal Club? They seem kinda big for that. They may be able to do the Nat'l, no?

(hey, that show is on my bday. cool.)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DotTheEyes on June 18, 2010, 02:43:08 am
Anyone think there's a chance of the Strokes headlining one of the stages? They seem to be doing some festivals this year.

I hope so.  Very, very much.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Staralfur25 on June 18, 2010, 03:54:35 am
get ze scissor sisters   :-*

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: jeffml on June 18, 2010, 07:11:23 pm
Okay Bruno

get ze scissor sisters   :-*


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: rich_WDC on June 21, 2010, 01:18:36 pm
There needs to be a good concept for pavilion seating for the fest.   Admittedly, I did not see firsthand how the seating was done last year, 'cause it appeared to be a clusterfuck, with lines that seemingly did not move, and no noticeable directions on how to navigate it all.   (If I missed any easy access or instructions, then my bad)
I'm thinking of perhaps color-coded sections in the pavilion.   Ya get a wristband upon entry (or upon request, since there's a bunch of the crowd that won't care about pavilion access), mostly randomized, even, for seat quality.      Fans and ushers can easily figure out GA areas, without reserved seating or firstcome firstserved lines.        Better yet:  some tradeable concept since there'll definitely be bands I won't want/need to see relatively upclose but some I do.   
The plan definitely does not need to be done for the onsale....should be an onsite procedure.
Can boardies come up with a decent and fair concept?   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on June 21, 2010, 01:38:31 pm
Pavillion wristbands for 9:30 board members, general admission for all others.


There needs to be a good concept for pavilion seating for the fest.   Admittedly, I did not see firsthand how the seating was done last year, 'cause it appeared to be a clusterfuck, with lines that seemingly did not move, and no noticeable directions on how to navigate it all.   (If I missed any easy access or instructions, then my bad)
I'm thinking of perhaps color-coded sections in the pavilion.   Ya get a wristband upon entry (or upon request, since there's a bunch of the crowd that won't care about pavilion access), mostly randomized, even, for seat quality.      Fans and ushers can easily figure out GA areas, without reserved seating or firstcome firstserved lines.        Better yet:  some tradeable concept since there'll definitely be bands I won't want/need to see relatively upclose but some I do.   
The plan definitely does not need to be done for the onsale....should be an onsite procedure.
Can boardies come up with a decent and fair concept?   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on June 21, 2010, 01:41:21 pm
Admittedly, I did not see firsthand how the seating was done last year, 'cause it appeared to be a clusterfuck, with lines that seemingly did not move, and no noticeable directions on how to navigate it all.    
Dude, it's a festival, walk around. It's not like MPP is fucking massive or anything compared to other festivals.

+ it's a free festival, who wants to pay for a free festival?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on June 21, 2010, 02:04:24 pm
So correct me if I'm wrong... but you get a random wristband telling you how good your seats are? So you could randomly get seats in the back of the pavilion and be stuck there all day even if you want to move up? That sounds like it would cause more problems. People will start selling the wristbands etc. People will complain that they randomly got screwed with a bad spot. People who were planning to meet up could get different color wristbands. Not to mention if this is advertised some people will walk into the festival with every color wristband in their pocket so no matter what they get in the good section etc. This was just off the top of my head too.

I agree that the pavilion can get a bit hairy... but wristbands just seem like more trouble than their worth. Sorry if I came on a bit harsh.


I took one look at the pavilion and decided to just stick to the other stage all day last year and I had a blast.

There needs to be a good concept for pavilion seating for the fest.   Admittedly, I did not see firsthand how the seating was done last year, 'cause it appeared to be a clusterfuck, with lines that seemingly did not move, and no noticeable directions on how to navigate it all.   (If I missed any easy access or instructions, then my bad)
I'm thinking of perhaps color-coded sections in the pavilion.   Ya get a wristband upon entry (or upon request, since there's a bunch of the crowd that won't care about pavilion access), mostly randomized, even, for seat quality.      Fans and ushers can easily figure out GA areas, without reserved seating or firstcome firstserved lines.        Better yet:  some tradeable concept since there'll definitely be bands I won't want/need to see relatively upclose but some I do.   
The plan definitely does not need to be done for the onsale....should be an onsite procedure.
Can boardies come up with a decent and fair concept?   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on June 21, 2010, 02:16:14 pm
we got to free fest on the early side last year, and were able to grab decent seats in the pavilion.  we didn't want to spend the day there since there was so much else to see and do, so when we left others who had been waiting behind us moved in.  the show went on.

we got to lollapalooza on the early side the previous, and were able to grab decent spots at the north main stage.  we didn't want to spend the day there since there was so much else to see and do, so when we left others who had been waiting behind us moved in.  the show went on.

you want, you wait.  it's not like you can walk up to the front row of any other festival.  see how that works? 

you're welcome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on June 22, 2010, 09:27:09 am
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on June 22, 2010, 09:36:07 am
It's a free festival. A FREE FESTIVAL, get over it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on June 22, 2010, 09:40:01 am
Your music taste is crap.


I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on June 22, 2010, 10:41:28 am
Dude, you weren't in the pit at Blink? What were you watching The National? Pussy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on June 22, 2010, 11:35:45 am
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on June 22, 2010, 12:37:51 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.

wouldn't it be funny if those bands are actually at freefest?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on June 22, 2010, 01:07:22 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

I wasn't in the pavillion the entire day.   Second stage was where it was at.  I hope we don't get Pearl Jam or Soundgarden so there won't be a bunch of  douches anyway.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on June 22, 2010, 01:11:26 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.

wouldn't it be funny if those bands are actually at freefest?  ;D

lol.  the board gods/festival goddesses would be demonstrating a keen sense of humor.

I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

I wasn't in the pavillion the entire day.   Second stage was where it was at.  I hope we don't get Pearl Jam or Soundgarden so there won't be a bunch of  douches anyway.

on the other hand, having SG or PJ on the main stage = less people at the second stage, which as you pointed out is where is was at last year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on June 22, 2010, 03:31:40 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

I wasn't in the pavillion the entire day.   Second stage was where it was at.  I hope we don't get Pearl Jam or Soundgarden so there won't be a bunch of  douches anyway.
If Nickelback doesn't headline Free Fest I'll lose all faith in Seth. Forever.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: rich_WDC on June 22, 2010, 04:57:46 pm
Pavilion Seating:  My "wristband" concept certainly ain't perfect but was meant just as much to solicit suggestions from the enhanced geniusness that is the Forum as it was meant to be new festival policy.     
I understand the beauty of walking-around and taking in the festivalness aspect of the fest.   Remember, though, that the setup at MPP is different than Lolla, etc (or at Preakness site where this  fest should be if it were not free....) -- there's concrete and permanent seating, plus lots of out-of-sun seating upfront which brings on a different vibe and flow.
I also understand the "ya-gotta-do-what-ya-gotta-do" idea, as in if you really really want to be upfront for the band at 7pm, then you should get out there at 11a and just wait out the day.  (But then you miss so much else of course)
And I understand the "free" aspect.   
I'm just assuming that I.M.P. will provide toilets that flush and that they won't take out the fantastic lawn sculptures just because it's a free fest.   Similarly, if they're gonna provide traffic control and policy/procedure for pavilion access, then I posit there is p-o-s-s-i-b-l-y a better system then the lines last year.
Anyone with good fan-pleasing and venue-manageable ideas?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blinkboy on June 22, 2010, 05:14:40 pm
i loved it last year.....everyone was fighting over on the main stage to see the bands i didnt want to see while i got to see all the ones i wanted in a lovely atmosphere on stage two.

  i like the Mainstream stage / Less Mainstream stage idea :)

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on June 22, 2010, 07:53:14 pm
Pavilion Seating:  My "wristband" concept certainly ain't perfect but was meant just as much to solicit suggestions from the enhanced geniusness that is the Forum as it was meant to be new festival policy.     
I understand the beauty of walking-around and taking in the festivalness aspect of the fest.   Remember, though, that the setup at MPP is different than Lolla, etc (or at Preakness site where this  fest should be if it were not free....) -- there's concrete and permanent seating, plus lots of out-of-sun seating upfront which brings on a different vibe and flow.
I also understand the "ya-gotta-do-what-ya-gotta-do" idea, as in if you really really want to be upfront for the band at 7pm, then you should get out there at 11a and just wait out the day.  (But then you miss so much else of course)
And I understand the "free" aspect.   
I'm just assuming that I.M.P. will provide toilets that flush and that they won't take out the fantastic lawn sculptures just because it's a free fest.   Similarly, if they're gonna provide traffic control and policy/procedure for pavilion access, then I posit there is p-o-s-s-i-b-l-y a better system then the lines last year.
Anyone with good fan-pleasing and venue-manageable ideas?

Really how close can you get for the headliners at Lolla?  Last year I was a mile even for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  I mean if they do the wristband thing odds are you won't get one and you will have zero time in the pavilion.  And there will people like me who have a wristband who might only want to see one mainstage band and the rest of the time my seat would be empty.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on June 23, 2010, 02:04:54 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.

Trust me I always get the tickets and/or the ticket section I want.  I pay attention and get through ticketmaster or any ticket agency either ticketfly, artist presale tickets via another site etc. thats selling tickets.  Trust me I'm way ahead of the game.  I'm not here to stop trouble but if you ask me you shall receive my answer.  Usually the truth isn't nice.  It's true and can be validated.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on June 23, 2010, 02:08:19 pm
Firebutt McGee made it from 2 miles away to close to the front 10 minutes prior to YYYs hitting the stage. LOL!


Really how close can you get for the headliners at Lolla?  Last year I was a mile even for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.    
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on June 23, 2010, 02:10:00 pm
Guys, can we all just trust this guy?  Please?

I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.

Trust me I always get the tickets and/or the ticket section I want.  I pay attention and get through ticketmaster or any ticket agency either ticketfly, artist presale tickets via another site etc. thats selling tickets.  Trust me I'm way ahead of the game.  I'm not here to stop trouble but if you ask me you shall receive my answer.  Usually the truth isn't nice.  It's true and can be validated.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on June 23, 2010, 02:26:39 pm
I think it was crap to wait during all of Weezers set to get into the pavilion.  Then after they were done I was allowed into the pavilion.  That was crap.  What if you got to take a piss and you are with your friends?  You have to wait and be penalized/punish to wait or go to concessions?  Screw that.  I was able to get into the pit and move all the way to the second row in the pit during Blink.  How about giving out reserved seats, GA Pit, and Lawn this year to Free Fest ticket buyers?  I want to move and use the facility.  Right now I rather go to Epiccenter 2010 and see Kiss, Eminem and Bush Reunion if Virgin Fest can't bring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, or any other big band.

you really come across like a spoiled, whiny little kid.  if they do hand out lawn/pav/pit tix for freefest, how much will you bitch when you don't get a pit ticket?

please, go to your kiss/eminem/bush suck-fest.  freefest won't miss you.

Trust me I always get the tickets and/or the ticket section I want.  I pay attention and get through ticketmaster or any ticket agency either ticketfly, artist presale tickets via another site etc. thats selling tickets.  Trust me I'm way ahead of the game.  I'm not here to stop trouble but if you ask me you shall receive my answer.  Usually the truth isn't nice.  It's true and can be validated.

The whole thing you forget it's a free festival.  No one (at IMP, people on this board, KISS, etc. etc) cares whether you go to Free Fest or not.  If you don't go there will be 1000 people in your place ready to have a great time for free.  I never went inside the pavillion and had a great time.  You seem to feel like you are owed something.  It is free you should be happy with that.  There was hardly anyone at Franz Ferdinand and you could go to the facilities anytime you wanted.   The Karoake stage was super cool.   Dance Stage was fun.  Stop worrying about whether you are in the front row and just enjoy life. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 15, 2010, 02:02:54 pm
announcement soon?  http://twitter.com/VirginFestival
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 15, 2010, 04:16:23 pm
For me last year the second stage was also where it was at.. hope its the same this year.....

I caught some of Weezer while having a beer at the bar and then a little from lawn...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 16, 2010, 11:11:43 am
searched twitter and saw this "in studio for @virginfestival #freefestsessions w/ rival schools! amazing... so psyched for the new album"
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on July 18, 2010, 10:43:58 am
Expect Pavement to play Virgin Free Fest.  Other possibilities Soundgarden, Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 18, 2010, 11:06:40 am
Other possibilities  Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.

None of those acts sound like A-list material. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on July 18, 2010, 11:14:49 am
Or "good."  As in "none of those acts sound."

Other possibilities  Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.

None of those acts sound like A-list material. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 18, 2010, 01:03:38 pm
Are you sure that's not a DC101 event?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 18, 2010, 02:48:32 pm
searched twitter and saw this "in studio for @virginfestival #freefestsessions w/ rival schools! amazing... so psyched for the new album"
Nice, I really enjoyed them at Ottobar earlier this year.  They only played two new songs, and both were very good. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 18, 2010, 06:24:45 pm
Expect Pavement to play Virgin Free Fest.  Other possibilities Soundgarden, Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.

Buckcherry and 3 days are in Hershey that day (thank God... Nickelback headlining would be...), A day to remember and Rise Against in Cali the next day for Epicenter, Mastodon is in NJ.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 18, 2010, 07:03:08 pm
Sonic Youth is free that day.  How about Sonic Youth --> LCD Soundsystem --> Pavement

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 18, 2010, 11:00:10 pm
V-fest has been too mainstream to pull off something that awesome.

That'd be a cool stage 2 lineup though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 18, 2010, 11:15:59 pm
2007 lineup
4:00-4:50 -- Peter Bjorn and John
5:30-6:30 -- LCD Soundsystem
7:15-8:15 -- TV on the Radio
8:45-10:00 -- Modest Mouse

And last year had St. Vincent, Hold Steady, National... it could happen.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on July 19, 2010, 12:33:06 am
Expect Pavement to play Virgin Free Fest.  Other possibilities Soundgarden, Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.

Buckcherry and 3 days are in Hershey that day (thank God... Nickelback headlining would be...), A day to remember and Rise Against in Cali the next day for Epicenter, Mastodon is in NJ.

Yes thats why its still possible.  They could play early in the day around Noon to 2 p.m. Buckcherry & 3 Days Grace and make their gig in Hershey (about an hour and 45 minutes away) and Mastodon Philly (2 hours).  Rise Against and A Day to Remember can still fly out and get rental equipment to play Virgin Festival.  AFI did it for the HFS Nutcrackers years back and other bands did it for the HFStival.  Gaslight Anthem we will know this week or next  because their announcing another USA tour.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 19, 2010, 12:33:48 am
Sonic Youth is free that day.  How about Sonic Youth --> LCD Soundsystem --> Pavement

Ohh nice. I'd like that, especially if Faith No More were headlining the other stage opposite Pavement. :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 19, 2010, 01:39:15 am
If the ability to travel by airplane to the gig is an option I would say Matt & Kim are available to play.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 19, 2010, 09:29:19 am
do bands really want to play for an hour for free?  in this day and age, if i was a band with all the free stealing of music, i would say a big fuck you to that.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 19, 2010, 09:34:53 am
who says the bands play for free?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 19, 2010, 09:41:02 am
oh.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 19, 2010, 09:50:13 am
Expect Pavement to play Virgin Free Fest.  Other possibilities Soundgarden, Buckcherry, 3 Days Grace, A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem & Rise Against.
Hahahahahaha seriously?




Seriously? No Silverchair?

C'mon.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 19, 2010, 09:50:22 am
When they get paid, they get paid in music download tickets ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 19, 2010, 09:53:35 am
walkonby will 'play' for free.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 19, 2010, 10:00:31 am
walkonby will 'play' for free.

being paid for that type of play is . . . illegal.   ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 19, 2010, 10:01:23 am
that's one of the many things that makes freefest so amazing: the organizers are still paying the talent (and staph, and utilities, and taxes, etc).  they're just not collecting at the door.

sponsorships pays the bills, i believe - virgin obviously, i think kyocera was #2 last year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 19, 2010, 10:51:00 am
announcing lineup tomorrow at 11 am!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 19, 2010, 10:55:18 am
yep, just saw that on twitter...awesome!

http://virginmobileusa.marketwire.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=F4ABAEBA3A27ECD9&version=live&prid=642604&releasejsp=custom_124
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 19, 2010, 09:44:41 pm

why are there no leaks?!?!?  any guesses? gimme 3 guesses?

mine are:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 19, 2010, 09:58:22 pm
pavement doesn't even seem like a guess anymore.  if i was a bookie, i wouldn't be taking any bets on them.

i'd like to say soundgarden or FNM for the main stage headliner with pavement headlining the second stage.  leaning towards SG.

LCDSS is a solid guess as a #2 for the second stage.  always a bridesmaid....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 19, 2010, 10:11:13 pm
if LCD plays, I hope they still do a show at the club. Their performance in 2007 at Vfest was so underwhelming; the energy from their shows can really get lost in the open atmosphere. That and the crowd was lame as hell and barely moving.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 19, 2010, 10:45:41 pm
i'm afraid of having LCD back at the club: their last gig was deafening.  one of the loudest shows i've ever heard at the 930 (iggy and the stooges being the loudest i've experienced).

hum... i feel a new thread coming on (http://www.930.com/forum/index.php?topic=20569).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 19, 2010, 10:51:51 pm
Just wondering... but has there been any real evidence of Pavement or do people just randomly guess it a lot... I see the same thing on the Bonnaroo and Coachella forums all the time where the same people guess like U2 or Neil Young or something again and again until it becomes a foregone conclusion.


Edit: I'm guessing its because there's no date and people can't imagine they skip it... but is there anything else?

My random pick/wish is Gaslight Anthem. Also Joan Jett was on pollstar awhile back.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 20, 2010, 12:46:34 am
My guesses (some obvious, some educated, some wishlist):
MAIN: Soundgarden, The Strokes/Julian Casablancas, Joan Jett, Raphael Saadiq, Rival Schools
SECOND: Pavement, LCD Soundsystem, Ween, Temper Trap, Mayer Hawthorne
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 20, 2010, 12:54:08 am
that second stage line-up looks a little too stacked, but i'd be REALLY pleased with it.  i might go catch some strokes, but otherwise i'd be camped out all day at stage #2.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 01:32:16 am
based on their tour schedule:

Sept 21-24 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle

Either they will play Freefest or the 25th is their day off/travel day. I mean, if they played Freefest, that would be 6 shows in a row...that's just insane.

Just wondering... but has there been any real evidence of Pavement or do people just randomly guess it a lot...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 01:35:00 am
based on their tour schedule, the Gaslight Anthem is a strong possibility...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 20, 2010, 07:53:00 am
1. Joan Jett
2. Crappy 90's band (Pavement, FNM, Soundgarden could all fit this bill)
3. Something WARPED tour-esque, for the kids




why are there no leaks?!?!?  any guesses? gimme 3 guesses?

mine are:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 08:19:05 am

My out-of-left-field choice is Gorillaz.  They're playing Dublin the Wednesday before.

Big show...Albarn's Virgin connections...Good headliner (Look, members of THE CLASH!).

Gorillaz, Pavement, Strokes.  My guesses.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: set1914 on July 20, 2010, 08:43:19 am
I am hoping that the Violator (Lou) puts the band together (Motley Lou) and plays.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 09:09:10 am
I am hoping that the Violator (Lou) puts the band together (Motley Lou) and plays.

I really hate Apatow/Seth Rogan/Russell Brand/Jonah Hill/"they're comedic GENIUSES"-type of comedies.  So, I thoroughly enjoyed that one.  I bet it's even better in extended/uncensored form.

"One little change has a ripple effect and it effects everything else. Like a butterfly floats its wings and Tokyo explodes or there's a tsunami, in like, you know, somewhere."
"Yes, exactly. You step on the bug and the f****** internet is never invented."
"Oh, then you'll have to talk to girls with your mouth."
"Yeah. No. I was more concerned about bigger consequences like not being born."
"Yeah. No. I don't care about that."

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 20, 2010, 09:16:01 am
Maybe they will get Kevin Shields to crawl back out of the hole he seems to have crawled back into?


Yeah, wishful thinking.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on July 20, 2010, 09:25:14 am

why are there no leaks?!?!?  any guesses? gimme 3 guesses?

mine are:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings


No one is too close to the action going down.  Pavement was supposed to play in DC September 25.  Dunno what happened but I see them at Virgin Fest.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 09:27:42 am
Maybe they will get Kevin Shields to crawl back out of the hole he seems to have crawled back into?


Yeah, wishful thinking.


They don't let him out in public anymore since he performed "Bomb the Pentagon" at the club mere months before 9/11.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 20, 2010, 09:28:03 am
Phoenix
Morcheeba
Crowded House

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: ggw on July 20, 2010, 09:52:00 am
STP
Slash
The Alarm
Belle + Sebastien
Temper Trap
Kings of Leon
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 20, 2010, 09:53:10 am
B&S are playing DAR around that time, no?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on July 20, 2010, 09:54:55 am
T O O L
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 10:02:02 am
T O O L

Speaking of which, I'm pumped that Richard Branson is announcing the line-up:

"Hello, darlings...I'm coming to you now from Virgin Airship I, the Virgin space shuttle.  We're just finishing our final approach and are about to land on The Mall in Washington.  WATCH OUT FOR THAT MONUMENT!  Kidding, I'm kidding.  Get the champagne ready, Rico!..."

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 20, 2010, 10:14:21 am
They can  replace the DJ stage with a line-up of artists from HammondBeat, Tru Thoughts, Truth and Soul, Daptone Records, etc labels.  Since, quite frankly the Retro Funk scene is the only one happening at the moment. And of course let me DJ between act  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 20, 2010, 10:25:40 am
^I like this idea.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 10:44:48 am
Stream is up on the site! 15 minutes to go.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 20, 2010, 10:45:42 am
1. Joan Jett
2. Crappy 90's band (Pavement, FNM, Soundgarden could all fit this bill)
3. Something WARPED tour-esque, for the kids




why are there no leaks?!?!?  any guesses? gimme 3 guesses?

mine are:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings


aren't you the guy that was the total asshole about the free 30th Anniversary show?

you know, I have never censored or banned anyone in the entire history of this forum

you might be the first
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mdh9857 on July 20, 2010, 10:46:00 am
I'm pretty sure STP, Joan Jett, and Temper Trap are playing, and I'd bet they throw in Slash.

Phoenix is on the West Coast the day before.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 10:48:30 am
Do message board members get a pre-free ticket chance like the 30th anniversary or is it just the email-blast pre-sale?

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 10:53:33 am
I wanna see Temper Trap again just for the comedy. Dude's vocals make me laugh.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 20, 2010, 10:54:17 am
Geez, man no offense meant to YOU. I also said the 30th anninversary show lineup was good once i saw the whole lineup. And I raved about the actual show and the staff after attending.



I love, love, love Joan Jett.

I hate Pavement, FNM and Soundgarden. Just not my thing. I'm allowed to call them crappy if I don't like them, right? Please don't take it personally. If you booked all three of them, I wouldn't complain.

And though the WARPED thing is not my thing, it's not my thing because I'm closer to retirement age than I am being a teenager.

1. Joan Jett
2. Crappy 90's band (Pavement, FNM, Soundgarden could all fit this bill)
3. Something WARPED tour-esque, for the kids




why are there no leaks?!?!?  any guesses? gimme 3 guesses?

mine are:

Pavement
LCD Soundsystem
Sharon Jones & Dap Kings


aren't you the guy that was the total asshole about the free 30th Anniversary show?

you know, I have never censored or banned anyone in the entire history of this forum

you might be the first
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 10:56:14 am
Wow, Sethy is ticked off  :o  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 10:57:59 am
Wow, Sethy is ticked off  :o  ;D

Insulting free things isn't cool.  If it were 100 dollars I would say you could feel free but because it's no cost and you don't even know the line-up I would be happy that someone is doign this for us. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 20, 2010, 10:58:38 am
look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 20, 2010, 10:58:51 am
Do message board members get a pre-free ticket chance like the 30th anniversary or is it just the email-blast pre-sale?



Last year I think previous ticket buyers got an email. That allowed for 15 minutes (at least that because my friend got in late) or so to purchase you're tickets instead of like 90 seconds.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on July 20, 2010, 11:00:34 am
Seth is probably anxious, that's it...don't worry Seth, we'll love the line up no matter what   ::)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 11:00:45 am
what it changed to an hour and 59 minutees????? >:( ??? :'( :'(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:01:32 am
I didn't care about most of the bands last year, but ended up having a fantastic time. it was great to see the few bands I did care about seeing and to lounge around in the shade (and the bar) with friends.  As long as I am able to get tickets, I plan on going this year as well, regardless of the lineup.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 20, 2010, 11:02:07 am
Just what kind of place is this? Do tell.

look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 20, 2010, 11:04:05 am
Just what kind of place is this? Do tell.

look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.

rome.  now you know why the bible was written.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 11:06:53 am

I CAN'T STAND THE ANTICIPA-  Wait.  Has Lindsay shown up at the jail?

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 11:09:26 am
Ugh, I'm so jealous of Richard Branson's life.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 20, 2010, 11:09:53 am
Branson on this 'Virgin Mobile Live" about to announce, but telling about his FABULOUS vacation and life first (kite surfing, tennis, etc.).

http://virginmobilefestival.com/#/home/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 11:11:24 am
MIA
Pavemnt
Ludacris
LCD
TI
Joan Jett
Chromeo
Thivery Corp
Matt and Kim
Jimmy eat world
temper trap
yesayer
Neon Indian

Missed 2 towards the end
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 20, 2010, 11:12:35 am
MIA, Pavement, Ludacris, LCD Sounsystem, T.I., Joan Jett, Chromia, Theivery Corp, Jimmy Eat World, Matt & Kim, Yeasayer, Mode Selector (?).  I missed one...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 20, 2010, 11:13:41 am
Very excited about LCD and Pavement.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:16:10 am
thanks Seth!  ;D
great lineup!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 11:16:47 am
MIA
Pavemnt
Ludacris
LCD
TI
Joan Jett
Chromeo
Thivery Corp
Matt and Kim
Jimmy eat world
temper trap
yesayer
Neon Indian

Missed 2 towards the end

I got 4 right.  I thought Yeasayer was doing something that date.  I thought they would a whartscape suprise.

Anyway amazing  line-up.  Good job Seth.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:17:16 am
fantastic lineup ..and for free! Thanks Seth!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:17:26 am
SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jerrinna on July 20, 2010, 11:19:23 am
Really fun lineup Seth!  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:19:29 am
they will sell VIP seating....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:19:40 am
tickets on sale at 10am this saturday
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: MonkeyPants on July 20, 2010, 11:20:40 am
I wanna see Temper Trap again just for the comedy. Dude's vocals make me laugh.

You LOVE The Temper Trap
AND Sleigh Bells!

 :-*

Great lineup.  But I hope MIA doesn't suck as much as her new album does.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:21:39 am
omg Die Antwoord hahahahhaha
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:21:46 am
 MIA has never been a good live act. Lower your expectations, monkeypants.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on July 20, 2010, 11:22:12 am
Impressive, missed T O O L on the lineup though  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on July 20, 2010, 11:22:26 am
Do message board members get a pre-free ticket chance like the 30th anniversary or is it just the email-blast pre-sale?


As one who hasn't yet attended the fest might I add a pretty-please to this request?  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 11:22:40 am
I'm listening to WTMD right now.

They're saying Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes too. We all missed that one.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: slappy on July 20, 2010, 11:25:02 am
look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.
Newsflash!!! This is the 9:30 club/IMP board! Seth pays the bills for the site.
It's not a publicly owned/operated site.
If I was in your house and said your beer tastes worse than your mom's twat, it's not censorship to kick me out.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:25:48 am
Trombone Shorty as well (they are all up on the official site)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mdh9857 on July 20, 2010, 11:25:59 am
Thanks Seth, should be fun!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 20, 2010, 11:26:34 am
Awesome lineup in that I really want to see Pavement again and LCD Soundsystem is on top of my list...

Well done..

I'm not sure how someone can be so dismissive of Pavement.. it may not be your thing but many people have been waiting for a DC show and having it be free is nice. ..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 11:28:32 am
Nice lineup Sethy!  ;D

Virgin Mobile customers and previous Virgin Mobile Festival ticket holders from the past four years will be invited via text and email to a private ?free-sale? (much like a pre-sale, except free) to be held Friday, July 23rd.

Because we have the luxury of giving away the tickets it becomes a privilege to book the most important acts out there,? said chairman of I.M.P. and Virgin Mobile FreeFest concert producer Seth Hurwitz. ?Our goal is simply to book the coolest bands we can. This year we?re breaking with the traditional format of monster headliner trickling down to baby bands, and instead we?re sprinkling fantastic acts all day long. It?s kind of like a festival on full-day shuffle.?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:30:46 am
Baltimore Sun reporting that there will be 30,000 tickets with some pavilion seats being sold for $125.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 11:31:39 am
Baltimore Sun reporting that there will be 30,000 tickets with some pavilion seats being sold for $125.

wowzers  :o, on the pavilion seats that is
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 20, 2010, 11:32:06 am
So are Sleighbells and Neon Indian in the dance tent?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:32:40 am
"The $125 tickets will guarantee patrons a seat in the pavilion, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit charity. The rest will help fund the festival, Hurwitz said.

"Putting this many bands on for free is not exactly steeped in reality, but we're trying to make it work," he said.

Fans snapped up the nearly 35,000 tickets for last year's festival, which featured headliners Blink-182 and Weezer, in less than a half hour. And charity initiatives raised more than $80,000 and 30,000 volunteer hours to help battle youth homelessness and other local programs."

I have no problems with this
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 11:32:49 am
So are Sleighbells and Neon Indian in the dance tent?

yup djing I think  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: ggw on July 20, 2010, 11:36:20 am
SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!

Worst. Band. Ever.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 11:37:19 am
SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!

Worst. Band. Ever.

Actually they are incredible live. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: imbecile on July 20, 2010, 11:37:42 am
SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!

Worst. Band. Ever.

Hmm.. maybe worst live band.  They're RNRH show not long ago was a turd from beginning to end.  I do still dig their album on occasion though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 20, 2010, 11:38:18 am
I'm listening to WTMD right now.

They're saying Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes too. We all missed that one.
They were added AFTER Branson's announcement.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:42:50 am
haven't seen them. im sure they will be good for one or two songs  ;D

SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!

Worst. Band. Ever.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 11:44:03 am
presales on friday
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnnyBaconbitz on July 20, 2010, 11:46:10 am
Pavement and LCD at the top of the bill is as close to perfect as you can get.

I'm pulling the trigger on the the reserve tickets and I'm not looking back....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 11:46:16 am
I have to hand it to Seth this line-up is crazy good.  I am so happy.  Really I skipped Lolla this year and was sad about missing Edward Sharp and Matt and Kim.   I was supposed to go to pitchfork but relationship problems led to me going home before the festival and now I get to see LCD, Pavement, and Neon Indian anyway.   Plus seeing Yeasayer, MIA, and Sleigh Bells again is wonderful as well.


 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 20, 2010, 11:47:25 am
I didn't care about most of the bands last year, but ended up having a fantastic time. it was great to see the few bands I did care about seeing and to lounge around in the shade (and the bar) with friends.  As long as I am able to get tickets, I plan on going this year as well, regardless of the lineup.

^2

thanks, seth & everyone at IMP!  i'm looking forward to another delightful day of music in symphony woods.

MIA has never been a good live act. Lower your expectations, monkeypants.

agreed, MIA does nothing for me but i'm not in to her music either.  last time i saw her, at vegoose, the fans seem to be eating it up and dancing up a storm.  plus, she had this ridiculously HAWT black backup singing who was wearing a skin-tight silver suit and shakin' it like nobody's biznatch.  almost made it bearable for me.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 11:51:36 am
Thanks to everyone who made this festival happen!

I'm really glad Seth and company decided to focus on a ton of solid bands instead of focusing on a few really big names.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 11:53:43 am

I doubt they will play in the pavillion  ::)

Pavement and LCD at the top of the bill is as close to perfect as you can get.

I'm pulling the trigger on the the reserve tickets and I'm not looking back....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on July 20, 2010, 11:56:48 am
So Seth...when's the forum presale?  I'm out of town on Saturday...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 20, 2010, 11:58:04 am
so who's on which stage?

gawd i hope LCD and pavement are the two headliners... that would be cruel.

maybe having a big-name puffball like blink-182 is a good idea.  ensures that you don't have to choose between headliners.


I doubt they will play in the pavillion  ::)

Pavement and LCD at the top of the bill is as close to perfect as you can get.

I'm pulling the trigger on the the reserve tickets and I'm not looking back....

so who will?  not sure that MIA is headliner material (although i hope she is, that way the choice is clear).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 20, 2010, 12:00:46 pm
Temper Trap = Bronski Beat 2010?

Just listening to some of these bands on myspace now...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 12:01:15 pm
I'm hoping MIA and Ludacris are in the pavillion...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 20, 2010, 12:02:29 pm
Pavement will probably go on opposite MIA.

Joe and I were just debating whether LCD will be on stage 1 or 2. I'm going with 1 prior to MIA.
He thinks they will go on before Pavement on 2 but I think LCD are a bigger draw than Pavement these days.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 20, 2010, 12:09:27 pm
Has everyone hated on MIA this much before? I thought she was amazing when I saw her at Sonar like 3 years ago, granted the videos Ive seen she isnt the best voice or anything, but I love her energy and her music is amazing, I cant WAIT to see her, I hope shes not on the fucken main stage. I missed the anouncement because I, hungover, whats the final?

OH and Chromeo
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: gaaaaaaaaah on July 20, 2010, 12:11:46 pm
http://virginmobilefestival.com/#/home/

Am I wrong in assuming that the bands on the left side of the screen are playing in the pavilion, and the bands on the right side are paying on the other stage? I just assumed they were laid out like that for a reason.

And the top of the left group says "Merriweather Post Pavilion" while the top of the right group says "and surrounding grounds."

Just a thought.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 20, 2010, 12:13:23 pm
MIA has never been a good live act. Lower your expectations, monkeypants.

They should just distribute Lynn Hirschberg masks to everyone.  That should get her fired up.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 20, 2010, 12:15:24 pm
i suspect we won't know mainstage vs. second stage until after tickets go on sale, which is a shame as it would affect my choice of buying tickets or not.

confirmation that luda + mia on mainstage = no need for paid tix.

Has everyone hated on MIA this much before? I thought she was amazing when I saw her at Sonar like 3 years ago, granted the videos Ive seen she isnt the best voice or anything, but I love her energy and her music is amazing, I cant WAIT to see her, I hope shes not on the fucken main stage. I missed the anouncement because I, hungover, whats the final?

OH and Chromeo

chromeo... i rest my case.

seriously tho, to me she's a worldbeat-flavored teenie bopper who has a little more cred because of her political rants.  i've never been able to take more than a few songs - her music simply isn't interesting, IMO.  yes, she's full of energy.  doesn't mean she's enjoyable.  6 year-olds after a few glasses of coca-cola are also full of energy, don't wanna see them run around on stage shouting either.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 20, 2010, 12:17:06 pm
she can't dance.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: ggw on July 20, 2010, 12:17:21 pm
SLEIGH BELLS!!!!!!

Worst. Band. Ever.

Actually they are incredible live. 

They play them on SiriusXMU all the time.  Every time I hear them I wonder whether they are going to give me the waterboarding or the battery terminals to the gonads next.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 20, 2010, 12:28:15 pm
http://virginmobilefestival.com/#/home/

Am I wrong in assuming that the bands on the left side of the screen are playing in the pavilion, and the bands on the right side are paying on the other stage? I just assumed they were laid out like that for a reason.

And the top of the left group says "Merriweather Post Pavilion" while the top of the right group says "and surrounding grounds."

Just a thought.

It was set up like that last year and I think it didn't make a difference. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Weezer and Blink were on opposite side.

Also MIA is probably the number one act on this bill. It seemed like Branson was reading the acts biggest to smallest. MIA was billed ahead of LCD Soundsystem at ACL.

Also I'm seeing on facebook people saying they got tickets already. Anyone able to confirm?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnnyBaconbitz on July 20, 2010, 12:29:17 pm
i suspect we won't know mainstage vs. second stage until after tickets go on sale, which is a shame as it would affect my choice of buying tickets or not.

Agreed...if Pavement and LCD are in the pavillion, I'm defintely buying the reserve tix.  If not, I might have to go GA.

I just hope that they're not playing opposite each other...that would suck.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 20, 2010, 12:30:24 pm
Will there only be pre-sale for those who want to get the 125$ tickets? Or will they do what they did last year and send out a password [which spread like effing wildfire]. I can't remember, did you need a credit card last year to order them? I remember everything was 0$ and then complaints came in about service charges or shipping methods? I'm just wondering because I remember getting the email with the pre-sale password. But if I don't I'd appreciate it very much that when/if does go out that I get a message! So excited about Vfest again! Woooo!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 20, 2010, 12:33:44 pm
Yup, you needed a credit card to pay for related charges.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 12:35:20 pm
Maybe this year they will do the presale passcode thing again, make sure we let James Ford know  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 12:38:17 pm
apparently the presale password for virgin mobile customers has already been emailed out to them.

also, from their twitter account "For those who are wanting the #FreeFest presale code...I highly suggest you "Like" Virgin Mobile Festival on Facebook. (*winkwink*)"
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 20, 2010, 12:38:26 pm
See I remember a big fuss about some fee you had to pay and Seth came on here saying they were looking into it because there was never supposed to be a fee. When I got my pair of tickets it was literally free, no extra or hidden fees and I know people who had the same happen and other who had to pay a small fee, I think it was like 2 or 3 dollars.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 12:39:23 pm
See I remember a big fuss about some fee you had to pay and Seth came on here saying they were looking into it because there was never supposed to be a fee. When I got my pair of tickets it was literally free, no extra or hidden fees and I know people who had the same happen and other who had to pay a small fee, I think it was like 2 or 3 dollars.

I think my fee for two tickets came out to 10 bucks.  This was for shipping as I didn't go pick them up from the box office.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on July 20, 2010, 12:39:59 pm
VirginFestival‎: For those who are wanting the #FreeFest presale code...I highly suggest you "Like" Virgin Mobile Festival on Facebook. (*winkwink*)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 20, 2010, 12:40:17 pm
I got mine shipped to me also, 0$
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 12:41:24 pm
VirginFestival‎: For those who are wanting the #FreeFest presale code...I highly suggest you "Like" Virgin Mobile Festival on Facebook. (*winkwink*)

I'm a rarity and don't use Facebook.  Care to pm me said wink wink  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 12:41:54 pm
I got mine shipped to me also, 0$

hmmm.... I'm pretty sure I was charged 10 bucks for some reason
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 20, 2010, 12:42:35 pm
VirginFestival‎: For those who are wanting the #FreeFest presale code...I highly suggest you "Like" Virgin Mobile Festival on Facebook. (*winkwink*)

I'm a rarity and don't use Facebook.  Care to pm me said wink wink  ;D

Hasn't been announced yet.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 20, 2010, 12:43:53 pm
I got mine shipped to me also, 0$

hmmm.... I'm pretty sure I was charged 10 bucks for some reason
Thats why I was blown away, I didnt think it would be compleetely free, but they were shipped to my house, and the tickets worked, and no extra fees
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 20, 2010, 12:50:11 pm
i think there was an option to pay $5 and have it donated to the homeless youth charity....but there was a bug in the system at first and some people got charged $5 regardless if they wanted to donate or not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 01:49:19 pm
look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.

you going to freefest walky??  I know there is no Phish or Widespread Panic, but there is Jimmy Eat World  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 02:25:19 pm
if someone finds a pre-sale password could they PM me?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 20, 2010, 02:44:16 pm
I was charged the $5 but it was eventually refunded.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 20, 2010, 06:40:51 pm
i like how noboby has commented on the fact that sethy blew up on james ford because he called alot of the bands announced before they were announced, in a demeaning way that was right on target.  god, that james ford is the reason i jerk off at night.

and if i had beer in my house that tasted like my mother's pussy . . . i'd call it "slappy's sloppy hair lip."
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 20, 2010, 06:45:31 pm
look at the minions bow down in fear of the mighty sethy.  how sad.  censorship or banning just because somebody has an opinion about something . . . just finally proved what kind of place this really is.  maybe we do need a fillmore.

you going to freefest walky??  I know there is no Phish or Widespread Panic, but there is Jimmy Eat World  ;D

somehow i think i have a moving target on me now.  if i show, sethy will aim the helicopter guns right at me . . . thinking a 'nam flashback would taste really good right about then.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 20, 2010, 07:14:28 pm
i like how noboby has commented on the fact that sethy blew up on james ford because he called alot of the bands announced before they were announced, in a demeaning way that was right on target.  god, that james ford is the reason i jerk off at night.

and if i had beer in my house that tasted like my mother's pussy . . . i'd call it "slappy's sloppy hair lip."

I think Sethy was confusing James Ford with Julian, or no?  Either way all that stuff was a few pages back so maybe a lot of people didn't see it  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: heather on July 20, 2010, 09:01:10 pm
deep breath, y'all.... let's deflate the situation with... the cutest cat pic EVER (http://dcist.com/2010/07/photo_of_the_day_july_20_2010.php).

i'm pretty excited about the line up.  thanks seth & all!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 20, 2010, 09:15:38 pm
i like how noboby has commented on the fact that sethy blew up on james ford because he called alot of the bands announced before they were announced, in a demeaning way that was right on target.  god, that james ford is the reason i jerk off at night.

and if i had beer in my house that tasted like my mother's pussy . . . i'd call it "slappy's sloppy hair lip."

I think Sethy was confusing James Ford with Julian, or no?  Either way all that stuff was a few pages back so maybe a lot of people didn't see it  ;D

James Ford was criticizing the 30th anniversary line-up before he knew any of the bands.  He criticized the Virgin line-up before it was announced.  These are free shows.  Seth has a reason to be pissed.  It is like getting mad about your Christmas presents before you even get them. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 20, 2010, 09:16:34 pm
deep breath, y'all.... let's deflate the situation with... the cutest cat pic EVER (http://dcist.com/2010/07/photo_of_the_day_july_20_2010.php).

i'm pretty excited about the line up.  thanks seth & all!

cute?  yes.  cutest ever?  no.  

that would be this:

(http://imgur.com/4zEd4.jpg)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 21, 2010, 07:46:46 am
i like how noboby has commented on the fact that sethy blew up on james ford because he called alot of the bands announced before they were announced, in a demeaning way that was right on target.  god, that james ford is the reason i jerk off at night.

and if i had beer in my house that tasted like my mother's pussy . . . i'd call it "slappy's sloppy hair lip."

I think Sethy was confusing James Ford with Julian, or no?  Either way all that stuff was a few pages back so maybe a lot of people didn't see it  ;D

James Ford was criticizing the 30th anniversary line-up before he knew any of the bands.  He criticized the Virgin line-up before it was announced.  These are free shows.  Seth has a reason to be pissed.  It is like getting mad about your Christmas presents before you even get them. 

exactly

although more like getting mad about your presents in general

my dad always taught me "a gift is something you didn't have before"

I think I've weathered enough criticism here to prove I can handle that...but, actually, I didn't consider that an attack on me anyway
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 21, 2010, 07:54:55 am
I've been reading/posting on this board for over six years and James Ford has been nothing but a condescending prick on here for as long as I can remember. That seems to be his only purpose. Oh yeah, he's fluffed Jeff Tweedy a couple times too I guess.

One would have thought that he would've learned something from his brief exile but I guess not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 21, 2010, 08:40:32 am
REgarding my 30th anniversary show comment...

It was made in response to someone who was saying they were sick of all the talk of the final episode of LOST. I was basically responding that I was sick of all of the endless speculation regarding the 30th anniversary show. If Person A hadn't condescendingly shitted on LOST fans, I wouldn't have responded with my smartass comment.

Regarding my prediction of this year's Virgin Fest lineup. Get over yourself. Countless people on this board have made insulting predictions in the last year regarding this year's lineup. As many have made equally insulting comments about last years lineup. Moreover, I have stated numerous times that I actually thought last year's lineup was a good lineup, and that I enjoyed the day. My comment predicting "some crappy 90's band like Pavement, Soundgarden, or FNM" reflects my distaste for the "alternative/indie" music of that era. If anyone takes that as condescending or as an insult, then they're pretty thin skinned.

As for this years lineup, very little appeals to me, but I'm sure the indie hipsters are singing it's praises.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 21, 2010, 09:08:55 am

Seth Hurwitz's response to James Ford.

Spiral Stairs' response to Pitchfork.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/mystery-solved-why-pavements-scott-kannberg-is-pissed-at-pitchfork.html (http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/mystery-solved-why-pavements-scott-kannberg-is-pissed-at-pitchfork.html)

Compare/Contrast.

For the record, I think the Virgin Freefest is a lovely idea and am thankful to Mr. Hurwitz, et al for providing the opportunity to expose some new music.  It is much appreciated and I actually really like Merriweather Post Pavillion.  Even the parking.  But then, I'm a lot more rural.

However, in a not-seeing-the-forest-for-the-trees moment, I think you're crazy if you think (to the general public) the two artists that people most want to see are Pavement and LCD.  A free concert with Ludacris and T.I.?

I don't have a cell phone or have attended in the past so I think I will try to get tickets Saturday morning with the great, unwashed masses.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 21, 2010, 10:11:22 am

Seth Hurwitz's response to James Ford.

Spiral Stairs' response to Pitchfork.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/mystery-solved-why-pavements-scott-kannberg-is-pissed-at-pitchfork.html (http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/07/mystery-solved-why-pavements-scott-kannberg-is-pissed-at-pitchfork.html)

Compare/Contrast.

For the record, I think the Virgin Freefest is a lovely idea and am thankful to Mr. Hurwitz, et al for providing the opportunity to expose some new music.  It is much appreciated and I actually really like Merriweather Post Pavillion.  Even the parking.  But then, I'm a lot more rural.

However, in a not-seeing-the-forest-for-the-trees moment, I think you're crazy if you think (to the general public) the two artists that people most want to see are Pavement and LCD.  A free concert with Ludacris and T.I.?

I don't have a cell phone or have attended in the past so I think I will try to get tickets Saturday morning with the great, unwashed masses.

Brian

I guess I was stupid to assume Pavement would potentially be the headliner at this thing. Oh well, as long as there is a schedule announced I'll go up there for a free hour of Pavement.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 21, 2010, 10:24:02 am
I guess I was stupid to assume Pavement would potentially be the headliner at this thing. Oh well, as long as there is a schedule announced I'll go up there for a free hour of Pavement.

I'm sorry.  I didn't make myself clear.  I still think LCD Soundsystem and Pavement are the headliners.  They'll go on last and play the longest sets.

I was just trying to say that to the general public, a free, outdoor T.I. and Ludacris concert is more appealing than a free, outdoor LCD Soundsystem or Pavement concert.

Maybe it's a good thing.  The two audiences aren't that similar so maybe it'll be less crowded by the time Mr. Murphy and Mr. Malkmus take the stage.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 21, 2010, 10:39:23 am
Am I the only one who thinks Thievery Corporation will be a headliner?

They have headlined at MPP before, right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 21, 2010, 10:46:41 am
REgarding my 30th anniversary show comment...

It was made in response to someone who was saying they were sick of all the talk of the final episode of LOST. I was basically responding that I was sick of all of the endless speculation regarding the 30th anniversary show. If Person A hadn't condescendingly shitted on LOST fans, I wouldn't have responded with my smartass comment.

Regarding my prediction of this year's Virgin Fest lineup. Get over yourself. Countless people on this board have made insulting predictions in the last year regarding this year's lineup. As many have made equally insulting comments about last years lineup. Moreover, I have stated numerous times that I actually thought last year's lineup was a good lineup, and that I enjoyed the day. My comment predicting "some crappy 90's band like Pavement, Soundgarden, or FNM" reflects my distaste for the "alternative/indie" music of that era. If anyone takes that as condescending or as an insult, then they're pretty thin skinned.

As for this years lineup, very little appeals to me, but I'm sure the indie hipsters are singing it's praises.
This is gay. It's the internet, people. Fucking chill out.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 21, 2010, 10:48:56 am
I guess I was stupid to assume Pavement would potentially be the headliner at this thing. Oh well, as long as there is a schedule announced I'll go up there for a free hour of Pavement.

I'm sorry.  I didn't make myself clear.  I still think LCD Soundsystem and Pavement are the headliners.  They'll go on last and play the longest sets.

I was just trying to say that to the general public, a free, outdoor T.I. and Ludacris concert is more appealing than a free, outdoor LCD Soundsystem or Pavement concert.

Maybe it's a good thing.  The two audiences aren't that similar so maybe it'll be less crowded by the time Mr. Murphy and Mr. Malkmus take the stage.

Brian
This just doesn't make sense, Pavement might headline the 2nd stage, LCD will not headline the main stage. It's going to be MIA headlining the main stage, she has the world on her nuts and hasnt been in the area in almost 3 years, her old fans and everyone who heard about her a year ago are all going crazy because SHES going to be headlining. Take that to the money bank.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 21, 2010, 10:53:38 am
Does anyone think they could totally split up the acts so the more hipster/indie acts (sorry if I'm using a broad stereotype here) are all on one stage. They basically did that last year putting all the pop punk acts (Blink, Weezer, Jet, Bravery etc.) on one stage). A lot of times in the past the two biggest names on the bill were on the same stage (i.e. RHCP & Who in 06, Beastie and Police in '07, Weezer and Blink '09)

So the schedule could look something like this...

General Public Stage (Pavilion)
Jimmy Eat World 12-1
Joan Jett 130-230
TI 230-345
Thievery Corp 415-6
Ludacris 630-8
MIA 830-10


Indie Stage (Where West Stage was last year)
Temper Trap 12-1
Edward Sharpe 130-230
Yeasayer 3-415
Matt & Kim 445-6
LCD Soundsystem 630-8
Pavement 830-10


Feel free to debate times etc.... you probably know more than I do but I just thought that this sort of made sense.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 21, 2010, 10:54:37 am
Mainstage: Thievery, with MIA supporting
SEcond Stage: Pavement, with LCD supporting
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 21, 2010, 10:59:43 am
Am I the only one who thinks Thievery Corporation will be a headliner?

They have headlined at MPP before, right?

I think they played 930 last time they were in town though. Even though it was 4 nights or something, I'd expect MIA would be playing bigger venues. Pavement is doing at least some pavilions.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 21, 2010, 11:16:28 am
But Seth manages Thievery, and it would make good business sense to have them headline the mainstage.

Otherwise, I think your stage/time breakdowns sound pretty on the money.


Am I the only one who thinks Thievery Corporation will be a headliner?

They have headlined at MPP before, right?

I think they played 930 last time they were in town though. Even though it was 4 nights or something, I'd expect MIA would be playing bigger venues. Pavement is doing at least some pavilions.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 21, 2010, 11:22:05 am
Am I the only one who thinks Thievery Corporation will be a headliner?

They have headlined at MPP before, right?

thievery has headlined MPP.  i believe it was 2 years ago, frederico aubele --> ladytron --> TVotR -->
 TC.  really good show.  EDIT: link (http://www.yelp.com/events/columbia-outernational-festival---with-thievery-corporation-ladytron-tv-on-the-radio).  so while TC headlined, it was with the help of a strong lineup.  

i don't think TC will headline.  not with MIA around.  

I think they played 930 last time they were in town though. Even though it was 4 nights or something, I'd expect MIA would be playing bigger venues. Pavement is doing at least some pavilions.
 
"last time they were in town" - you do realize this IS their town, right? :)  they've been doing an annual  multi-night stand at the 930 for years now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 21, 2010, 11:32:58 am
Does anyone think they could totally split up the acts so the more hipster/indie acts (sorry if I'm using a broad stereotype here) are all on one stage. They basically did that last year putting all the pop punk acts (Blink, Weezer, Jet, Bravery etc.) on one stage). A lot of times in the past the two biggest names on the bill were on the same stage (i.e. RHCP & Who in 06, Beastie and Police in '07, Weezer and Blink '09)

So the schedule could look something like this...

General Public Stage (Pavilion)
Jimmy Eat World 12-1
Joan Jett 130-230
TI 230-345
Thievery Corp 415-6
Ludacris 630-8
MIA 830-10


Indie Stage (Where West Stage was last year)
Temper Trap 12-1
Edward Sharpe 130-230
Yeasayer 3-415
Matt & Kim 445-6
LCD Soundsystem 630-8
Pavement 830-10


Feel free to debate times etc.... you probably know more than I do but I just thought that this sort of made sense.
I can see this, I see Jimmy being later and Thievery possibly being stage 2 if not earlier on stage 1.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 21, 2010, 12:40:27 pm
MIAs new album is terrible.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 21, 2010, 12:54:27 pm
^Merzbow is in town the previous night. They should throw him into her set as a surprise guest. It may actually make her new shit palatable.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mdh9857 on July 21, 2010, 01:06:10 pm
I agree and think it will be 1st: MIA headline, Thievery Support and 2nd: Pavement Headline, LCD Support.  LCD makes a logical segue into Pavement and I think that could blow some people away.

Despite thinking she will, I personally just don't think MIA has the fanbase to headline the festival (especially after the dud of her new album).  Based on popularity and the audience who goes to FreeFest TI and Ludacris are going to have huge audiences during the day, kind of like Lil Wayne a few years ago.  It'll be interesting to see how much of the crowd stays around.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Arthwys on July 21, 2010, 01:16:42 pm
Just curious, has anyone who has attended V-fests before received any kind of pre-sale information?  I'm certainly not asking that it be posted publicly here.  I benefited from a pre-sale last year (having gone to '06 and '08 V-fests) but haven't seen anything pop into my email yet.  If anyone is feeling particularly generous I'd really appreciate a PM with the pre-sale details.   ;D

I think Jimmy Eat World will be a little bit later in the day, but agree with the sentiment that T.I. and Ludacris will be huge draws.  Overall a great lineup, thanks again Seth!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 21, 2010, 01:41:23 pm
i've been to several VFests in the past, including last year's freefest, and i haven't received anything about friday's presale.  i suspect we'll get it tomorrow (thursday).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 21, 2010, 01:42:30 pm
Blasts are usually sent out on Wednesday.
Bet it'll be in there.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 21, 2010, 02:04:41 pm
right, but i don't think this presale is for everyone on the blast list.  it's for former vfest attendees, isn't it?  i don't think the organizers want to send it out to everyone sub'ed to the blast, but i could be wrong.  i was thinking that presale info would be a special, one-time communication.

nevermind, now appears that this presale won't be that exclusive after all.  might still be in its own communication, but lots of people will get it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 21, 2010, 02:12:32 pm
Does anyone think they could totally split up the acts so the more hipster/indie acts (sorry if I'm using a broad stereotype here) are all on one stage. They basically did that last year putting all the pop punk acts (Blink, Weezer, Jet, Bravery etc.) on one stage). A lot of times in the past the two biggest names on the bill were on the same stage (i.e. RHCP & Who in 06, Beastie and Police in '07, Weezer and Blink '09)

So the schedule could look something like this...

General Public Stage (Pavilion)
Jimmy Eat World 12-1
Joan Jett 130-230
TI 230-345
Thievery Corp 415-6
Ludacris 630-8
MIA 830-10


Indie Stage (Where West Stage was last year)
Temper Trap 12-1
Edward Sharpe 130-230
Yeasayer 3-415
Matt & Kim 445-6
LCD Soundsystem 630-8
Pavement 830-10


Feel free to debate times etc.... you probably know more than I do but I just thought that this sort of made sense.

this lineup makes sense, if freefest was following tradition.  but seth has stated "This year we?re breaking with the traditional format of monster headliner trickling down to baby bands, and instead we?re sprinkling fantastic acts all day long. It?s kind of like a festival on full-day shuffle."

so the big names might not be at the end of the night.  that would be cool - makes leaving the venue easier since more people will be checking out before the last act finishes.  not that getting out of MPP is a big hassle.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 21, 2010, 02:46:01 pm
Yeah, you have a point re: the E-Mail.



Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 21, 2010, 02:46:33 pm

I don't want to be a killjoy, but MAYBE Pavement aren't headlining and will play a shorter set earlier in the day.  Only because, they are scheduled to headline four nights in a row prior in NYC and then the following night in Atlanta.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 21, 2010, 02:49:20 pm
doesn't anybody like to surprised anymore?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 21, 2010, 02:57:40 pm
This would be a huge buzzkill.
I have a work-related conference in DC and probably can't be out of there until 1 at the earliest.


I don't want to be a killjoy, but MAYBE Pavement aren't headlining and will play a shorter set earlier in the day.  Only because, they are scheduled to headline four nights in a row prior in NYC and then the following night in Atlanta.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 21, 2010, 03:33:10 pm
Hey, y'all.

Is it reasonable to assume that if I'm on on Saturday for the "Public Sale" exactly at 10 AM refreshing the browser and what not, guns at the ready, I will most likely manage to snag a pair of free tickets?

Those with experience from last year? I can't make the presale because of scheduling issues.

Stressing about this, since the line-up is so fantastic (although kind of Pitchfork Music Fest 2.0). It seems like the general public is less enthused about it -- maybe that'll mean less ticket rush?

Also, it'd be crazy if Pavement or LCD headlined Pavilion compared to TI/MIA/Ludacris/Thievery. I'd be real surprised. Anyway, I could chill in the Dance Forest for the whole day and be perfectly happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 21, 2010, 03:36:39 pm
Is it reasonable to assume that if I'm on on Saturday for the "Public Sale" exactly at 10 AM refreshing the browser and what not, guns at the ready, I will most likely manage to snag a pair of free tickets?

If you don't, don't sweat it because I'm going to get like 20 and I'll sell you some.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 21, 2010, 03:41:09 pm
Is it reasonable to assume that if I'm on on Saturday for the "Public Sale" exactly at 10 AM refreshing the browser and what not, guns at the ready, I will most likely manage to snag a pair of free tickets?

If you don't, don't sweat it because I'm going to get like 20 and I'll sell you some.

Yr probably trolling here, but there's a 2 ticket limit and they're non-transferable this year. Tied to your name/ID.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 21, 2010, 03:42:42 pm
You hold down a job?


This would be a huge buzzkill.
I have a work-related conference in DC and probably can't be out of there until 1 at the earliest.


I don't want to be a killjoy, but MAYBE Pavement aren't headlining and will play a shorter set earlier in the day.  Only because, they are scheduled to headline four nights in a row prior in NYC and then the following night in Atlanta.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 21, 2010, 03:49:06 pm
You hold down a job?


This would be a huge buzzkill.
I have a work-related conference in DC and probably can't be out of there until 1 at the earliest.


I don't want to be a killjoy, but MAYBE Pavement aren't headlining and will play a shorter set earlier in the day.  Only because, they are scheduled to headline four nights in a row prior in NYC and then the following night in Atlanta.

Brian


i wonder if he puts his fingers in the air, like forming quotations, after he says things at works, with his name?

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 21, 2010, 04:38:32 pm
The tickets sold out really quick last year. REALLY quick. Your best bet is to get one during the pre-sale.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on July 21, 2010, 04:52:43 pm
The tickets sold out really quick last year. REALLY quick. Your best bet is to get one during the pre-sale.



Can you really have a sold out show when the tickets are free?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 21, 2010, 04:54:54 pm
Yes... you do still have a limit to how many you can fit into the venue...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 21, 2010, 05:13:55 pm
The tickets sold out really quick last year. REALLY quick. Your best bet is to get one during the pre-sale.



Can you really have a sold out show when the tickets are free?
*sigh* Really?

How about "freed out"

Better?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 21, 2010, 05:19:03 pm
And a heads up -- last year you could only get TWO tickets.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: 10sweets on July 21, 2010, 05:22:55 pm
The tickets sold out really quick last year. REALLY quick. Your best bet is to get one during the pre-sale.



But last year had more bands that the general public and teenagers love (The amount of 14 year olds walking around in blink-182 shirts was ridiculous). Most of the artists this year aren't on the same level of popularity. That being said, people will buy tickets just to sell them second hand.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 21, 2010, 05:29:33 pm
Any word if they're doing paperless tickets this year? Hopefully that'll discourage a lot of scalpers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 21, 2010, 05:46:32 pm
This looks loads better than last years.  The Dance area could use some work.  Im not too familiar with Neon Indian or Sleigh Bells, but the songs I have heard from them make me wonder who will actually be "dancing" to them.

Im most excited at the moment for Die Antwoord.  I love that hard as fuck afrikaans flow.  Im also glad to finally be able to check off seeing Pavement, Edward Sharpe, MIA, Matt & Kim, and Yeasayer. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 21, 2010, 07:03:23 pm
This looks loads better than last years.  The Dance area could use some work.  Im not too familiar with Neon Indian or Sleigh Bells, but the songs I have heard from them make me wonder who will actually be "dancing" to them.

Im most excited at the moment for Die Antwoord.  I love that hard as fuck afrikaans flow.  Im also glad to finally be able to check off seeing Pavement, Edward Sharpe, MIA, Matt & Kim, and Yeasayer. 

Yeah, Neon Indian are a lil' sleepy but they're danceable. As for Sleigh Bells, reports of their live presence vary, but it's well-nigh impossible for a crowd not to dance/mosh/headband to their music. Don't worry, the "Dance Forest" has a glorious lineup and should be plenty dance-y.

Pumped for Die Antwoord as well -- only group I have seen is Yeasayer, and they're fantastic live.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 21, 2010, 09:41:20 pm
So anyone think the ticketfly website will go haywire on Friday for these freefest tickets??  Another Phish scenario?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 21, 2010, 11:22:49 pm
So anyone think the ticketfly website will go haywire on Friday for these freefest tickets??  Another Phish scenario?  ;D

if so, i'll call it bitter hipsters whining . . . .
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 12:09:39 am
So anyone think the ticketfly website will go haywire on Friday for these freefest tickets??  Another Phish scenario?  ;D

i'm afraid of this too, i was just thinking about that earlier today.  hopefully it will be will-call only, or paperless ticketing, or name printed on ticket, or SOMETHING to limit scalping.  if only people interested in attending are let through, the system will be fine.  but interested attendees + all the would-be scalpers (who will out-number the attendees several times) = phish part 2.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2010, 08:33:53 am
Do you think it would be worth it to go to the Merriweather box office on Saturday morning?  I live right down the street.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 08:35:57 am
I live right down the street.

woohoo!  freefest pre-party @ k8teebug's!!!

(i'd call first, or ask in the FAQ, to make sure the box office will be open saturday at 10 - if it will be, i'd go for it)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 22, 2010, 08:39:29 am
to do what?

Do you think it would be worth it to go to the Merriweather box office on Saturday morning?  I live right down the street.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2010, 08:45:02 am
They will be open. 

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2010, 08:45:45 am
I am going to be out in the field tomorrow, and I'm worried that they won't put the password on facebook until the morning...annoying.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 22, 2010, 08:51:42 am
I guess there won't be a special presale for the lovely members of the 930 club forum?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 08:54:23 am
I am going to be out in the field tomorrow, and I'm worried that they won't put the password on facebook until the morning...annoying.

as much as a last-minute posting would annoy you, it would do a lot to keep the password off blogs, e-mail lists, etc - i.e. keep the password from going "viral" (can't think of a better word... "public" just doesn't seem to cut it).  i think that a morning-of announcement of the password would be a good thing.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2010, 08:56:13 am
I hear ya, I am just sad I will miss the pre-sale.  My husband isn't on facebook, so he can't check there for it in the morning.  Not a big deal as long as we don't get shut out of tickets entirely.

I don't get too excited about many shows anymore, but this one I really don't want to miss.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 22, 2010, 09:00:12 am
a friend that has virgin mobile said they already sent them the presale password (same day as announcement). 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 22, 2010, 09:17:25 am
a friend that has virgin mobile said they already sent them the presale password (same day as announcement). 

Yeah, I've heard a rumor of what the password is, but I don't wanna post it here 1) just in case it's wrong and I'd mislead y'all and 2) I don't wanna contribute to its wildfire spread if it is real.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 22, 2010, 09:46:36 am
Any idea when the pre-free tickets go on free tomorrow?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 22, 2010, 11:30:11 am
Any idea when the pre-free tickets go on free tomorrow?

10 I think
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 22, 2010, 11:32:49 am
 :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on July 22, 2010, 11:45:08 am
Care to share?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 22, 2010, 12:29:32 pm
from twitter: Get @VM_Live to 250 followers they'll start the ticket contest for this year's #FreeFest! (although looks like they are past that number already)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 22, 2010, 02:28:23 pm
I got the email for the sale and password, what about everyone else???  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 22, 2010, 02:37:46 pm
I haven't yet... but I feel like last year I got it later than some boardies
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 22, 2010, 02:51:02 pm
Please note that Virgin Mobile FreeFest tickets will NOT be available at the 9:30 or Merriweather box offices. Tickets can only be secured online or over the phone through Ticketfly.

Do you think it would be worth it to go to the Merriweather box office on Saturday morning?  I live right down the street.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 22, 2010, 02:53:27 pm
I got the email for the sale and password, what about everyone else???  ;D

I haven't.  Could you PM me it please?  I will be your friend forever.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 22, 2010, 03:18:28 pm
K, no way I can read all these pages - what is the total amount of tickets I can obtain? Not trying to be greedy, just looking for two, maybe. atomic - check pm
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 22, 2010, 03:51:59 pm
2 according to the freefest facebook page.

Also if someone could pm me pass as well that would be awesome... although I should be getting the email (I'm on 930 listserv and have gone every year since 2007) I just want to make sure nothing happened.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 22, 2010, 04:06:53 pm
FYI I didn't receive the p-word from the 930 email blast, I mean technically I guess it's them...(and also I didn't see a blast from 930 yest/today)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mbg73 on July 22, 2010, 04:15:04 pm
Might be a no-brainer, but also check your spam folder.  I'm on gmail, and that's where the presale email ended up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on July 22, 2010, 04:19:24 pm
Not in my spam filter.  Bummer.  I'm on the road at 10AM tomorrow and really want to catch the Pavement in town...  If anyone can hit my inbox I'd be beyond grateful.  T
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 22, 2010, 04:24:12 pm
there was no blast last night, and the pword didn't come from 930.

FYI I didn't receive the p-word from the 930 email blast, I mean technically I guess it's them...(and also I didn't see a blast from 930 yest/today)

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 22, 2010, 04:31:52 pm
Anyone want to hook up a pre sale password?? 

PM please!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 04:38:37 pm
Hello 930 Clubbers!

Here is some more info about the Virgin FreeFest "sale."

Keep in mind that despite some of the press stating otherwise, tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the 9:30 Club or MPP box. However, Will Call orders will need to be picked up there pre-show. Sorry for any confusion.

Please let me know if you guys have more questions! This post also links to the Fest Facebook page, where they've got even more answers!

Thanks!

http://www.ticketfly.com/information-about-virgin-mobiles-freefest-2010/

- Amy  :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 22, 2010, 04:38:55 pm
I got the email for the sale and password, what about everyone else???  ;D
ffffrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr im gonna have to rummage through my hundreds of spam messages. Criiipes
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 22, 2010, 04:41:16 pm
I got the E-Blast which lists the regular public "sale" but no Virgin email.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 22, 2010, 04:41:50 pm
Actually...

Is there definitely a pre-sale even happening????

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on July 22, 2010, 04:43:00 pm
No, definitely not.  I wouldn't even try...waste of time  ;D

Actually...

Is there definitely a pre-sale even happening????


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 22, 2010, 04:43:15 pm
apparently to get the password EVEN IF you "bought" a ticket you had to indicate you wanted to be deluged with emails by Virgin Mobile...


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on July 22, 2010, 04:44:38 pm
Hey, two quick things, Amy.  Do you know when we'll know who's playing where?  Might affect my decision to pony up for the pavilion seats.  Also, do you only get a seat for $125 or is there additional VIP stuff like previous years?  Just curious.

Hello 930 Clubbers!

Here is some more info about the Virgin FreeFest "sale."

Keep in mind that despite some of the press stating otherwise, tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the 9:30 Club or MPP box. However, Will Call orders will need to be picked up there pre-show. Sorry for any confusion.

Please let me know if you guys have more questions! This post also links to the Fest Facebook page, where they've got even more answers!

Thanks!

http://www.ticketfly.com/information-about-virgin-mobiles-freefest-2010/

- Amy  :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 22, 2010, 04:47:06 pm
I will PM folks here -- I'll bet you get the email sometime today, but don't want anyone to panic or pass out.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 22, 2010, 04:52:27 pm
I will PM folks here -- I'll bet you get the email sometime today, but don't want anyone to panic or pass out.

Thank you kind sir/madam.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 22, 2010, 04:54:18 pm
That'd be Madame, Yada.  ;)

Nope, you didn't have to agree to be deluged with emails.  I attended last year, don't get emails, did sign up at the Freefest website, and got an email around noon today.  [A friend had gotten her email several hours earlier, so arrival can vary.]
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 04:54:49 pm
Hey nkotb- As far as we know now, the $125 will only include a guaranteed seat. However, there will also be an option to donate $30 to Re*Generation and get an exclusive backstage tour.

Thanks!

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 22, 2010, 04:55:29 pm
I got the E-Blast which lists the regular public "sale" but no Virgin email.

Just got this, and an email from the forum.

Thank you to that special someone! Made my day!  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: teepo on July 22, 2010, 04:56:02 pm
pass it along my way too thanks <3
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 22, 2010, 04:57:57 pm
His question was which of the bands are playing the pavilion and which ones are not...

It's a very critical question for those who want to spend money on the pavilion seats.

I highly doubt it can be answered at this point, however.

Hey nkotb- As far as we know now, the $125 will only include a guaranteed seat. However, there will also be an option to donate $30 to Re*Generation and get an exclusive backstage tour.

Thanks!

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 05:01:14 pm
And you....are correct! No word on schedules and stages yet.

His question was which of the bands are playing the pavilion and which ones are not...

It's a very critical question for those who want to spend money on the pavilion seats.

I highly doubt it can be answered at this point, however.

Hey nkotb- As far as we know now, the $125 will only include a guaranteed seat. However, there will also be an option to donate $30 to Re*Generation and get an exclusive backstage tour.

Thanks!

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 22, 2010, 05:01:22 pm
Boardies take care of each other!  [Remember when Lulu and Markie called us Loons...I miss them!]
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 22, 2010, 05:05:28 pm
His question was which of the bands are playing the pavilion and which ones are not...

It's a very critical question for those who want to spend money on the pavilion seats.

I highly doubt it can be answered at this point, however.

Hey nkotb- As far as we know now, the $125 will only include a guaranteed seat. However, there will also be an option to donate $30 to Re*Generation and get an exclusive backstage tour.

Thanks!

-Amy

I would assume TI, Ludicrous, MIA, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett in pavillion.  Probably Thievary Corp as well.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on July 22, 2010, 05:06:27 pm
Sniff...the first boardies I ever met.

Boardies take care of each other!  [Remember when Lulu and Markie called us Loons...I miss them!]
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: railK on July 22, 2010, 05:17:47 pm
I would really appreciate a presale password. Really appreciate it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bekessler on July 22, 2010, 05:20:33 pm
Presale password would be much appreciated via PM.

Thanks
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 22, 2010, 05:22:50 pm
Thanks, Bags, I too helped by passing it around before your PM, definitely cool that we can send group emails.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: redsock on July 22, 2010, 05:28:20 pm
I've been waiting it out, hoping I wasn't going to have to ask (or beg), but still nothing. Rather than bother folks after hours, El Tee or Bags, can you hook me up?

Much appreciated in advance.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 22, 2010, 05:28:39 pm
I still haven't got an email. If anyone could hook me up I would appreciate it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 22, 2010, 05:29:06 pm

I don't want to get all James Ford on everybody but isn't this what Seth was talking about in the "On Sale" thread?

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 05:31:31 pm
brian, i think there is a difference between sharing it among friends/regulars, and broadcasting it (for example, posting it directly on the board for everyone to see and make it searcheable).

seth is in favor of building community here.  sharing builds community.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 05:31:53 pm
Follow us for important tips!

http://twitter.com/ticketflydc/status/19284139738

 :D

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 22, 2010, 05:33:07 pm
If someone could shoot me the pre-sale PW I'd greatly appreciate it. Went to Freefest last year and look forward to another long day at second stage!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: redsock on July 22, 2010, 05:33:40 pm

I don't want to get all James Ford on everybody but isn't this what Seth was talking about in the "On Sale" thread?

Brian

And I went to VFest last year, so theoretically that means I should get the password. I don't feel bad asking for what may have been erroneously not sent to me.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 05:34:25 pm
By the way, guys- the Virgin Festival Facebook also has a lot of good info. They're being awesome about answering questions.

http://www.facebook.com/VirginMobileFestival

Especially this one:

"When the customer orders the ticket online, the purchaser will be asked to type in their full name. On the day of show, the purchaser will need to present their ID with the tickets so that we ensure that the person that ordered the ticket is the one USING the ticket while also accompanying their guest (who will use the second ticket with the purchasers' name on it).

In other words, you don't need to know the name of the lucky friend you'll be bringing, you'll just need to know your own name :)"
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 22, 2010, 05:35:38 pm
The difference is that this show has been officially announced. It's the unpublished, unannounced shows that we don't want links posted for on the forum.


I don't want to get all James Ford on everybody but isn't this what Seth was talking about in the "On Sale" thread?

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 22, 2010, 05:39:06 pm
Thanks, Amy -- good to know. 

I believe that PMing the presale info is vastly diff from posting links and info for 'general consumption.'  Of note, if I saw a request from someone who registered today with one post to his/her name, I would not PM them the info.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: aglanixp on July 22, 2010, 06:10:25 pm
Anyone care to share the pre sale password with me?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 22, 2010, 07:25:19 pm
they posted the password on their facebook page.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 22, 2010, 07:38:16 pm
Again, just too many details / pages to follow. Hey Amy, under "info" TM is listed as website.

Haggis - yep...lol so much for pre-freesale.

Question: is there a fee on top of the "free"/$5/$125?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 22, 2010, 07:50:19 pm
can anyone pm me the presale?  I got the email blast but do not see it listed... I promise i wont share it!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 22, 2010, 07:52:42 pm
Thanks sooooooooo much for letting us know. I will have them change it!

-Amy
Again, just too many details / pages to follow. Hey Amy, under "info" TM is listed as website.

Haggis - yep...lol so much for pre-freesale.

Question: is there a fee on top of the "free"/$5/$125?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 22, 2010, 08:06:15 pm
they posted the password on their facebook page.
i see, thanks. I need to read all comments before i post...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: 10sweets on July 22, 2010, 08:28:26 pm
As much as I'm interested in the music, I'm almost more interested in seeing how well this name attached to the ticket thing works out.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 22, 2010, 10:15:50 pm
can anybody pm me . . . just so i can be pmed.  i would love to know where to get great subs.  the kind like the ones that make you go all jerry horne from twin peaks when he lost it over the bagets.  there is this place in fairfax, but i don't know where or the name.  it's a deli that makes an italian sub worth me driving from where i live to get it.  or you can just attempt to overwhelm me with the best cat pictures you can find. 

all festivals, even free ones, are for some reason beyond the overwhelm of too much to see and attempt to hear.  i like one at a time . . . no matter what vas deferens says.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 11:15:25 pm
As much as I'm interested in the music, I'm almost more interested in seeing how well this name attached to the ticket thing works out.

hopefully it works as well as it did at the last NIN show i got presale tix to.  my name was printed on the tickets, and I had to show my ID to security on the way in.  they were serious about it: ID didn't match name on ticket, you weren't getting in.

i hope TF clearly prints on the ticket "ID MUST MATCH NAME PRINTED ON TICKET TO GAIN ENTRY".  i also hope staph enforce the ID-match requirement. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 22, 2010, 11:37:01 pm
or you can just attempt to overwhelm me with the best cat pictures you can find. 

better yet: aaaand another one's gone, and another's gone... (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/0352e7eefc/parrot-dances-to-another-one-bites-the-dust-from-that-happened)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 09:13:21 am
So Im at work, just checking to see if anything's up and after the little dude on the guitar gets taken away by the eagle its just that teal screen....anyone else having something load? Or is this blocked at my work now...cuz that wouldnt be cool.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 23, 2010, 09:15:32 am
it's paranoia.

So Im at work, just checking to see if anything's up and after the little dude on the guitar gets taken away by the eagle its just that teal screen....anyone else having something load? Or is this blocked at my work now...cuz that wouldnt be cool.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 09:21:35 am
it's paranoia.

So Im at work, just checking to see if anything's up and after the little dude on the guitar gets taken away by the eagle its just that teal screen....anyone else having something load? Or is this blocked at my work now...cuz that wouldnt be cool.
<_<

>_>

really?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 23, 2010, 09:56:12 am
site crashed already.  wonderful.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: teepo on July 23, 2010, 09:56:26 am
the ticket fly link isn't even working.

gl everyone
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on July 23, 2010, 09:57:19 am
Not Found

The requested URL /tickets/event-details/ was not found on this server.

It is ridiculous that a large amphitheatre is still using this mom and pop ticket site, especially after the Phish sale proved they cannot handle the demand
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 23, 2010, 09:57:38 am
Man, it's like TF didn't anticipate a massive amount of traffic.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 09:57:58 am
great, just great
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 23, 2010, 09:59:59 am
CRASH!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: MonkeyPants on July 23, 2010, 10:01:22 am
All of TicketFly seems to be down

Nice choice there of ticketing companies there ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lanemcf on July 23, 2010, 10:01:59 am
Incredible.  Brought down the entire site, not just the event page.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 10:03:06 am
WHy does IMP keep insisting on pushing this Ticketfly rock up a hill?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Driveway on July 23, 2010, 10:03:28 am
probably because they (likely) get a nice kick back.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 23, 2010, 10:03:34 am
Well that presale password must have spread like wildfire.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:04:01 am
this is worse then Phish
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 10:04:17 am
Page not found (error 404) -- can't get there at all.  Not even to ticketfly home page.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: jb1677 on July 23, 2010, 10:04:35 am
Mabye those ticketmaster fees go to making a website that doesn't die
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 23, 2010, 10:04:59 am
Posting it on their facebook page was a very, very bad idea. I've gotten like six mass e-mails since then with the pre-sale info.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 10:05:12 am
*sigh*
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 23, 2010, 10:05:37 am
I can get to the site, but the presale is not up.

lame.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 23, 2010, 10:05:50 am
"social networking piece"...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2010, 10:06:08 am
pur01

is what the plain tickfly.com site has up.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:06:20 am
if its this bad who was able to get in
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 23, 2010, 10:06:52 am
I wonder if during the actual on sale tomorrow if it will be easier to get a ticket. Probably anyone with a passing interest knows the password by now so everyone that is trying to get a ticket is trying right now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2010, 10:07:55 am
Well the whole ticketfly site is down so I think it can't be any harder to get a ticket tomorrow than right now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 10:08:06 am
Got through, no pre-sale.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 23, 2010, 10:08:17 am
if its this bad who was able to get in

I don't think anyone has thus far. It seems to have died about 2 minutes prior to the on sale time.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 10:10:24 am
I get pur03 for ticketfly home page.

pur01

is what the plain tickfly.com site has up.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 10:10:42 am
Word is now that the whole website has crashed and the Virgin Mobile Freefest site also
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 23, 2010, 10:11:08 am
site is coming up for me but no presale link. looks like they keep restarting apache and are moving things around...and their load balancer sucks.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:12:08 am
Walky will be making his comment about bitter hipsters complaining haha  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on July 23, 2010, 10:12:30 am
Got my tickets! really easy once i finally got through
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 10:12:46 am
Now I can get tickets but it's only giving me an option to choose 1 or 2 $125 tickets, not zero. WTF?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 23, 2010, 10:13:01 am
Back door links are your friends.

http://www.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Home.aspx?&&&I=BQROAAAAAADcgCZwAAAAAADd%2fv%2f%2f%2fwD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fAAD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fw%3d%3d

Just got tickets.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 23, 2010, 10:14:07 am
WHy does IMP keep insisting on pushing this Ticketfly rock up a hill?

so that we all have an alternative to TM/Live Nation

trial & error, learning curve...gonna take some time

V Fest should be sorted out any minute
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 23, 2010, 10:14:16 am
got 2
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 23, 2010, 10:14:34 am
Had to leave to go the office.  Can someone please PM me if/when the ticket website goes back online?  Thanks.  We should all try an PM each other as much as possible so we can get e-mails that sales are back up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 23, 2010, 10:14:55 am
Now I can get tickets but it's only giving me an option to choose 1 or 2 $125 tickets, not zero. WTF?

that was special for you
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: railK on July 23, 2010, 10:16:05 am
I'm getting a: "This offer is currently restricted. Please make a different selection."

Hmm...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: teepo on July 23, 2010, 10:16:12 am
Back door links are your friends.

http://www.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Home.aspx?&&&I=BQROAAAAAADcgCZwAAAAAADd%2fv%2f%2f%2fwD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fAAD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fw%3d%3d

Just got tickets.


<3
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on July 23, 2010, 10:16:18 am
WHy does IMP keep insisting on pushing this Ticketfly rock up a hill?

so that we all have an alternative to TM/Live Nation

trial & error, learning curve...gonna take some time

V Fest should be sorted out any minute

ticketmaster and livenation are heaven compared to this 3rd tier amateur garbage
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 23, 2010, 10:19:09 am
Back door links are your friends.

http://www.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Home.aspx?&&&I=BQROAAAAAADcgCZwAAAAAADd%2fv%2f%2f%2fwD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fAAD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fw%3d%3d

Just got tickets.

You are my hero. Thank you!

I got 2 tickets and donated $10. I didn't realize the donation thing would be 5 per ticket. Not a big deal though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on July 23, 2010, 10:19:27 am
Was the presale p/w sent to members?  Can someone PM me it please?

Edit: Got 2 - thanks!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: manniq416 on July 23, 2010, 10:19:58 am
Back door links are your friends.

http://www.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Home.aspx?&&&I=BQROAAAAAADcgCZwAAAAAADd%2fv%2f%2f%2fwD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fAAD%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2f%2fw%3d%3d

Just got tickets.

Thanks! Just got 2!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: railK on July 23, 2010, 10:20:03 am
What presale code works for the backdoor link?

Mine does not. :(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 23, 2010, 10:20:08 am
Yada is my hero.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:20:34 am
Thanks, I got my tickets please don't let James Ford see that link he'll kill ya  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 10:20:39 am
got 6
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: heather on July 23, 2010, 10:20:51 am
fo real, thanks yada!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on July 23, 2010, 10:21:21 am
got 6

You could get more than 2 tickets? I didn't even bother to try.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 10:21:30 am
Thanks, Yada.  Got tix.  Man TF is the longest of all processes...had to do security questions!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:22:01 am
got 6

I think there was only a two ticket limit.  Last year I got 4 on two different cards.  They canceled one of the orders
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 23, 2010, 10:22:28 am
Thanks, Yada! :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dyecraig on July 23, 2010, 10:23:17 am
well, that was fun...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 23, 2010, 10:23:25 am
gotem using the backdoor link...thanks
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:24:03 am
Yada how did you figure this out??? 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 10:25:21 am
What presale code works for the backdoor link?

Mine does not. :(
I used the password that everyone has through backdoor and it works.

I think folks have time -- most are still getting error message through link posted by Virgin.  They don't all have a Yada!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2010, 10:25:29 am
got 2 thanks to the link above
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Fooer on July 23, 2010, 10:26:08 am
It work out  better than I thought.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:26:19 am
Ok now we can all plan our get together which no one will actually show up for, yay  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 10:26:46 am
got 6

You could get more than 2 tickets? I didn't even bother to try.
Kidding, I got 2 for myself and my step sisters internet is out so I got her a pair, no credit card needed. Put in all her info and was set, Im waiting to see if she got the response email.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnnyBaconbitz on July 23, 2010, 10:27:08 am
I got 2 GA and 2 $125 pavillion seats on one order...will I get my order nuked?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 23, 2010, 10:27:20 am
you get the backdoor link through merriweathers site ;)

http://www.merriweathermusic.com/schedule/

works great.

for large shows, ticketfly should use a queue system (sorry, i'm a web dev geek for my fulltime job) - so instead of getting overloaded with traffic, each user is placed into a queue - the user can see how many people are in front of them and the average wait time.  stops people from refreshing all of the time and killing the webserver.

that being said, I dont know if it would be worth the investment to develop such a system since i doubt there are more than a few shows a year where this problem exists.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 23, 2010, 10:28:16 am
Yada how did you figure this out??? 

Too many years of internet wizardry.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 10:28:34 am
I did will call but am now unsure about where the will call is? don't tell me i have to trek out to merriweather before the day of show please!

yada = clutch
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 10:30:41 am
YADA FOR PRESIDENT

Ok now we can all plan our get together which no one will actually show up for, yay  ;D

yes, wouldn't be a festival if we didn't do that, right?

although to be fair, last year Ms. P, christine moritz and kosmo showed up at the right place & time.  let's see if we can get a better showing this year.

I did will call but am now unsure about where the will call is? don't tell me i have to trek out to merriweather before the day of show please!

yada = clutch

no, you can pick up at 930 club.

yes, yada is as good as clutch :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 10:31:45 am
I showed up last year but didn't know who to look for...

So pumped up for this!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 23, 2010, 10:32:50 am
Only person I met from this board is Christine Moritz and that was just briefly  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 10:34:59 am
Cool, I got two for $250. Do you want me or my three year old in the seat next to yours?


Now I can get tickets but it's only giving me an option to choose 1 or 2 $125 tickets, not zero. WTF?

that was special for you
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: railK on July 23, 2010, 10:35:43 am
Got 2!

:: Shotguns Beer ::
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 10:37:10 am
I got bitched out  on here last year when i did two separate orders for my family of three.


got 6

You could get more than 2 tickets? I didn't even bother to try.
Kidding, I got 2 for myself and my step sisters internet is out so I got her a pair, no credit card needed. Put in all her info and was set, Im waiting to see if she got the response email.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 10:39:12 am
I showed up last year but didn't know who to look for...

internet slackers eff up on organizational skillz... shocking.

we'll make a better effort this year.  we'll do the ol' "look for me in a very specific t-shirt" thing, or some other way to ensure you know who's who.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 23, 2010, 10:39:37 am
Seems to be dead now. Thanks again Yada!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Staralfur25 on July 23, 2010, 10:40:27 am
Yada I owe you a drink or two at the show!!!!!!!!!  Seriously.  :-*
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 10:45:22 am
looks like all the free & cheap tix are gone, only $125's left.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 23, 2010, 10:50:35 am
People are pissed on facebook.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 23, 2010, 10:51:14 am
p.s.  I am so glad I had this discussion thread open when trying to get tickets.  Thanks for the quick reposting of the good link.  You guys and gals are awesome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 10:52:45 am
I still don't get what happened. TIcketfly crashed and was completely down seemingly

but one could buy tickets anyways?

was the problem that Ticketfly was down or that the link to buy tickets we all had was incorrect?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 23, 2010, 10:54:45 am
As far as MPP goes, it looks as though Ticketfly is just a portal and another company handles the actual sales...or something.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 23, 2010, 10:55:10 am
we refreshed and got it to work, silly.

I still don't get what happened. TIcketfly crashed and was completely down seemingly

but one could buy tickets anyways?

was the problem that Ticketfly was down or that the link to buy tickets we all had was incorrect?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: yohansen5b on July 23, 2010, 10:55:28 am
I still don't get what happened. TIcketfly crashed and was completely down seemingly

but one could buy tickets anyways?

was the problem that Ticketfly was down or that the link to buy tickets we all had was incorrect?

i'm not entirely sure.  for one, they changed links to the actual sale after it went down.  i was using chrome and it kept showing up as 404-error.  i then tried a different browser after a while and everything worked out.  some nerds on facebook encouraged clearing your cookies; i'm sure that had an effect, too.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 23, 2010, 10:56:25 am
There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry.

got 6
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: chancegardener on July 23, 2010, 10:57:18 am
yeah thanks for the working link Yada, you really saved the day !
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 10:58:26 am
dunno if it's the server reboot that did it, or is traffic dies down, or whatever, but around 10:35 or 10:40 i was able to refresh the TF page and proceed from there.  so the system did eventually work.

seth, you mention "growing pains" - this is stuff that TF should have tested, and fixed, before going live.  it's called load testing.  if they can't do it internally, they can hire firms to simulate traffic spikes like the one experienced this morning.  seems like a good thing to invest in, given how much ill will these crashes cause.

People are pissed on facebook.

even if TF worked perfectly, people would have been pissed: there aren't enough tickets for everyone, some people were going to be shut out.  just so happens that people can blame TF for the site crash.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Driveway on July 23, 2010, 10:58:43 am
Ticketfly is about on par with Metro today.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 10:59:19 am
The link that worked for me - still present via Merriweather- is different from the link in the email with the password.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2010, 11:00:10 am
I have no complaints I got tickets, everyone I know got tickets. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 23, 2010, 11:00:46 am
go back to work

dunno if it's the server reboot that did it, or is traffic dies down, or whatever, but around 10:35 or 10:40 i was able to refresh the TF page and proceed from there.  so the system did eventually work.

seth, you mention "growing pains" - this is stuff that TF should have tested, and fixed, before going live.  it's called load testing.  if they can't do it internally, they can hire firms to simulate traffic spikes like the one experienced this morning.  seems like a good thing to invest in, given how much ill will these crashes cause.

People are pissed on facebook.

even if TF worked perfectly, people would have been pissed: there aren't enough tickets for everyone, some people were going to be shut out.  just so happens that people can blame TF for the site crash.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 11:06:36 am
I still don't get what happened. TIcketfly crashed and was completely down seemingly

but one could buy tickets anyways?

was the problem that Ticketfly was down or that the link to buy tickets we all had was incorrect?

the TF link goes to another server: ticketingcentral.com.  Yada posted the direct link to the ticketingcentral page, thus by-passing the crashed TF page.  we got to buy tickets while everyone else was blocked by the crashed TF site ;D

As far as MPP goes, it looks as though Ticketfly is just a portal and another company handles the actual sales...or something.

it looks like it's still TF.  different domain doesn't imply different company, ticketfly could operate both ticketfly.com and ticketingcentral.com.  makes sense to have the two systems separate - during an onslaught like this morning, tf.com's crash didn't affect people putting in orders on ticketingcentral.com.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 11:07:16 am
The general sale is still tomorrow -- gggrrrr, folks who lose their minds when the presale runs out make me crazy (20.000 tickets are all gone in 10 minutes -- ohmygod!!).  It's a presale, it's not all that tickets.  It's probably about 20% of the tickets.  Try tomorrow, you'll likely be fine.  With how widely this presale password was distributed, this was about as frantic a presale as you can imagine.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 11:07:37 am
I got tickets on Ticketfly...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bombay Chutney on July 23, 2010, 11:17:19 am
Many thanks to Yada!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 11:17:53 am
THANKS for sticking with us, everybody! Phew! Was rough-goin there for a minute.

As you probably know, the free tickets are now "sold" out. More available tomorrow.

But you can still go on and grab $125 seats and donate to charity.

Let's all remember that if you're complaining from a home, you're better off than the teens this event is meant to help. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

If you would still like to donate to help end youth homelessness, you can give from your mobile phone (any carrier), without going to Ticketfly. Text VIRGIN to 85944 and a one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

Thanks, bros!
-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 11:18:39 am
i STill havent received my confirmation email... but I have the confirmation number...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 23, 2010, 11:22:40 am
Man TF is the longest of all processes...!
agreed
*Humming "The Way We Were" and thinking of tickets.com*
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: MonkeyPants on July 23, 2010, 11:24:22 am
Let's all remember that if you're complaining from a home, you're better off than the teens this event is meant to help. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

Yes, please let that perspective make you forget about the fact that TicketFly totally failed today ;)

I'm not pissed, because I have perspective.  I just think it's funny that you'll try to get people to overlook the way TF failed by reminding them that they should just be happy they aren't homeless teens.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 11:25:13 am
Seth, you're amazing.

James- you can still get $125 tickets! And donate on top of that! Yay charity.

Now I can get tickets but it's only giving me an option to choose 1 or 2 $125 tickets, not zero. WTF?

that was special for you
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 11:27:21 am
Especially the teen part! Man, I would not like to re-live that. Grunge was not a good look for a 14 year old girl.

Oh, also another important reminder is that the rest of the tickets are up for grabs tomorrow morning at 10 EST. Woop!

Let's all remember that if you're complaining from a home, you're better off than the teens this event is meant to help. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

Yes, please let that perspective make you forget about the fact that TicketFly totally failed today ;)

I'm not pissed, because I have perspective.  I just think it's funny that you'll try to get people to overlook the way TF failed by reminding them that they should just be happy they aren't homeless teens.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 23, 2010, 11:32:17 am
But you can still go on and grab $125 seats and donate to charity.
If you would still like to donate to help end youth homelessness, you can give from your mobile phone (any carrier), without going to Ticketfly. Text VIRGIN to 85944 and a one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
Can I put the donation / purchase on my tax form for next year?   :P
I'm not big on PR of Virgin / TF and the multiple locations to find info (FB, Twitter) I rather go here for my information esp. for a show run by IMP. I donated, so, cheers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 11:32:21 am
Oh, I didn't realize we were sharing cat pictures. Yay, I want in.

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/funny-pictures-orange-kitten-has-ladybug.jpg
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: MonkeyPants on July 23, 2010, 11:32:38 am
Tune in tomorrow at 10am for another waste of at least an hour of your life trying to get tickets!

Oh, also another important reminder is that the rest of the tickets are up for grabs tomorrow morning at 10 EST. Woop!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 11:33:46 am
Well, if anything goes wrong tomorrow I will be sure to jump on the board, in addition to Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for letting me know!

And THANKS FOR DONATING!! Woooo!

But you can still go on and grab $125 seats and donate to charity.
If you would still like to donate to help end youth homelessness, you can give from your mobile phone (any carrier), without going to Ticketfly. Text VIRGIN to 85944 and a one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
Can I put the donation / purchase on my tax form for next year?   :P
I'm not big on PR of Virgin / TF and the multiple locations to find info (FB, Twitter) I rather go here for my information esp. for a show run by IMP. I donated, so, cheers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: MonkeyPants on July 23, 2010, 11:34:01 am
As most politicians know, if you distract people, they usually forget about your incompetence...

Oh, I didn't realize we were sharing cat pictures. Yay, I want in.

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/funny-pictures-orange-kitten-has-ladybug.jpg
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Driveway on July 23, 2010, 11:39:40 am
this is getting more like WMATA by the second!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 11:44:37 am
WHy does IMP keep insisting on pushing this Ticketfly rock up a hill?

so that we all have an alternative to TM/Live Nation

trial & error, learning curve...gonna take some time

V Fest should be sorted out any minute

Well thanks very much Seth, aka the man who lives the life I want!

(Just seems like Ticketfly could do better.. )
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on July 23, 2010, 11:59:00 am
"There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Ack! I ordered a second set on a second card because our group is 4. Mine were the more expensive tix. I hope they blow up the $5 ones versus the $125
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 12:03:57 pm
Hey. Look over there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmhjf0rKe8

As most politicians know, if you distract people, they usually forget about your incompetence...

Oh, I didn't realize we were sharing cat pictures. Yay, I want in.

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/funny-pictures-orange-kitten-has-ladybug.jpg
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 12:04:04 pm
Isn't that kind of unfair to families who want to go?

For example, what if a mom and dad were getting two pairs of tickets for their four teenagers. Would they not be allowed to so so because they live under the same roof?


"There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Ack! I ordered a second set on a second card because our group is 4. Mine were the more expensive tix. I hope they blow up the $5 ones versus the $125

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 12:16:07 pm
Isn't that kind of unfair to families who want to go?

For example, what if a mom and dad were getting two pairs of tickets for their four teenagers. Would they not be allowed to so so because they live under the same roof?


"There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Ack! I ordered a second set on a second card because our group is 4. Mine were the more expensive tix. I hope they blow up the $5 ones versus the $125

Even if the information is different? My girlfriend and her 2 roommates all got a pair of tickets, so this means that 2 of their orders will be cancelled?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 12:20:51 pm
The limit is per person, credit card #, or address. We needed to have limits to prevent scalping as much as we can and also to give everybody a shot at the tickets.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 12:29:29 pm
Well you're not giving everyone a shot at tickets if you're limiting tickets to two tickets per individual address. Most residences have more than two people living at them.

And what's to prevent someone from submitting multiple orders using different (fake) addresses, if the tickets are emailed to you?

I was never asked for my credit card number. Did I do something wrong, other than not donating to charity (which I do on other occasions)?


The limit is per person, credit card #, or address. We needed to have limits to prevent scalping as much as we can and also to give everybody a shot at the tickets.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 12:37:39 pm
The limit is per person, credit card #, or address. We needed to have limits to prevent scalping as much as we can and also to give everybody a shot at the tickets.

-Amy
So, only 1 pair of tickets per household seemingly? Roommates are totally boned?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 23, 2010, 12:39:06 pm
try again tomorrow deathcabforcutie with different address and different email...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on July 23, 2010, 12:39:37 pm
I'm pumped about the DJ megamix.  I love mash-ups.

"Frontwards" into "Goodbye Sky Harbor" into "I Hate Myself for Loving You" into "Pimping All Over The World"....

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 12:55:21 pm
Roommates are totally boned?

depends how cute the roommates are.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 12:59:28 pm
Roommates are totally boned?

depends how cute the roommates are.
Zing!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 01:06:07 pm
Is there really that much of a scalpers market on this thing anyway?

LAST year I had an extra which I tried to GIVE away on craigslist a few days before the festival, and I had no takers. I ended up giving the extra to a fellow boardie so (s)he could exit and eat dinner at the mall and come back in with my extra.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 01:11:35 pm
The two ticket limit is WONDERFUL! IF there was no limit it would be SCALP CITY.. you can bet on it. .are you kidding me? Everyone that got through woul d just get the max as they are free

THANK YOU FOR THE TWO TICKET LIMIT>. heck you might consider making it one .. and they should mos def be checked against the buyer on the way in

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 01:13:36 pm
Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules. We need to regulate some how. You can try to use different info and as long as your name matches your ID, you'll be fine. But they will be checking IDs the day of the show to make sure your printed tickets are actually yours.

And that's correct, if you didn't donate, you didnt have to enter a card number. So we'll just be looking at email address/ name/ address.

Stay tuned!

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: set1914 on July 23, 2010, 01:17:23 pm
Last years I saw lots for tickets for resale via the ticket scalping scum sites. I am happy with the two ticket max because if not the scum scalpers would have snaked up most of them.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 23, 2010, 01:17:30 pm
Sorry to bone your roommates

I told you she was WAY better than Dan.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 01:25:31 pm
My wife and I used our own names and email adresses and our common home address to get two pairs, just like we did last year (and our order wasn't cancelled last year). When do we find out if our order is cancelled? Shouldn't these barriers be put in place BEFORE placing the order instead of AFTER?

We could go ahead and get two more pairs tomorrow using differing addresses, but then (if like last year our orders were not cancelled) we'd have way more tickets than we need, and would cost four people the chance to go by taking four extra tickets we didn't need...


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules. We need to regulate some how. You can try to use different info and as long as your name matches your ID, you'll be fine. But they will be checking IDs the day of the show to make sure your printed tickets are actually yours.

And that's correct, if you didn't donate, you didnt have to enter a card number. So we'll just be looking at email address/ name/ address.

Stay tuned!

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 23, 2010, 01:31:47 pm
Hi James-

if you have questions about your specific order, you can contact customersupport@ticketfly.com or call 1-877-4-fly-tix

They would know better if your order will be canceled or not.

Thanks

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: make_xxx on July 23, 2010, 02:47:52 pm
Hi,

I attended VMF in 2008, but I think I changed emails (probably deleted) in between that time, thus I received no pre-sale code for this years festival.  Can anyone PM me the code or is there any way of verifying my 2008 ticket order? 


Thanks!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 23, 2010, 02:54:06 pm
I don't think anyone's dismayed because of  that. It's the fact that the rest of us won't get a crack at his GF's roommates due to these limits.

Sorry to bone your roommates

Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 02:56:51 pm
You're SOL for the presale and I don't think you need a password for the regular sale.

Hi,

I attended VMF in 2008, but I think I changed emails (probably deleted) in between that time, thus I received no pre-sale code for this years festival.  Can anyone PM me the code or is there any way of verifying my 2008 ticket order? 


Thanks!

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: javacodeguy on July 23, 2010, 03:09:51 pm
So somehow during that craziness in the morning I got through and got a pair of tickets.  I was torn between the $30 donation and $125 seats. 

I ended up with the seats, but I was wondering about the seats; do the pavilion seats come with the backstage tour too?  I didn't want to risk getting canceled or anything by getting both and decided having the pavilion seat throughout the whole day would be more valuable.

If no one knows I guess I'll just find out in two months. :P  Either way should be a good time.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 23, 2010, 03:13:45 pm
Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on July 23, 2010, 03:19:41 pm
I was not clear on that either so I got both. Hopefully someone will clear up the information as to Pavillion seats getting the backstage pass as well or not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 03:29:30 pm
I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 03:30:33 pm
nm
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 03:36:15 pm
I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.

give it a rest dude..its a bit tiresome to read so much whining from you... you were whining about the 930 30th anniversary then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. then you whined about the virgin fest and how it would suck then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. now it turns out you want to go but didn't get the number of free tickets you wanted...

give me a break dude..seriously.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 03:37:49 pm
fuck off douchebag


I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.

give it a rest dude..its a bit tiresome to read so much whining from you... you were whining about the 930 30th anniversary then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. then you whined about the virgin fest and how it would suck then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. now it turns out you want to go but didn't get the number of free tickets you wanted...

give me a break dude..seriously.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 03:40:17 pm
fuck off douchebag


I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.

give it a rest dude..its a bit tiresome to read so much whining from you... you were whining about the 930 30th anniversary then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. then you whined about the virgin fest and how it would suck then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. now it turns out you want to go but didn't get the number of free tickets you wanted...

give me a break dude..seriously.

wow "fuck off douchebag"?

Ok dude, keep whining and good luck to you!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 23, 2010, 03:45:00 pm
Anyways here is a question (sorry to distract from James Ford's whining about how he did not get enough tickets and his poor family was screwed):

Where are the General Admission tickets? Anyone know? Are they pit or what? They say General Admnission so you don't get a seat or its first come first seated in a seated area and if you leave you have to find another seat?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2010, 03:52:17 pm
fuck off douchebag


I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.

give it a rest dude..its a bit tiresome to read so much whining from you... you were whining about the 930 30th anniversary then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. then you whined about the virgin fest and how it would suck then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. now it turns out you want to go but didn't get the number of free tickets you wanted...

give me a break dude..seriously.

If your tickets get taken away from you I am sure someone who actually likes the bands playing at the festival will get them instead.  You can feel good about that.  Or you could buy the 125 dollar tickets if you want more than 2. You would end up with 3 festival tickets for 125 dollars which is a pretty good deal
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on July 23, 2010, 04:02:02 pm
That's how they ran the whole pavilion last year.  If you were with friends, someone could save your seat, but you had to wait on line to get back in to the Pavilion.  This is why, if you really want to sit, paying for the reserved seats makes some sense.  But, a lot of folks don't mind not being in the pavilion (particularly as, at this point, folks don't know which bands will be at the Pavilion stage versus stage 2, which has no seating).

GA is everywhere but the VIP reserved pavilion seats.  I don't know if they'll have a pit area.  I never went in the pavilion last year.

Anyways here is a question (sorry to distract from James Ford's whining about how he did not get enough tickets and his poor family was screwed):

Where are the General Admission tickets? Anyone know? Are they pit or what? They say General Admnission so you don't get a seat or its first come first seated in a seated area and if you leave you have to find another seat?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 04:05:16 pm
Where are the General Admission tickets? Anyone know? Are they pit or what? They say General Admnission so you don't get a seat or its first come first seated in a seated area and if you leave you have to find another seat?

if it's like last year, GA tickets get you everywhere including the floor/pit.  BUT, security limits how many people can get in to the pavilion.  once the floor and the seats are full, you have to wait in line to get in to the pit or the pavilion (people enter as others leave, one-for-one).  lines might be longer & slower this year since some of the pavilion will be reserved for the $125's.

the second stage is out in a field, festival-style.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2010, 04:42:12 pm
Anyways here is a question (sorry to distract from James Ford's whining about how he did not get enough tickets and his poor family was screwed):

Where are the General Admission tickets? Anyone know? Are they pit or what? They say General Admnission so you don't get a seat or its first come first seated in a seated area and if you leave you have to find another seat?
Solidified to the dance forest, you need the 125$ to go to the rest of the festival.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 23, 2010, 05:31:49 pm
the $125 seats guarantee you admission into the pavilion at all teams (and, of course, the entire festival)

but they are GA...not reserved
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 23, 2010, 05:54:03 pm
So seth: will ONLY $125s be allowed in to the pavilion, or will some free/cheap ticket holders be let in too, space allowing? What about the floor/pit?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 23, 2010, 06:32:10 pm
everyone will be allowed in the pit, up to capacity
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mdh9857 on July 23, 2010, 06:37:36 pm
I understand all of the frustration on here, but realize that it's a free show.  Anyone who gets a ticket has the pleasure of going, we aren't owed anything.  The fact there was a presale shows that there was an attempt at loyalty which is an additional thought to those here.  I didn't get tickets, in fact I didn't even get a presale notification, but like I said I wasn't owed going to this show, it's a gift.  If I get one tomorrow, I'll go, if not, then no.

It's a concert people, let's hold it together.  if you miss a show its not the end of the world.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 07:33:02 pm
ok fair enough


fuck off douchebag


I think my family was screwed because we were honest. If one of us had given a fake home address (real address unnecessary since they're being emailed to you), we could have gotten the two pairs (actually one pair and a third, I was going to give away the fourth) we needed.


Sorry to bone your roommates, but thems the rules.
That's odd. It should be regulated per credit card / email since James is right about shared addresses (for those that made donations, two people at the same address, with different payments for those teens, it seems fair to let them both get tickets).
Alls I know is when it comes time, I hope my $30 behind the scenes donation payment to the homeless teens is not messed up. Didn't do the seat option for $125  - that is silly for a designated seat and too much $ for a semi-small festival; donation or not.

give it a rest dude..its a bit tiresome to read so much whining from you... you were whining about the 930 30th anniversary then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. then you whined about the virgin fest and how it would suck then seth called you out and you backpedaled.. now it turns out you want to go but didn't get the number of free tickets you wanted...

give me a break dude..seriously.

If your tickets get taken away from you I am sure someone who actually likes the bands playing at the festival will get them instead.  You can feel good about that.  Or you could buy the 125 dollar tickets if you want more than 2. You would end up with 3 festival tickets for 125 dollars which is a pretty good deal
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 23, 2010, 07:33:45 pm



you're totally right, thanks for adding perspective




It's a concert people, let's hold it together.  if you miss a show its not the end of the world.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on July 23, 2010, 07:49:04 pm
Either we have very wise souls on here or our meds are kicking in.  Or both.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wyokidrock on July 23, 2010, 08:22:11 pm
Anyone know if a baby needs a ticket to get in?  I'm thinking of taking my 11 month son to his first concert.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 24, 2010, 02:39:14 am
Anyone know if a baby needs a ticket to get in?  I'm thinking of taking my 11 month son to his first concert.


Why would you take a 11 month old to this?  Really bad idea.  Leave the kid at home. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 24, 2010, 07:17:39 am
Do you have an 11 month old kid? Why would you say this?

At 11 months, there's a good chance the kid doesn't even walk, so it's not going to be hard to handle. Just shove a breat in its face. The key thing is lots of sunscreen and keeping it out of the blazing sun. But this year its in late Sept, so less blzing sun.

We took our then two year old last year, and she was fine. Though perhaps that says more about the toughness of her mom than anything. And yes, our two yr old needed a ticket. The Merriweather site says under 2 free to most events, but i can;t remember if that was the case for this one.

Anyone know if a baby needs a ticket to get in?  I'm thinking of taking my 11 month son to his first concert.


Why would you take a 11 month old to this?  Really bad idea.  Leave the kid at home. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 24, 2010, 09:48:02 am
advice for those looking to get tickets this morning:

- expect the website to crash again, and be thankful if it doesn't.
- keep an eye on 930's and TF's facebook and twitter pages.  and this board.  someone might post a back-door link.
- be patient and keep trying.  don't assume this won't sell out in 5 minutes.  tickets will be available for a while (30 to 40 minutes, at least).  until you've gotten to the ordering page, put in a request and are told "no tickets left" - try, try again.
- remember the tickets are free, and try not to wrap your whole existence into this.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 24, 2010, 09:49:38 am
Do you have an 11 month old kid? Why would you say this?

my only concern would be volume and potential hearing damage, but if you stay towards the back of the lawn all should be fine.

And yes, our two yr old needed a ticket.

was she carded?  couldn't you have said she was a large 22 month old?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 09:58:23 am
Hey All-

We've made some changes and are hoping for a new day!

Use this link for the Virgin Fest today:

http://ticketf.ly/9WV5ht

-Amy

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:09:07 am
^ Crashed already.

Was logged in and started my order at 10:00AM on the dot. By 10:01 I got a reply that Free tickets were already sold out.

I know a whole lot of people are ready to swipe them all up but seems the hacks have their bots on this one already. Hope I'm wrong though. Maybe it's just that you need to use this new link.... which is gonna take some patience and constant reclicking and refreshing. (Crossing fingers while refreshing.)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: 10sweets on July 24, 2010, 10:09:39 am
The site wont load for me after I select the tickets, so I guess it crashed again. :(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on July 24, 2010, 10:11:04 am
It crashed as my girlfriend was on the last step of the checkout process. She got a "web session" expired message.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: miss pretentious on July 24, 2010, 10:14:33 am
It crashed as my girlfriend was on the last step of the checkout process. She got a "web session" expired message.

got my "web session expired" note at the same point
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 24, 2010, 10:15:43 am
Got through but then wouldn't go past the login and the time limit ran down.

GODDAMN IT

At least a friend'll let me use her second ticket.

I don't blame Ticketfly too harshly, though... It may suck that people don't get to go to a free show, but the advantages of trying to break/avoid the TM/LiveNation monopoly outweigh this. The simple fact is that processing this many orders all at the same time is pretty unwieldy with today's available technology. Plus, the amount of service charge saved doing TF not TM could pay the $175 a couple times over.

Just sayin'. There's another perspective.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 24, 2010, 10:15:55 am
The fact there was a presale shows that there was an attempt at loyalty which is an additional thought to those here.  I didn't get tickets, in fact I didn't even get a presale notification,
The pre-freesale code was via VirginFest's site mailing list. Perhaps 930/IMP or TF or Virgin are behind the site and thus, the emails. I recall, I started receiving emails from VFest by signing up for email updates at their site. I don't think the email was sent specifically to boardies, but to those on VFest email list. The 930 blast came out mid-day Thursday, & did not provide the code. Eventually, FB for VFest did Wed. night, only after VFest sent an email. No criticisms, no side commentary to what you wrote above, mdh, I'm only writing this  b/c I thought it would be helpful to let people know where I think the emails / updates come from so they too, can sign up. The Virgin Festival website for emails/information. (Click on "keep me posted": http://www.virginmobilefestival.com/#/home)
Obviously, any newbies should also sign up for 930 blast in case I'm way off on the emails pertaining to this particular festival.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 24, 2010, 10:17:19 am
Finally it worked and I snagged my two, see everyone there!!!!!

Keep trying!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on July 24, 2010, 10:21:50 am
Ticketfly sucks a fat dick. Thanks, IMP.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:25:18 am
Finally it worked and I snagged my two, see everyone there!!!!!

Keep trying!

Well, that's a good sign.

Trying a different route, I couldn't even get to TF via the 9:30 front page banner ad. Heavy, heavy traffic. I'm hoping that they do hold out for awhile as others get their tickets and yet others just give up for a bit.

I'm just happy that this is happening on a Saturday rather than a work week morning. There was no way yesterday that I could try for the pre-sale since it was absolutely impossible for me yesterday to get online or even use the phone.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Che on July 24, 2010, 10:25:55 am
Ticketfly does suck I keep getting to the last step and then it says time expired.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:27:39 am
^ I can't even get that far. Nothing but white oblivion until the message from above tells me my session has timed out. (sigh)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:32:04 am
Crap! Finally got through and now there are no tickets available (10:30AM - Free tickets) (Too freaking broke for the $125 options.)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: 10sweets on July 24, 2010, 10:33:49 am
I got the page where I put all my info in and then got a page expired message with at least 2:30 minutes left on the little timer.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 24, 2010, 10:34:25 am
sh*t Jag, sorry! I tried free/$30 for you and nothing came up. (btw, the form is awkward, with too much to fill out and read and make sure you click correctly, TFly).
Keep trying for the next half hour, perhaps?
We'll find something for you....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on July 24, 2010, 10:37:07 am
Yeah, got fucking locked out like Jag. Well, this sucks.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:42:08 am
@ El Tee - Wow. Thanks!

Very first time I tried at 10:00AM, I had a delay with the stupid captcha. One of the characters was difficult to read and, apparently, I entered the wrong choice. Besides the one squiggly line through the whole thing, this one character looked sort of like an upsidedown T. The second time worked but wasted those ever so few precious seconds with an illegible captcha.

I will keep trying but not expecting much. Oh, well. This isn't a 'must atttend' event for me but I'm sure I'd enjoy myself if something comes up. It's mostly only Thievery Corp. that I want to see.

If I get there, I get there. If not, I won't be crying. Hoping the weather and everything else works out well for everyone.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 10:44:07 am
Has anyone gotten tix so far? Let me know.

Thanks for your patience, guys.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lily1 on July 24, 2010, 10:47:44 am
TFlyAmy, thus far I have not been successful. Twice I got thru the ticketing page only to get kicked out after putting in my information due to the expired message. The link you provided earlier this morning only loads with the expired message and has done so since 10.32 am. And this is after I have cleaned out my cache.

This web session has expired. Please close this browser window and start over.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:52:41 am
The link you provided earlier this morning only loads with the expired message and has done so since 10.32 am. And this is after I have cleaned out my cache.

Same here and at about the same time.

Note: Seems TF needs to extend their time logged in clock.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on July 24, 2010, 10:55:15 am
I got mine yesterday but out of all my friends trying today it appears only one was able (but at least someone :)). He used an atomic clock and went in exactly at 10:00:00.

Also how is it gonna work regarding parents buying tickets for their kids if the parents are putting their name. It should be the same last name, address etc. but will they let the kids in (I saw some people raised this concern on facebook and that's what happened with my brother).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Driveway on July 24, 2010, 10:55:45 am
How about a phone ordering option?  Hire some temps for day.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 10:57:36 am
Hire some temps for day.

Yeah, I'll take that job!

Link seems to be working again but stuck in Limbo land..... and down for the count again with an expired session.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: slowgraffiti on July 24, 2010, 10:59:00 am
my boyfriend and i were trying on two different computers starting at 10. i had a few false starts that ended up in timing out, he succeeded around 1027. i'm still trying, but can't seem to get the first page to load anymore on most attempts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: starrdogg92 on July 24, 2010, 11:03:45 am
Finally just got 2.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lily1 on July 24, 2010, 11:05:25 am
Just snagged 2 of the $5 tickets at 11:02 am. The upside to the web issues is that there are clearly still tickets available so please do keep trying. Good luck everyone.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: slowgraffiti on July 24, 2010, 11:07:05 am
also just got 2.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 11:08:40 am
Damn it!

Just got 2 on hold. Then TF wouldn't recognize my account even though I'm signed in. So, entered all as a new account only to time out at the very last second.

Went back only to find they are all sold out again.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: madcappa123 on July 24, 2010, 11:09:41 am
After letting the verification letter screen stay frozen for over half a hour, I tried again. Getting the no more tickets screen. Oh well.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on July 24, 2010, 11:10:55 am
Has anyone gotten tix so far? Let me know.

Thanks for your patience, guys.

-Amy

The fact you actually have to check in 45 min later to see if *anyone* has produced tickets yet is CASE CLOSED on ticketfly. Get your shit together or stick to small clubs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 11:12:07 am
I was able to get in an pull up tickets as well. Looks likes when things got sorted out, everyone who was hanging around got right in. I will update on whether or not tix are available when I know more.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on July 24, 2010, 11:12:19 am
also just got 2.

I love your nick. October can't come soon enough.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 11:12:45 am
We can see that people are buying tickets. I was actually just wondering about the forum members.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on July 24, 2010, 11:13:05 am
^ Hey, at least she's here and trying to work with us!

Maybe it's just that she's trying to give a bit extra service to we forumites since tickets themselves don't indicate as much.

Edit:
As Amy's post above proves.

Thanks, Amy. Some of us very much appreciate that.  ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Driveway on July 24, 2010, 11:14:11 am
I was able to get in an pull up tickets as well. Looks likes when things got sorted out, everyone who was hanging around got right in. I will update on whether or not tix are available when I know more.

-Amy

failure.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on July 24, 2010, 11:22:48 am
I finally got through and even after it said the time was out, it was still trying to go through (the final page). I decided that I would call ticketfly on the offchance it had gone through.

I dont have a problem with a show being sold out - but its pretty bad when youre trying to connect to customer service and it goes to a busy signal and drops you. What kind of customer service is this? I understand a need to get away from ticketmaster/livenation - but I usually expect customer service to either put you in a queue or something.

So then i tried the other route - and pressed 3 for another dept. Prob something with web issues. I stayed on hold for 20 mins and I figured Id take a chance and see if I could get another order through and actually get a confirm. Around 11am it finally worked.

Someone might want to check into the customer service dept. Does it even exist? Hanging up on customers is usually not the best idea. Now Ill just cross my fingers and hope I do see a confirm so I dont have to call to find out if it really went through.

On the upside - my tonsilitis is going more unnoticed when I put all my energy into this :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 11:28:32 am
Yes, we have many *many* customer service reps who got to work at 6 this morning to take your calls! But the traffic was very high and only so many phones can be answered.

If you need any customer support service help, press #3 to chat with them at 877-435-9849

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 24, 2010, 11:30:25 am
Crap! Finally got through and now there are no tickets available (10:30AM - Free tickets) (Too freaking broke for the $125 options.)
aww too bad Jag...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 11:32:55 am
Looks like the GAs are sold out, guys. You can still get premium pavilion tickets for $125, the proceeds of which also go to charity.

Thanks

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 24, 2010, 11:46:44 am
Looks like the GAs are sold out, guys. You can still get premium pavilion tickets for $125, the proceeds of which also go to charity.

Thanks

-Amy

some of the proceeds

the rest goes to funding the show
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 11:47:54 am
Right. Sorry, Seth.

Thanks for keepin an eye out!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 24, 2010, 12:21:41 pm
to those who didn't get tickets: you'll have one last chance on sept 24 when the unclaimed tix will be released.  i think a number of people will bail ("hey, it's free, so if i don't go it's no loss to me"), plans will change, and scalpers will realize that they can't fence their tix b/c of the name-must-match-ID thing. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 12:52:56 pm
And, as usual, we'll let you know if any more tix become available.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 24, 2010, 01:08:03 pm
amy and/or seth: when more tickets become available, including on 9/24, maybe not announce it to the general public?  limit the info/reminder to the vfest list, this board, maybe facebook, etc?  i'm sure there will be plenty fo demand without having to post it everywhere.

a lot of us appreciate your efforts to foster loyalty.  i hope the whiners don't discourage you from continuing to do it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 01:18:24 pm
Thanks for all your understand, Sweetcell!

We will decide the best way to distribute the tickets if more should become available.



-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 24, 2010, 01:53:15 pm
I believe this has already been answered, but I'm going to ask anyway instead of search through the past 15 pages.

Is there anyway I can transfer my tickets to someone else? I brought them knowing I probably wasn't going to go and knowing that I have friends who wanted to go but for whatever reason wouldn't be able to get tickets. I believe someone said the name has to match the ticket, so is there anyway I talk to TFly and have them just change the name on the ticket?

I understand these measures were taken to prevent scalping, but is there anyway we could make this work?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 24, 2010, 02:00:06 pm
Hey Betao-

Tickets are non-transferable. This was a free and hugely popular event. We want people to go free like it was intended.

Thanks

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 24, 2010, 02:15:25 pm
Do you have an 11 month old kid? Why would you say this?

At 11 months, there's a good chance the kid doesn't even walk, so it's not going to be hard to handle. Just shove a breat in its face. The key thing is lots of sunscreen and keeping it out of the blazing sun. But this year its in late Sept, so less blzing sun.

We took our then two year old last year, and she was fine. Though perhaps that says more about the toughness of her mom than anything. And yes, our two yr old needed a ticket. The Merriweather site says under 2 free to most events, but i can;t remember if that was the case for this one.

Anyone know if a baby needs a ticket to get in?  I'm thinking of taking my 11 month son to his first concert.


Why would you take a 11 month old to this?  Really bad idea.  Leave the kid at home. 

Every time I see a baby at something like this I think what a bunch of selfish parents.  Get a freaking baby sitter.  Odds are the baby will be crying the whole time ruining everyone else's good time.  What if some drunk steps on your kid?  Really have some common sense.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 24, 2010, 02:55:12 pm
Hey Betao-

Tickets are non-transferable. This was a free and hugely popular event. We want people to go free like it was intended.

Thanks

-Amy
I think they just want to give them to their friend.
Ha - just visualized an official scalping box at MPP like they have at baseball games.

sweetie: I agree re: all that 930/Seth/TF are doing, but still think the constructive complaints should be reviewed and the rest that seem like whines, just let them ride.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on July 24, 2010, 03:04:00 pm
Hey Betao-

Tickets are non-transferable. This was a free and hugely popular event. We want people to go free like it was intended.

Thanks

-Amy

So in other words, there is no way I can give them to my friend who couldn't get them for whatever reason?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 24, 2010, 03:58:19 pm
i dont they will check ids at the gate for every ticket, no way
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: yohansen5b on July 24, 2010, 04:44:12 pm
i dont they will check ids at the gate for every ticket, no way

why not? they give everyone a pat-down or search their bag to check for weapons or alcohol. i would think this would last as long as a quick ID check, especially when they want to identify those 21 years or older.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on July 24, 2010, 05:50:11 pm
They are print at home tickets.  If you don't have photoshop I would bet you could find a friend who does.  Changing the name is very quick and easy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 24, 2010, 06:44:29 pm
Just let me know where to go to claim all of the drinks that people would like to buy me. ;0)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 24, 2010, 07:01:40 pm
Tee: I totally agree, constructive criticism is useful. Whining isn't the same as constructive criticism.

Batao: your friends couldn't get tix because you snagged their pair. If you hadn't bought them...  ;)

Yada: I'll def buy you a beer at the board meet-up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 25, 2010, 03:07:52 pm
No.


TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE.


Hey Betao-

Tickets are non-transferable. This was a free and hugely popular event. We want people to go free like it was intended.

Thanks

-Amy

So in other words, there is no way I can give them to my friend who couldn't get them for whatever reason?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 25, 2010, 03:09:29 pm
This coming from a liar, who now admits to being a cheat. Real classy.

They are print at home tickets.  If you don't have photoshop I would bet you could find a friend who does.  Changing the name is very quick and easy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on July 25, 2010, 09:04:48 pm
I still dont see if anyone answered about the 30 and 125 tix and the backstage tour. May have missed it but if not, do the 125 tix receive that as well?

Thanks,

Dave O.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: jabella on July 26, 2010, 12:16:29 am
I was able to get a pair of tix from the Friday presale.  I don't remember a question asking whose name should be on the ticket, so does that mean the cardholder's name (mine) will be on the ticket?  I actually intended to buy these for my daughter and her friend.  So, is there a way to change the name on the ticket to my duaghter's?

I see from the previous posts that the name on the ticket cannot be changed.  My only suggestion is your checkout process should ask the ticket buyer what name should go on the ticket, rather than default this to the cardholder.  Thanks anyway - there goes one pair of tix wasted (I have a gig that night and can't go).

Or might have to do the photoshop thing :)  Hey, I'm not a scalper so this is okay, right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 26, 2010, 08:57:15 am
I figured this was going to happen while I was out on vacation  :'(   Shame on me.

Will give it a go next month if tix free up.  Looks as though it was somewhat of a hassle but that's the way it is with these free gigs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on July 26, 2010, 09:51:48 am
cheat to win
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 26, 2010, 10:10:02 am
No.


TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE.


Hey Betao-

Tickets are non-transferable. This was a free and hugely popular event. We want people to go free like it was intended.

Thanks

-Amy

So in other words, there is no way I can give them to my friend who couldn't get them for whatever reason?


Great, so I can't use the tickets I got that I put in the name of That Guy, Shad Rach, and Mad Gypsy  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 26, 2010, 10:14:15 am
ban fatskippy the liar  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 26, 2010, 10:28:19 am
^And toss his tickets back onto TF.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 26, 2010, 11:30:39 am
Only you lose. Any credibility you ever had on this board is shot. I'd be shocked if anyone here has any respect for you at all. All you had to do was be honest and you would have been taken seriously, but you decided to lie.

cheat to win
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 26, 2010, 12:08:40 pm
So, when will we find out what happens with the 2 out of 3 pairs of tickets in the 1 household? [roommates etc], will they just have to wait until the un-claimed batch come out and have to have them sent to ANOTHER address?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 26, 2010, 04:08:44 pm
Dortiz- The $125 is only for the pavilion preferred seating. The $30 donation is required to get the backstage tour.

Everyone else asking about ticket transfers- All of the following information was on the purchase page, and still is:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

The buyer will need to be present at the event.

Thanks

-Amy

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 26, 2010, 04:13:51 pm
the limit on the address is beyond retarded.  I understand you guys are trying to combat scalping, and applaud it - however it really doesn't make any sense to limit 1 set of tickets per address if the buyer has to be there anyway. if a family of four wanted to go, only 2 of them would be allowed due to your rules, even if 2 people bought tickets?  How stupid is that?  Same goes for roommates.  The rule doesn't affect me since I live by myself  - It just seems like not much thought was put into that limitation.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 26, 2010, 04:21:22 pm
I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 26, 2010, 04:28:05 pm
will TF able to combat the ebay scalpers?

will MPP really enforce the ID/matching name on ticket rule?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 26, 2010, 04:49:53 pm
will TF able to combat the ebay scalpers?

will MPP really enforce the ID/matching name on ticket rule?

will it stop 100% of the scalping?  no, of course not.  someone who grabbed 2 tickets could potentially scalp one of them.  but this system will prevent a large percentage of scalpers from doing their thing.  i apprecaite the extra efforts IMP/MPP are going through to get tickets in the hands of participants, not intermediaries.

i don't see why MPP wouldn't enforce ID=name on ticket.  it take an extra 10 seconds.  hopefully they'll have a few extra people working the entrances (and maybe even open up the north entrance, so people parking at the mall don't have to walk all the way around the venue - what about it, seth?)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 26, 2010, 05:02:19 pm
will TF able to combat the ebay scalpers?

will MPP really enforce the ID/matching name on ticket rule?

Will Joe ever stop sucking?
Will Walkies ever embrace downloading?
Will Seth finally get fed up with James Ford and ban him?
Who will Amy bone next?

Find out next week on 'All My Boardies'.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 26, 2010, 05:14:14 pm
I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 26, 2010, 05:16:26 pm
will TF able to combat the ebay scalpers?

will MPP really enforce the ID/matching name on ticket rule?

Will Joe ever stop sucking?
Will Walkies ever embrace downloading?
Will Seth finally get fed up with James Ford and ban him?

Find out next week on 'All My Boardies'.


i think this streaming thing is my rabbit hole in.  i'm starting to enjoy the offerings i have been offered on the    net . . . so perhaps i might give the download game a try sometimes to just rule out my hatred of it, you see. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 26, 2010, 06:25:43 pm
And once again, I'm accused of boning your roommates.

Geez.

Did all of you try to get tickets? Did you place the multiple orders under different names and Ticketfly accounts but just the same address? Or is this a hypothetical situation?

-Amy

I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 27, 2010, 12:19:50 am
Fair is subjective when you are trying to make so many people happy and give as many people possible a shot at tickets. In any concert situation where the show sells out quickly because demand is so high there are always going to be some people who don't get tickets. It's the nature of the business and we try to do what we can to make the playing field as level as possible. Without the same address rule you would have scalpers sitting in their homes or businesses using all their computers and employees to scoop up as many tickets as possible and in the process screw you out of the same opportunity to get those tickets. Don't like the scalpers on ebay and craigslist? Do something about it. Write your representatives and tell them to pass stricter laws regarding the reselling of tickets, because until then there will always be people who try to profit off the hard work and talent of others by being lucky enough to buy tickets to shows.

I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 27, 2010, 01:06:50 am
And once again, I'm accused of boning your roommates.

Geez.

Did all of you try to get tickets? Did you place the multiple orders under different names and Ticketfly accounts but just the same address? Or is this a hypothetical situation?

-Amy


Don't take it too personally - I used to be accused on here of boning a lot of people too.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 27, 2010, 01:39:38 am

what's bad about being boned?

-azaghal81
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 27, 2010, 10:51:00 am
And once again, I'm accused of boning your roommates.

Geez.

Did all of you try to get tickets? Did you place the multiple orders under different names and Ticketfly accounts but just the same address? Or is this a hypothetical situation?

-Amy

I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
No hypothetical situation here, this is as real as it gets. 3 roommates, 3 seperate accounts, 3 pairs of tickets 1 address.

So, there will only be 1 pair for all these people? Sort of first come first serve then SOL?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: javacodeguy on July 27, 2010, 11:26:11 am
Dortiz- The $125 is only for the pavilion preferred seating. The $30 donation is required to get the backstage tour.

Everyone else asking about ticket transfers- All of the following information was on the purchase page, and still is:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

The buyer will need to be present at the event.

Thanks

-Amy



Just two more questions about the $125 then. 

Since we were only allowed two tickets, I was under the impression you couldn't grab the pavilion seats AND the backstage tour.  Could we have done that?  No biggie either way, just an idea to make things a bit clearer next year.

Also do you know if the preferred pavilion will have some separate entrance or something so we can just come and go?  I'm sure there will be some shows I want to see at the second stage and would like to come back and have at least some seat, even if in the back, in the pavilion.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 27, 2010, 12:00:41 pm
And once again, I'm accused of boning your roommates.

Geez.

Did all of you try to get tickets? Did you place the multiple orders under different names and Ticketfly accounts but just the same address? Or is this a hypothetical situation?

-Amy

I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
No hypothetical situation here, this is as real as it gets. 3 roommates, 3 seperate accounts, 3 pairs of tickets 1 address.

So, there will only be 1 pair for all these people? Sort of first come first serve then SOL?

Well 2 out of the 3 would have tickets.  I would suggest just showing up the day of the show.  Someone will probably give you a ticket. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 27, 2010, 12:22:46 pm
I'm no genius, but I'm guessing each of the three roommates needed a pair of tickets. Meaning six tickets altogether.


So my questions: My wife and I both placed an order, each for a pair. Two separate names, two separate email accounts, one common mailing address. We requested print at home tickets.

 Will one order be cancelled? Will both orders be cancelled?  If only one order is cancelled, will it be the one tied to my name, or the one attached to my wife's name? If one or both orders are cancelled, when will we be notified? Or will their be no notification, and one or both of us simply won't receive our order? Of course, not knowing the answer to any of these questions makes it difficult to plan anything.

One can see that all these questions could have been avoided if there was some sort of controller that blocked a person from using a name/email/address that had already been used. Or if a cancellation notification were sent in a timely manner.

It also seems that requiring the name of the person placing the order be the same as the physical ticketholder at the gate would be sufficient in stopping mass scalping, and would avoid this whole one pair of tickets per household issue.

And please don't call me a whiner because I have issues with the system. If someone has issues and can't air them on a public forum, then what's the point of having a public forum?


And once again, I'm accused of boning your roommates.

Geez.

Did all of you try to get tickets? Did you place the multiple orders under different names and Ticketfly accounts but just the same address? Or is this a hypothetical situation?

-Amy

I understand. Those are the breaks.

The next time we have a massively popular and completely free charity event in a large venue, we're open to suggestions as to how you think this would work better and still ensure that fans get to go for free. Feedback welcomed!


Maybe require a credit card? It's really not fair to allow 2 tickets per household when there are 5 people living in a house and EVERYONE wants to go, now you're boning them and almost forcing them to buy tickets from the people who you are trying to keep tickets away from - scalpers.
No hypothetical situation here, this is as real as it gets. 3 roommates, 3 seperate accounts, 3 pairs of tickets 1 address.

So, there will only be 1 pair for all these people? Sort of first come first serve then SOL?

Well 2 out of the 3 would have tickets.  I would suggest just showing up the day of the show.  Someone will probably give you a ticket. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 27, 2010, 01:31:19 pm
Oh, you're the James Ford I've been hearing about!

If any of your orders are going to be canceled, Customer Support will be notifying you. The language on the event was clear.

That is all about that!

javacodeguy- Yes, you could have gotten the $30 backstage tour on top of the $125 tickets, as this was a donation. I am checking on whether or not we'll be offering an upgrade for current ticket holders. I'll get back to you!

Thanks

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 27, 2010, 01:53:41 pm
It also seems that requiring the name of the person placing the order be the same as the physical ticketholder at the gate would be sufficient in stopping mass scalping, and would avoid this whole one pair of tickets per household issue.

not really - someone grabs 4 tickets and then has 3 to re-sell.  selling a single is a lot harder than a pair (or more) since people generally go to festivals with someone else.  limit of 2 also limits the scope of scalping - if someone insists on selling their +1, the damage is contained to +1, not +3.  this is also a disincentive for scalpers - little money to be made.

And please don't call me a whiner because I have issues with the system. If someone has issues and can't air them on a public forum, then what's the point of having a public forum?

the people who were branded whiners because they made personal attacks, bitched about not getting something for free, and generally came across as spoiled brats who felt they were owed something.  i doubt that your intelligent & polite question will get you labeled the same.

javacodeguy- Yes, you could have gotten the $30 backstage tour on top of the $125 tickets, as this was a donation. I am checking on whether or not we'll be offering an upgrade for current ticket holders. I'll get back to you!

yes, please let us know.  i panicked when i finally got through the ordering process and grabbed the $5 tickets, but i'd certainly be interested in donating $30 in exchange for a backstage tour.  please keep us informed.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 27, 2010, 02:17:10 pm
James, I have it on good authority that your daughter thinks your favorite bands suck.  Leave her at home and you and the Mrs have a good time.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 27, 2010, 03:22:33 pm
Ha, none of my favorite bands are playing FreeFest. I just look at it as an opportunity to give some bands a chance, and to hang out in a festive atmosphere with my family.

I leave for work before my daughter wakes up, and often don't get home until right before her bedtime. Essentially the only quality time I get with her is on weekends. I'm also going to be away on business for two weekends in August. No way would I want to be away from her for an entire day in September. I'd rather miss FreeFest than miss a day with her.

James, I have it on good authority that your daughter thinks your favorite bands suck.  Leave her at home and you and the Mrs have a good time.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 27, 2010, 03:38:43 pm
Oh well don't pick up any  of your tickets then.  I am sure there is a party of two somewhere that wants to go.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 27, 2010, 05:50:55 pm
I'd rather miss FreeFest than miss a day with her.

Deal.  I'll take Celeste to the show.  Tell her I'll bring the sunscreen...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 27, 2010, 08:50:02 pm
The language on the event was clear.

That is all about that!
Huh?
I think, James she is saying you would have been told of cancellation at this point?
I just read the address rule on the ticket page...there was a whole lotta reading while trying to obtain tickets. I only heard about the rule via the forum while the sale was happening.

TF I didn't get the free d/l not sure I want it, but is it emailed?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 28, 2010, 03:18:25 am
did they say there was another artist yet to be announced? 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 07:41:22 am
Perhaps you should be the one working for TF.  ;)

The language on the event was clear.

That is all about that!
Huh?
I think, James she is saying you would have been told of cancellation at this point?
I just read the address rule on the ticket page...there was a whole lotta reading while trying to obtain tickets. I only heard about the rule via the forum while the sale was happening.

TF I didn't get the free d/l not sure I want it, but is it emailed?

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 28, 2010, 01:08:34 pm
When can we expect a schedule to be announced?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 28, 2010, 02:16:40 pm
When can we expect a schedule to be announced?

IMO: 48 hours before the show.  be grateful if it's any sooner than that.  virgin fest/freefest have traditionally been foot-draggers when it comes to scheduling.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on July 28, 2010, 02:53:26 pm
I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 03:08:26 pm
Not trying to be a smartass, but was that info on any page if you chose not to donate to a charity, and hence no credit card page appeared?

Also, given that each page pf the ticket "purchase" was on a timer system, I imagine many people didn't read the fine print in fear that the delay caused by reading the fine print would cause them to time out. I know the first time through, I got timed out (due to website slowness, not my own slowness). Not making excuses for myself, just commenting that I imagine many people feel rushed and hence aren't able to read the fine print.

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

Thanks again.


I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 28, 2010, 03:16:28 pm
James Ford,

Once they sort through 30,000 orders?  Wonder if they're doing that now? Care to share, TFlyAmy?

I'm sure that you will receive an email (?) from TF once they determined that you did 2 orders,... or maybe not (human error likely?) and they somehow miss it...  ;D  GOOD LUCK!!!

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 03:25:58 pm
I would think that doing a database sort and search would take about five seconds. And then dumping the email addresses of the perpertrators into a mass email would take about five more seconds.

But i'm not any kind of expert, so that's just a guess. Maybe it's more tricky.



James Ford,

Once they sort through 30,000 orders?  Wonder if they're doing that now? Care to share, TFlyAmy?

I'm sure that you will receive an email (?) from TF once they determined that you did 2 orders,... or maybe not (human error likely?) and they somehow miss it...  ;D  GOOD LUCK!!!

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 28, 2010, 03:43:27 pm

Did you use two separate email addresses? 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 03:55:57 pm
I used mine, my wife used hers.


Did you use two separate email addresses? 

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 28, 2010, 04:14:05 pm
It wasn't fine print. It was posted in bold, all caps, red letters on the page before you made your selection. We are not responsible for those who chose not to read this disclaimer.

Some folks just choose not to read. We post signs all over out in front of the venue before each show with things like "Illegal Drug Use Will Not Be Tolerated" and "No Photo, No Audio, No Video" and still bust people for illegal drug use or using cameras and recording devices.

If you get pulled over for speeding and tell the cop you didn't see the sign with the posted speed limit you're not going to get much sympathy.


Not trying to be a smartass, but was that info on any page if you chose not to donate to a charity, and hence no credit card page appeared?

Also, given that each page pf the ticket "purchase" was on a timer system, I imagine many people didn't read the fine print in fear that the delay caused by reading the fine print would cause them to time out. I know the first time through, I got timed out (due to website slowness, not my own slowness). Not making excuses for myself, just commenting that I imagine many people feel rushed and hence aren't able to read the fine print.

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

Thanks again.


I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 04:18:38 pm
Have you considered a careeer in law enforcement?  ;D

So basically if there are more than two people in a household, the pruchaser should have read the large print and made up a bogus home address and would have been fine? I'm sure many people did that.

In essence it seems that the rule penalizes people who didn't read the rule, rather than serving as some kind of scalping filter, right?

It wasn't fine print. It was posted in bold, all caps, red letters on the page before you made your selection. We are not responsible for those who chose not to read this disclaimer.

Some folks just choose not to read. We post signs all over out in front of the venue before each show with things like "Illegal Drug Use Will Not Be Tolerated" and "No Photo, No Audio, No Video" and still bust people for illegal drug use or using cameras and recording devices.

If you get pulled over for speeding and tell the cop you didn't see the sign with the posted speed limit you're not going to get much sympathy.


Not trying to be a smartass, but was that info on any page if you chose not to donate to a charity, and hence no credit card page appeared?

Also, given that each page pf the ticket "purchase" was on a timer system, I imagine many people didn't read the fine print in fear that the delay caused by reading the fine print would cause them to time out. I know the first time through, I got timed out (due to website slowness, not my own slowness). Not making excuses for myself, just commenting that I imagine many people feel rushed and hence aren't able to read the fine print.

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

Thanks again.


I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 28, 2010, 05:49:55 pm
I think you are wasting you time with the constant posting the same thing in this thread.  Email Seth and tell him about your predicament.  He seems like a nice guy I am sure he will give you another ticket. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 28, 2010, 05:55:50 pm
This is nothing new...

Two years ago for ACDC the fanclub allowed each member to buy two tickets to a single show..

but only one membership per address

I signed up and got two floors....my better half got two really good sides

Her order was cancelled..

We knew we were playing with fire.

I applaud ACDC..in the end me and my better half went together and were not able to hook up two other people...But the people on the floor at ACDC included a lot of real fans who because of ACDC's prescience paid 100 a floor ticket ..in the free market a lot of these would have gone for 400.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Shadrach on July 28, 2010, 06:52:42 pm
Honestly I don't know why this is so difficult to accept. It's a pretty standard industry practice. All this back and forth really isn't going to change anything.

Could you have gotten around this by using a work address or something like that for the second pair of tickets? Yes. But my guess is that you didn't do this because you missed the disclaimer, not because of a moral or ethical dilemma.

Have you considered a careeer in law enforcement?  ;D

So basically if there are more than two people in a household, the pruchaser should have read the large print and made up a bogus home address and would have been fine? I'm sure many people did that.

In essence it seems that the rule penalizes people who didn't read the rule, rather than serving as some kind of scalping filter, right?

It wasn't fine print. It was posted in bold, all caps, red letters on the page before you made your selection. We are not responsible for those who chose not to read this disclaimer.

Some folks just choose not to read. We post signs all over out in front of the venue before each show with things like "Illegal Drug Use Will Not Be Tolerated" and "No Photo, No Audio, No Video" and still bust people for illegal drug use or using cameras and recording devices.

If you get pulled over for speeding and tell the cop you didn't see the sign with the posted speed limit you're not going to get much sympathy.


Not trying to be a smartass, but was that info on any page if you chose not to donate to a charity, and hence no credit card page appeared?

Also, given that each page pf the ticket "purchase" was on a timer system, I imagine many people didn't read the fine print in fear that the delay caused by reading the fine print would cause them to time out. I know the first time through, I got timed out (due to website slowness, not my own slowness). Not making excuses for myself, just commenting that I imagine many people feel rushed and hence aren't able to read the fine print.

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

Thanks again.


I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 07:35:18 pm
That's all I wanted, aknowledgment that dishonest people have benefited from a flawed system. Just like Live Nation in Montgomery County.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 28, 2010, 07:51:11 pm
Help me here - how have dishonest people benefited here?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: vansmack on July 28, 2010, 08:05:10 pm
I hope Amy is billing Seth by the hour for all the time she spends here.

Kind of like I do with my employer.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 28, 2010, 08:06:04 pm
This is all theoretical of course.

But say a household wanted more than two tickets. The only way to get more than two was for each additional person (beyond the first) ordering would be to put in a fake address (wouldn't even have to be a work address, as Shadrach suggested, because why would you need to put in a real address if you chose print at home tickets...are they going to physically mail the link to you?). Hence, you're lying about your address and therefore are being dishonest.

Follow?

Help me here - how have dishonest people benefited here?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 28, 2010, 08:31:19 pm
So how about Pavement! Any word on how its going on their tour?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 28, 2010, 09:40:42 pm
You also have the signs that say which window is for guestlist and which is for willcall. Very rarely are those read as well. That's resulted in quite a few laughs between myself and all of the incredibly awesome staffers that work the boxes.

It wasn't fine print. It was posted in bold, all caps, red letters on the page before you made your selection. We are not responsible for those who chose not to read this disclaimer.

Some folks just choose not to read. We post signs all over out in front of the venue before each show with things like "Illegal Drug Use Will Not Be Tolerated" and "No Photo, No Audio, No Video" and still bust people for illegal drug use or using cameras and recording devices.

If you get pulled over for speeding and tell the cop you didn't see the sign with the posted speed limit you're not going to get much sympathy.


Not trying to be a smartass, but was that info on any page if you chose not to donate to a charity, and hence no credit card page appeared?

Also, given that each page pf the ticket "purchase" was on a timer system, I imagine many people didn't read the fine print in fear that the delay caused by reading the fine print would cause them to time out. I know the first time through, I got timed out (due to website slowness, not my own slowness). Not making excuses for myself, just commenting that I imagine many people feel rushed and hence aren't able to read the fine print.

You said those whose orders are being cancelled will be contacted by customer service. At what point will this be done?

Thanks again.


I think I posted this once before. But this is the exact text that was on the ticket page BEFORE you chose your tickets and entered card info:

"TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Do not buy tickets from a secondary source!

There is a 2 ticket limit per person/credit card/address. Over the limit orders will be cancelled. Must have ID matching name on ticket for entry."

Thanks. Kittens and hugs and flowers.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 28, 2010, 11:52:20 pm
This is all theoretical of course.

But say a household wanted more than two tickets. The only way to get more than two was for each additional person (beyond the first) ordering would be to put in a fake address (wouldn't even have to be a work address, as Shadrach suggested, because why would you need to put in a real address if you chose print at home tickets...are they going to physically mail the link to you?). Hence, you're lying about your address and therefore are being dishonest.

Follow?

yeah, i now get your point... don't really agree with it, tho.

what you're saying amounts to a tautology: only cheaters are able to circumvent the system.  isn't that always the case?  dishonest people will always find a way to benefit from any system, flawed or not. 

every system has flaws.  name me one that doesn't. going back to the old system (allowing anyone to order 8 anonymous hard tickets, aka scalper's delight) isn't going to make thing better - we'd have trouble getting even 2 tickets!

a flaw doesn't invalidate the system, IMO.  overall i suspect that this system will be very effective in preventing scalping.  there is an argument to be made that they've gone too far and have made it too restrictive, not that i feel that way (then again, i only wanted 2 tickets so my needs were served.  i recognize that had i needed more, i might not be such a fan).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 29, 2010, 02:51:27 am
This is all theoretical of course.

But say a household wanted more than two tickets. The only way to get more than two was for each additional person (beyond the first) ordering would be to put in a fake address (wouldn't even have to be a work address, as Shadrach suggested, because why would you need to put in a real address if you chose print at home tickets...are they going to physically mail the link to you?). Hence, you're lying about your address and therefore are being dishonest.

Follow?

Help me here - how have dishonest people benefited here?

For the love of god,.could you stop posting the same message over and over again? You can get as many tickets as you want.  They are 125 dollars buy one and shut up already.  No one cares you only got two tickets.  Some people didn't get any. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2010, 06:31:01 am
Don't wish to go back to old system. Agreed.

It just seems that two (or one) ticket per person, with every id checked at the gate would have been sufficient for stopping scalpers.

That way, a scalper at best can sell only the one extra, and has to personally meet the buyer at the gate. That's alot of trouble for a scalper to go through to make $30, or whatever he's going to get for a single ticket.

Of course people are going to find a way around the roadblock. More likely a scalper than someone who tries to adhere to the rules.



This is all theoretical of course.

But say a household wanted more than two tickets. The only way to get more than two was for each additional person (beyond the first) ordering would be to put in a fake address (wouldn't even have to be a work address, as Shadrach suggested, because why would you need to put in a real address if you chose print at home tickets...are they going to physically mail the link to you?). Hence, you're lying about your address and therefore are being dishonest.

Follow?

yeah, i now get your point... don't really agree with it, tho.

what you're saying amounts to a tautology: only cheaters are able to circumvent the system.  isn't that always the case?  dishonest people will always find a way to benefit from any system, flawed or not. 

every system has flaws.  name me one that doesn't. going back to the old system (allowing anyone to order 8 anonymous hard tickets, aka scalper's delight) isn't going to make thing better - we'd have trouble getting even 2 tickets!

a flaw doesn't invalidate the system, IMO.  overall i suspect that this system will be very effective in preventing scalping.  there is an argument to be made that they've gone too far and have made it too restrictive, not that i feel that way (then again, i only wanted 2 tickets so my needs were served.  i recognize that had i needed more, i might not be such a fan).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2010, 06:31:50 am
I think I'm going to keep on posting the same thing, just for you!!!hahahahahaha

This is all theoretical of course.

But say a household wanted more than two tickets. The only way to get more than two was for each additional person (beyond the first) ordering would be to put in a fake address (wouldn't even have to be a work address, as Shadrach suggested, because why would you need to put in a real address if you chose print at home tickets...are they going to physically mail the link to you?). Hence, you're lying about your address and therefore are being dishonest.

Follow?

Help me here - how have dishonest people benefited here?

For the love of god,.could you stop posting the same message over and over again? You can get as many tickets as you want.  They are 125 dollars buy one and shut up already.  No one cares you only got two tickets.  Some people didn't get any. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 29, 2010, 06:53:17 am
James, could please explain in full detail word for word what happened and the process of getting the ticket  ;D

I think when it comes down to it at showtime if you still need an extra ticket some of the boardies could help you out  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on July 29, 2010, 09:39:21 am
Since you didn't need to use a credit card, you could have put whatever address you wanted for the 2nd set of tickets as to not go over the 2 per household rule.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2010, 11:38:17 am
That's what I've been saying.

Given that, why enforce the rule on only those who weren't observant enough to make that distinction nor ruthless enough to break the rule? That's my point in a nutshell. Anyway, i'll know what I need to do next year.


Since you didn't need to use a credit card, you could have put whatever address you wanted for the 2nd set of tickets as to not go over the 2 per household rule.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 29, 2010, 01:02:39 pm
Given that, why enforce the rule on only those who weren't observant enough to make that distinction nor ruthless enough to break the rule?

so because a few people got away with one thing, everyone should be allowed to get away with everything?  all rules should be thrown out because of one flaw?

i'm sure they'll fix next time 'round.  doesn't invalidate the whole system or the 95% success rate it had.  maybe it'll motivate you to be a little more evil in the future.  danzig would be proud ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 29, 2010, 06:18:21 pm
heya james:

http://www.virginmobilefreeip.com/event/virgin-mobile-freefest/

In exchange for a few hours of your time, we?re offering volunteers the opportunity to join us at Virgin Mobile FreeFest Saturday Sept 25th at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This offer is only open in select markets. Important information on how to get started as well as key information on how this offer works in each market is given below. Select volunteers who sign up for a volunteer service opportunity AND complete their applicable level of required service can receive a reward, so be sure to register right away and show up for your service opportunity!

Important information on how to get started as well as key information on how this offer works can be found here: http://www.virginmobilefreeip.com/event/virgin-mobile-freefest/detail/

(these opportunities appear to be less about volunteering and more donating supplies - drop off some goods and get a ticket)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 29, 2010, 08:15:50 pm
a while back i was being driven around by my friend and he was driving faster than the speed limit.  HE WAS BREAKING THE RULES.  wtf, right?  what's the point of having speed limits if someone is going to break them?

accordingly, all speed limits should be abolished.  if we can't enforce them 100% of the time, under all circumstances, then speed limits are a bad idea. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 29, 2010, 08:42:14 pm
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on July 30, 2010, 09:27:34 am
^off the wagon into tirade again, Mel Gibson? :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on July 30, 2010, 10:03:19 am
Is one to assume from this post that you've paid for a blowjob at least once?
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 30, 2010, 10:22:38 am
Is one to assume from this post that you've paid for a blowjob at least once?
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.

oh good god no.  paying for sex is so dirty and demeaning.  but hey, that's just me.  i like my cock . . . service charge free.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 30, 2010, 10:29:01 am
Is one to assume from this post that you've paid for a blowjob at least once?
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.

oh good god no.  paying for sex is so dirty and demeaning.  but hey, that's just me.  i like my cock . . . service charge free.

what about downloading porn walky??  is it like downloading music?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on July 30, 2010, 10:31:25 am
Is one to assume from this post that you've paid for a blowjob at least once?
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.

oh good god no.  paying for sex is so dirty and demeaning.  but hey, that's just me.  i like my cock . . . service charge free.

what about downloading porn walky??  is it like downloading music?  ;D

uhmm . . . you caught me . . . with my pants down on that one.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 30, 2010, 01:14:51 pm
Is one to assume from this post that you've paid for a blowjob at least once?
for fourty three pages . . . one would expect free everything at this show.  free piggy back rides to each of your spots for bands.  free blowjobs.  free cotton candy.  that would be nice.  free, next to you standing umbrella guys.

oh good god no.  paying for sex is so dirty and demeaning.  but hey, that's just me.  i like my cock . . . service charge free.

what about downloading porn walky??  is it like downloading music?  ;D

uhmm . . . you caught me . . . with my pants down on that one.

This is Walky  ;D
http://www.lolcats.com/view/44/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lilIverson09 on August 04, 2010, 03:07:25 am
i need someone to answer this ASAP. I dont feel like going. Id rather see Bullet for my valentine at the club the same day. Is there any way i can just have my friend claim the tickets or am i screwed? Thanks :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Justin Tonation on August 04, 2010, 08:55:46 am
i need someone to answer this ASAP. I dont feel like going. Id rather see Bullet for my valentine at the club the same day. Is there any way i can just have my friend claim the tickets or am i screwed? Thanks :)

Tickets are nontransferable. If you paid for VIP tix then you screwed yourself. If you got free tix then what's the harm?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on August 04, 2010, 09:55:28 am
i need someone to answer this ASAP. I dont feel like going. Id rather see Bullet for my valentine at the club the same day. Is there any way i can just have my friend claim the tickets or am i screwed? Thanks :)

Have your friend buy a fake with your name on it... or give him your ID if you look similar enough


just kidding
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnnyBaconbitz on August 10, 2010, 12:20:37 pm
Any update on whether Pavement and LCD will be playing the main stage?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 11, 2010, 12:34:21 am
They are having an open for the festival contest, and everyone should vote for Navi. He is a great hip hop artist who needs more exposure.
http://virginmobilefreefest.sonicbids.com/BandDetails2.aspx?b=19846&sr=false&bn=Navi (http://virginmobilefreefest.sonicbids.com/BandDetails2.aspx?b=19846&sr=false&bn=Navi)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on August 29, 2010, 10:49:29 pm
Virgin Mobile Festival was mentioned on Entourage tonight (and Sir Richard Branson was on the episode).  Air mentioned that he had M.I.A and Jay-Z on lockdown for the fest.......Jay-Z being added to the lineup? ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on August 31, 2010, 08:04:25 am
I think it was just part of the script. Also Pavement and LCD Soundsystem probably aren't names that resonates with most Entourage watchers.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on August 31, 2010, 09:04:04 am
looks like it was part of a contest....they are giving away VIP ticket packages to people that enter and correctly identify the artist listed on  Entourage that was not on the lineup.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on August 31, 2010, 05:22:01 pm
And I won! Not sure how many people entered and I was reading about the mention of Jay-Z! Am *very* excited. Waiting to get the rest of the details! :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on August 31, 2010, 07:59:20 pm
Hey xneverwherex- I believe I also sent you a PM about the free tickets, due to your previous issues with getting them. Keep in mind that you won't be able to claim both!

Feel free to respond to my message if you have questions.

-Amy

And I won! Not sure how many people entered and I was reading about the mention of Jay-Z! Am *very* excited. Waiting to get the rest of the details! :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: audreysuefix on September 01, 2010, 07:42:54 am
New Acts @ the Dance Forest: Maximum Balloon (TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek), Sharam and Wolfgang Gartner added.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 01, 2010, 08:45:30 am
Hey xneverwherex- I believe I also sent you a PM about the free tickets, due to your previous issues with getting them. Keep in mind that you won't be able to claim both!

if there are extra VIP tickets sitting around, i'd be happy to take them off your hands...  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 01, 2010, 10:01:41 am
Thanks Amy for the email. I didnt use it, but appreciate the feedback. As I won these, obviously wont be needing the others (and realized I couldnt use both) :)

Sweetcell - unlikely Ill have extras. Havent read any details of whats included - so at this point I dont have much clue about any of it.

Hey xneverwherex- I believe I also sent you a PM about the free tickets, due to your previous issues with getting them. Keep in mind that you won't be able to claim both!

Feel free to respond to my message if you have questions.

-Amy

And I won! Not sure how many people entered and I was reading about the mention of Jay-Z! Am *very* excited. Waiting to get the rest of the details! :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 01, 2010, 10:11:48 am
^^ You shouldn't have asked Ticketfly!! big mistake ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 01, 2010, 02:59:36 pm
no clue wtf youre talking about. i didnt ask ticketfly anything. i posted a rant about being able to get tickets this year - and got an email on here from amy about a way to get them. i won tix through someone that was not ticketfly.

^^ You shouldn't have asked Ticketfly!! big mistake ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 01, 2010, 03:36:31 pm
Both your TF-sourced tix and your contest tix will be managed by TF (probably held at will-call for you). The system is probably set to reject anyone who has more than two tickets in their name. If you accept both sets of tickets, you'll have four. Thus, probs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 01, 2010, 03:52:17 pm
assuming there won't be a matching and you chose email delivery on your free order, then you'll have 4 tickets...(2 from email, 2 at will call for VIP.)  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 01, 2010, 04:55:32 pm
New Acts @ the Dance Forest: Maximum Balloon (TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek), Sharam and Wolfgang Gartner added.

And Die Antwoord were dropped, yeah? Not that it matters that much... one gimmick-rap group less doesn't exactly take the shine off that mofe of a line-up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 01, 2010, 05:04:33 pm
Fuck, no Die Antwoord?  you can call them gimmicky all you want, their album is still pretty bad ass.  Damn one less group I want to see...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on September 01, 2010, 05:09:28 pm
Woah, what? No Die Antwoord? :( :( :(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 01, 2010, 05:14:31 pm
New Acts @ the Dance Forest: Maximum Balloon (TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek), Sharam and Wolfgang Gartner added.

And Die Antwoord were dropped,
Weak!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 01, 2010, 05:57:10 pm
Mind y'all, I don't have any confirmation on this... but it looks pretty certain, as their name's not on the site.

And I didn't necessarily mean "gimmick" as negative. I too have been cranking some $O$. But, honestly, no one would know who they are based solely on mic skills and production. It's all about how exotic Dutch and American folk find Afrikaans swearing and trash culture. Back in SA, they were still playing tiny shows. From what I gather from friends there, Fokofpolisiekar are and were infinitely more popular (although, granted, that's another genre).

Let's just hope Ninja and Co. pull through the DMV some time, preferably with Jack Parow opening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRzFqW4Xh2k

Damn, that song never gets old.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 02, 2010, 07:39:04 am
damnit i was really looking forward to seeing them. Also I don't see Maximum Balloon listed on the site.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 02, 2010, 09:35:53 am
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38968921/ns/today-entertainment/

isn't it about time to drop this idiot off the bill?  seth . . . i have no problem with pot.  you, he or anybody else can smoke it all day long.  but he was smoking while driving which could have injured others, plus he is a convicted felon for guns after already being a convicted felon.  has spent time in federal prison . . . and obviously feels he can do what the fuck he wants because he's "famous."  time to send this douche back to reality and kick his "we don't need people thinking it's cool to emulate your fucked up life" act off the stage.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: BrettnotBritt on September 02, 2010, 10:11:49 am
Seeing as we're three weeks away from the fest, anyone have any idea when the schedule is coming out?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 02, 2010, 10:22:40 am
I emailed them to ensure I wont have problems. And I won airfare/hotel to Vfest - not sure if its vip tix as well but at this point an all expense paid trip down there - it doesnt matter much to me :)

Both your TF-sourced tix and your contest tix will be managed by TF (probably held at will-call for you). The system is probably set to reject anyone who has more than two tickets in their name. If you accept both sets of tickets, you'll have four. Thus, probs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 02, 2010, 10:29:57 am
Seeing as we're three weeks away from the fest, anyone have any idea when the schedule is coming out?

for all the great things VFest has done over the years, getting the schedule out in a decent amount of time hasn't been their strong point.  be grateful if it's published any earlier than 3 days before the festival (IMO).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 02, 2010, 10:45:00 am
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38968921/ns/today-entertainment/

isn't it about time to drop this idiot off the bill?  seth . . . i have no problem with pot.  you, he or anybody else can smoke it all day long.  but he was smoking while driving which could have injured others, plus he is a convicted felon for guns after already being a convicted felon.  has spent time in federal prison . . . and obviously feels he can do what the fuck he wants because he's "famous."  time to send this douche back to reality and kick his "we don't need people thinking it's cool to emulate your fucked up life" act off the stage.

Or getting on stage 45 minutes late and totally messing up the schedule like some previous acts who have had trouble following the law...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 02, 2010, 11:30:48 am
I would be very surprised if T.I would be able to make it now...if he was on probation, he clearly violated it with that drug charge...so yeah, he's probably fucked
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on September 02, 2010, 11:36:27 am
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38968921/ns/today-entertainment/

isn't it about time to drop this idiot off the bill?  seth . . . i have no problem with pot.  you, he or anybody else can smoke it all day long.  but he was smoking while driving which could have injured others, plus he is a convicted felon for guns after already being a convicted felon.  has spent time in federal prison . . . and obviously feels he can do what the fuck he wants because he's "famous."  time to send this douche back to reality and kick his "we don't need people thinking it's cool to emulate your fucked up life" act off the stage.

Or getting on stage 45 minutes late and totally messing up the schedule like some previous acts who have had trouble following the law...

And fucking up the Black Keys set so that they only had a half hour. :(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 02, 2010, 05:30:46 pm
uhhh thats a bit flawed logic. i ended up getting tickets initially the first round. so technically i do have 2 sets. but the contest didnt say it was excluded to people who already had tix. considering that the contest was after the fact - theres no way I knew Id win tix. Either way - Amy said its all cool! Sadly - Ill be letting 2 tix go to waste. Ah well.

See ya'll there! And the 4 tix I won are claimed. They all get free transpo even my friends in VA. Pretty sweet!

Both your TF-sourced tix and your contest tix will be managed by TF (probably held at will-call for you). The system is probably set to reject anyone who has more than two tickets in their name. If you accept both sets of tickets, you'll have four. Thus, probs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 02, 2010, 06:33:54 pm
Lil Wayne > Black Keys
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 02, 2010, 07:49:59 pm
Lil Wayne > Black Keys


didn't seth say that the black keys were only scheduled for a 30 minute set?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Justin Tonation on September 02, 2010, 08:15:56 pm
Lil Wayne > Black Keys


What if he just wanted to play guitar?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 02, 2010, 08:23:09 pm
OK maybe I should be more specific.

Lil Wayne without a guitar > Black Keys.

The couple songs I heard off that rock album are some of the most gag-worthy garbage ever put to tape.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 03, 2010, 10:11:40 am
Lil Wayne > Black Keys

I like Lil Wayne a lot, but this is just ridiculous.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on September 03, 2010, 12:55:06 pm
Lil Wayne > Black Keys


didn't seth say that the black keys were only scheduled for a 30 minute set?

After the show, yes. But the schedule had them slotted for 5:15 to 6:15, and Dan was quite pissed throughout the set about only having a half hour.

The schedule is still up http://www.informationleafblower.com/blog/archives/2008/07/virgin-festival-1.html and http://www.virginmobilefestival.com/2008/index.html#/home/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on September 07, 2010, 06:12:40 pm
We will not be managing the tickets she won from another source, actually. She's got 2 tix with us so she's cool.

I like your positive attitude, xneverwherex! Maybe it's that spirit that got you such good ticket-winning karma!

:-)

-Amy


I emailed them to ensure I wont have problems. And I won airfare/hotel to Vfest - not sure if its vip tix as well but at this point an all expense paid trip down there - it doesnt matter much to me :)

Both your TF-sourced tix and your contest tix will be managed by TF (probably held at will-call for you). The system is probably set to reject anyone who has more than two tickets in their name. If you accept both sets of tickets, you'll have four. Thus, probs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 08, 2010, 04:30:15 pm
Hah! Thanks Amy! Whatever it is, Ill take it. I also got seats upgraded a day later at Fela to orchestra front/center. Im just looking forward to having a great time there and hanging out with friends. Will be fun!

We will not be managing the tickets she won from another source, actually. She's got 2 tix with us so she's cool.

I like your positive attitude, xneverwherex! Maybe it's that spirit that got you such good ticket-winning karma!

:-)

-Amy


I emailed them to ensure I wont have problems. And I won airfare/hotel to Vfest - not sure if its vip tix as well but at this point an all expense paid trip down there - it doesnt matter much to me :)

Both your TF-sourced tix and your contest tix will be managed by TF (probably held at will-call for you). The system is probably set to reject anyone who has more than two tickets in their name. If you accept both sets of tickets, you'll have four. Thus, probs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 09, 2010, 03:17:34 pm
I didn't feel like going through pages of my inbox to find the email, but when are the emails going out with the tickets? Or when are the tickets going out... I forgot how it was supposed to happen.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 09, 2010, 03:18:11 pm
I didn't feel like going through pages of my inbox to find the email, but when are the emails going out with the tickets? Or when are the tickets going out... I forgot how it was supposed to happen.

18th  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 13, 2010, 12:57:45 pm
do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on September 13, 2010, 01:44:20 pm
do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?

I'm really hoping that these 2 will be side stage headliners.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 13, 2010, 02:10:21 pm
Since both bands are entry level idiot hipster magnet bands, it would be funny if they did schedule them for the same time.

do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 13, 2010, 02:41:29 pm
do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?

I'm really hoping that these 2 will be side stage headliners.



That's my guess what'll happen
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 13, 2010, 02:46:40 pm
It would not be funny as I am neither entry level nor a hipster.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 13, 2010, 04:43:01 pm
do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?

I'm really hoping that these 2 will be side stage headliners.


Neither of these bands is playing Main stage.


Neither.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 13, 2010, 04:46:59 pm
do you think there's a chance LCD and Pavement will play at the same time, or are they both on the main stage?

I'm really hoping that these 2 will be side stage headliners.


Neither of these bands is playing Main stage.


Neither.

really? if so thats great news for me as they are the two i want to see
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 16, 2010, 10:58:58 am
Can't wait for the damn schedule to come out.

How long do you think Pavement will play?? 1.5 hours??
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 16, 2010, 11:12:31 am
looks like TI is starting to cancel all of his shows
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 16, 2010, 11:35:02 am
looks like TI is starting to cancel all of his shows

darn.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 16, 2010, 12:01:59 pm
on the upside, maybe he'll be replaced with someone actually worth seeing.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 16, 2010, 12:08:28 pm
He was not all that bad the one time I saw him. Played his 3-4 club bangers well and left.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 16, 2010, 12:36:53 pm
Can't wait for the damn schedule to come out.

How long do you think Pavement will play?? 1.5 hours??
1 hour

Did anyone get over an hour last year except for blink/girl talk?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 16, 2010, 01:39:27 pm
Can't wait for the damn schedule to come out.

How long do you think Pavement will play?? 1.5 hours??
1 hour

Did anyone get over an hour last year except for blink/girl talk?

Might have to make that trip to NYC then.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 16, 2010, 03:04:21 pm
It would be a travesty if that cheap Mark E. Smith imitation gets longer than Pavement.


Sorry, Firebutt. Please don't kill me the next time you see me. ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 16, 2010, 03:43:42 pm
looks like TI is starting to cancel all of his shows

Yeah maybe Sethy can replace him with Jay Z or Eminem ha, that would be a gangster pull  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 16, 2010, 05:04:57 pm
It would be a travesty if that cheap Mark E. Smith imitation gets longer than Pavement.


Sorry, Firebutt. Please don't kill me the next time you see me. ;)

Girl Talk headlined over Public Enemy. That's a travesty.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 17, 2010, 02:18:47 am
That is sad.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 17, 2010, 01:33:32 pm
Franz headlined the West stage and I think played longer than anyone (except whoever closed the dance tent).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on September 17, 2010, 04:30:31 pm
all the dance acts last year got 90+ minutes
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 17, 2010, 05:04:19 pm
all the dance acts last year got 90+ minutes
Because there was only 4 DJs, or 5?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: betao on September 17, 2010, 05:55:12 pm
there were only 4 yeah.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 18, 2010, 09:05:52 am
We should be getting our tickets today.  The ticket scalpers and photoshop users will be trying to use their skills  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 18, 2010, 09:10:09 am
oh hey, that's right. 

for those of us who chose will-call, means we can drop by the club to pick up our tickets starting today, right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 18, 2010, 10:18:33 am
got my tickets!

i'm right - there won't be any name checking/matching at the door...no names on the tickets! 

(NO thanks, TFlyAmy!)

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 18, 2010, 11:13:19 am
ah ha, I knew they wouldn't be able to check all peoples ids at the front.  ;D

my email for the tickets were at 1030am
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 18, 2010, 11:15:27 am
Joe, did you get print-at-home e-tickets or did you pick up?

Anyone know when the club's box office will open today?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 18, 2010, 11:17:59 am
e-tickets....

saturday they open at 6 pm on show nights.


Joe, did you get print-at-home e-tickets or did you pick up?

Anyone know when the club's box office will open today?

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 18, 2010, 11:37:38 am
Anyone remember when the schedule came out last year?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 18, 2010, 12:35:26 pm
Got mine... And the two tickets to one household didn't hold up, we got four!

Pavement please play 1.5 hours.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 18, 2010, 12:40:45 pm
I wonder if James Ford is now wondering why all these people got more tickets then allowed with no names on tickets?  I'm sure we will have some extras for you and your family  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 18, 2010, 01:19:15 pm
Haven't got my e-mailed tickets yet... praying all the info came through ok on the phone the other day.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wdb_2756 on September 18, 2010, 04:40:59 pm
I got my e-tickets for virgin free fest earlier today. I had accidently ordered 4 back in July. (I ordered 2 free tickets and I wanted to make a $5 donation for each ticket so I added 2 and ended up getting 4; I wasn't aware of this until later when ticketfly sent me an e-mail notifying me that I had exceeded the 2 ticket limit and that they would cancel my other 2 tix.)

Anyway, when I opened the pdf I have 4 tix with 4 different barcodes. The two tix with the price code "Free" say 'General Admission Rain or Shine Virgin Mobile FreeFest Gates open at 11am Merriweather Post Pav.' But the other two tix with the price code "Free+$5" don't have the Gen Admission info. It's just an empty white box.

I wanted to know which tix were legit which ones weren't; or if they were all usable?

Did anyone else who received more than 2 notice this on their tickets???
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 20, 2010, 09:35:10 am
What's everyone selling tickets for? My stepsister can't go and a lot of people are asking, she was offered 40$, is that too much?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 20, 2010, 09:36:59 am
Is it more than "free"?  Then it's probably too much.

What's everyone selling tickets for? My stepsister can't go and a lot of people are asking, she was offered 40$, is that too much?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 20, 2010, 09:47:56 am
she's a scalper if she accepts it.

What's everyone selling tickets for? My stepsister can't go and a lot of people are asking, she was offered 40$, is that too much?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 20, 2010, 10:07:42 am
How much should I sell the winning lottery ticket that somebody at work gave me for free last week?


While I personally wouldn't sell free tickets for more than the cost of the time and effort involved in getting them to the recipient, I don't have a problem with others who do it.

You guys are to moralistic. Go join the tea party.  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 20, 2010, 10:32:08 am
she's a scalper if she accepts it.

What's everyone selling tickets for? My stepsister can't go and a lot of people are asking, she was offered 40$, is that too much?
Boring. The guy made the offer, I'll probably give mine away for free, but it's a recession . She has something that's worth money, and she's kind of broke, why not make money off of it if she has none? I think 40 is steep, I'd sell mine for 20 or 25? But I'll probably just ask for food/beer once we're there instead of the money.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 20, 2010, 10:39:10 am
Nah, I just want to call someone a scalper, like Deathfromabove's sister.


You guys are to moralistic. Go join the tea party.  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on September 20, 2010, 12:22:12 pm
I know several folks who are now not using tickets.  I made the donation, but am fine with that.  Mine are free to whoever wants them, and I'm 98% sure my friends will all do the same.  PM me your email address and I will give my tickets out first, then pass on emails to folks who have tickets.

ENJOY!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lily1 on September 20, 2010, 12:27:04 pm
when will set times be posted?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nocents on September 20, 2010, 12:43:55 pm
I know several folks who are now not using tickets.  I made the donation, but am fine with that.  Mine are free to whoever wants them, and I'm 98% sure my friends will all do the same.  PM me your email address and I will give my tickets out first, then pass on emails to folks who have tickets.

ENJOY!!

I sent you a pm, although it's not in my outbox--so I'm not sure it went through. If it didn't, my email is my forum username  @gmail. Thanks a lot!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on September 20, 2010, 12:45:31 pm
I'd be interested in trading for/buying 2 tickets for this. I had been planning to see Pavement in NYC on 9/23 but can no longer go  :-[ I'd be more than happy to trade those tickets (3) for tickets to the Virgin Fest.

I apologize if this post doesn't belong here--feel free to delete it if that's the case.

They were awesome in Williamsburg last night.  They did "Starlings of the Slipstream."

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nocents on September 20, 2010, 12:55:59 pm

They were awesome in Williamsburg last night.  They did "Starlings of the Slipstream."

Brian

I saw pictures, and it did look awesome. I'm hoping to see them soon =)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on September 20, 2010, 01:26:35 pm
when will set times be posted?

Their Twitter says "BY next Friday" (9/24)

I hope that means they are trying to get a last minute add!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 20, 2010, 02:09:21 pm
wow, so all the hoopla about 2 ticket limit and your names printed on the tickets turned out to be false.....

nice one
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 20, 2010, 02:37:49 pm
when will set times be posted?

Their Twitter says "BY next Friday" (9/24)

I hope that means they are trying to get a last minute add!

My guess is they're figuring out if TI is playing and if not who will replace him.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 20, 2010, 03:25:16 pm
wow, so all the hoopla about 2 ticket limit and your names printed on the tickets turned out to be false.....

nice one

stop it . . . seth is god and ticketfly is metatron.  the end. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on September 20, 2010, 04:13:53 pm
Hieronymus- I'm showing your tickets as delivered. Re-sending now to the email address you gave us. Let me know if they don't arrive!

Thanks.

-Amy

Haven't got my e-mailed tickets yet... praying all the info came through ok on the phone the other day.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Summerteeth on September 20, 2010, 04:22:08 pm
If anyone else is looking to get rid of tickets, please feel free to PM me.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 20, 2010, 04:23:18 pm
Hey we can pick up will call tickets at MPP the day of the show right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 20, 2010, 05:30:00 pm
I believe the last day you can pick tickets up is Thursday. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on September 20, 2010, 05:44:44 pm
Yup! Thursday night is the last time you can pick up Will Call tix, at MPP or the 930 Club.

Merriweather Post Pavilion Box Office

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, MD 21044

Sat 9/18 10am-9pm

Mon 9/20 ? Thurs 9/23 10:00am - 5:30pm

I believe the last day you can pick tickets up is Thursday. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 20, 2010, 06:28:47 pm
Got 'em, Amy. Thanks a bunch!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 20, 2010, 09:29:38 pm
There's a poster here at the box office saying you can get in with a $5 donation.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on September 20, 2010, 09:59:52 pm
Yup! Thursday night is the last time you can pick up Will Call tix, at MPP or the 930 Club.

Merriweather Post Pavilion Box Office

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, MD 21044

Sat 9/18 10am-9pm

Mon 9/20 ? Thurs 9/23 10:00am - 5:30pm

I believe the last day you can pick tickets up is Thursday. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.



Will unclaimed tickets be released on Ticketfly?

If so, is there a particular time on friday i should be ready by my computer to get 1?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on September 20, 2010, 10:01:58 pm
I need a couple tickets as well if anyone ends up having extras.  Please PM. Thanks.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 21, 2010, 07:43:37 am
If you do travel to Merriweather to get them, you can reward yourself with a Kilkenny at Union Jacks...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on September 21, 2010, 10:16:59 am
I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 21, 2010, 10:24:00 am
I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.


humans invented gps and maps.  on that computer thing i've heard about, there is this website for the venue that has directions from like fifty different directions.  oh yeah . . . and the venue has a parking lot that holds cars.  weird, huh?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 21, 2010, 10:24:11 am
park at columbia mall...

I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on September 21, 2010, 10:31:52 am
You seem like a real prick Walkonby.  Thanks VD.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 21, 2010, 10:47:37 am
you have no clue how to get to merriweather . . . but when someone on here says to park at the columbia mall, which is right beside the venue, your "life is saved"?  interesting.  thank god you know how to get to the columbia mall!

p.s. . . . my name isn't capitalized.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 21, 2010, 11:11:40 am
I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.


humans invented gps and maps.  on that computer thing i've heard about, there is this website for the venue that has directions from like fifty different directions.  oh yeah . . . and the venue has a parking lot that holds cars.  weird, huh?

Why was this post even necessary walkonby?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 21, 2010, 11:12:40 am
I take it we are waiting for the schedule to be released to agree on a meetup?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: railK on September 21, 2010, 11:30:57 am
Where the (#*$ is the schedule?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 21, 2010, 11:41:33 am
I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.

I have gone to 100's of events at merriweather over the years and havve always parked in the lots.  They are free.  They are easy to get out of.  You can tail gait.  No reason to park anywhere else.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on September 21, 2010, 11:48:58 am
I take it we are waiting for the schedule to be released to agree on a meetup?
yes, and for me any sort of plan, really.
walkie, chill hunny bunny, chill! it's a haul out there and always worrisome to leave your car parked at a spot you're unsure of, if you'll be towed, etc.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 21, 2010, 12:41:59 pm
I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Any tips for driving/parking from DC?  Is it possible to park at that bar Union Jacks and walk.  It's .9 miles according to Google maps.

I have gone to 100's of events at merriweather over the years and havve always parked in the lots.  They are free.  They are easy to get out of.  You can tail gait.  No reason to park anywhere else.
According to the Freefest website, they're only allowing cars with at least 4 people to park in the lots.

This is complete bullshit right? As if everyone driving is looking at the website to see what the minimum limit of passengers must be in order to park in the lots, and even if there are only 3 people trying to park in the lot are they going to stop traffic just so this person can turn around and find parking elsewhere? It's ludicrous. First the name's on the tickets, and the IDs at the gates, now this?

Just release the god damn schedule.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 21, 2010, 01:06:57 pm
There is so much free parking at the mall that it really doesn't matter.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Sir HC on September 21, 2010, 01:11:12 pm
They are going to be policing the mall parking lot.  Check points and not allowing concert parking there.

Seriously.  The Union Jacks entrance will have a guard there.  Maybe can get in on the back side by Macys but a lot is blocked off (Broken Land and Little Patuxent by Merriweather).  There is free parking for Merriweather at Merriweather.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 21, 2010, 01:16:06 pm
That is crazy.  You can park for every other concert there.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Sir HC on September 21, 2010, 01:23:14 pm
That is crazy.  You can park for every other concert there.

The Vans tour they do parking checks for too.  I work in the buildings right across the street.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 21, 2010, 01:24:38 pm
last year they directed you to park at various parking lots around the mall.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 21, 2010, 01:28:07 pm
What got haggis said... I recall there was a shuttle for some of the aux lots as well

They had festival staff directing people onto those lots

My guess with 14k more people in attendance they want to encourage carpooling for the main lot and discourage people from taking up customer spots at the mall itself
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 21, 2010, 01:30:57 pm
I'll be accepting my free beers during the day, please let me know when you'd like to buy me one. ;0)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 21, 2010, 02:31:04 pm
I could use a matching Converse sneaker for the one I got last year.  Can't remember if I have a left or a right shoe, though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 21, 2010, 03:37:32 pm
I think they were all rights and size...11's? 12's? I still have them in the backpack in my closet with about 10 markers. oh boy i was drunk...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JamesFanscape on September 21, 2010, 05:27:16 pm
I'd be interested in trading for/buying 2 tickets for this. I had been planning to see Pavement in NYC on 9/23 but can no longer go  :-[ I'd be more than happy to trade those tickets (3) for tickets to the Virgin Fest.

I apologize if this post doesn't belong here--feel free to delete it if that's the case.

They were awesome in Williamsburg last night.  They did "Starlings of the Slipstream."

Brian

Argh, so envious; that's my favorite song on Brighten the Corners! I can't wait to see them at FreeFest this weekend; I've been a fan ever since Crooked Rain came out when I was in high school, but somehow I never got a chance to see them live. I'm actually going to be working at the State Farm Club 17K tent, but I made them swear that they'd let me out in time to catch Pavement's set! (Really hoping I can duck out to see LCD Soundsystem too; I haven't seen them since they were touring for Sound of Silver and I'd love to hear some of the This Is Happening tracks live.)

By the way, don't forget to stop by the Club 17K tent at the show! Basically, State Farm's setting up a special area for festivalgoers to take a break, enjoy a chair massage, enter to win prizes, and more! Club 17K is open to everyone at the festival, so just look for the red carpet. Like I said, I'm working with State Farm on this, so if anyone has any questions about Club 17K, just ask!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 21, 2010, 05:57:55 pm
Seems like TI is keeping the schedule from coming out.  Or more his parole hearing on Thursday:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/2010/09/virgin_freefest_we_have_no_pla.html
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on September 21, 2010, 06:09:21 pm
Dear Seth-

Please consider Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, or T-PAIN as a replacement.

Thank You, I have said my piece.

-Amy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 21, 2010, 11:54:57 pm
I think B.o.B., Drake (two shows at DAR the next week might hamper that though) or Nas would be good substitutes in the same vain, since they seem to have breaks in their tour schedule this weekend. Deadmau5 and Jay-Z are other options, but extreme long shots given the quick turn around and what it probably takes to coordinate their stage acts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 12:25:02 am
instead of booking someone else, how about giving the artists already on the bill an extra 10-15 minutes each?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on September 22, 2010, 07:23:34 am
Join Living Social and get VIP tickets TODAY for $60:  http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350-52-off-virgin-mobile-festival?ref=DCDeal092210_1email
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on September 22, 2010, 07:24:19 am
For those who sent me PMs for non-VIP tickets we're not using, I"m sending your email addresses out to folks who are not using tickets.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 22, 2010, 08:19:13 am
instead of booking someone else, how about giving the artists already on the bill an extra 10-15 minutes each?

The article said that's what they might do.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on September 22, 2010, 09:27:07 am
Join Living Social and get VIP tickets TODAY for $60:  http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350-52-off-virgin-mobile-festival?ref=DCDeal092210_1email

I guess those $120 tickets didn't sell too well
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 22, 2010, 09:47:53 am
Join Living Social and get VIP tickets TODAY for $60:  http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350-52-off-virgin-mobile-festival?ref=DCDeal092210_1email

I guess those $120 tickets didn't sell too well

Seriously, it's going to look quite ridiculous when there is a completely empty pavilion and the lawn is packed to the gills.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 09:53:03 am
Join Living Social and get VIP tickets TODAY for $60:  http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350-52-off-virgin-mobile-festival?ref=DCDeal092210_1email

the description that accompanies the offer is just painful.  i'm sure some fresh-outta-college kid is pretty damn proud of herself.

i was considering buying a $120 ticket, but then i remembered that i owed Yada a beer, and given the price of a yuengling... ;D

uh, this offer doesn't say anything about VIP (pavilion access), it only mentions entrance to the festival.  to me, these don't look like VIP passes but are just regular lawn-only passes.  please correct me if i'm wrong.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 09:55:50 am
It does call them pavillion tickets and say they're 52% off the face value.  Nice since my friend bought a ticket on Friday to hang out with us in the pavillion.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2010, 10:42:30 am
Ok so the pavilion tickets are they only for a certain section of the pavilion???  Like us free people, can we still get in there and go to the pit area if there is room like last year???  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 10:57:18 am
It does call them pavillion tickets and say they're 52% off the face value.  Nice since my friend bought a ticket on Friday to hang out with us in the pavillion.

d'oh.  more caffeine next time.

if people are going to avail themselves of this offer anyways, why not use this link to access the deal: http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350?ref=email-jp&rpi=1332581.  if 3 people buy through that link, i get one of my 2 tickets free.  your incentive?  a free beer, any brand & any size on offer (including those "big gulp" sized ones ;D)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eltee on September 22, 2010, 12:26:20 pm
I can't make it. I'd like to be able to offer my ticket (the GA+tour ($30)) if someone would like to take it off my hands. PM me - pls. don't clog thread.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 22, 2010, 02:32:01 pm
according to the baltimore sun, there is indeed no replacement act for TI (he finally bailed) and they are expanding set times for other acts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 22, 2010, 02:32:37 pm
and here is the schedule!

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/untitled.JPG

really hate the fact that pavement and lcd soundsystem are playing the pavilion stage
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 22, 2010, 02:40:11 pm
and here is the schedule!

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/untitled.JPG

really hate the fact that pavement and lcd soundsystem are playing the pavilion stage

At least the two best bands there received got the longest time slots.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 02:49:06 pm
VERY EXCITING!

Will miss Sleigh Bells, but hopefully they'll be back before too long (don't feel like fighting the tiny college kids the next night at UMBC....)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2010, 02:51:42 pm
so those of us who got free tickets will only have access to the lawn and outdoor stages?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 02:52:40 pm
I think so.  Didn't they let other people in the pavillion last year though?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 22, 2010, 02:53:31 pm
last year there weren't any VIP Tickets...you could get into the pavilion but you had to wait in an insane line
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2010, 02:55:40 pm
line was insane last year, yes.

so i essentially have 2 worthless tickets........
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 03:05:05 pm
Wow, this is the worst case scenario in terms of staging. I bet you anything that TI being cancelled caused them to flip the headliners stages. No way MIA, TI and Ludacris were originally slated to do side stage shows.

What a mess.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 22, 2010, 03:15:44 pm
Parking? What time is "an hourly" for the VIP tix parking?

Thanks
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 03:33:48 pm
that schedule looks a tad amateurish... how certain are we that it's the real deal?

so i essentially have 2 worthless tickets........

uh, you got what you pay for ;)  you assumed that pavement and lcdss would be on the second stage, thus you were appy with free/non-pavilion tix.  now that they're on the main stage... pay up :)

it was nice (and or very lucky) that the schedule was released while this half-price VIP tix thing is still on.  for those who now want to buy b/c the lineup is known, please consider doing so via this link (http://livingsocial.com/deals/9350?ref=email-jp&rpi=1332581).  i reiterate my offer of a free beer to anyone who does (actually, to the first three people who do... either way you have nothing to lose; only a beer or snack and some thanks to gain; and your ticket(s) will cost the same - $60!)

wait a minute... maybe this is a fake schedule, and the organizers released it to get people to buy pavilion seats.  then they release the official schedule which might not align to this one... </conspiracy>
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 03:35:59 pm
Do we know that they're VIP tickets? Ticketfly lists them as "GA Pavilion" which doesn't have any of the perks listed that "VIPavilion" does. Livingsocial's description doesn't help clarify this at all.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 03:44:06 pm
Do we know that they're VIP tickets? Ticketfly lists them as "GA Pavilion" which doesn't have any of the perks listed that "VIPavilion" does. Livingsocial's description doesn't help clarify this at all.

good point.  i'm assuming these $60 tix don't include:

Quote
With your VIPavilion seat you receive:
Early access to priority parking for the first hour
Welcome party in the pavilion with drink specials and complimentary snacks
VIP bar and lounge in the pavilion
VIP bar and viewing area at the West stage
Backstage tour
Event T-shirt and poster
Entry to win tickets to Edward Sharpe
Access to the Official After-Party
A free ticket to a return play by any festival artist in the DC/Balt area in the next calendar year, subject to availability

i'd happily settle for just the parking. although the bar is a nice touch.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 03:52:11 pm
I am guessing that if you have a pavillion ticket, you have VIP access.  I say this because my ticket says pavillion, but I also have a VIP access pass to wear around my neck at the show.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 03:56:53 pm
I am guessing that if you have a pavillion ticket, you have VIP access.  I say this because my ticket says pavillion, but I also have a VIP access pass to wear around my neck at the show.

Does guarantee you pit access as well? or just seating in the pavilion? If it's pit access I may pick up a pair to ensure I get to see LCD Soundsystem.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 03:57:34 pm
It looks like the discounted tickets are pavillion only. No VIP access.  Sorry....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 22, 2010, 04:05:34 pm
"but I also have a VIP access pass to wear around my neck at the show"

I paid $125 and bought a $30 as backup for the backstage so a total of $155. I have the two tickets but no VIP access pass? Did yours come with the tickets?

Thanks,
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 04:12:12 pm
They did. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 22, 2010, 04:12:53 pm
I should add that I got mine from the columbia association.  I didn't get them from merriweather.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 22, 2010, 04:16:43 pm
if they are selling pavilion tickets that are non vip and advertising as 2 for 1 then that would be a lie...same with living social...

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2010, 04:18:20 pm
Ok so is it for sure that the free tickets, we can not get into the pavilion at all???  I thought the paid pavilion seating is Sethy and gang corner off one good section of the pavlion.  Only people who paid can sit in those sections while everything else is open this includes pavilion and the pit.  Am I wrong? ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2010, 04:21:11 pm
the pit has not been addressed.......who gets in?

 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: azaghal1981 on September 22, 2010, 04:32:47 pm
I figured this as well. And I am almost sure Seth posted something similar.

Ok so is it for sure that the free tickets, we can not get into the pavilion at all???  I thought the paid pavilion seating is Sethy and gang corner off one good section of the pavlion.  Only people who paid can sit in those sections while everything else is open this includes pavilion and the pit.  Am I wrong? ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 04:34:18 pm
unless informed otherwise, i'd go under the assumption that it's the same deal as last year: pit & the non-VIP pavilion is GA, but once they're full they only let one person in for each person that leaves.  so get there early and have enough supplies to make it through the day if you want pit for LCDSS (or be in line some 2 hours ahead of their set time...)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 04:36:34 pm
sucks that modeselektor is playing during pavement & lcdss.  maybe my concert buddy will hold down the fort in the pavilion while i run over to the dance area and catch a few minutes of his set...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2010, 04:37:32 pm
hmmm so who in here bought those living social tickets???  I was thinking of getting it but hmmm need more claification where is Sethy when you need him?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 04:49:27 pm
hmmm so who in here bought those living social tickets???  I was thinking of getting it but hmmm need more claification where is Sethy when you need him?  ;D

I also e-mailed Living Social seeking clarification, but I'm not expecting much out of that. TicketFly is in the dark as well, since supposedly a deal organized directly through Living Social and the promoter (Seth).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 04:58:20 pm
i bought 'em (hence my annoying "use my link please" comments).

this deal is definitely short on details, and is worse off for it.  i'd certainly be more comfortable if i knew exactly what i was getting.  for example, it says "pavilion access" - but doesn't mention what part of the pavilion.  i'm assuming that since it's 52% off of a $125 ticket, i'll have the same pavilion access as $125 ticket-holders... but that isn't clear at all.  i'm just hoping that the lack of fine print doesn't mean i'll resent my purchase.


on the other hand, looks like one can cancel purchases... i think i may have accidentally just done that.  ugh.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2010, 04:58:56 pm
you're probably right.
and rely on you (sweetcell) to get us food and drinks.
all we need is a porta potty inside the pavillion and we're set.

unless informed otherwise, i'd go under the assumption that it's the same deal as last year: pit & the non-VIP pavilion is GA, but once they're full they only let one person in for each person that leaves.  so get there early and have enough supplies to make it through the day if you want pit for LCDSS (or be in line some 2 hours ahead of their set time...)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 22, 2010, 05:03:40 pm
pretty sure living social is not vip.. just go look at ticketfly page when you try to buy tickets
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2010, 05:09:32 pm
pretty sure living social is not vip.. just go look at ticketfly page when you try to buy tickets

yes hutchy is right, the living social tickets are just the plain 125 ga tickets because it says so right on the ticketlfy page  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 05:19:14 pm
another thunk: saying that the discount ticket is 52% off is misleading (at best) if it doesn't include all the VIP benefits.  you can only say that something is a percentage off the regular price if that thing hasn't changed, and you're getting the same thing before and after the price reduction.

it's like saying that a ring is currently 50% off, without mentioning that previously it was gold and now you'll be getting a silver ring.  or like saying jug #1 of milk is 50% off the price of jug #2, without mentioning that #1 is a half-gallon and #2 is a full gallon..  it's wrong (and i'm sure illegal as well).

seth?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 22, 2010, 05:20:01 pm
so VIP and Regular GA Pavillion are selling for the same price? ($125?)

are the livingsocial tickets GA or assigned?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 05:20:18 pm
pretty sure living social is not vip.. just go look at ticketfly page when you try to buy tickets

yes hutchy is right, the living social tickets are just the plain 125 ga tickets because it says so right on the ticketlfy page  ;D

I saw that, but my question is how are they going to differentiate them? How are they identifying people who qualify for VIP perks (especially in regards to parking since VIP could still be will call)? More importantly, is it VIP seating but no "lanyard" and if so are you going to have to make sure you hold onto your ticket all day so you can get seated over the freebies or will there be a bracelet like the pit usually gets during a standard MPP show?  This seemingly creates a third class of tickets, which would pose a lot of logistical headaches and potential misunderstandings for the organizers... especially if it's such a small pool (a few hundred out of 35,000).

Obviously the safest best is to assume the bare minimum, but logistically it makes more sense for these to be relabeled VIP packages (in terms of day of concert experience). I know a lot of us are on the fence due to the uncertainty of what exactly we're being offered, so some clarification could really help.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 22, 2010, 05:21:49 pm
clusterfuck
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2010, 05:25:43 pm
where is walky?  as he would be making fun of us for freaking out over a free event
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 05:30:08 pm
so VIP and Regular GA Pavillion are selling for the same price? ($125?)

are the livingsocial tickets GA or assigned?

the livingsocial tickets appear to have the same seating rights as a VIP ticket - probably the center pavilion.

I saw that, but my question is how are they going to differentiate them? How are they identifying people who qualify for VIP perks (especially in regards to parking since VIP could still be will call)?

easy - they give you different colored bracelets.  if you don't have a "full VIP"-colored bracelet, you can get in to the pavilion but won't be given access to the vip bar, the backstage tour, etc.

don't worry about the lanyard thing.  sounds like that came through a sponsor or organizer. 

where is walky?  as he would be making fun of us for freaking out over a free event

except that we're not talking about the free tix, we're now spending $60 or $125 (or, more precisely, considering spending $60 or $125...) 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 22, 2010, 06:06:47 pm
Is it possible the schedule could be drastically changed in the event TI does show?

Quote
The official word from festival organizers: "We were waiting for final confirmation from T.I.'s camp, but they're focused on tomorrow's hearing and we've not gotten a final commitment. With that in mind, we adjusted set times to give artists more playing time. If T.I. is able to make it, we'll gladly adjust the schedule."

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/clicktrack/2010/09/freefest_schedule.html?hpid=news-col-blog

My guess is they'll cut down on all the fire shows and slide TI into one of the final three slots, but would they keep them all on the side stage? And if they move TI, MIA and Luda, would the earlier acts get moved as well?

My group is planning on staying for Jimmy Eat World through Matt and Kim so if they move them to the side stage where I know I can get right up front that would be awesome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 06:24:40 pm
Is it possible the schedule could be drastically changed in the event TI does show?

Quote
The official word from festival organizers: "We were waiting for final confirmation from T.I.'s camp, but they're focused on tomorrow's hearing and we've not gotten a final commitment. With that in mind, we adjusted set times to give artists more playing time. If T.I. is able to make it, we'll gladly adjust the schedule."

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/clicktrack/2010/09/freefest_schedule.html?hpid=news-col-blog

My guess is they'll cut down on all the fire shows and slide TI into one of the final three slots, but would they keep them all on the side stage? And if they move TI, MIA and Luda, would the earlier acts get moved as well?

My group is planning on staying for Jimmy Eat World through Matt and Kim so if they move them to the side stage where I know I can get right up front that would be awesome.

This is the longshot scenario that I'm hoping for, as I'm guessing it was the original plan.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnnyBaconbitz on September 22, 2010, 06:55:25 pm
"but I also have a VIP access pass to wear around my neck at the show"

I paid $125 and bought a $30 as backup for the backstage so a total of $155. I have the two tickets but no VIP access pass? Did yours come with the tickets?

Thanks,


I also have two electronic VIP tickets, but no access pass.

Will I be able to pick this up on Saturday?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on September 22, 2010, 07:09:50 pm
the VIP tix have all that VIP stuff

we made a deal a while back with Living Social to sell some pavilion tix at half that price without all the VIP stuff

the pit is open to everyone on 1st come 1st serve

the vast majority of the show was given away for free...30,000+

hopefully it will be a great show for everyone

now lighten the fuck up all of you
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: TFlyAmy on September 22, 2010, 07:14:39 pm
Yes!!

the VIP tix have all that VIP stuff

we made a deal a while back with Living Social to sell some pavilion tix at half that price without all the VIP stuff

the pit is open to everyone on 1st come 1st serve

the vast majority of the show was given away for free...30,000+

hopefully it will be a great show for everyone

now lighten the fuck up all of you
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on September 22, 2010, 07:21:14 pm
now lighten the fuck up all of you

Haha another reason why Seth rules.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 22, 2010, 07:28:26 pm
Agreed.  Why can't we all just accept a free show with great headlines (a first for the Virgin Fest around here, IMO)?  Christ almighty, you'd think we actually PAID something for these tix.

Thanks for the clarification, though.  I did snatch up a pavilion seat, so I'm all set there.  And if I can swing pit...so be it!

now lighten the fuck up all of you

Haha another reason why Seth rules.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 22, 2010, 07:31:51 pm
Still unclear to me... are the Pavilion tickets going on sale tomorrow (2 for 1) VIP?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 22, 2010, 07:43:05 pm
Still unclear to me... are the Pavilion tickets going on sale tomorrow (2 for 1) VIP?


Where did you hear that?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on September 22, 2010, 08:14:51 pm
So the Living Social 52% off is false advertising?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 22, 2010, 09:03:50 pm
ok the answer to the 2 for 1 is in this weeks email from 930
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 22, 2010, 09:05:11 pm
Nkotb: we ARE paying something - $60 or $125. Sorry if you missed that part of the conversation.

Fatskippy: it's sorta looking like it.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on September 22, 2010, 09:57:09 pm
So the Living Social 52% off is false advertising?

If the original Living Social offer said VIP, then yes.  It doesn't now. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 22, 2010, 11:04:18 pm
Yeah, that schedule is pretty miscalculated crowd-wise. Fuck T.I. if his shitty meth habit is what made this so wonky.

That said, it's pretty tight that fireworks will go off at the end of Pavement's set... which I'll be watching from afar, thanks from the pavilion move.

The idea that 1) Pavement would play before LCD and that 2) they've got a theoretically larger audience than MIA and Ludacris is mind-boggling, though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on September 22, 2010, 11:21:25 pm
So the Living Social 52% off is false advertising?

If the original Living Social offer said VIP, then yes.  It doesn't now. 

This is the part that is false advertising, straight from their page "52% off the $125 value".  If you're not getting everything that the $125 ticket gets, its not a % off anything, its a different ticket.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blinkboy on September 23, 2010, 08:16:49 am
can someone post this on here, thart link wont load!!!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2010, 08:30:05 am
That is because it's expired.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blinkboy on September 23, 2010, 08:46:12 am
but of course, i found it on baltimoresun though.

thanks.  looks like im glad i got a pavilion seat as i dont see much of anything not in the pavilion or dance forest i'll be that interested in.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 23, 2010, 09:16:51 am
And sorry if you missed my post saying I bought the $60 ticket on top of my free ones:

We bitch that there's no festivals in the area, and then Seth brings on (more or less) to our doorstep.

Then we bitch that the price is more expensive than any other festival in other cities (which is odd, since travel and hotels are involved, but whatever), and then Seth makes it free.

Then we bitch that the line-up sucks for our marginalized tastes, and then Seth gives us TWO headlines that a vast 90% of us should enjoy, plus a line-up that is pretty custom tailored to the taste of this board.

Then we bitch that the bands we want to see will either play against each other, or get shafted with the time slots, and then they release the schedule showing both Pavement & LCDSS are playing on the mainstage, each getting over an hour, and playing back to back.

Then we bitch that we only got the free tickets, so we can't get into the pavilion seats to see these bands, and then Seth works out a deal to get us into the pavilion for HALF THE FUCKING PRICE OF THE VIP SEATS.

Then we bitch that it doesn't include all of the free VIP bullshit that we probably wouldn't have taken advantage of anyway.

Jesus Christ, this thing better make Seth money hand over fist...I can't imagine the incessant bitching from this board would make it worth it...

Nkotb: we ARE paying something - $60 or $125. Sorry if you missed that part of the conversation.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2010, 09:25:38 am
Frankly, I'm super excited that Joan Jett, Pavement, and LCD are all playing in the pavillion.  I'm a little sad about missing Sleigh Bells, but they'll be back soon enough.  I'm glad TI cancelled so everyone gets a little longer to play.

PLUS, it's will likely be a nice day on Saturday, the beers at Merriweather are pretty reasonably priced for a concert venue (I think last year, it was around 8 bucks for a 24 oz. Stella!), and you can bring in 2 bottles of water.

So, this girl is happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 23, 2010, 09:32:55 am
Frankly, I'm super excited that Joan Jett, Pavement, and LCD are all playing in the pavillion.  I'm a little sad about missing Sleigh Bells, but they'll be back soon enough.  I'm glad TI cancelled so everyone gets a little longer to play.

PLUS, it's will likely be a nice day on Saturday, the beers at Merriweather are pretty reasonably priced for a concert venue (I think last year, it was around 8 bucks for a 24 oz. Stella!), and you can bring in 2 bottles of water.

So, this girl is happy.

I agree!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 23, 2010, 09:33:43 am


Then we bitch that the line-up sucks for our marginalized tastes, and then Seth gives us TWO headlines that a vast 90% of us should enjoy, plus a line-up that is pretty custom tailored to the taste of this board.



Speak for yourself.



Jesus Christ, this thing better make Seth money hand over fist...I can't imagine the incessant bitching from this board would make it worth it...


I highly doubt that Seth loses any sleep over any amount of bitching us dweebs here on this board do.


The rest of your rant sounds fine.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 23, 2010, 09:36:13 am
I had a great time last year and really only cared about seeing 1 or 2 bands.......regardless of where bands are playing, I'm sure I'll have a great time this year as well.

forum meetup?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 23, 2010, 09:36:53 am
Ugh, I'm trying to be dramatic here James.  Stay with me!!!!

Fine, you're a 10% outlier, in with azaghal, snailhook, etc.  Still, 90% of us are pretty psyched to see Pavement and (possibly) LCDSS's last area show.  Plus, it's fucking free if you want it to be...no one forced anyone to pay money for this show.



Then we bitch that the line-up sucks for our marginalized tastes, and then Seth gives us TWO headlines that a vast 90% of us should enjoy, plus a line-up that is pretty custom tailored to the taste of this board.



Speak for yourself.



Jesus Christ, this thing better make Seth money hand over fist...I can't imagine the incessant bitching from this board would make it worth it...


I highly doubt that Seth loses any sleep over any amount of bitching us dweebs here on this board do.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 23, 2010, 09:38:34 am
nkotb, you bitch way more than we bitch....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 23, 2010, 09:39:20 am
Post ammended.

I pretty much agree with everything else you say.

Just trying to be contrary on the minor points.  ;)

Ugh, I'm trying to be dramatic here James.  Stay with me!!!!

Fine, you're a 10% outlier, in with azaghal, snailhook, etc.  Still, 90% of us are pretty psyched to see Pavement and (possibly) LCDSS's last area show.  Plus, it's fucking free if you want it to be...no one forced anyone to pay money for this show.



Then we bitch that the line-up sucks for our marginalized tastes, and then Seth gives us TWO headlines that a vast 90% of us should enjoy, plus a line-up that is pretty custom tailored to the taste of this board.



Speak for yourself.



Jesus Christ, this thing better make Seth money hand over fist...I can't imagine the incessant bitching from this board would make it worth it...


I highly doubt that Seth loses any sleep over any amount of bitching us dweebs here on this board do.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 23, 2010, 09:39:53 am
I bet you find it sexy.

nkotb, you bitch way more than we bitch....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 23, 2010, 09:44:00 am
If the set times holds up to be true I'll just stay in the pavilion in the pit all day, or try that is  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 23, 2010, 09:46:34 am
Where are you going to pee?

If the set times holds up to be true I'll just stay in the pavilion in the pit all day, or try that is  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 23, 2010, 09:50:40 am
I'm game.  Mostly want to meet wml7...not sure why, but that guy/gal seems awesome.  Probably wont' get there until later, though.

forum meetup?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 23, 2010, 10:02:45 am
Anyone have an extra ticket??

PM me if so.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 23, 2010, 10:55:36 am
Where are you going to pee?

If the set times holds up to be true I'll just stay in the pavilion in the pit all day, or try that is  ;D

that's a damn good question....... great, just great
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 23, 2010, 11:11:42 am
Anyone have an extra ticket??

PM me if so.

ha!  looks like i've been provded an excuse for not buying you a beer ;D

unclaimed tickets should be available at some point tomorrow, be quick on 'em.  i'm throwing back a pair of free tix seeing as how i've upgraded to the GA Pavilion.  works out for the best, i wasn't going to be able to make it to the club to pick them up anyways (why i chose will-call, i don't know...)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 23, 2010, 11:28:04 am
I'm game.  Mostly want to meet wml7...not sure why, but that guy/gal seems awesome.  Probably wont' get there until later, though.

forum meetup?

yay, someone wants to meet me  ;D  Can't say I'll make my presence known, but we'll see how many beers I chug and we'll go from there  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 23, 2010, 11:58:51 am
Kind of bummed out about the Matt & Kim and Chromeo conflict, but I've seen them both in the past year. I'm just going to get drunk and get whatever free stuff i can get my mits on. Crab cakes! Wooo!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 23, 2010, 12:19:01 pm
works out for the best, i wasn't going to be able to make it to the club to pick them up anyways (why i chose will-call, i don't know...)
Im having the same issue.  MPP closes too early and 930 box office opens too late.  Im taking the afternoon off to hit up MPP.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: teepo on September 23, 2010, 01:07:19 pm
so, will i be able to get into the pit at the pavilion if i have only a free ticket?

seriously thinking of upgrading to the 2 for 1 deal for general admission into the pit.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 23, 2010, 01:12:39 pm
so, will i be able to get into the pit at the pavilion if i have only a free ticket?

seriously thinking of upgrading to the 2 for 1 deal for general admission into the pit.

if it's like last year, then yes.  Just don't plan to leave your spot ever, ever  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 23, 2010, 01:39:51 pm
No tailigating allowed in the parking lots either? Lame! Ive heard this one is ACTUALLY true. Man.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 23, 2010, 01:42:09 pm
No tailigating allowed in the parking lots either? Lame! Ive heard this one is ACTUALLY true. Man.

the festival is free to those attend but bills still need to be paid., so of course they are going want you to buy food and drink inside the venue
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 23, 2010, 02:13:02 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 23, 2010, 02:14:47 pm
there's good music to be had inside, and i don't mean Matt & Kim and Edward Sharpe.

No tailigating allowed in the parking lots either? Lame! Ive heard this one is ACTUALLY true. Man.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 23, 2010, 02:38:05 pm
so, will i be able to get into the pit at the pavilion if i have only a free ticket?

seriously thinking of upgrading to the 2 for 1 deal for general admission into the pit.

yes, your free ticket will get you in to the pit.  as others have said, leaving after a certain time (4 pm?  who knows) = not getting back in without spending a long time waiting in line.

the GA tickets are for the pavilion only, they don't guarantee entry in to the pit as far as i know.

as much as it would be fun to be in the pit for lcdss, i don't think it's worth missing everything else that the festival has to offer.  second stage, dance area, info booths, giveaways (there are lots of them!), meeting people, etc... spending hours and hours in the pit seems like a waste.  but to each their own.

I'm just going to get drunk and get whatever free stuff i can get my mits on. Crab cakes! Wooo!!!

great attitude you got there.  be sure to spend all day shirtless, too ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 23, 2010, 02:45:56 pm
yeah, last year i had a great time just sitting in the grass under a tree people watching and hanging out with friends while drinking a few beers.  it was relaxing.....and best of all, free.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 23, 2010, 02:47:13 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.

merriweather sucks.  their lot sucks.  getting there sucks.  the beer prices sucks.  maryland cops suck.  the lawn sucks.  the sound sucks.  i'll take pier six any day.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brian_Wallace on September 23, 2010, 02:48:51 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.

merriweather sucks.  their lot sucks.  getting there sucks.  the beer prices sucks.  maryland cops suck.  the lawn sucks.  the sound sucks.  i'll take pier six any day.

Nothing like a Maryland Crabby queen.

Brian
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 23, 2010, 02:54:13 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.

merriweather sucks.  their lot sucks.  getting there sucks.  the beer prices sucks.  maryland cops suck.  the lawn sucks.  the sound sucks.  i'll take pier six any day.

and Jiffy Lube Live is ??
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 23, 2010, 02:54:28 pm
would you like me to whip up some homemade "tarter sauce"?

and to a gay guy . . . going someplace involving "live lube", sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 23, 2010, 03:02:24 pm
so what time are you getting to the show walky?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 23, 2010, 04:50:55 pm
No tailigating allowed in the parking lots either? Lame! Ive heard this one is ACTUALLY true. Man.

the festival is free to those attend but bills still need to be paid., so of course they are going want you to buy food and drink inside the venue
That's what sponsors are for! I'm still going to buy beer there, but who wants to walk in stone cold sober? Pft. It's going to be like 1 or 2pm when I get there! Unacceptable.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 23, 2010, 04:53:14 pm
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Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Bags on September 23, 2010, 05:05:41 pm
Fuck it, I'm not even going.  I'm shutting up.

pretty sure living social is not vip.. just go look at ticketfly page when you try to buy tickets

yes hutchy is right, the living social tickets are just the plain 125 ga tickets because it says so right on the ticketlfy page  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 23, 2010, 05:34:57 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.

merriweather sucks.  their lot sucks.  getting there sucks.  the beer prices sucks.  maryland cops suck.  the lawn sucks.  the sound sucks.  i'll take pier six any day.

Man you are wet noodle.   You can tailgait at merriweather.   People set-up tents and barbacue.  It is against howard county law to smoke in public but they don't enforce it at merrieweather. 

I love the sound at merriweather.  Beach House was amazingly beautiful at merriweather.  Best sound I have ever heard from them and I have seen them in some tiny places. 

Beer at merriweather is better than 930 club.  You can get 24 oz for 8 bucks.  They have a huge selection.   Last year at Virgin I talked the Vodka lady into giving me 24 oz of pure Vodka for 6 bucks.   Which sounds like a good deal but later I regreted that move. 

Merriweather is easy to get in and out of and their lot is a grass field nestled in the woods.  I don't get your whinning. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 23, 2010, 05:43:47 pm
for those of you who smoke, merriweather is smoke free.  Just an fyi.  Yes, I know it's outside...

I don't think they've allowed tailgating there for a while.

At My Morning Jacket this year we hung out with some people from the MMJ board and they had a tent and a couple of barbecues going.  A ton of lawn chairs and a shit load of beer.  We probably tailgated for 3 hours before the show.

At M3 Rock Festival we tailgated for 2 hours before going in. 

I might tailgait this  year but it is a long day and don't want to be wasted by noon. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 23, 2010, 05:53:36 pm
any artists going to be doing signings at the merch table? any special freebies this year? Last year i think a lot of people got chuck taylors but i didn't make it..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Sir HC on September 23, 2010, 08:16:52 pm
Fuck this, I am going to tailgate at work.  Then stumble across the closed BLP and have fun...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 23, 2010, 08:25:01 pm
Fuck this, I am going to tailgate at work.  Then stumble across the closed BLP and have fun...

now that's the right attitude!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 23, 2010, 11:27:30 pm
http://www14.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx?8CD298566AF456A

They are now selling $30 karma tickets (free ticket plus $30 donation)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 23, 2010, 11:32:18 pm
http://www14.ticketingcentral.com/V2/Quantity.aspx?8CD298566AF456A

They are now selling $30 karma tickets (free ticket plus $30 donation)

that link doesn't work, but it's linked from the front page of ticketfly.

i guess that's how they're releasing the unclaimed tickets?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 23, 2010, 11:35:53 pm
and here is the schedule!

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/midnight_sun/blog/untitled.JPG

really hate the fact that pavement and lcd soundsystem are playing the pavilion stage

that schedule has the event going until 11 pm... doesn't MPP have a 10 pm curfew?  or did we party it up until 11 last year?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Staralfur25 on September 24, 2010, 02:22:30 am
i think i'll be more of the west side and dance tent ..minus trombone and ludawatever...not sure what to do about lcd soundsystem and sharam playing at the same time. 
the only band i'm interested in seeing at the pavillion is edward sharpe cause they are out there. haah
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 24, 2010, 07:35:42 am

that schedule has the event going until 11 pm... doesn't MPP have a 10 pm curfew?  or did we party it up until 11 last year?

I recalled it ending at 10 last year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on September 24, 2010, 07:41:34 am
Pretty sure the curfew is 11, but they probably cut it off at 10 in an attempt to get all the drunken riff-raff out of there.   ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Sir HC on September 24, 2010, 09:10:06 am
It is 11pm.  With the always installed lawn PA, they can keep the SPL below the limits and get an extra hour.  It used to be when bands brought the whole PA, the SPL wasn't as well controlled outside the pavilion an so sound problems were worse.

I grew up about 2-3 miles from Merriweather and as a kid remember hearing concerts from my house.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 24, 2010, 09:40:57 am
from last night's LCD SS show in Jersey:

"Sleigh Bells was shit. Their weak karaoke act needs to go away. The guitar player wasn't even on stage for 1/3 of their songs."
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 24, 2010, 10:50:19 am
I agree with that, I saw them at the Ottobar earlier this year and pretty much exactly what I thought.  I wasn't even sure the singer was singing most of the time, and when the guitar player was on stage, i think most of the guitar sounds were coming from the laptop, not his guitar.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 24, 2010, 12:48:02 pm
I agree with that, I saw them at the Ottobar earlier this year and pretty much exactly what I thought.  I wasn't even sure the singer was singing most of the time, and when the guitar player was on stage, i think most of the guitar sounds were coming from the laptop, not his guitar.

I guess the Sleigh Bell backlash has begun.  I was at that show as well.   I thought they were pretty good.  I don't know how much was live but look at how many people go see Daft Punk and they are probably not even in the country for their shows.  Much less playing anything live
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 24, 2010, 01:09:31 pm
I don't know how much was live but look at how many people go see Daft Punk and they are probably not even in the country for their shows.  Much less playing anything live

it's definitely the 2 daft punk dudes in those robot suits. 

people that go to an electronic music show expecting a rock show will be disappointed every time.  the music wasn't written "live" and wasn't recorded "live" (for the most part) - why should it be performed "live"?  i can't decide if it's more disengeneous or ignorant to think that it should be performed in the same way as rock music.

admittedly, some artists are partially to blame.  instead of embracing the genre for what it is - live remixing, with maybe vocals or a guitar "live" on top - they try to make it into a rock show.  on the other hand, watching someone behind a computer/mixer/etc isn't very visually compelling :)  hence the brilliance of daft punk's show: we aren't that interesting to watch while we make the music, so here, have a mind-blowing light show ;D

hip-hop has live music in the recodings, but no one ever complains that at concerts it's always a DJ and not a full band (or alternately, praise them for having a live drummer or whatever).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 24, 2010, 01:20:43 pm
Thing is the pioneers of electronic music had to record their music "live" to analog, no such thing as profound etc...  So essentially what your saying is that contemporary electronica acts are a bunch of pussies who sit behind computers all day long....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 24, 2010, 01:21:36 pm
Profound = protools
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 24, 2010, 01:31:17 pm
That's exactly why live hip hop shows have never interested me.


hip-hop has live music in the recodings, but no one ever complains that at concerts it's always a DJ and not a full band (or alternately, praise them for having a live drummer or whatever).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 24, 2010, 01:57:11 pm
Thing is the pioneers of electronic music had to record their music "live" to analog, no such thing as profound etc...  So essentially what your saying is that contemporary electronica acts are a bunch of pussies who sit behind computers all day long....

or alternately, i'm saying that contemporary electronica acts are using the superior tools available to them today.  rock'n'roll was originally recorded straight to 2-track, with all the musicians spaced around a single microphone in the middle of the room - should everyone be doing that today?

also, those pioneers of electronic music didn't perform live - they'd do 50+ takes in the studio until they got it right, an option not available on stage.  thus, they don't belong in this debate.  but thanks for keeping it old school :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 24, 2010, 02:24:15 pm
Kraftwerk for the win
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 24, 2010, 02:49:32 pm
Profound = protools
Any dj/producer would much rather sit in a room with a synthesizer and 1000 filters than work on a computer program. Not saying they don't use pro-tools, every producer/DJ uses them, but if every single one of them had a choice, it would be recorded like a full on rock album. Vocalists, instruments, the whole 9. I think it's unfortunate how much people shit on dj's and dance music.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 24, 2010, 02:52:10 pm
I agree with that, I saw them at the Ottobar earlier this year and pretty much exactly what I thought.  I wasn't even sure the singer was singing most of the time, and when the guitar player was on stage, i think most of the guitar sounds were coming from the laptop, not his guitar.

I guess the Sleigh Bell backlash has begun.  I was at that show as well.   I thought they were pretty good.  I don't know how much was live but look at how many people go see Daft Punk and they are probably not even in the country for their shows.  Much less playing anything live

its a problem I have with almost all music today....it seems acceptable to hit play on a laptop and not make much of the music live.  hell, i love dan deacon and uses an ipod when playing live. i can somewhat understand that, as it would be totally unrealistic to recreate everything live by himself (i'm not talking about the ensemble) i like what dan did with the ensemble - re-creating live, with people actually playing instruments, out of something that created in reason/pro-tools.

i think the sleigh bells live experience is highly highly highly overrated.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 24, 2010, 02:57:51 pm
Well, I don't feel so bad about missing them now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 24, 2010, 02:58:27 pm
I dont know about all of Dans work but wiki says:
Quote
Originally to be released in the fall of 2008, Deacon's new album entitled Bromst was released on March 24, 2009.[5] It was produced by Chester Gwazda at Snow Ghost Studios in Whitefish, Montana and features live instruments including player piano and a variety of percussion instruments.

That sounds a bit more involved than him firing up Reason.  I really dont know about all of his recorded output though.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 24, 2010, 03:17:44 pm
Profound = protools
Any dj/producer would much rather sit in a room with a synthesizer and 1000 filters than work on a computer program. Not saying they don't use pro-tools, every producer/DJ uses them, but if every single one of them had a choice, it would be recorded like a full on rock album. Vocalists, instruments, the whole 9. I think it's unfortunate how much people shit on dj's and dance music.

based on that first sentence alone, i'm going to guess that you don't know much about electronic music production.  your sweeping statements about ALL electronic artists are funny.

awright, enough of this crap... let's get back to talking about the festival!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 24, 2010, 03:18:47 pm
for the VIP TOur how does that work? Do you show up at a certain time or what?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 24, 2010, 03:31:31 pm
I agree with that, I saw them at the Ottobar earlier this year and pretty much exactly what I thought.  I wasn't even sure the singer was singing most of the time, and when the guitar player was on stage, i think most of the guitar sounds were coming from the laptop, not his guitar.

I guess the Sleigh Bell backlash has begun.  I was at that show as well.   I thought they were pretty good.  I don't know how much was live but look at how many people go see Daft Punk and they are probably not even in the country for their shows.  Much less playing anything live

its a problem I have with almost all music today....it seems acceptable to hit play on a laptop and not make much of the music live.  hell, i love dan deacon and uses an ipod when playing live. i can somewhat understand that, as it would be totally unrealistic to recreate everything live by himself (i'm not talking about the ensemble) i like what dan did with the ensemble - re-creating live, with people actually playing instruments, out of something that created in reason/pro-tools.

i think the sleigh bells live experience is highly highly highly overrated.


Having seen both Dan Deacon and Sleigh Bells at the Ottobar this year I would say I enjoyed the Sleigh Bells set a lot more.  Of course, all the aholes at the Deacon show probably had something to do with it but I guess even with a common crowd I would have enjoyed Sleigh Bells more. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 24, 2010, 04:22:36 pm
So is this 4 people for car BS, I hope?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 24, 2010, 04:25:34 pm
So is this 4 people for car BS, I hope?

yeah, it's probably not true.... it has to be 6 per car  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 24, 2010, 04:26:43 pm
It says upon arrival that VIP ticket holders should head to the West Plaza, do we know if that's an entrance point or some spot within the venue? I've only been to MPP a few times and am not that familiar with the layout (and I can't seem to find a map of the grounds online).

Nevermind, after reading some other sections it seems to be a special location within the venue for this event.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 24, 2010, 04:30:07 pm
It says upon arrival that VIP ticket holders should head to the West Plaza, do we know if that's an entrance point or some spot within the venue? I've only been to MPP a few times and am not that familiar with the layout (and I can't seem to find a map of the grounds online).

Does it say when you have to arrive? Is it presumed at 11 am or what?

Why is everything relating to the tickets so unclear? I'm asking this question for a friend who has a VIP.. if he has to go early we all have to go early.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 24, 2010, 04:52:08 pm
It says upon arrival that VIP ticket holders should head to the West Plaza, do we know if that's an entrance point or some spot within the venue? I've only been to MPP a few times and am not that familiar with the layout (and I can't seem to find a map of the grounds online).

Does it say when you have to arrive? Is it presumed at 11 am or what?

Why is everything relating to the tickets so unclear? I'm asking this question for a friend who has a VIP.. if he has to go early we all have to go early.

Here's what I've gathered regarding parking and entry:

? Early access to priority parking in the main lot from 9am - 10am
? Avoid the Line Entry - VIP entrance at South Gate
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 24, 2010, 05:08:15 pm
Huh...picked up the 52% tickets, and just got an email from the club with info on backstage tours.  I mean, I probably won't go, but that's interesting.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 24, 2010, 05:23:51 pm
It says upon arrival that VIP ticket holders should head to the West Plaza, do we know if that's an entrance point or some spot within the venue? I've only been to MPP a few times and am not that familiar with the layout (and I can't seem to find a map of the grounds online).

Does it say when you have to arrive? Is it presumed at 11 am or what?

Why is everything relating to the tickets so unclear? I'm asking this question for a friend who has a VIP.. if he has to go early we all have to go early.

Here's what I've gathered regarding parking and entry:

? Early access to priority parking in the main lot from 9am - 10am
? Avoid the Line Entry - VIP entrance at South Gate
.......I waited, maybe, 45 seconds to get in last year. What a waste of money. You can't even god damn drink in the parking lot so what's the point of being there 2 hours early!? Parking close? Then being stuck at the ass end of traffic at the end of the night! Poop! VIP is a jip!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 24, 2010, 05:36:44 pm
so i was listening to this gay show the other day, yeah i know, don't ask, and they were talking about who's cute in the world of the billionaires, the ones who own it all and are still kicking.  bill gates and warren buffett were immediately thrown under the bus.  the guy from facebook was too young and "a backstabbing thief anyway."  koch (are you kidding), oprah (uhmmmm) . . . then the name of richard branson came up, and a hush fell over the room.  no one had thought of richard until then.  he was older yes, but not old man old and yes, he was "cute older."  "yummy older", dare they say? 

i found it funny and thought of the freefest.  have fun you crazy cats and stay away from the kids who like too much.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 24, 2010, 06:49:18 pm
Never mind...just got the retraction email :)

Huh...picked up the 52% tickets, and just got an email from the club with info on backstage tours.  I mean, I probably won't go, but that's interesting.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 24, 2010, 07:02:31 pm
Never mind...just got the retraction email :)

Huh...picked up the 52% tickets, and just got an email from the club with info on backstage tours.  I mean, I probably won't go, but that's interesting.

but what did the info say? Where and when is one supposd to go for the VIP tour?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 24, 2010, 08:10:44 pm
Weird...just got a retraction to the retraction!

Hutch, here's the info:

Yes, this is probably the third email that you've received, but this is the real deal, and we can't wait to see you.

We're just giving you a heads up about tomorrow's backstage tours. Check-in is located in West Plaza, with tours every 20 Minutes, starting a noon, and ending at 6pm.

Bring a printed copy of this email along with a picture ID to retrieve your voucher. Please note that only ticketholders, not guests, will be permitted on the tour.


Never mind...just got the retraction email :)

Huh...picked up the 52% tickets, and just got an email from the club with info on backstage tours.  I mean, I probably won't go, but that's interesting.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 24, 2010, 08:11:13 pm
Double post
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 24, 2010, 09:15:16 pm
thanks nkotb..thats very helpful info
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 25, 2010, 11:52:31 am
I'm in the pit right now and the bouncers are telling people that they are clearing out the pit after each set: does anyone know anything about this? There's a number of lcdss fans who got here crazy early that are not pleased
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 12:01:29 pm
im on the pit now too if you see josh, make sure you say mr bouncer is.it true about clearing the pit
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 25, 2010, 12:11:13 pm
Here. There is mall parking, but it's controlled - police tell you where you can park (I.e not just anywhere around the mall).

I'm ok with pit clearing... Works at bonnaroo!

These light bright folks: getting better... But not my thing. Off to
 TT.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jaguar on September 25, 2010, 12:37:20 pm
Don't know if there are any other logistics involved but the pit clearing sounds like a fair way of trying to give everyone a chance at some pit time.

A little late now, but you should have set maybe 3 or 4 different likely meet-up times to accommadate various tastes in schedules and allowing for the rejoining of the group. Guess if you guys are texting, browsing, tweeting, whatever; you can still do so.

Have fun y'all! I'm going to the pool.  8)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 12:44:27 pm
yup pit cleared not too bad
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 25, 2010, 01:17:06 pm
What's the situation for getting back into the pit after it's cleared?  And anyone (sweetcell?) that bought the 52% ticket...how did that work out?

Probably leaving within the next hour or so.  I'm wearing a white Deerhoof shirt, so feel free to say hi.  Kosmo, I'll get in touch with you when i get there and get settled (translation: beers).

yup pit cleared not too bad
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 25, 2010, 01:46:09 pm
Currently @ JeW, center pav barely occupied.

Knotb: you exchange your ticket for a bracelet. They're strictly enforcing 'em.

I haven't tried gettitng in to the pit, so no info there.

I thought that TT was effen great. The last 5 songs were epic.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 02:24:00 pm
just saw jEw awesome pit
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 05:18:06 pm
incident in pit fan unruly with josh
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 06:06:39 pm
maybe see mia instead lcd with line getting worse for pit
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on September 25, 2010, 06:30:02 pm
Just got back a little bit a go. I only saw Jimmy Eat World, Trombone Shorty, and Edward Sharpe as I have prior commitments tonight. I really like the atmosphere and set up of the festival. It was a gorgeous day out too.


Man, Edward Sharpe needs a good punch in the face. The whole drugged out messiah thing gets boring after a few songs.


Thanks to all those that make this festival happen! I can't wait for next year.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 25, 2010, 07:38:00 pm
tc was great, so is luda.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 25, 2010, 07:38:54 pm
Unannounced changed of rules: $60/$65 GA Pavilion are no longer General Admission.  Only $125 let down to first 16 rows or pavilion. $60 are limited to rows 17+.

Seth: didn't you say $60 had same pavilion rights as VIP?  "52% off" is sounding more and more suspect (although in the organizer's defense, apparently the decision to change pav access was made by virgin mobile. I'm not saying it's inherently wrong... I'm just saying it's wromg to spring this as a surprise, after we've paid. It's called managing expectations.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 25, 2010, 09:01:17 pm
joe was right with pavement playing a whole set or they were close to it
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lily1 on September 25, 2010, 10:19:21 pm
i met mr lily in silver spring and we drove up to MPP without any traffic in less than 30 minutes and parked right at MPP with no problem. 

we did west stage only today:

temper trap
trombone shorty
yeasayers
thievery corporation

i'd be curious to check temper trap out again-don't see the u2 influence, but definitely see the radiohead influence. i'm on the fence with yeasayers. i liked the stuff that reminded me of fleetwood mac and fleet foxes, but other stuff just bored me.

trombone shorty was great as usual. too bad the crowd didn't have a clue.

the sound for thievery corporation was the best i've heard in a few years from them. seriously. the bass wasn't drowning and the lyrics were not muddled with all the instruments. it was great to actually hear every single enunciation from loulou and sistah pat.

seth-thanks for a great afternoon and i look forward to 2011. everything was really well run. i really appreciate that you allow concert goers to bring in bottled water and provided faucets with cold water for refills.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 25, 2010, 11:46:24 pm
Seth sure has a winner on his hands with this the FreeFest at Merriweather, throughly enjoyed my day out there.  Best change had to be being able to get into the Pit if need be or a loge seat for the GA folks when a band was playing they wanted to see.  I also noticed an improvement in sound for the lawn, unlike the anemic sound to be had during Weezer.  Definitely a better distribution of people between the two stages this year.

I did what one is suppose to do at a festival, caught the full sets of the band I was most interested in seeing and sampled some of rest.  Hung out with some cool boardies to boot. 

Getting in and out was a breeze when I got there at noon.

Still think the dance forest is too close to the pavilion, sound carries a bit to far from it.

 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Here's the thing on September 26, 2010, 12:13:48 am
Thanks, Seth, Staph and Virgin/Richard Branson. You should be very proud of yourselves and each other. I love it when people figure out how to make things work well, and you did today.
The set-up was great, every staff person I encountered was pleasant and efficient. I never waited very long for anything, even mid-event when things seemed the most crowded.
Well done!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 26, 2010, 12:43:22 am
...their fans need a good punch in the face, too......awful band.


Man, Edward Sharpe needs a good punch in the face. The whole drugged out messiah thing gets boring after a few songs.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on September 26, 2010, 12:53:30 am
Unannounced changed of rules: $60/$65 GA Pavilion are no longer General Admission.  Only $125 let down to first 16 rows or pavilion. $60 are limited to rows 17+.

Yeah. Even though the unannounced change of the rules in the middle of the day for the $60 ticket was a little off, I thought the $60 ticket was well worth the price.

Great Line-up this year. And aside from this change of rules, i thought the festival was very well organized.

Great Job.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 26, 2010, 12:55:28 am
i had a fantastic time today.  just about everything one could ask for was on offer: great music short lines, reasonably priced beverages, friendly people, even the weather was amazing (hope i'm not sun-burned).  my day:

- brite light brite: kinda awful.  as soon as they got a beat going it would be yanked away but some glitchy fx.
- temper trap: musical highlight of the day, IMO.  second half of set was epic.
- second half of JEW, enjoyed them more than i thought i would
- considered catching some of trombone shorty, but bailed b/c of the intense sun
- forum meet-up, under-attended as usual :)  tried ignoring edward sharp dude in the background.
- caught a little bit of yeasayer, then back for a bit of joan jett, then back again for some TC.  they sounded really good.
- matt & kim: what a great festival band.  pure, unbridled fun.  i totally have a thing for kim.
- pavement: first band i saw from the pit.  glad i saw them, but they weren't mind-blowing.
- lcdss: destroyed.  i'm only so-so on the new album but this show exceeded expectations.  danced up a storm.
left during lcdss' encore, drove out right away with no traffic to speak off.

only negative for me was the unannounced change that $60 GA pavilion tix were no longer allowed in the first 16 rows.  i had been going down there all day, then suddenly someone changed their minds.  would have been better if we were warned about this (at a minimum it would have saved staph from having to explain it a million times, and being put in an awkward situation that they were responsible for). 

can't wait for next year!  THANK YOU IMP, MPP, SETH, ALL STAPH, and anyone even remotely associated with this great gathering :)

I thought the $60 ticket was well worth the price.

100% agreed.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 26, 2010, 01:09:29 am
did they start playing songs during the second half?

they were 7 minutes late then for the first song they did this boring instrumental piece that went on for another 7 minutes...

is the singer singing in English?


- temper trap: musical highlight of the day, IMO.  second half of set was epic.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 26, 2010, 01:27:41 am
Pavement was great.. that was like a dream set list..

LCD Soundsystem was amazing...really really good...

Managed to catch both from the pit....

Got there late for meetup but was at 932 twice...but later

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 26, 2010, 02:13:06 am
Managed to catch both from the pit....

how did you pull that off?  didn't they clear out the pit after pavement, with a bzillion lcd fans already lined up to get in?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 26, 2010, 07:53:50 am
I got in the pit quite easily for LCD and got the sense that even after the line cleared that people got in... My only snafu of the evening was not getting in the LCD line earlier or taking a chance on getting in after Pavement's set, as I ended up around the corner and unable to really hear the end of their set.  Had a nice view of the fireworks though, including watching people dodging the some of the still falling debris.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 26, 2010, 08:34:18 am
What a great day.  Trombone Shorty was terrific.  I thought the crowd got into it after a bit.  Joan Jett looks hot.  People were nice.  I thought Edward Sharpe was really cute.  They didn't bother me with their Arcade Fire meets Polyphonic Spree songs.  Matt and Kim had good stage presence, but their songs were annoying.

Pavement and LCD were just fabulous.

I too was pissed about the sudden change of rules for the front.  My friend who only had a sponsor badge and a checkered wristband, couldn't sit in the front, even though we'd been sitting there all day.  So, he moved back with another group of friends.  It was not necessary and annoying.  There was no one up front for Pavement.  LCD, another story, but then they let everyone back.  Very disorganized on that front.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 26, 2010, 08:49:51 am
Did anyone see M.I.A.?  Looking back through twitter, people's reactions are pretty divided as to her performance, which started 30 minute late to begin with...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 26, 2010, 08:51:36 am
My husband did and said she was awful.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 26, 2010, 08:58:03 am
Overall, a pretty excellent day...

Pavement totally destroyed. Malkmus was absolutely on his game, both musically and personality-wise. That setlist was immense.

Missed the first 30 mins of LCDSS 'cos friends I was with wanted to see MIA, which was one of the shittiest sets I've experienced in recent memory. A lot of visual and auditory noise, soggy "hard" beats, and images of war and current events used for aesthetic gimmickry without saying anything worthwhile. Plus, she can't sing and she can't rap, so all she can do is lazily shout into the mic. What an absolute talentless whore. After starting late, she wasted the first 10 minutes with a dark stage and a DJ making some ominous noises and nothing going on. She is just the worst.

LCD were glorious, though. Came in as All My Friends was starting, which was perfect. Tribulations was the peak, though. Crowd was great as well.

Yeasayer were enjoyable as always, Chromeo caused madness and overcrowding in that forest (with good reason), Trombone Shorty was enjoyable. I didn't catch any sets besides MIA that I thought were offensively bad -- Thievery, Matt + Kim, and even Edward Sharpe (who I hate) provided some decent entertainment.

Decided to avoid the hassle of entering the pavilion after i heard the rules had changed, so I chilled in the very front center of the lawn, which was perfect and pleasant. Sound + sightlines were ideal, spot had a real backyard vibe to it.

Other major plus was that Loft area... took a solid 40 minute nap sprawled on one of those bed mofes.

All in all: thanks a bunch Seth et al!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 26, 2010, 09:34:36 am
I found that, when leaving the pit for Pavement, far too many guards and people in line were distracted by the fireworks.  Made it pretty easy to sneak around them and casually insert oneself into the line :)  Normally, I wouldn't have, but I figured I was owed it with that last minute change of where I could get with my Livigin Social Ticket.

Great set-up, though.  Pavement and LCD were absolutely phenomenal, and I caught all of Joan Jett's set too.  She's still pretty amazing.  Caught a little of TC, and then most of Matt & Kim while sitting at 9:32.  Boy...that was annoyed.  FYI: if you're going to cover a song during your set as a gimmick, its pretty lazy to not even learn the verses. 

Good catching up with Kosmo, Joe and BookerT.

Oh, and PS, I think I was standing in that puddle of blood on the floor during Pavement.  Gross.

Managed to catch both from the pit....

how did you pull that off?  didn't they clear out the pit after pavement, with a bzillion lcd fans already lined up to get in?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 26, 2010, 09:52:30 am
Oh, and final PPS: thanks to the bro that threw glitter pretty much directly in my face during LCD.  My arms, hair and chest are STILL covered, so I'm now spending the day trying to convince my wife I was really at FreeFest and not Blow Off.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: lagas on September 26, 2010, 09:57:26 am
re: that puddle of blood, i was in the pit during joan jett's set when suddenly saw thatguy grabbing some dude from behind and slammed him to the floor really hard, obviously, the guy just stayed there with a bloody face, surrounded by guards and paramedics... i asked thatguy what happened but clearly it seemed he was worried that perhaps he used a little bit too much of power trying to calm the dude, so he didn't answer...what was this guy doing to deserve such punishment?

overall had a great time, yeasayer was pretty good, same thing with trombone shorty and chromeo, i stayed two minutes into MIA set and realized that i should avoid her completely, so i walked to the pavilion to check LCDSS, which were amazing, my girlfriend stayed in the west stage for MIA but shortly after she was by my side, complaining about how overrated she is...thanks Seth and everybody involved, it was a great day...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 10:06:38 am
re: that puddle of blood, i was in the pit during joan jett's set when suddenly saw thatguy grabbing some dude from behind and slammed him to the floor really hard, obviously, the guy just stayed there with a bloody face, surrounded by guards and paramedics... i asked thatguy what happened but clearly it seemed he was worried that perhaps he used a little bit too much of power trying to calm the dude, so he didn't answer...what was this guy doing to deserve such punishment?

overall had a great time, yeasayer was pretty good, same thing with trombone shorty and chromeo, i stayed two minutes into MIA set and realized that i should avoid her completely, so i walked to the pavilion to check LCDSS, which were amazing, my girlfriend stayed in the west stage for MIA but shortly after she was by my side, complaining about how overrated she is...thanks Seth and everybody involved, it was a great day...


I was there in the pit for the guy acting out of hand and Josh.  Josh was trying to take him out of the pit because he was acting up in the pit.  The guy started kicking and hitting Josh, so Josh try to put him on the ground.  I guess all his weight went on the guy when he went to the ground.  Josh was doing his job, I mean that guy was flailing and kicking up a storm.  He was just trying to control the situation because his kicking almost hit some people in the pit.  I think Josh felt really bad as I could see it.  Of course he didn't want the guy to be hurt.  The bad thing about it is a lot of moron idiots were filming and taking pictures of the guy who was laying on the ground.  I mean come on idiots why do you want to tape that?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 26, 2010, 10:25:14 am
why do you think?  lawsuit.  this pussy generation we live in . . . its all they know how to do anymore.  sorry josh, but don't be surprised if you and merriweather soon will be in court.  and with all those "cameras" everywhere thanks to people's obsessions with phones, i'm sure the incident is all over youtube, and soon cnn by now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 10:27:30 am
I guess we shouldn't really talk about it until Josh talks about it or even if he wants to.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 26, 2010, 10:29:56 am
What WML said.  Joe and I were right behind it all, and the dude definitely started throwing punches and elbows back on Josh's head when he was being removed.

re: that puddle of blood, i was in the pit during joan jett's set when suddenly saw thatguy grabbing some dude from behind and slammed him to the floor really hard, obviously, the guy just stayed there with a bloody face, surrounded by guards and paramedics... i asked thatguy what happened but clearly it seemed he was worried that perhaps he used a little bit too much of power trying to calm the dude, so he didn't answer...what was this guy doing to deserve such punishment?

overall had a great time, yeasayer was pretty good, same thing with trombone shorty and chromeo, i stayed two minutes into MIA set and realized that i should avoid her completely, so i walked to the pavilion to check LCDSS, which were amazing, my girlfriend stayed in the west stage for MIA but shortly after she was by my side, complaining about how overrated she is...thanks Seth and everybody involved, it was a great day...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 26, 2010, 10:35:34 am
and robbers sue people that shoot them as they are breaking into houses.  when people smell the chance of lawsuit, even if they deserve what they got . . . there is always a lawyer who will take the case, dissect it and put it back together the way they want it and need it to go, then win the case or atleast get some kind of $$ settlement.  welcome to the "easy" generation where downloads prevail and anything slacker is the norm.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 26, 2010, 10:47:05 am
that dude was a big guy too and he threw big punches on josh's face....his face must have hit the floor...

What WML said.  Joe and I were right behind it all, and the dude definitely started throwing punches and elbows back on Josh's head when he was being removed.

re: that puddle of blood, i was in the pit during joan jett's set when suddenly saw thatguy grabbing some dude from behind and slammed him to the floor really hard, obviously, the guy just stayed there with a bloody face, surrounded by guards and paramedics... i asked thatguy what happened but clearly it seemed he was worried that perhaps he used a little bit too much of power trying to calm the dude, so he didn't answer...what was this guy doing to deserve such punishment?

overall had a great time, yeasayer was pretty good, same thing with trombone shorty and chromeo, i stayed two minutes into MIA set and realized that i should avoid her completely, so i walked to the pavilion to check LCDSS, which were amazing, my girlfriend stayed in the west stage for MIA but shortly after she was by my side, complaining about how overrated she is...thanks Seth and everybody involved, it was a great day...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: thatguy on September 26, 2010, 10:48:46 am
I guess we shouldn't really talk about it until Josh talks about it or even if he wants to.

9:30/IMP policy: we do not discuss the specifics of anything like this in a public forum.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: walkonby on September 26, 2010, 10:51:08 am
you see . . . lawsuit.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 26, 2010, 10:59:52 am
I had a blast, thanks Seth! I only watched Joan Jett, Thievery Corp, and Ludacris, and all three were excellent and worth the price.  I was a bit bummed about missing M.I.A., but had to bounce (plus it sounds like i might not have missed much).  The set up was still great, easy to get around, not too many people, beer not TOO expensive... Thanks again. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 11:00:31 am
Ok lets get back on topic  ;D  So I got to MD around 10:50 or so.  I wanted to get to MD early for the free shit and it's about 3 hours from Charlottesville.  Didn't get much free stuff this year compared to last.  I got two free t shirts which were kind of cool.  One was some weed vodka or something and another had all the bands on it.  Some water company were handing those out and they don't look too bad.  Didn't bother with the converse because all you get is one shoe and never the right size.  

First band was Brite Lite Brite.  Not sure of what to make of this.  However that chick singer is a cutie  ;D  Next band was Jimmy Eat World.  They were awesome.  A crowd favorite with all their songs.  Next Edward Sharpe.  Just like someone said earlier he needs to be punched in the face..... multiple times if possible.  It's like hippies gypsies.  The crowd love it though, I don't get it.  Saw a little Yeasayer.  Was too hot over there as I was a baked potato.   Pat Bentar was good but I thought it could have been louder.
Pavement was pretty good and LCD ended the night nicely.  Overall, another good festival.  I got my moneys worth which was free  ;D  Thanks Sethy and everyone for another great year.  Oh did anyone take pics of the forum meetup???  All three that showed up?  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on September 26, 2010, 11:01:43 am
From what my friend said the problem with the fight during Joan Jett or whatever is that it took a really long time for any medics to arrive.. a really long time.. from what I heard we're talking 10-20 minutes with the guy down..I'm surprised to hear someone was in a puddle of blood during Pavement as I heard That GUy was cleaning/scrubbing with clorox.. there must have been some SERIOUS blood.

Again I wasn't there..

I pretty much broke up a fight during LCD in the middle of the pit.. took a kick too. anyways.

I basically found before pavement there was hardly any security and you could just walk down the loge VIP.. then I saw people were just going into the pit ..walking down nonchalantly..no one cared... yes there was a line but people were just walking into the pit a few feet to the right of the line..so i was like "guess I'll try" and i just walked down..no one cared... as they cleared the pit after pavement i hung back right where the line to get in started.. then a few peeps rushed pit and in I went..it was pretty surreal... for a while I was standing less then 10 feet from Murphy but I got pushed back a bit ... LCD was a real good time..

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 26, 2010, 11:23:57 am
chilled in the very front center of the lawn, which was perfect and pleasant. Sound + sightlines were ideal, spot had a real backyard vibe to it.

Biggest surprise of the day.  We arrived late as hell but managed to find space almost dead center at the very front of the lawn.  It was perfect.  But even as we were walking in it seemed the sound from the lawn was better than I'd ever heard it before.

Glad I finally got a chance to see Pavement - they were great.  Unfortunately, after 20 minutes or so the wife realized she wasn't really into LCD so we decided to catch a little MIA before heading back to the dance area one last time.  She was terrible.  Had a nice crowd, though.  Can't imagine why.

Fireworks were a nice touch.

THANKS, SETH!  WE HAD A BLAST!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on September 26, 2010, 12:25:27 pm
I never waited very long for anything

So you didn't buy food? What a fucking calamity the food lines at the west stage were.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on September 26, 2010, 12:27:40 pm
and robbers sue people that shoot them as they are breaking into houses.  when people smell the chance of lawsuit, even if they deserve what they got . . . there is always a lawyer who will take the case, dissect it and put it back together the way they want it and need it to go, then win the case or atleast get some kind of $$ settlement.  welcome to the "easy" generation where downloads prevail and anything slacker is the norm.

Quit your fucking whining, you fucking pantload.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on September 26, 2010, 12:28:57 pm
For the record, Matt and Kim are fucking AWFUL.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 26, 2010, 12:37:04 pm
I never waited very long for anything

So you didn't buy food? What a fucking calamity the food lines at the west stage were.

I noticed this and it was the exact opposite from last year, when people were complaining about the long food lines around the pavilion, when the food lines were none existent at the west stage.   Wonder if they didn't staff up correctly...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 26, 2010, 12:55:20 pm
Realizing that I'm living up to the t-shirt.... LCD Soundsystem left me cold, maybe it was the length of the day, but the songs felt like they need some editing and it just wasn't funky enough.... there i said it..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 01:00:42 pm
I thought LCD was pretty good.  They were much more better then when they played the second year of the V fest, that was a zzzzzzzzz  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: mahimahi1414 on September 26, 2010, 01:04:47 pm
I thought it was great. I was at the Pavilion for the first five acts. I was a bit concerned about the pit removal policy but it turned out not to be a big deal at all. We just left in the middle of the last song (well for Edward Sharpe we left during home because we assumed it would be last and Joan Jett we left right after the drunk asshole got taken down because she just wasn't doing anything for us and there were a bunch of people really into her). Each time we got a great spot... first or second row in the middle. For Brite Lite Brite through Joan Jett, anyone who wanted to get into the pit was allowed in. It was also nice because you were surrounded by people who actually like the band as opposed to those who are sitting there just waiting for the next one.

All in all I thought Edward Sharpe and Matt and Kim were great. JEW and Sleigh Bells were decent and the crowd was pretty into it (especially Sleigh Bells). Joan Jett just kinda seemed old and I didn't think her voice was still good at all. I dunno she just wasn't able to play with a lot of excitement. And I usually like classic rock acts.

I didn't go to LCDSS, was the lawn packed? I was expecting a fair amount of the MIA people to filter into Sharam but there were maybe 1500 people there (the size of the crowd fluctuated a lot) so I guess a lot of people just went home at 10. Chromeo was absolutely packed and Sleigh Bells had a decent crowd.

Regarding the food line, I didn't buy anything but my brother went to one of the stands near the pavilion  like 4ish and said there was no line whatsoever. 

Overall great festival. Thanks a lot everyone who put it on.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Here's the thing on September 26, 2010, 02:02:03 pm

 
I never waited very long for anything

So you didn't buy food? What a fucking calamity the food lines at the west stage were.
You know, I did see that when we walked over to the West Stage mid-day, but forgot about it when I wrote. We had just eaten over by the Main Stage, and there were no lines at all. It took longer to find a shady spot to sit than it did to get the food.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: nkotb on September 26, 2010, 03:10:50 pm
Think you're mixing up your 80's female rockers :)

Pat Bentar was good but I thought it could have been louder.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: yohansen5b on September 26, 2010, 03:22:04 pm
Excellent day but super long. Expecting a sea of thousands, I showed up just shy of 11am competing with nearly no one for parking in the main lot. I think I saw just about every band...

-- Brite Lite Bright: I enjoyed the first few minutes of it but it didn't hold for me.  Yes, singer is cute.  The set reminded me of pomplamoose for some reason.
-- Temper Trap: I had lower expectations for them and they surprised me.  Really enjoyed the half-set I caught.  And, as it was early, a much smaller crowd to negotiate.  
-- Jimmy Eat World: Amazing.  It's as if they asked me personally for the songs I wanted to hear.  Even from the lawn, great rock set.  I also managed to see their brief interview before Brite Lite Brite; awkward interviewer but definitely cool to be in the same room.  I am still surprised they were one of the first bands of the day; I would have expected them to play later (following ES&TMZ and M&K).
-- Edward Sharp & The etc etc: I saw them from 9:32 with kosmo and sweetcell (nice meeting you dudes).  As I said to them, ES&TMZ looks like they're just making music to occupy themselves while they wait for Hale Bopp to make it's next appearance.  Bonus points for the super awkward interview of Alexander.
-- Yeasayer: I remember seeing them thinking it was really dusty and hot.  For some reason, I was surprised they lead singer is from the US.  For some reason, I always think he's British (I of course have no basis for this thought).
-- Joan Jett: Very cool to see and I enjoyed the half-set I saw.  It felt like she's played the same set about a bazillion times.
-- Thievery Corporation: First time I've seen them.  I liked it.
-- Matt & Kim: A big surprise for me. Usually two people playing two instruments does not mean a lot of energy.  But they brought the energy.  It's a lot of fun watching people playing music having a lot of fun with it.  Really enjoyed this set.
-- Ludacris: For some reason, the half-set I saw was comical to me.
-- Pavement: Second time I've seen them this year and second time I haven't been blown away. I know they're indie gods...perhaps I'm just not as familiar with their catalog.  I enjoyed Malkmus's banter: "...wait, I don't know what song we're playing."
-- Sleigh Bells: I loathe the songs I've heard from them.  That said, their set was a big surprise and I enjoyed it.  I'm sure my ears would bleed if the set was indoors.  I also wonder how big a loss their show would take without the lighting and volume.
-- MIA: As with Sleigh Bells, I really dislike MIA; I do not understand the fuss about her.  I wanted to see MIA's set to see if she really was a singer/rapper or, like I expected, more like Charlize Theron's character in Arrested Development.  After an annoying 10-minute late start followed by a terrible 10-minute DJ intro, I concluded MIA's sole purpose in art is to irritate me and I left.  From what I've heard, I don't regret it ("I just watched an MIA song involving a power drill solo"....srsly?)
-- LCD Soundsystem:  Fantastic.  I was exhausted by the time they showed up but I was really impressed with their set.  "All My Friends" was perfect.  What a good ending to a great day.

Other random notes:
-- There was a lot of free stuff but a long line to collect the free stuff so I didn't get any free stuff.
-- I had no problems buying food.  The BGR grub was delicious.
-- Yesterday was crazy hot.  And the dust!  
-- Getting out of the parking lot was super easy.  I was home in DC in under an hour from the time I got to my car.  No idea why but I was thankful.

It really did appear that all 30,000 people was having a lot of fun.  Even though I was flying solo, I had a great time.  I haven't been to a lot of festivals but I must say that FreeFest2010 was exceptionally well organized and managed.  And for free!  I still cannot get over that.  I saw so many bands for the price of food and beer.  

So: Thank Seth and everyone who helped put the day together.  It was a hell of a festival!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 08:01:45 pm
Think you're mixing up your 80's female rockers :)

Pat Bentar was good but I thought it could have been louder.

haha, I just realized that....... I mean Joan Jett  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 08:02:44 pm
So who of you got the VIP??  Anything good with the perks??  How about the backstage tour??  Do tell  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 26, 2010, 08:44:20 pm
I was disappointed there were no steamed crabs this year
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 26, 2010, 08:47:22 pm
VIP

Backstage tour was not much but probably all it could be if that makes sense. A quick walk behind the stage.

The bar with a bag chips was a bit of a welcome let down. I would suggest some cheap punch drinks or something.

Never was able to get to West Side VIP because the crowd was too deep when I tried. (maybe add a balk path between the two area for VIPs)

On the other hand no line to walk in. *

Great seating the entire show in the pavillion (worth it alone).*

A bar right by the great seating (also worth it alone)*

I will certainly do it again. I would also pay more for a step up similar to the VIP areas at Pimloco.

Great job as always and fun, fun, fun!****
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 26, 2010, 10:51:45 pm
So, I missed Sleigh Bells but everyone I heard from last night said they were awesome. I thought someone in here mentioned they were boring and dull live.  Maybe that was from some article or something.  Either way they are coming to Charlottesville next Saturday with LCD so might have to go check em out  ;D I should have checked them out while waiting in line watching Pavement.  Didn't want to not get into the pit.  I then noticed that people who were in line for the pit saw that people from the pavilion just ran to the floor when it was opened.  So, that caused a lot of bitching and moaning which was quite amusing  ;D 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on September 27, 2010, 02:58:32 am
Best act I saw was Matt & Kim.  Great energy and I love their music.

The worst Pavement.  I guess a bunch of guys playing guitars to straight and head rock n roll was old in the 70's.  I don't get the whole Pavement thing.  Great bands from the 90's like Pulp, Suede, and Primal Scream are virtually ignored and these guys get worshiped.  Well not by the crowd because the lawn was virtually empty but I guess by the music press.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 27, 2010, 07:58:33 am
Someone please explain the appeal of Matt and Kim besides the fact that Kim is cute.  Totally irritating songs and voices.  They looked like fun, but the music was terrible.

Pavement is just fun slacker rock.  Good lyrics, and I like their attitude :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 27, 2010, 09:55:04 am
While Ive been a fan of MIA's for a couple years now, and saw her a couple of year's ago at Sonar and she blew my mind, i thought she was amazing. Stuck around to see her at Freefest and after the 20 minute "intro" or whatever the hell it was and just a pure travesty after that. The crowd had no energy and was given no energy, after about a song or 2 I was over it, we stuck around for the whole thing somehow, Born Free was kind of fun to hear live, but it was otherwise just sad. She was wasted and her sound was awful.

On the plus side, Ludacris was just beyond entertaining, so much fun. Didn't think I'd come out of Freefest saying that.

Next year I hope they bring in more carnival rides!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 27, 2010, 10:18:39 am
While Ive been a fan of MIA's for a couple years now, and saw her a couple of year's ago at Sonar and she blew my mind, i thought she was amazing. Stuck around to see her at Freefest and after the 20 minute "intro" or whatever the hell it was and just a pure travesty after that. The crowd had no energy and was given no energy, after about a song or 2 I was over it, we stuck around for the whole thing somehow, Born Free was kind of fun to hear live, but it was otherwise just sad. She was wasted and her sound was awful.

On the plus side, Ludacris was just beyond entertaining, so much fun. Didn't think I'd come out of Freefest saying that.

Next year I hope they bring in more carnival rides!

Did she play that XoXo song???  I kind of like that one but with the Jay Z remix or whatever that is  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on September 27, 2010, 10:20:09 am
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Best act I saw was Matt & Kim.  Great energy and I love their music.

The worst Pavement.  I guess a bunch of guys playing guitars to straight and head rock n roll was old in the 70's.

I think we need to start seeing other people.   :)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 27, 2010, 10:50:24 am
Decided to go VIP at the last minute and it was totally worth it. First off, we had unlimited access to the pit from the pavilion area and they never overfilled either area (perhaps to a fault, nearly 1/4 of the pit was vacant). This is probably what some people here interpreted as "people from the pavilion just pouring into the pit". There were also leather couches by the side bar (which had the same prices as the regular bars if anyone was wondering), which made for a cool experience during some of the more laid back acts and seemed to attract a few band members throughout the festival.

I only checked out the west side VIP area during Ludacris, and it was not clearly defined. I wouldn't have even known it existed if I hadn't run into the barricade while trying to navigate the crowd. This area seemed a lot more active/packed than the pavilion but that's not surprising considering the huge crowd Luda seemed to attract.

The only disappointing aspect for me was the backstage tour. Not sure what I expected, but it wasn't the rush job that I got. The tour was consisted of a "tour guide" that we couldn't actually hear herding us past a series of trailers and bar setups. It literally lasted less than 5 minutes. We then had the opportunity to take a picture in front of a sign that read "I WAS BACKSTAGE AT VIRGIN MOBILE FREE FEST!" which the vast majority of my group rightly declined. We spent more time holding for that than taking the actual tour. The one highlight was getting to watch about 20 seconds of Joan Jett's set through an open side stage door. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but if I had paid 30 bucks just for that, I would have felt kinda ripped off.

Overall, the level of access was really great and I can't imagine spending the day any other way.

As for the acts, my favorites were:
LCD Soundsystem
Wolfgang Gartner (Why was he slotted so early? He destroyed and made later acts look bad in comparison)
Ludacris
Matt and Kim (for the energy level if nothing else, they got the pit going)

Disappointments:
Neon Indian (Just didn't connect with me, no real energy)
Maximum Balloon (lay off the air horns and "m-m-m-maximum" sound effect)
Missing Jimmy Eat World (It sounds like it was a great set)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on September 27, 2010, 11:04:15 am
Loved:

Matt & Kim - their music is basic and isn't really all that inspiring in anyway...but they are so happy when they play and it rubs off

Neon Indian - I didn't like the few songs I knew so wasn't that jazzed to see them, but needed some shade time so hung out and watched them...and I thought they were great live

Location - except for the west stage (see below), I dig having the festival at merriweather - lots of shade and a great vibe.

Price - can't argue with free.

Hated:

West Stage - lack of shade.  I had this problem last year as well, there were bands I wanted to see, but just couldn't deal with the direct sunlight right in your eyes for the entire set.  it would be much better to have the stage on the otherside (where the fire stuff was) - but then I guess it would be in the artists eyes instead of the audiences eyes, heh.

Beer Prices - but this is always a problem, isn't it?  Nothing like paying the price of a 6 or 12 pack for 1 beer.

Bowl Urinals in the barn - get with the times and replace them with waterless urinals


meh:

Maximum Balloon - would have been interesting I guess - but what was up with the 'Maximum' and air horn samples...seriously.....

Schedule - wasn't able to see all the bands I wanted to due to scheduling conflicts..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 27, 2010, 11:08:10 am
While Ive been a fan of MIA's for a couple years now, and saw her a couple of year's ago at Sonar and she blew my mind, i thought she was amazing. Stuck around to see her at Freefest and after the 20 minute "intro" or whatever the hell it was and just a pure travesty after that. The crowd had no energy and was given no energy, after about a song or 2 I was over it, we stuck around for the whole thing somehow, Born Free was kind of fun to hear live, but it was otherwise just sad. She was wasted and her sound was awful.

On the plus side, Ludacris was just beyond entertaining, so much fun. Didn't think I'd come out of Freefest saying that.

Next year I hope they bring in more carnival rides!

Did she play that XoXo song???  I kind of like that one but with the Jay Z remix or whatever that is  ;D
I seriously think she played 5 songs... World Town, Bucky Done Gun, Bamboo Banger, Lovalot, Born Free.

I think maybe 1 other one somewhere in there, but I don't remember XXXO and haven't heard the Jay-Z version.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 27, 2010, 11:14:55 am
While Ive been a fan of MIA's for a couple years now, and saw her a couple of year's ago at Sonar and she blew my mind, i thought she was amazing. Stuck around to see her at Freefest and after the 20 minute "intro" or whatever the hell it was and just a pure travesty after that. The crowd had no energy and was given no energy, after about a song or 2 I was over it, we stuck around for the whole thing somehow, Born Free was kind of fun to hear live, but it was otherwise just sad. She was wasted and her sound was awful.

On the plus side, Ludacris was just beyond entertaining, so much fun. Didn't think I'd come out of Freefest saying that.

Next year I hope they bring in more carnival rides!

Did she play that XoXo song???  I kind of like that one but with the Jay Z remix or whatever that is  ;D
I seriously think she played 5 songs... World Town, Bucky Done Gun, Bamboo Banger, Lovalot, Born Free.

I think maybe 1 other one somewhere in there, but I don't remember XXXO and haven't heard the Jay-Z version.

I like the Jay Z version he just does a couple of lyrics with her, hell thats the only version I actually heard  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on September 27, 2010, 11:43:11 am
M.I.A. did encore with Paper Planes.  That was pretty sweet.  I enjoyed her set but I knew what to expect from hearing the albums.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 27, 2010, 11:50:20 am
The festival itself was pretty awesome. My own personal experience was beyond a nightmare. I blame Virgin itself for the fiasco and the tickets at will-call, that were never at will-call. I do owe a HUGE thanks to some woman working who got me tix -- esp after the fact that my friends and I all gave ours away. 2 hours after running back and forth between will-call, I was at least in. Thankfully virgin follows twitter and soon I had virgin calling. No one knows what happened (epic FAIL!), but some other woman hooked me up with VIP tix.

Spent part of the day with free drinks - huge plus - (for someone complaining about the free drinks/food in the tent -- its free -- its alcohol - what more do you want). I appreciated the access to the pit/pavilion. I missed most of Edward Sharpe which was the one band I really wanted to see.

Caught some of Joan Jett. Ran into a friend of sonicks whom I knew from high school in California. 18 years later was a bit surreal. Caught some of Thievery Corporation (talking to friends and watching people dance moreso than paying attention). Matt & Kim were awesome live. So much fun. I never was into them for their music itself, but their live show is always a good time.

Pavement were awesome! One of my favs. After all my shows in Summerstage with them, this was up there with their first show. They sounded great. Malkmus was in great spirits. Had a great setlist. It wasnt 2 hours which I had been used to, but I really appreciated this. Plus, the pit was empty. Everyone there seemed to be die-hard fans (at least in the middle), singing along, dancing. Talking to each other. Im convinced the older crowds are so much better! (or it means Im old).

LCD SS were just awesome. Managed to get back into the pit, but it was damn crowded. So was on the left side and had a perfect view. Everyone was dancing, singing along. Some people who wanted to talk the whole time, which I never understand. If this is the last time Ill be seeing them, def was not disappointed. James Murphy seemed to be having a great time. Wished it were longer.

The 9:32 afterparty was a great bonus. Not sure who was dj'ing, but that was not good. The drinks alone were well worth it. It took me 40 mins to get back to the hotel as I could not figure out the way out of Merriweather, but I couldnt complain about that and some people were nice to tell me where the hotel was :)

All in all - Im undecided on the whole winning tix/free flight/hotel. Most of the things did not run smoothly. Ive never won something like this but all in all it turned out mostly to be a headache. And when I finally got home (naturally) I found out that someone stole my license plate.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on September 27, 2010, 12:00:12 pm
Whats up with guys wearing skin tight jeans in 90+ degree heat?  You hipsters do make for some epic people watching.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 27, 2010, 12:01:47 pm
Whats up with guys wearing skin tight jeans in 90+ degree heat?  You hipsters do make for some epic people watching.

or people wearing all black too, I swore I saw someone with a trench coat on  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: runwhiteyrun06 on September 27, 2010, 12:08:33 pm
Whats up with guys wearing skin tight jeans in 90+ degree heat?  You hipsters do make for some epic people watching.

There were so many hipsters wearing ridiculously stupid things. It was hilarious.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 27, 2010, 12:14:41 pm
I'm guessin' the number of people allowed to stand in the pit equals the number of people sitting in the pit,  thus why the pit is never filled to capacity.  Which is fine me, bring able to stand away from the sweaty masses...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 27, 2010, 12:20:29 pm
Loved:

Matt & Kim - their music is basic and isn't really all that inspiring in anyway...but they are so happy when they play and it rubs off
 
this.  they aren't cerebral, they aren't trying to change anything... they're just a pure joy to watch and dance to.

Hated:

Beer Prices - but this is always a problem, isn't it?  Nothing like paying the price of a 6 or 12 pack for 1 beer.

srsly?  as others have pointed out, compared to other entertainment venues the drink prices are quite reasonable at MPP.  

meh:

Schedule - wasn't able to see all the bands I wanted to due to scheduling conflicts..

that's inevitably going to happen at a festival, no way of winning that one  :-\

I'm guessin' the number of people allowed to stand in the pit equals the number of people sitting in the pit,  thus why the pit is never filled to capacity.  Which is fine me, bring able to stand away from the sweaty masses...

dunno if you saw the pit during lcdss, but there were definitely more people in there than could be seated.  it was packed.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 27, 2010, 12:26:13 pm
M.I.A. did encore with Paper Planes.  That was pretty sweet.  I enjoyed her set but I knew what to expect from hearing the albums.
Damn? How passed when she left the stage? I didn't hear a hint of that and we stuck around and got some food.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: tobyd on September 27, 2010, 12:39:17 pm

M.I.A. did encore with Paper Planes.  That was pretty sweet.  I enjoyed her set but I knew what to expect from hearing the albums.
Damn?
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How passed when she left the stage? I didn't hear a hint of that and we stuck around and got some food.

Maybe a few minutes.  You weren't alone. Tons of folks bailed at the end of her set - presumably to catch LCDSS.  Oh well.  No big thang.  Love that tune though.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 27, 2010, 03:22:33 pm
Yeah, i wanted to leave right before she started Bamboo Banger, mostly to catch the lights attached to the fence surrounding the Dance Forest, wanted to see what that place looked like at night. Heard about 10 mintues of LCD and was bored. Did anyone get a shirt printed at the State Farm club? I wanted to see what they were and didnt get a chance to get one.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 27, 2010, 03:52:10 pm
"free drinks/food in the tent -- its free "

Free drinks??

I was complaining because there were no free drinks and the food I was offered was a bag of chips. Loved everything else, just this was cheesy. Sounds like you had a better food and free drinks. I still treuly appreciated just having the instant access to the bar. Just being critical but at the same time totally happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 27, 2010, 04:12:28 pm
dont know if there were different areas, but the VIP area on the far left of the stage at the pavilion had a tent with free drinks. forgot who that sponsor was weed something, maybe. i didnt see food there --- and no clue if there were different VIP areas.

"free drinks/food in the tent -- its free "

Free drinks??

I was complaining because there were no free drinks and the food I was offered was a bag of chips. Loved everything else, just this was cheesy. Sounds like you had a better food and free drinks. I still treuly appreciated just having the instant access to the bar. Just being critical but at the same time totally happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: joeposh on September 27, 2010, 05:50:31 pm
Did you have a badge or a wristband? I just assumed that the cabana/tented area was reserved for the people cruising around with the VMU/Gold/etc passes.

dont know if there were different areas, but the VIP area on the far left of the stage at the pavilion had a tent with free drinks. forgot who that sponsor was weed something, maybe. i didnt see food there --- and no clue if there were different VIP areas.

"free drinks/food in the tent -- its free "

Free drinks??

I was complaining because there were no free drinks and the food I was offered was a bag of chips. Loved everything else, just this was cheesy. Sounds like you had a better food and free drinks. I still treuly appreciated just having the instant access to the bar. Just being critical but at the same time totally happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Hieronymus on September 27, 2010, 07:13:49 pm
Whats up with guys wearing skin tight jeans in 90+ degree heat?  You hipsters do make for some epic people watching.

There were so many hipsters wearing ridiculously stupid things. It was hilarious.

There were actually very very few hipsters there. Some plain ol' ridiculously dressed folks, sure. Overall, though, it seemed like a reasonable (if very white-leaning) representation of the youngish DMV population. Which is a little surprising, considering the lineup.

That said, I was wearing reasonably fitted jeans in the 90-degree heat (and a white t-shirt eternally drenched with cold water -- not like I was going for fashion). Shorts are for women and children.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: fatskippy on September 28, 2010, 10:05:34 am
Very few hipsters?  I think half the crowd had on either full length skinny jeans, skinny jeans rolled up, or skinny jeans shorts.  It looked like half the guys there shopped in the women's section.  I can excuse little kids from dressing like idiots because they don't know any better but it's hilarious when people that are post-college age are such fashion victims.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 28, 2010, 10:51:23 am
"dont know if there were different areas, but the VIP area on the far left of the stage at the pavilion had a tent with free drinks. forgot who that sponsor was weed something, maybe. i didnt see food there --- and no clue if there were different VIP areas. "

I was not let in there but told to go to the bar on the right side of the pavilion by the couches. I only had the purple/white wrist band. I think the area you are talking about was where they told me only folks with the show could go. Again though, great time and the couches were perfect.

 

 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dortiz on September 28, 2010, 10:53:00 am
I wore jeans and my bike boots. While there were a few moments that I was hot it could not be offset by the mound of dirt that was caked on my boots and pants as I left them in my garage at the end of the night.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on September 28, 2010, 10:55:33 am
I had a badge and went back to the decky type lounge.  The only free drinks there were the Jeremiah Weed vodka drinks, but they were tasty.  Prices at the bars there were the same as everywhere else.  nice bathrooms though and it was fun to see people from various bands walking around...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blipvurt on September 28, 2010, 12:35:55 pm
FreeFest write-up on We Love DC:

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/09/27/we-love-music-virgin-mobile-freefest-2010-merriweather-post-pavilion-92510/

This was my first year attending and I had a blast! Thanks to Seth and everyone else involved.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 28, 2010, 01:17:16 pm
^^ lol at your matt and kim review.
but this one takes the cake:

"DCist spent the rest of the day in the vicinity of the Pavilion Stage, retreating to the press tent only to escape the double-dutch yammering of Matt & Kim, a keyboard & drums duo (which, right there, objection, your honor) comprised of two six-year-olds who just mainlined a whole bag of Pixy Stix yet who, perhaps by way of the supernatural phenomenon depicted in the film Big, appear to be in their twenties."
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: xneverwherex on September 28, 2010, 02:54:31 pm
yeah - i had a badge and wristband. so that explains it :)  And yes - the Jeremiah Weed drinks were good.

Did you have a badge or a wristband? I just assumed that the cabana/tented area was reserved for the people cruising around with the VMU/Gold/etc passes.

dont know if there were different areas, but the VIP area on the far left of the stage at the pavilion had a tent with free drinks. forgot who that sponsor was weed something, maybe. i didnt see food there --- and no clue if there were different VIP areas.

"free drinks/food in the tent -- its free "

Free drinks??

I was complaining because there were no free drinks and the food I was offered was a bag of chips. Loved everything else, just this was cheesy. Sounds like you had a better food and free drinks. I still treuly appreciated just having the instant access to the bar. Just being critical but at the same time totally happy.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: blipvurt on September 28, 2010, 03:56:01 pm
Wow, Vas D...that DCist writer nailed describing Matt & Kim. Thanks for sharing that one!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on November 01, 2010, 01:44:09 pm
vids from freefest'10:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/playlist/virgin-mobile-freefest-2010/231741
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on June 10, 2013, 11:01:53 am
i'm sure QOTSA will play Virgin Free Fest.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on June 10, 2013, 11:06:08 am
and Vampire Weekend.

Virgin Free Fest on 9/21 then?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on June 10, 2013, 11:09:47 am
and Vampire Weekend.

Virgin Free Fest on 9/21 then?

happy birthday to me!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on June 10, 2013, 11:23:09 am
i predict

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Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on June 25, 2013, 02:18:45 pm
and Vampire Weekend.

Virgin Free Fest on 9/21 then?


QOTSA is playing Midtown in Altanta that weekend.  Perhaps they could do both....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 08, 2013, 02:10:12 pm
Kraftwerk, Daft Punk or the Orb?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 08, 2013, 02:48:12 pm
Kraftwerk, Daft Punk or the Orb?
Nope, nope, and nope.

Daft Punk have been pretty vocal about no tour soon. Errr, as vocal as they can be...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 08, 2013, 02:52:47 pm
The Orb and Kraftwerk are currently on the festival circuit....just sayin'
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 10, 2013, 11:08:49 am
Chvrches have a shit ton of tour dates in late September with no DC / Balt date. So I'll say whichever day it is, count them in....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on July 10, 2013, 11:19:18 am
They are in Richmond Fri Nov 29 if that makes a difference.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 10, 2013, 11:41:30 am
I'm all for QOTSA playing Freefest and doing an after show at the 9:30.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 10, 2013, 01:40:11 pm
I'm all for QOTSA playing Freefest and doing an after show at the 9:30.
And then a Surprise! At The Club for the next 2 nights after that.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 10, 2013, 02:58:08 pm
Really looking forward to this, regardless of who plays.

But, yeah, QOTSA would be awesome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 10, 2013, 07:06:00 pm
What if they held FreeFest on Sunday, Sept. 22?

That could potentially free up quite a few bands who would be in Atlanta (or touring reasonably close) the same weekend: QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chvrches.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 10, 2013, 07:18:25 pm
What if they held FreeFest on Sunday, Sept. 22?

That could potentially free up quite a few bands who would be in Atlanta (or touring reasonably close) the same weekend: QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chvrches.

Wait and see. It's going to be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Direction, Skrillex, Kanye West, Carly Rae Jepsen and Insane Clown Posse.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 10, 2013, 07:28:37 pm
bearman . . . you are one of my hidden favorites.  hidden meaning, you dont post enough for me to be out of the closet in love with you.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 10, 2013, 07:29:43 pm
bearman . . . you are one of my hidden favorites.  hidden meaning, you dont post enough for me to be out of the closet in love with you.

Awwww...I can feel the love!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 11, 2013, 03:57:31 pm
So September 21?

I take it Washed Out probably was not supposed to announce the date before Virgin Mobile...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 11, 2013, 04:01:31 pm
Isn't that grounds for being dropped from the bill?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 11, 2013, 04:05:42 pm
That seems like a big deal, but at the same time, it doesnt...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 11, 2013, 04:06:05 pm
What if they held FreeFest on Sunday, Sept. 22?

That could potentially free up quite a few bands who would be in Atlanta (or touring reasonably close) the same weekend: QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chvrches.
I'd cum inside my own pants and someone elses pants if that was a FREE day long festival. Minus Mumford and Phoenix.

Invisible Dragons on the main stage from 12-10 you guys, let's face facts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eros on July 11, 2013, 04:12:27 pm
So September 21?

Guess that rules out QOTSA.

And Arctic Monkeys   :-\
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 11, 2013, 04:25:00 pm
So September 21?

Guess that rules out QOTSA.

And Arctic Monkeys   :-\

And The Chili Peppers
Imagine Dragons
Weezer
Kendrick Lamar
Arctic Monkeys
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tegan and Sara
The Black Lips
Reignwolf
The Neighbourhood
ZZ Ward
Mona
Capital Cities

http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/atlanta-music-scene/2013/jun/17/music-midtown-announces-lineup/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 11, 2013, 04:25:25 pm
So September 21?

Guess that rules out QOTSA.

And Arctic Monkeys   :-\

how does that rule out qotsa?  isn't midtown festival the 20th and 21st?  what if they played on the 20th in atl?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eros on July 11, 2013, 04:29:52 pm
So September 21?

Guess that rules out QOTSA.

And Arctic Monkeys   :-\

how does that rule out qotsa?  isn't midtown festival the 20th and 21st?  what if they played on the 20th in atl?

Sorry I was just looking at pollstar (which says the 21st).
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 11, 2013, 04:31:47 pm
never mind it does rule them out because the 20th they are in ashville, meaning 21st they play midtown.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 11, 2013, 04:36:26 pm
So September 21?

Guess that rules out QOTSA.

And Arctic Monkeys   :-\

And The Chili Peppers
Imagine Dragons
Weezer
Kendrick Lamar
Arctic Monkeys
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tegan and Sara
The Black Lips
Reignwolf
The Neighbourhood
ZZ Ward
Mona
Capital Cities

http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/atlanta-music-scene/2013/jun/17/music-midtown-announces-lineup/
Son of a dumb bitch! AND they get Reignwolf?!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eros on July 11, 2013, 04:37:45 pm
I'm assuming the headliner is going to be Vampire Weekend seeing as how they've played pretty much everywhere except DC/Baltimore.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 11, 2013, 04:38:07 pm
so vfest will be the bands that played friday, journey?
 ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 11, 2013, 04:38:30 pm
I'm assuming the headliner is going to be Vampire Weekend seeing as how they've played pretty much everywhere except DC/Baltimore.
They aren't popular enough to headline the festival. you cray.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 11, 2013, 04:38:48 pm
so vfest will be the bands that played friday, journey?
 ;D
They'll play before 2 Chainz!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 11, 2013, 04:45:45 pm
Also out, Hall and Oates
http://www.lifeisgood.com/festival/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 11, 2013, 07:18:03 pm
Also out, Hall and Oates
http://www.lifeisgood.com/festival/

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 11, 2013, 09:19:48 pm
What if they held FreeFest on Sunday, Sept. 22?

That could potentially free up quite a few bands who would be in Atlanta (or touring reasonably close) the same weekend: QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chvrches.
I'd cum inside my own pants and someone elses pants if that was a FREE day long festival. Minus Mumford and Phoenix.

Invisible Dragons on the main stage from 12-10 you guys, let's face facts.

remind me . . . to stay away from you before incredible concerts. 

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: medeski7 on July 12, 2013, 06:38:21 am

"Mark your calendars: It appears we have a date for the 2013 edition of the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.
Ernest Greene, who performs as chillwave producer Washed Out, announced a slew of tour dates to promote his second full-length Paracosm. As it turns out, one of those dates is at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of FreeFest, which appears to be taking place on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Nothing has been officially announced by Virgin Mobile or I.M.P. Productions, the concert promoter which books Merriweather Post Pavilion, as
 their sites still read that date announcements are "coming soon." But for now, thanks to some premature tour confirmation, there is is a date and at least one confirmed act."

I didn't see this posted yet.

 http://dcist.com/2013/07/virgin_mobile_freefest_2013_has_a_d.php (http://dcist.com/2013/07/virgin_mobile_freefest_2013_has_a_d.php)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 12, 2013, 07:53:02 am
I'll take Hall and Oates or Journey over a blockhead hard rock band like QOTSA any day.

Maybe the Washed Out date was off by a day. According to this, QOTSA Saturday in Atlanta:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/atlanta-music-scene/2013/jun/17/music-midtown-announces-lineup/

which would give them Sunday for MPP.

Also, the MPP date was removed from the WAshed Out site, right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 12, 2013, 08:38:58 am
I'm right?

and Vampire Weekend.

Virgin Free Fest on 9/21 then?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 12, 2013, 11:22:45 am
FWIW, Ticketmaster nationwide concert listings for 9/21...

http://www.ticketmaster.com/browse?area=&root=10001&category=10001&rdc_smonth=9&rdc_sday=21&rdc_syear=2013&rdc_emonth=9&rdc_eday=21&rdc_eyear=2013&teVal=&type=range
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on July 12, 2013, 11:42:25 am
last.fm too.

if washed out is playing, probably could assume haerts comes too. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 12, 2013, 01:25:56 pm
I'll take Hall and Oates or Journey over a blockhead hard rock band like QOTSA any day.

Lol this fucking guy
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 12, 2013, 01:28:19 pm
im pretty sure . . . the dead milkmen have that day open.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 12, 2013, 02:42:17 pm
I'll take Hall and Oates or Journey over a blockhead hard rock band like QOTSA any day.

Maybe the Washed Out date was off by a day. According to this, QOTSA Saturday in Atlanta:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/atlanta-music-scene/2013/jun/17/music-midtown-announces-lineup/

which would give them Sunday for MPP.

Also, the MPP date was removed from the WAshed Out site, right?

Hall and Oates definitely, Journey and their fake singer? No way. 

I like Washed Out but I have seen him a couple of times already. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 12, 2013, 06:40:17 pm
I kind of agree with James Ford.. god do I ever hate to

what is the huge deal with Queens??? what do people enjoy about them?

I usually put in their CDs and enjoy them for 15 minutes..I really try to like them.. but first of all they are brickwalled to hell and give me a headache..second of all they have no hooks at all.. no melody..its just bludgeon music.

I much prefer Eagles of Death Metal..



Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 12, 2013, 07:31:37 pm
let me clarify that... before i head out to the specials and i'm having a tough time believing i'm going to see them and putting one foot in front of the other

let me clarify: i like bludgeon music..done well like black sabbath on Vol. 4 and Master of Reality it is A WE SO ME.. .but Queens ain't like that I'm afraid.

so what do people like about Queens?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 12, 2013, 08:34:43 pm
There's a really good Indian restaurant there, though the name escapes me now.

let me clarify that... before i head out to the specials and i'm having a tough time believing i'm going to see them and putting one foot in front of the other

let me clarify: i like bludgeon music..done well like black sabbath on Vol. 4 and Master of Reality it is A WE SO ME.. .but Queens ain't like that I'm afraid.

so what do people like about Queens?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 12, 2013, 09:16:45 pm
Sure, a Hall and Oates show would beat a Journey show.

But I'll stand on Ronnie James Dio's grave in a pair of fairy boots and proclaim that Arnel Pineda is the best replacement singer ever.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on July 12, 2013, 09:58:22 pm
Sure, a Hall and Oates show would beat a Journey show.

But I'll stand on Ronnie James Dio's grave in a pair of fairy boots and proclaim that Arnel Pineda is the best replacement singer ever.

I know you're always right, but Arnel Pineda never played with the Replacements.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 13, 2013, 12:06:18 am
Sure, a Hall and Oates show would beat a Journey show.

But I'll stand on Ronnie James Dio's grave in a pair of fairy boots and proclaim that Arnel Pineda is the best replacement singer ever.

Steve Earle took back his comment about Townes and Dylan....as well he should

Arnel is really good... better than Steve Perry would be today..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 15, 2013, 10:24:54 am
Glad someone got my Steve Earle reference!

Sure, a Hall and Oates show would beat a Journey show.

But I'll stand on Ronnie James Dio's grave in a pair of fairy boots and proclaim that Arnel Pineda is the best replacement singer ever.

Steve Earle took back his comment about Townes and Dylan....as well he should

Arnel is really good... better than Steve Perry would be today..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 15, 2013, 11:08:56 am
let me clarify that... before i head out to the specials and i'm having a tough time believing i'm going to see them and putting one foot in front of the other

let me clarify: i like bludgeon music..done well like black sabbath on Vol. 4 and Master of Reality it is A WE SO ME.. .but Queens ain't like that I'm afraid.

so what do people like about Queens?

I think it's a bit complex. I can tell you right away that there's far more depth to Queens than EODM. Where Eagles of Death Metal are a really decent rock band with some killer tunes and a great sense of humor, QOTSA is one of those bands that you probably either get or don't. If you don't feel the heavy grooves and hear the melodies in "Songs for the Deaf", then it's just not your kind of band. The first time I put that record on, it blew my mind. "Go With the Flow" is one of those songs that gets into your blood...it's intense and gorgeous. "Hangin' Tree" is dark and pummeling. If you don't like Josh's guitar, if you're not a fan of flashy drumming, then it's not for you. If you don't get goosebumps when Mark Lanegan sings "In the Fade" on Rated R, or feel the urge to play air guitar during "Regular John", or get chills on "Suture Up Your Future", it's just not for you. Really good music isn't just about what sounds cool. It can make you think. QOTSA for me is one of those bands. I saw them in 2003 in San Francisco and it was one of those nights where it changed my perception of music, art, of what a concert can sound and feel like. It made going to other concerts kind of disappointing for a while.

Last night I listened to the new Vampire Weekend LP, and people rave about them. I really, really tried to "get" what they're about, and I didn't enjoy any of it. So if you're not into QOTSA, don't feel bad about it. There's plenty of stuff out there people go crazy for that isn't for me. The important thing is to keep an open mind and enjoy what comes naturally.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 15, 2013, 11:17:15 am
let me clarify that... before i head out to the specials and i'm having a tough time believing i'm going to see them and putting one foot in front of the other

let me clarify: i like bludgeon music..done well like black sabbath on Vol. 4 and Master of Reality it is A WE SO ME.. .but Queens ain't like that I'm afraid.

so what do people like about Queens?

I think it's a bit complex. I can tell you right away that there's far more depth to Queens than EODM. Where Eagles of Death Metal are a really decent rock band with some killer tunes and a great sense of humor, QOTSA is one of those bands that you probably either get or don't. If you don't feel the heavy grooves and hear the melodies in "Songs for the Deaf", then it's just not your kind of band. The first time I put that record on, it blew my mind. "Go With the Flow" is one of those songs that gets into your blood...it's intense and gorgeous. "Hangin' Tree" is dark and pummeling. If you don't like Josh's guitar, if you're not a fan of flashy drumming, then it's not for you. If you don't get goosebumps when Mark Lanegan sings "In the Fade" on Rated R, or feel the urge to play air guitar during "Regular John", or get chills on "Suture Up Your Future", it's just not for you. Really good music isn't just about what sounds cool. It can make you think. QOTSA for me is one of those bands. I saw them in 2003 in San Francisco and it was one of those nights where it changed my perception of music, art, of what a concert can sound and feel like. It made going to other concerts kind of disappointing for a while.

Last night I listened to the new Vampire Weekend LP, and people rave about them. I really, really tried to "get" what they're about, and I didn't enjoy any of it. So if you're not into QOTSA, don't feel bad about it. There's plenty of stuff out there people go crazy for that isn't for me. The important thing is to keep an open mind and enjoy what comes naturally.

I realize Vampire Weekend are a creative and quality band and put out awesome albums but I don't care for them. I don't know what it is about their music but it just annoys the shit out of me. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 15, 2013, 11:23:45 am
I realize Vampire Weekend are a creative and quality band and put out awesome albums but I don't care for them. I don't know what it is about their music but it just annoys the shit out of me. 

A lot of people really like them. Good for them. But when I went back to read the review of the new LP on Pitchfork, it made me laugh. I think I was listening to a different record.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 15, 2013, 11:36:19 am
let me clarify that... before i head out to the specials and i'm having a tough time believing i'm going to see them and putting one foot in front of the other

let me clarify: i like bludgeon music..done well like black sabbath on Vol. 4 and Master of Reality it is A WE SO ME.. .but Queens ain't like that I'm afraid.

so what do people like about Queens?

I think it's a bit complex. I can tell you right away that there's far more depth to Queens than EODM. Where Eagles of Death Metal are a really decent rock band with some killer tunes and a great sense of humor, QOTSA is one of those bands that you probably either get or don't. If you don't feel the heavy grooves and hear the melodies in "Songs for the Deaf", then it's just not your kind of band. The first time I put that record on, it blew my mind. "Go With the Flow" is one of those songs that gets into your blood...it's intense and gorgeous. "Hangin' Tree" is dark and pummeling. If you don't like Josh's guitar, if you're not a fan of flashy drumming, then it's not for you. If you don't get goosebumps when Mark Lanegan sings "In the Fade" on Rated R, or feel the urge to play air guitar during "Regular John", or get chills on "Suture Up Your Future", it's just not for you. Really good music isn't just about what sounds cool. It can make you think. QOTSA for me is one of those bands. I saw them in 2003 in San Francisco and it was one of those nights where it changed my perception of music, art, of what a concert can sound and feel like. It made going to other concerts kind of disappointing for a while.

Last night I listened to the new Vampire Weekend LP, and people rave about them. I really, really tried to "get" what they're about, and I didn't enjoy any of it. So if you're not into QOTSA, don't feel bad about it. There's plenty of stuff out there people go crazy for that isn't for me. The important thing is to keep an open mind and enjoy what comes naturally.
My friend gave me his copy of "Songs For The Deaf" and was told me I had to listen to it. I knew it because "No One Knows" was on MTV constantly and I thought the video was hilarious and weird as hell. That song was a blip on the radar for the massive bombs that are on that album. Opening up with "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire", are you serious!? That songs STILL kicks ass. Those drums? That opening riff? Nick's screaming!? God damn!

I know a lot of people who loved that album, but kind of didn't like Lullabies and never took the time to go back to their self titled and Rated R. I have all their B-sides, rarities, acoustic versions. I absolutely adore this band and anything Josh Homme touches. I LOVE EODM, but they don't have the musical depth that Queens has. Also love Them Crooked Vultures. I also understand that people don't get them and it's never something I've tried to explain. If you don't go ape shit in the last few minutes of "Song For The Dead" then you just will never like QOTSA.

I was surprised at how many people like them on here.

Also, I love Vampire Weekend and their new album is perfect for summer. I think Contra is their best album, but this new one is great. A little different from their first 2 albums, but I love it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 15, 2013, 01:48:54 pm
I don't understand why people want to listen to music that "kicks ass"?

If asskicking is your thing, why not just watch football or wrestling? Or beat up your spouse/partner.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 15, 2013, 01:57:11 pm
I don't understand why people want to listen to music that "kicks ass"?

If asskicking is your thing, why not just watch football or wrestling? Or beat up your spouse/partner.

It's a generic term for music that delivers a punch, intensity, and vigor that makes other music sound too mellow or unpassionate.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 15, 2013, 02:04:26 pm
I don't understand why people want to listen to music that "kicks ass"?

If asskicking is your thing, why not just watch football or wrestling? Or beat up your spouse/partner.

It's a generic term for music that delivers a punch, intensity, and vigor that makes other music sound too mellow or unpassionate.

I used to like to listen to Rage's first album when I worked in a produce department at a grocery store.  I would put that kick-ass music on and start trimming lettuce. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 15, 2013, 02:23:14 pm
I used to listen to Big Black, Black Flag, and Ministry when I was 20. Then I started having sex more regularly.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 15, 2013, 02:33:07 pm
I don't understand why people want to listen to music that "kicks ass"?

If asskicking is your thing, why not just watch football or wrestling? Or beat up your spouse/partner.
Should all music lull you to sleep? Or calm you down? Music is supposed to elicit emotions, not just one, but all. Queens is fucking awesome. Listening to the new album super loud on my rides home from work. Air drums, air guitars, air everything. If I want to chill I'll listen to chill shit.

Not everyone wants to kick ass at stuff I guess.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 15, 2013, 02:43:25 pm
I guess I'm like atomicfront in that I'd rather have music with melody and harmony that if it doesn't sound pretty, it at least doesn't try to bludgeon me. I never said anything about wanting to be lulled to sleep.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 15, 2013, 02:44:55 pm
Also seemingly not playing VMFF, Dan Deacon.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 15, 2013, 02:55:19 pm
I guess I'm like atomicfront in that I'd rather have music with melody and harmony that if it doesn't sound pretty, it at least doesn't try to bludgeon me. I never said anything about wanting to be lulled to sleep.
Not understanding why people want their music to "kick ass" is weird. Not understanding a band, or even a genre, I get, but not understanding how someone reacts? Come on, it's music, bud.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 15, 2013, 03:02:08 pm
I guess I'm just too old to want to have my ass kicked. But if that's you're thing, you're the one who is weird.  ;)
I guess I'm like atomicfront in that I'd rather have music with melody and harmony that if it doesn't sound pretty, it at least doesn't try to bludgeon me. I never said anything about wanting to be lulled to sleep.
Not understanding why people want their music to "kick ass" is weird. Not understanding a band, or even a genre, I get, but not understanding how someone reacts? Come on, it's music, bud.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 15, 2013, 03:16:26 pm
I used to listen to Big Black, Black Flag, and Ministry when I was 20. Then I started having sex more regularly.

You never had sex while listening to Black Flag's "Slip it in"?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 15, 2013, 03:28:43 pm
I guess I'm just too old to want to have my ass kicked. But if that's you're thing, you're the one who is weird.  ;)
I guess I'm like atomicfront in that I'd rather have music with melody and harmony that if it doesn't sound pretty, it at least doesn't try to bludgeon me. I never said anything about wanting to be lulled to sleep.
Not understanding why people want their music to "kick ass" is weird. Not understanding a band, or even a genre, I get, but not understanding how someone reacts? Come on, it's music, bud.
???
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Stillwater on July 22, 2013, 07:06:53 am
@MerriweatherPP: IT'S BACK! @virginmobileusa #freefest returns to @Merriweatherpp 9.21.13! http://t.co/7uhlvjOaJe
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2013, 08:17:38 am
Awesome.  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 22, 2013, 08:41:40 am
Oh happy happy happy birthday to meeeeeeeee! :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2013, 08:50:20 am
It's our 10 year anniversary :)

Hopefully us friends with benefits peeps will just get tickets because we're awesome?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 22, 2013, 08:54:01 am
vampire weekend!  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 22, 2013, 08:57:14 am
My wife is out of town and pretty sure my six year old (who was more mature than at least 70% of the people there last year) doesn't want to go back, so looks like I'm out.

 Vampire Weekend would be the first decent band in several years.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 22, 2013, 09:07:46 am
yeah i'm going camping that weekend, so i'm probably out - unless the lineup is amazing or something
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: BrettnotBritt on July 22, 2013, 10:17:31 am
Damnit, same day as Maryland vs West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium. Here's hoping for an early kickoff so I can still see Vampire Weekend.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 22, 2013, 10:53:01 am
I'm guessing Vampire Weekend is a pretty safe bet. Fits right into their tour. I think that's a done deal. Chvrches too.

Judging from other tours/festivals happening around the same time, I'd say it's possible for the Pixies or the Replacements to be on the bill. Maybe Iggy and the Stooges, The Hold Steady, Passion Pit, the Walkmen.

As far as other bands to fill in the day, there are a ton on tour but they're all booked for other gigs. So no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, no Weezer, no Rancid, no Jane's Addiction, no Blink 182. I'm bummed that QOTSA and the Arctic Monkeys are definitely out. At this rate, I doubt DC even gets a date from Queens this year. They're pretty focused on touring Europe and other cities they either haven't done or been to in a long time. Though they haven't been here in 8 years, so I guess we'd qualify.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 22, 2013, 10:57:52 am
QOTSA definitely out for that date?  Bummer.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 22, 2013, 11:46:26 am
QOTSA definitely out for that date?  Bummer.

They're in Atlanta with the Arctic Monkeys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2013, 02:01:43 pm
QOTSA definitely out for that date?  Bummer.

They're in Atlanta with the Arctic Monkeys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Such terrible, terrible news. I honestly might go down to ATL for that instead and make a weekend of it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2013, 02:02:49 pm
QOTSA definitely out for that date?  Bummer.

They're in Atlanta with the Arctic Monkeys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Such terrible, terrible news. I honestly might go down to ATL for that instead and make a weekend of it.


Yeah Yeahs Yeahs are always worth the trip.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 23, 2013, 02:09:18 pm
QOTSA definitely out for that date?  Bummer.

They're in Atlanta with the Arctic Monkeys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Such terrible, terrible news. I honestly might go down to ATL for that instead and make a weekend of it.


Yeah Yeahs Yeahs are always worth the trip.
+ QOTSA + Weezer + Kendrick Lamar + Arctic Monkeys + Black Keys + Reignwolf > anything FreeFest can book. I love me FreeFest, but there's so much more I'm probably going to want to see in ATL.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 23, 2013, 02:30:24 pm
Well, looks like I don't have to worry about Freefest then.  So, that's good. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: serpent boy on July 23, 2013, 02:46:16 pm
http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/07/icona-pop-announce-debut-album-and-tour-dates-listen-to-all-night/

Icona Pop is available 9/21 and in the region. No idea who they are.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 23, 2013, 02:52:04 pm
I'm still hangin on for Neutral Milk Hotel.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 23, 2013, 02:54:20 pm
I'm still hangin on for Neutral Milk Hotel.

I think the odds are close to zero on that one.  Didn't you get tickets to their  Baltimore show?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 23, 2013, 02:59:28 pm
No!  You have an extra?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 23, 2013, 03:52:07 pm
http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/07/icona-pop-announce-debut-album-and-tour-dates-listen-to-all-night/

Icona Pop is available 9/21 and in the region. No idea who they are.

good lord . . . they are icona pop.  ive listened to them like forever.  god, that sounded so gay.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 24, 2013, 11:04:31 am
I love love love their song.  So cute.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Staralfur25 on July 25, 2013, 03:50:48 am
I'll be depressed for a month....... I have to work that day.   :'(    I love freefest!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 25, 2013, 10:22:29 am
you have a job where you already know you will be working on september twenty first?  weird.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 25, 2013, 10:29:17 am
you have a job where you already know you will be working on september twenty first?  weird.

heh... I was thinking the same thing.

Oh yeah, how about Beck for this festie, eh?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 25, 2013, 10:47:43 am
What's so weirf about that? I have a job where I know I WON'T be working on that date.

you have a job where you already know you will be working on september twenty first?  weird.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 25, 2013, 11:19:03 am
Quote
17.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Reignwolf
18.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Reignwolf
19.09.13 BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG w/ Meg Myers
20.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Parquet Courts

25.09.13 LONDON, UK ROUNDHOUSE - ITUNES FESTIVAL
Im betting Pixies at V Fest....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 25, 2013, 11:35:13 am
In the "fat guys past their prime, but people still have a soft spot for them" role that ZZ Top played last year?

Quote
17.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Reignwolf
18.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Reignwolf
19.09.13 BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG w/ Meg Myers
20.09.13 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM w/ Parquet Courts

25.09.13 LONDON, UK ROUNDHOUSE - ITUNES FESTIVAL
Im betting Pixies at V Fest....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 25, 2013, 11:36:35 am
...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 25, 2013, 11:42:38 am
you have a job where you already know you will be working on september twenty first?  weird.

heh... I was thinking the same thing.

Oh yeah, how about Beck for this festie, eh?

beck and dead milkmen together for a one show super group.  the dead beckmen.  seth can do it.  i believe.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Staralfur25 on July 26, 2013, 03:59:20 am
haaaaaa thanks james ford. 

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 26, 2013, 02:46:08 pm
Meh.

http://dcist.com/2013/07/virgin_mobile_freefest_bingo_the_dc.php
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 29, 2013, 05:41:10 am
It is done.

http://930club.tumblr.com/post/56770520511/aaand-commence-freak-out
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 29, 2013, 06:28:35 am
wow plenty of time to hang out at 932 this year...  and my favorite band is manufactured superstars which pretty much describes most of the music business...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 29, 2013, 06:58:03 am
Completely boring lineup.  Then again, I'm getting old.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 29, 2013, 07:18:39 am
 Vampire Weekend, the Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, Robin Thicke, MGMT, Kaskade, City and Colour, Icona Pop, Chvrches, The Knocks, Black Joe Lewis, Sky Ferreira and Little Green Cars. In the dance forest, Madeon, Gareth Emery, Washed Out, Manufactured Superstars, Congorock, TJR and Ghost Beach will bang out the beats.

I'm up for Sky Ferreira and Little Green Cars,  but beyond that...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 29, 2013, 08:47:02 am
Boring boring boring.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2013, 08:58:27 am
There's about three acts there I'd definitely check out. If I lived in Columbia.

So, better than last yrs lineup.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on July 29, 2013, 09:15:21 am
I think I'm going to Midtown fest.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 29, 2013, 09:18:07 am
Completely boring lineup.  Then again, I'm getting old.

Definitely aimed at a younger crowd, who probably can't afford more expensive shows. Good for the kiddies and hipsters. I hope they'll have a fun day.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 29, 2013, 09:47:37 am
How is this announcement any different than any other year? There are always about three bands worth seeing.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 29, 2013, 09:54:58 am
bummer.  6 bands worth seeing on this list and i saw 3 of them less than 2 months ago at Firefly.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2013, 10:02:25 am
which are you, a kiddie or a hipster?

bummer.  6 bands worth seeing on this list and i saw 3 of them less than 2 months ago at Firefly.


Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 10:18:40 am
hes sonic . . . the boards complete mystery figure
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 29, 2013, 10:25:49 am
Thank you Seth for the upcoming free day of music! I'm not completely loving the line up but who cares? It's fee and will be fun!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 10:28:18 am
seth knows . . . how i feel about all this.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 29, 2013, 10:37:13 am
I don't see what the big deal is, you go you wander and avoid all the EDM "superstars".. all I ask is little green cars appear in the pavilion as sure they are one of the first two bands
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on July 29, 2013, 10:49:21 am
there's at least one shitty EDM act every year.....this year goes to Pretty Lights
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 29, 2013, 11:09:47 am
I'm hoping all the CDR and laptop acts are on the second stage this year
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on July 29, 2013, 11:23:09 am
Thank you Seth for the upcoming free day of music! I'm not completely loving the line up but who cares? It's fee and will be fun!

THIS.

my personal situation will likely prevent me from attending, but if i was free i'd be at MPP on sept 21. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on July 29, 2013, 12:36:33 pm
I can't go but I wish I could.

Nice line-up. Well done, Seth!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 29, 2013, 01:00:02 pm
So, I'm going to Music Midtown.

Next year I hope it's all DJ's.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 29, 2013, 01:16:01 pm
which are you, a kiddie or a hipster?

bummer.  6 bands worth seeing on this list and i saw 3 of them less than 2 months ago at Firefly.



I'd like to think I'm neither since I'm over 30, but since the 6 bands I'd bother seeing are Vampire Weekend, Chvrches, Avett Brothers, Washed OUt, Little Green Cars and City & Colour so you can judge me from that ;-)     I'll probably go though, since i have no kids to babysit....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 01:55:42 pm
how mysterious
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 29, 2013, 02:04:06 pm
I dont think most of you use the term hipster correctly (same with most media outlets).  Ive seen articles calling people hipsters for "GASP!" growing vegetables in the city! Or riding a bike! Or listening to music YOU DO NOT KNOW OR DO NOT LIKE!

But what is a hipster?  I dont think "hipsters" would care about Vampire Weekend or Pretty Lights or the Avett Brothers. 

Isnt a hipster someone who THINKS they are cooler than everyone else based upon their musical taste and other criteria (clothes they wear, movies they dig, books they read)?  IE UNDERGROUND? 

Maybe it is because I am towards the younger end of the spectrum on this board, that i do not throw out the term for everything and everybody that is different. 

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_%28contemporary_subculture%29
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on July 29, 2013, 02:24:54 pm
I dont think most of you use the term hipster correctly (same with most media outlets).  Ive seen articles calling people hipsters for "GASP!" growing vegetables in the city! Or riding a bike! Or listening to music YOU DO NOT KNOW OR DO NOT LIKE!

But what is a hipster?  I dont think "hipsters" would care about Vampire Weekend or Pretty Lights or the Avett Brothers. 

Isnt a hipster someone who THINKS they are cooler than everyone else based upon their musical taste and other criteria (clothes they wear, movies they dig, books they read)?  IE UNDERGROUND? 

Maybe it is because I am towards the younger end of the spectrum on this board, that i do not throw out the term for everything and everybody that is different. 

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_%28contemporary_subculture%29

I think for some of us, the term hipster has positive and negative connotations. For example, there's the "Portlandia" context that you describe (bike-riding, growing veg, composting, etc.), which I think is positive. It's easy subject for satire though. Then there's the negative context, which is more about people thinking that they're superior or maybe cooler for liking stuff for the sake of being different, not because it's good or better. I think it's what happens in one's 20's when you struggle for identity. In the 60's there were hippies, in the 90's there were ravers (just for example). I don't think all young people are hipsters, and not all hipsters are bad. But if you were to go to Brooklyn, Austin, Portland (heck, even parts of LA), etc. you're going to see that hipster isn't exactly underground. In fact, it's probably the norm.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 29, 2013, 02:32:17 pm
I dont think most of you use the term hipster correctly (same with most media outlets).  Ive seen articles calling people hipsters for "GASP!" growing vegetables in the city! Or riding a bike! Or listening to music YOU DO NOT KNOW OR DO NOT LIKE!

But what is a hipster?  I dont think "hipsters" would care about Vampire Weekend or Pretty Lights or the Avett Brothers. 

Isnt a hipster someone who THINKS they are cooler than everyone else based upon their musical taste and other criteria (clothes they wear, movies they dig, books they read)?  IE UNDERGROUND? 

Maybe it is because I am towards the younger end of the spectrum on this board, that i do not throw out the term for everything and everybody that is different. 

Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_%28contemporary_subculture%29

Oh hey cool.  Thanks for that.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 02:33:15 pm
hipster

geek

goth

redneck

stoner

jock

punk

straightedge

queer

labels labels everywhere
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 29, 2013, 02:40:42 pm
I think anyone who doesn't listen to just the radio is a hipster. I never thought being called a hipster was bad at all. People who "don't get" something just need to label it. Who cares?

We all post on a forum for a rock n roll club in Washington, DC. FUCKING. HIPSTERS.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on July 29, 2013, 02:42:07 pm
We all post on a forum for a rock n roll club in Washington, DC. FUCKING. HIPSTERS.

that.is.delicious.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 29, 2013, 02:43:07 pm
I also do not think the term is bad.  However, people tend to throw it out as an insult. 

I think for some of us, the term hipster has positive and negative connotations. For example, there's the "Portlandia" context that you describe (bike-riding, growing veg, composting, etc.), which I think is positive. It's easy subject for satire though. Then there's the negative context, which is more about people thinking that they're superior or maybe cooler for liking stuff for the sake of being different, not because it's good or better. I think it's what happens in one's 20's when you struggle for identity. In the 60's there were hippies, in the 90's there were ravers (just for example). I don't think all young people are hipsters, and not all hipsters are bad. But if you were to go to Brooklyn, Austin, Portland (heck, even parts of LA), etc. you're going to see that hipster isn't exactly underground. In fact, it's probably the norm.
True... So two definitions.  Both different.  One good, one bad...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 29, 2013, 03:01:11 pm
I think the internet has pretty much killed the possibility of anything being "hip" or "underground". Everything is out there and available to whoever wants it.

Still, I bet most people haven't heard of more than a couple of bands on that list. And by most people, I mean American citizens, not your personal collection of city dwelling 20-something friends.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 29, 2013, 03:20:37 pm
All I know is I'd like to see Vampire Weekend and Congorock from that line-up. That's it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 29, 2013, 03:30:51 pm
every year there are blogs filled with people talking about how much they love or hate the lineup

and every year there are 50,000 people walking around having a fantastic time

I find it all wonderful
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 29, 2013, 03:32:15 pm
how mysterious

quit labelling me!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: chaz on July 29, 2013, 03:34:43 pm

I find it all wonderful

and don't forget

free

hope it is enjoyed by all
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 29, 2013, 03:35:07 pm
every year there are blogs filled with people talking about how much they love or hate the lineup

and every year there are 50,000 people walking around having a fantastic time

I find it all wonderful

I would like to mention how it seemed that last year it took much longer to get food, drinks and visit the restroom than any previous year.  It was actually kind of a pain (15 minutes to wait for a port-a-john  or a beer is a bit more than necessary)  but you've probably got that covered already ....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 29, 2013, 03:40:27 pm
I think the internet has pretty much killed the possibility of anything being "hip" or "underground". Everything is out there and available to whoever wants it.

Still, I bet most people haven't heard of more than a couple of bands on that list. And by most people, I mean American citizens, not your personal collection of city dwelling 20-something friends.
Not true James.  If anything, the internet made it EASIER to find out about underground bands.  True, the potential to actually reach an audience is greater with the digital distribution age.  But just because a band has an online presence doesnt mean it cant be underground or hip.  Or that because bands are online, they will automatically become huge.  Just because something exists doesnt mean that someone is going to find it (lots of crap to wade through to find the gems). 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 29, 2013, 03:50:18 pm
every year there are blogs filled with people talking about how much they love or hate the lineup

and every year there are 50,000 people walking around having a fantastic time

I find it all wonderful
Not all 50,000 people have blogs!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 29, 2013, 03:56:15 pm
I like persistent calls to make it bigger and go back to Pimlico... But I wouldn't attend anything that would require baking in the sun all day.  The pavalion + woods make it oh so much bearable.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Got Haggis? on July 29, 2013, 04:00:20 pm
I think the internet has pretty much killed the possibility of anything being "hip" or "underground". Everything is out there and available to whoever wants it.

Still, I bet most people haven't heard of more than a couple of bands on that list. And by most people, I mean American citizens, not your personal collection of city dwelling 20-something friends.

Paton Oswalt wrote a pretty good article about this ... more centered on geek culture, but the internet really has made it too easy for people for certain things http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/12/ff_angrynerd_geekculture/
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 04:29:45 pm
are you not though assuming, james, that just because something "is out there" no matter what type of media machine it is offered on, that people will take the effort to see it or have interest in it enough to adopt it as style?  everything, including what is hip/different or cool/trendy is that way because most people dont know about it, no matter what era of time it has existed in.  one day the lady at the local farm coop store i shop at for fresh farm eggs, told me "that hipsters are nothing more than the beatnicks of today, because every generation has to have the ones that want to be different.  and good for them, because my husband and i are pretty different ourselves for wanting to run this store for farmers because we believe in farmers."  she was pretty much, dead on.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Unsanity on July 29, 2013, 04:41:06 pm
This line up is not really my cup of tea. I will still try and get tix. I kinda want to see Chvrches, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers and Back Joe Lewis. Why is there no "retro" act this year?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: moeszyslak on July 29, 2013, 04:58:28 pm
I am happy with the line up, it is always a great time.  I was secretly hoping for Earth Wind and Fire just for that "21st night of September" lyric.  Maybe they can play it on the speakers during a change over. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 29, 2013, 05:13:23 pm
This line up is not really my cup of tea. I will still try and get tix. I kinda want to see Chvrches, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers and Back Joe Lewis. Why is there no "retro" act this year?
Becuase no one is old anymore, dude.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 05:31:22 pm
dudearoni . . . everyone is old compared to the younger person, judging you, which im sure a lot of that will be going on at this affair.  do the youngsters still say "boss" when something is like you know, boss?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 29, 2013, 05:57:26 pm
This line up is not really my cup of tea. I will still try and get tix. I kinda want to see Chvrches, Washed Out, The Avett Brothers and Back Joe Lewis. Why is there no "retro" act this year?

had some cool ideas that didn't work out

don't want to book something just to follow a formula

there is still a spot for it should something inspire
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 29, 2013, 06:02:18 pm
i can think of one.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Unsanity on July 30, 2013, 03:58:49 am
Thanks for the response Seth. I hope you find something suitable! I'm down for a surprise performance or two!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Here's the thing on July 30, 2013, 06:35:53 am
I am an old guy, and can't wait to go. There are 3 bands that I know that I will enjoy, two more that sound promising, and I bet I will like a couple of others when I see them. Plus, it is fun to watch all of the young whipper snappers dancing.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on July 30, 2013, 08:28:42 am
I guess Black Joe Lewis is the token "black act" this year(?)

Does Hutch approve?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 30, 2013, 08:48:09 am
Anyone not going have any interest in snagging me two tickets? I'll be unavailable during the onsale.

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 30, 2013, 09:48:45 am
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 30, 2013, 09:52:22 am
Vampire Weekend, the Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, Robin Thicke, MGMT, Kaskade, City and Colour, Icona Pop, Chvrches, The Knocks, Black Joe Lewis, Sky Ferreira and Little Green Cars. In the dance forest, Madeon, Gareth Emery, Washed Out, Manufactured Superstars, Congorock, TJR and Ghost Beach will bang out the beats.

I'm up for Sky Ferreira and Little Green Cars,  but beyond that...

MGMT and Avett Brothers are awesome.  Vampire Weekend, Washed Out and Chvrches are the only other bands of that I have heard of on the line-up.  THey are decent.  I have to check out the other bands as well.  Avett Brothers, MGMT, and Vampire Weekend have all headlined MPP recently.  This is the biggest line-up of the Virgin line-up since it moved from Pimlico.  So it is definitely a step-up.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 30, 2013, 10:20:55 am
I guess Black Joe Lewis is the token "black act" this year(?)

Does Hutch approve?

i don't think by my own arguments merriweather in columbia need anything but lily white acts and i think they're doing it well..


the lineup is great... for other people.. i have no interest in this.. but that doesn't mean anything
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 30, 2013, 10:22:32 am
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...

I know you will not believe me but Dylan was great... I'm very glad I went... and the pit ticket worked out just like I wanted.. for the first time I was close enough to stalk Bob.... ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 30, 2013, 10:38:16 am
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...

I know you will not believe me but Dylan was great... I'm very glad I went... and the pit ticket worked out just like I wanted.. for the first time I was close enough to stalk Bob.... ;D

I have never seen Dylan but I have MMJ and Wilco more than once and they are definitely both boring. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 30, 2013, 10:41:53 am
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...

I know you will not believe me but Dylan was great... I'm very glad I went... and the pit ticket worked out just like I wanted.. for the first time I was close enough to stalk Bob.... ;D

I have never seen Dylan but I have MMJ and Wilco more than once and they are definitely both boring. 

I've seen MMJ three times now and Wilco at least seven...

...and I'm not going to disagree with you....

I think Wilco was a very fun live band until they got rid of Jay Bennett.. now they bore me.... but people love them...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: brennser on July 30, 2013, 10:50:18 am
Quote
MGMT and Avett Brothers are awesome.  Vampire Weekend, Washed Out and Chvrches are the only other bands of that I have heard of on the line-up. 

While I'm slightly biased because they are kinda sorta related to me Little Green Cars are fantastic - their album is a dead cert for inclusion in my top 10 list at the end of the year
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on July 30, 2013, 12:03:31 pm
Quote
MGMT and Avett Brothers are awesome.  Vampire Weekend, Washed Out and Chvrches are the only other bands of that I have heard of on the line-up. 

While I'm slightly biased because they are kinda sorta related to me Little Green Cars are fantastic - their album is a dead cert for inclusion in my top 10 list at the end of the year

Stalker clause?  I rather like that album as well, although it loses steam about half way in, the fun. autotuned (tm) track sounds like something decided by the record company.  and then there is the track that sounds like Kansas. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 30, 2013, 12:08:08 pm
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...

I know you will not believe me but Dylan was great... I'm very glad I went... and the pit ticket worked out just like I wanted.. for the first time I was close enough to stalk Bob.... ;D

I have never seen Dylan but I have MMJ and Wilco more than once and they are definitely both boring. 

I've seen MMJ three times now and Wilco at least seven...

...and I'm not going to disagree with you....

I think Wilco was a very fun live band until they got rid of Jay Bennett.. now they bore me.... but people love them...


Wilco's music is sentimental to me, and I always like seeing them.  They are perfect summer listening.

Dylan is boring?  News to me.  One of the best songwriters ever.

MMJ?  They were boring.  But, his voice is nice...

I would rather stab myself in the eye than listen to CVurches..or however you spell it.  Heinous.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 30, 2013, 12:09:23 pm
i challenge you . . . i want to meet you, play that band, and then watch you stab yourself in the eye.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 30, 2013, 12:38:45 pm
Boring boring boring.

Coming from someone who went to the Dylan, Wilco, MMJ show...

I know you will not believe me but Dylan was great... I'm very glad I went... and the pit ticket worked out just like I wanted.. for the first time I was close enough to stalk Bob.... ;D

I have never seen Dylan but I have MMJ and Wilco more than once and they are definitely both boring. 

I've seen MMJ three times now and Wilco at least seven...

...and I'm not going to disagree with you....

I think Wilco was a very fun live band until they got rid of Jay Bennett.. now they bore me.... but people love them...


Wilco's music is sentimental to me, and I always like seeing them.  They are perfect summer listening.

Dylan is boring?  News to me.  One of the best songwriters ever.

MMJ?  They were boring.  But, his voice is nice...

I would rather stab myself in the eye than listen to CVurches..or however you spell it.  Heinous.

I will agree that Jim James voice is awesome.  I was thinking that he should sing Bob Dylan songs for Bob Dylan.  Jim James knows no restraint.  I thought at Newport Folk Festival he would show restraint but it was the same guitar solos and drum solo bs.  Then I saw him at the after show with Dawes, Father John Misty and Langhorne Slim and he sang "Hungry Heart" and then "Lean on me" and he was incredible.  I was like Bruce Springteen couldn't have sung it half as well. 

I actually saw MMJ with a symphony once and the put on a fantastic show but I guess they were limited to an hour and he couldn't just jam out with the symphony there and just sang his pop songs. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: K8teebug on July 30, 2013, 12:58:21 pm
i challenge you . . . i want to meet you, play that band, and then watch you stab yourself in the eye.

Well I do have an ample supply of knitting needles.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 30, 2013, 05:04:47 pm
totally off subject, speaking of that . . . has anybody heard of the mariknitting?  i think i heard somebody talking about it, but i could not tell if it was real or not.  they said that groups of people, it supposedly is big in ny, sit around in knitting circles and smoke pot, and like be one together or some such logic, while knitting.  that sounds weird, dude.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 30, 2013, 05:40:04 pm
I like persistent calls to make it bigger and go back to Pimlico... But I wouldn't attend anything that would require baking in the sun all day.  The pavalion + woods make it oh so much bearable.

It is at the end of September...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 30, 2013, 06:57:17 pm
you just can't compare pimlico to merriweather...the event has totally changed.. we've gone from having the who, the police, the stooges to a bunch of no-names... they used to get big acts... then there was a brief transition where they still had a big act or two.. now its all bands that would play the club.. pimlico was sort of like a local lolla...this is a mini-festival for the kiddies with  mainly up and coming bands..

except for robin thicke..doesn't he have the number one song in the country for the past three years?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 30, 2013, 08:20:25 pm
robin thicke was just on stern . . . go listen to the interview / live version of the song.  great.  plus he sounds just like his father when he talks.  scary.

wow.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 30, 2013, 10:44:03 pm
you just can't compare pimlico to merriweather...the event has totally changed.. we've gone from having the who, the police, the stooges to a bunch of no-names... they used to get big acts... then there was a brief transition where they still had a big act or two.. now its all bands that would play the club.. pimlico was sort of like a local lolla...this is a mini-festival for the kiddies with  mainly up and coming bands..

except for robin thicke..doesn't he have the number one song in the country for the past three years?

did you actually buy tickets to those pimlico shows
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on July 30, 2013, 11:14:14 pm
you just can't compare pimlico to merriweather...the event has totally changed.. we've gone from having the who, the police, the stooges to a bunch of no-names... they used to get big acts... then there was a brief transition where they still had a big act or two.. now its all bands that would play the club.. pimlico was sort of like a local lolla...this is a mini-festival for the kiddies with  mainly up and coming bands..

except for robin thicke..doesn't he have the number one song in the country for the past three years?

did you actually buy tickets to those pimlico shows

uh oh....I'm going to have to consult my attorney...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 31, 2013, 09:43:02 am
i bought tickets to the Pimlico shows and i would love to see them back.

  i like MPP and i like Free but i wouldn't mind paying for a higer quality lineup at a more "festival like" place.   IMP is the best promoter out there in my opinion and its a shame they havent found the right outlet to put on the east coasts biggest music festival...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 31, 2013, 09:55:23 am
you just can't compare pimlico to merriweather...the event has totally changed.. we've gone from having the who, the police, the stooges to a bunch of no-names... they used to get big acts... then there was a brief transition where they still had a big act or two.. now its all bands that would play the club.. pimlico was sort of like a local lolla...this is a mini-festival for the kiddies with  mainly up and coming bands..

except for robin thicke..doesn't he have the number one song in the country for the past three years?

did you actually buy tickets to those pimlico shows

I am not Hutch but I went two years.  The one year I didn't go was because it was the same time as Lollapalooza and I already had bought tickets to Lollapalooza by the time the line-out came out.  Seeing a great day of bands and paying 100 bucks isn't a bad deal.  Plus it keeps out the riff raff. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 31, 2013, 09:59:39 am
you just can't compare pimlico to merriweather...the event has totally changed.. we've gone from having the who, the police, the stooges to a bunch of no-names... they used to get big acts... then there was a brief transition where they still had a big act or two.. now its all bands that would play the club.. pimlico was sort of like a local lolla...this is a mini-festival for the kiddies with  mainly up and coming bands..

except for robin thicke..doesn't he have the number one song in the country for the past three years?

did you actually buy tickets to those pimlico shows
Only V/FreeFests I've missed were the ones with The Black Keys. Luck of the draw :(
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on July 31, 2013, 10:06:01 am
Only V/FreeFests I've missed were the ones with The Black Keys. Luck of the draw :(
strangely, the only ones I also missed were 2008 and 2011. Both Black Keys ones...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on July 31, 2013, 10:37:09 am
if it was a yes he would have answered

point is that people love to wax poetic about things they didn't actually support

like when people bemoan sports teams leaving that they never went to see

too many people like that is what ended pimlico
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 31, 2013, 10:51:39 am
if it was a yes he would have answered

point is that people love to wax poetic about things they didn't actually support

like when people bemoan sports teams leaving that they never went to see

too many people like that is what ended pimlico

I think you're doing just fine Seth. I would've never paid to attend an event at Pimlico but I'll go drop $50 to $100 on a Freefest which I'm sure puts money in someone's pocket as well.

Long live FreeFest!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on July 31, 2013, 10:55:39 am
Only V/FreeFests I've missed were the ones with The Black Keys. Luck of the draw :(
strangely, the only ones I also missed were 2008 and 2011. Both Black Keys ones...
I've missed them every time they've come to DC for the past 6 years. They did back to back nights on my 21st birthday and I didn't get tickets. The something has always come up. I HAD tickets for when they played Merriweather and my friend sold them without my knowledge. It was awesome.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on July 31, 2013, 11:00:26 am
oh yeah, who wants to snag me tickets next week since no one here wants to go?  :D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 31, 2013, 11:03:35 am
if it was a yes he would have answered

point is that people love to wax poetic about things they didn't actually support

like when people bemoan sports teams leaving that they never went to see

too many people like that is what ended pimlico

so true, and yet, so nonsensical!  those are the same people complaining about the lineup of a free concert.   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 31, 2013, 11:32:05 am
if it was a yes he would have answered

point is that people love to wax poetic about things they didn't actually support

like when people bemoan sports teams leaving that they never went to see

too many people like that is what ended pimlico

Pimlico was nice because you could go inside the grandstand and use the bathrooms and never have to wait in line.  Besides the line-ups being better. Plus I could park on someones lawn right in front of Pimlico and get in and out pretty quickly. 

 I would like a 3 day festival in the area that could rival the biggest festivals in the country. Maybe that isn't realistic.  I went to the first day of the first All Points West Festival and thought that the festival was awesome.  I guess others didn't think so as that festival ended as well.  Anyway Newport is great and I guess is the best 3 day festival we will have in the North East.  It seems the area can only support a smaller festival.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 31, 2013, 11:35:18 am
seth . . . a cuddlebear or wild stallion, in bed?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 31, 2013, 11:37:14 am
seth . . . a cuddlebear or wild stallion, in bed?

You have a one track mind.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on July 31, 2013, 11:39:22 am
when youre around the power that is seth and what he creates . . . how could one not be?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sonickteam on July 31, 2013, 12:26:14 pm
if it was a yes he would have answered

point is that people love to wax poetic about things they didn't actually support

like when people bemoan sports teams leaving that they never went to see

too many people like that is what ended pimlico

Pimlico was nice because you could go inside the grandstand and use the bathrooms and never have to wait in line.  Besides the line-ups being better. Plus I could park on someones lawn right in front of Pimlico and get in and out pretty quickly. 

 I would like a 3 day festival in the area that could rival the biggest festivals in the country. Maybe that isn't realistic.  I went to the first day of the first All Points West Festival and thought that the festival was awesome.  I guess others didn't think so as that festival ended as well.  Anyway Newport is great and I guess is the best 3 day festival we will have in the North East.  It seems the area can only support a smaller festival.


Firefly Festival was not too shabby at all.  Sure they have a few improvements to make before they rival Coachella, Roo or ACL/Lolla but its coming along nicely, i think....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on July 31, 2013, 02:53:53 pm
Listening to Chvrches.. Liking what I am hearing.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Here's the thing on July 31, 2013, 09:07:20 pm
Okay, am I crazy, or did we get an email or text about something thru FWB for Freefest? I can't find the message, so maybe I was dreaming. Maybe it was wishful thinking.

By the way, thanks, Seth, for FreeFest, Colin Meloy, and NMH. Lots to look forward to in the months ahead.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Seth Hurwitz on August 03, 2013, 09:10:41 am
seth . . . a cuddlebear or wild stallion, in bed?

is that code for top or bottom?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on August 03, 2013, 10:42:33 am
i bought tickets to the Pimlico shows and i would love to see them back.

  i like MPP and i like Free but i wouldn't mind paying for a higer quality lineup at a more "festival like" place.   IMP is the best promoter out there in my opinion and its a shame they havent found the right outlet to put on the east coasts biggest music festival...

I, too, loved (and greatly miss) the Pimlico shows but I do very much enjoy Freefest.  Until this year I had only missed one of each format (2006 by choice....wasn't lucky enough to score tix to 2011).

Not going to back to SXSW next year......would love to have a big event in my backyard to replace that event.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on August 03, 2013, 12:28:37 pm
seth . . . a cuddlebear or wild stallion, in bed?

is that code for top or bottom?

no code, except basic human code, to whether you are a loving romantic in the bedroom . . . or a wild out of control freak.

and one more thing . . . i will never ever compare nissan to merriweather again.  even though nissan is so easy for me to get to, and getting in an out is cake compared to cluster fuck that is merriweather; at nissan, the kind cops herd your vehicles afterwards with cones all the way to sixty six.  but the beer.  the beer i say is the tipping point.  who is nissan catering to . . . who you say?  well, ill say, and that is rednecks who think heineken and corona are the "fancy beers."  good lord does merriweather know how to cater to people who like good beer at a show.  and the food is better too.  so thank you. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on August 03, 2013, 10:53:46 pm
Merriweather is a beautiful facility, everything that Bristow is not.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 05, 2013, 09:46:16 am
Merriweather is a beautiful facility, everything that Bristow is not.

Nissan never has any bands that I want to see.  Most of the bands booked to MPP are bands I would want to see.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: bearman🐻 on August 05, 2013, 10:21:10 am
seth . . . a cuddlebear or wild stallion, in bed?

is that code for top or bottom?

OMG, is it just me or is it getting warm in here?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 05, 2013, 09:19:18 pm
hes sonic . . . the boards complete mystery figure

He pretended to be a chick on the Lolla board a long time ago.  He had a hot chick in his photo and these guys were all flirting with him.  Then they find out he is a dude and he got a lot of backlash.  Weirdo for sure. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on August 06, 2013, 09:17:06 am
Pre-sale emails sent out. Thursday at 12pm for pre-sale. Regular on sale is Friday at noon.

I mean... On free....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 11:04:41 am
Is anyone trying to get tickets for this today?  People don't seem very excited. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 11:06:13 am
I have a note on my desk to grab two tickets at noon.

I am Very excited! (just working...)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 11:07:04 am
I'm so excited I was trying to get them yesterday
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: challenged on August 08, 2013, 11:08:52 am
I'm so excited I was trying to get them yesterday

Same.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 11:56:05 am
looking forward to Black Joe Lewis and Sky
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:02:16 pm
I wish they had better magazines in here.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:04:52 pm
I wish they had better magazines in here.

I know wtf with this 'you are in the waiting room' crap
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 12:05:03 pm
I wish they had better magazines in here.

Pretty lame.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:05:09 pm
not a good start... waiting room to a 504...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:05:42 pm
Single file line, people.  Single. File.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 08, 2013, 12:06:52 pm
SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM! (http://open.spotify.com/track/5FFowl1Ve4S5OehL6OywSg)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:07:49 pm
WHats the point of ticketfly refreshing our browsers?  Doesnt that mean we are constantly losing our places in the queue?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:08:17 pm
My time is water down a drain
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 12:09:06 pm
Weird it was super easy last year, must be the Colbert bump
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:09:31 pm
WHats the point of ticketfly refreshing our browsers?  Doesnt that mean we are constantly losing our places in the queue?

I think it's the opposite.  I hope its the opposite.  It better be the opposite.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 12:09:49 pm
WHats the point of ticketfly refreshing our browsers?  Doesnt that mean we are constantly losing our places in the queue?

Probably is used to keep you from hitting refresh 100 times a minute.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 08, 2013, 12:11:01 pm
WHERE THE FUCK IS TICKETFLY AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRING HER THE FUCK BACK!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:12:18 pm
WHats the point of ticketfly refreshing our browsers?  Doesnt that mean we are constantly losing our places in the queue?

Probably is used to keep you from hitting refresh 100 times a minute.
OK, but it still disconnects you from the site. (or i suppose it could just update it...)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 12:12:31 pm
WHERE THE FUCK IS TICKETFLY AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRING HER THE FUCK BACK!

I thought you didn't like any of the bands?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 12:13:42 pm
I am giving up soon.  I want to go to lunch. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:14:37 pm
I am giving up soon.  I want to go to lunch. 

oh hey would you pick me up something?  I'll pay you back...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on August 08, 2013, 12:15:22 pm
I got through the waiting room at 12:07. Wasn't able to pull any freetickets, $10 tickets, or $20 tickets
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:15:32 pm
laaaaaaaaaaame.  Just tell me there are no tix available instead of keeping me here glued to my browser
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 12:15:41 pm
Someone's wife just texted him to say there were no free tickets left.  Oh well I am off to lunch.  
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:15:44 pm
Maybe its a troll... the password on Virgin's Facebook page was different than the one in the email.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:16:11 pm
I got through the waiting room at 12:07. Wasn't able to pull any freetickets, $10 tickets, or $20 tickets

?!? I thought this was free?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:16:24 pm
I've seen 3 different passwords.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on August 08, 2013, 12:16:59 pm
The $$$ is a donation
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 08, 2013, 12:18:48 pm
WHERE THE FUCK IS TICKETFLY AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRING HER THE FUCK BACK!

I thought you didn't like any of the bands?

oh i was just playing along...

not getting tickets this year..
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 08, 2013, 12:18:53 pm
I got through the waiting room at 12:07. Wasn't able to pull any freetickets, $10 tickets, or $20 tickets

lies! lies i tell you!

still holding out hope. what'd you do, let it refresh automatically or just hit your refresh button a million times?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on August 08, 2013, 12:19:13 pm
you don't lose your place in line when it refreshes.

there are different passwords, so they can track where people came from.  they might even use them to allocate tickets to the different groups (i have no proof of this, just a thought).

i'm 504'ing too... not that i really care, chances are good i won't be able to make it.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Jesse on August 08, 2013, 12:19:56 pm
I got through the waiting room at 12:07. Wasn't able to pull any freetickets, $10 tickets, or $20 tickets

lies! lies i tell you!

still holding out hope. what'd you do, let it refresh automatically or just hit your refresh button a million times?

I let it refresh automatically.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 08, 2013, 12:21:01 pm
fuckin' Ticketmaster...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:21:57 pm
fuckin' Ticketmaster...

LOL
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnQ on August 08, 2013, 12:22:32 pm
I tried this a few years ago, and it was a fiasco.  I'm trying it now, and it is again a fiasco.  It looks like ticketfly-by-night is up to their standard of technical ineptitude.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: excontradiction on August 08, 2013, 12:23:54 pm
Just got through.  The only tix left are $50.

used letfreering
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 08, 2013, 12:24:36 pm
got through.

We're sorry, but there aren't enough available tickets to fulfill your order. Please select a lower quantity, and try again.

used beechtree
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 08, 2013, 12:26:16 pm
its a bloodbath out there.. are there ANY survivors?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:26:49 pm
got through.

We're sorry, but there aren't enough available tickets to fulfill your order. Please select a lower quantity, and try again.

used beechtree

Did the same thing.  So there will be free tix Friday too right?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on August 08, 2013, 12:32:02 pm
Totally forgot about this, meant to get a pair for some friends. Seems the site is down now.

I wish there was an actual perk to the pre-sale...seeing as how that email is sent to every fucking person who got tickets last year lol. Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Arthwys on August 08, 2013, 12:32:07 pm
After 20 minutes of trying, got through and nothing came up for free, 10 or 20 bucks.  Eventually landed 2 50 dollar tix, took forever, and got one timeout 404 message, but managed to snag them.  Giving them to my wife and her best friend.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:34:23 pm
After 20 minutes of trying, got through and nothing came up for free, 10 or 20 bucks.  Eventually landed 2 50 dollar tix, took forever, and got one timeout 404 message, but managed to snag them.  Giving them to my wife and her best friend.
Not that I was going to buy it, but I couldn't even get a single $50 tix
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DotTheEyes on August 08, 2013, 12:34:58 pm
I was caught in the Groundhog Day style countdown for ages and then 504'd.  Crap.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:36:14 pm
I am going to blame Robin Thicke. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on August 08, 2013, 12:37:11 pm
blame it on the 3rd rate version of Ticketmaster
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: JohnQ on August 08, 2013, 12:38:35 pm
I got a message saying "We are sorry, but we do not know our asses from our elbows.  Please get lost.  Thank you for choosing ticketfly."
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:39:17 pm
I just scored 50 dollar ones, but threw them back.  Oh well, guess there is tomorrow...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 08, 2013, 12:40:09 pm
 Hit the plane down / Hit the plane down / Hit the plane down (taking over) / There's no survivors / There's no survivors /
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 08, 2013, 12:41:45 pm
I was caught in the Groundhog Day style countdown for ages and then 504'd.  Crap.

unless you caught the waiting room within milliseconds of it going live, i doubt it mattered.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 12:42:55 pm
Here were some nice tips from the wapo on this
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2013/08/07/up-your-odds-of-scoring-virgin-mobile-freefest-2013-tickets-this-week/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2013/08/07/up-your-odds-of-scoring-virgin-mobile-freefest-2013-tickets-this-week/)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 08, 2013, 12:44:52 pm
I am going to blame Robin Thicke. 

robin thicke, chvrches and icona pop on the same bill = every 16 year old and atomicfronts wet dream.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: challenged on August 08, 2013, 12:46:10 pm
I got lucky.  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:46:40 pm
Maybe I was just a cool 16 year old... No way I would have listened to Mr Thicke.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 12:50:06 pm
I got mine as, stepped away to get lunch, got right.  Was planning on the VIP all along.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 12:53:42 pm
Good luck tomorrow everyone!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 01:05:37 pm
I got mine as, stepped away to get lunch, got right.  Was planning on the VIP all along.
Is that the $49.50 Freemium one?  Other than the cup for soda, how is that VIP?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 01:08:07 pm
It's donation + t-shirt + cup + in the past early entry.. and easier to get... It not really VIP per say, just what I have gotten in the past
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 01:19:29 pm
I am going to blame Robin Thicke. 

robin thicke, chvrches and icona pop on the same bill = every 16 year old and atomicfronts wet dream.

Never heard of Robin Thicke.  Listened to Icona Pop after the announcement and it was just Ok.

I got to the page that had free tickets selected them and it put me back in the waiting room. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 01:20:39 pm
I'm curious as I've never been to a freefest.  How does the seating work?  Do the free tickets come with assigned seats? and to the $50 ones have better seats?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 08, 2013, 01:27:54 pm
I'm curious as I've never been to a freefest.  How does the seating work?  Do the free tickets come with assigned seats? and to the $50 ones have better seats?

Seats are first come first served.  I think the first year it was hard to get in the pavillion in that you might have to wait.  I don't think the other years it was very difficult.  In fact one year they grabbed us off the lawn and told us to go into the pavillion.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 01:29:01 pm
No assigned seating because there are two main stages.  Other than the first year when Blink-182 was on the bill it's been easy to get into the pavilion.  And they clear out the pit between acts.  There is a second outdoor stage in a field.  They had VIP tics the firs. year but not since....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: dyecraig on August 08, 2013, 01:50:46 pm
Wouldn't you rather go to the Deerhunter show @ the club (same night, early show, $20), anyway?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 08, 2013, 02:07:35 pm
If I cant get Freefest tickets I might do Deerhunter/Crystal Stilts at 930 Club then drive over to Dan Deacon/Future Islands/VideoHippos at the Ottobar.  Nice little mini "fest."
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 08, 2013, 02:09:31 pm
Facebook has taken away all the fun of forum watching on big pre-sale days ;)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 08, 2013, 03:36:50 pm
Can you believe some one is trying to sell these freefest tix for $150. 
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/tix/3989093925.html (http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/tix/3989093925.html)
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Thousand Made-Up Loves on August 08, 2013, 10:00:03 pm
WTF? I'm a Virgin customer and I just found out about this. Had tickets for the last three years, only missed last year.

I'm going to shoot off an angry email right now.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 09:28:55 am
WTF? I'm a Virgin customer and I just found out about this. Had tickets for the last three years, only missed last year.

I'm going to shoot off an angry email right now.

I got a pre-sale invite from virgin mobile with a different password than the one from 930 club pre-sale.  Not that it did me any good but if you are a virgin mobile customer you should have gotten one as well.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: stevewizzle on August 09, 2013, 10:04:38 am
WTF? I'm a Virgin customer and I just found out about this. Had tickets for the last three years, only missed last year.

I'm going to shoot off an angry email right now.

it's free brotha, don't be a wanker.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 09, 2013, 10:09:54 am
And it was only the presale...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 11:24:30 am
I am not even trying today.  I like a bunch of the bands but if I want to go I can always pay the 50 bucks a pop to see the show.   They should make it a straight donation or whatever as I couldn't care less about the t-shirt or the unlimited soda. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 09, 2013, 12:01:05 pm
argh the dreaded waiting room!!!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: gavroche on August 09, 2013, 12:06:04 pm
I had them in my cart, but server crashed in check out.... looks like it went through though.  Worked for me, but definitely they were slammed.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on August 09, 2013, 12:14:18 pm
Persistence paid off!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: jb1677 on August 09, 2013, 12:16:25 pm
Per Virgin Mobile facebook they are all free'd out.  O well
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 09, 2013, 12:18:19 pm
Per Virgin Mobile facebook they are all free'd out.  O well
man, who do I talk to about getting an appointment with Yoda, my ticket grabbing powers are soo f'n weak
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on August 09, 2013, 12:22:12 pm
finally get through and only the $50 tix are left...think I'll pass
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DotTheEyes on August 09, 2013, 12:24:32 pm
No luck for me again this afternoon.  Too bad.  I would get halfway there, and then a capacity/site-maintenance screen would kick me in the other direction.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 09, 2013, 12:25:01 pm
I was able to get in and procure two tickets. But every step of the way I would get a server error 503. That was in the waiting room, During check out, and Even during confirmation,   But somehow my persistence paid off and I was able to get mine. My refreshing skills were on point!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 09, 2013, 12:33:33 pm
Wanders over to facebook,  to watch people complain about ticketfly
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on August 09, 2013, 12:38:14 pm
ticketfly is not to blame of course, but they sure do waste our time (20 minutes at least?). At least ticketmaster can handle demand and will tell us right away if a show is already sold out.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 09, 2013, 12:43:06 pm
If you bust the cache while refreshing, it will tell you what is sold out and what is available.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 09, 2013, 12:47:50 pm
I know ticketfly isn't to blame. It's just amusing to see people complaining..  when you have Robin Thicke playing his only east coast date with his monster single it's gonna draw some attention.. and it's definitely getting more popular...all I know is I had an extra for a couple years and for all the belly aching about it being sold out, there weren't people clamoring for my extra at the gate
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on August 09, 2013, 12:48:20 pm
Did u guys refresh on ur own or let the page do it?  Wasnt able to get through at all.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 01:06:14 pm
I know ticketfly isn't to blame. It's just amusing to see people complaining..  when you have Robin Thicke playing his only east coast date with his monster single it's gonna draw some attention.. and it's definitely getting more popular...all I know is I had an extra for a couple years and for all the belly aching about it being sold out, there weren't people clamoring for my extra at the gate

Who the heck is Robin Thicke?  I saw he had a hit with TI and Pharell and that was all I needed to know not to listen to him.   
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on August 09, 2013, 01:12:22 pm
He's going to sing with Lumineers soon
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 09, 2013, 01:20:34 pm
Did u guys refresh on ur own or let the page do it?  Wasnt able to get through at all.
I refreshed myself.  But I used a cache buster for refreshing:
http://www.adopsinsider.com/ad-ops-basics/what-is-a-cache-buster-and-how-does-it-work/
Quote
What Does a Cache-Buster Do?

The cache-buster doesn?t stop a browser from caching the file, it just prevents it from reusing it. In most cases, this is accomplished with nothing more than a random number inserted into the ad tag on each page load. The random number makes every ad call look unique to the browser and therefore prevents it from associating the tag with a cached file, forcing a new call to the ad server.

Cache-busting maximizes publisher inventory, keeps the value and meaning of an impression constant, and helps minimize discrepancies between Publisher and Marketer delivery reports.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on August 09, 2013, 01:23:08 pm
Alan Thicke's son duh... See also recent Colbert show appearance and a NSFW video making the rounds
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 01:35:26 pm
Did u guys refresh on ur own or let the page do it?  Wasnt able to get through at all.
I refreshed myself.  But I used a cache buster for refreshing:
http://www.adopsinsider.com/ad-ops-basics/what-is-a-cache-buster-and-how-does-it-work/
Quote
What Does a Cache-Buster Do?

The cache-buster doesn?t stop a browser from caching the file, it just prevents it from reusing it. In most cases, this is accomplished with nothing more than a random number inserted into the ad tag on each page load. The random number makes every ad call look unique to the browser and therefore prevents it from associating the tag with a cached file, forcing a new call to the ad server.

Cache-busting maximizes publisher inventory, keeps the value and meaning of an impression constant, and helps minimize discrepancies between Publisher and Marketer delivery reports.

So the waiting room was just a trick into making people docile.  I suspected  that yesterday.  Good for you. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 01:44:36 pm
Alan Thicke's son duh... See also recent Colbert show appearance and a NSFW video making the rounds

Just listened to a couple tracks.  Annoying.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on August 09, 2013, 03:34:03 pm
So the waiting room was just a trick into making people docile.  I suspected  that yesterday.  Good for you. 
I didnt try it yesterday until only 50 dollar tickets were left, which at that point, it didnt matter.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on August 09, 2013, 03:40:43 pm
Alan Thicke's son duh... See also recent Colbert show appearance and a NSFW video making the rounds

Just listened to a couple tracks.  Annoying.
Not as annoying as The Lumineers. Amirite?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Unsanity on August 09, 2013, 04:54:59 pm
Shut out again. That "waiting room" thing ate all my time up until there were no tickets left. Took 20 minutes to tell me that too. Oh well maybe next year....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomicfront on August 09, 2013, 04:58:20 pm
Shut out again. That "waiting room" thing ate all my time up until there were no tickets left. Took 20 minutes to tell me that too. Oh well maybe next year....

I am guessing if you wait outside the gate asking people for an extra ticket or two they won't be hard to find.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Unsanity on August 11, 2013, 01:21:08 pm
I am guessing if you wait outside the gate asking people for an extra ticket or two they won't be hard to find.

Not worth it for me haha. There just isn't enough music I like there this year. I'm a rocker. So I need something to rock out too. None of that to be found this year with the exception of Black Joe Lewis. I'm just gonna go to The Shindig in Baltimore and go nuts.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: hutch on August 11, 2013, 02:10:02 pm
I am guessing if you wait outside the gate asking people for an extra ticket or two they won't be hard to find.

Not worth it for me haha. There just isn't enough music I like there this year. I'm a rocker. So I need something to rock out too. None of that to be found this year with the exception of Black Joe Lewis. I'm just gonna go to The Shindig in Baltimore and go nuts.

but  its FREE MAN! THAT MAKES IT ALLRIGHT according to Seth!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 04, 2013, 01:48:17 pm
So who has two tickets they're not going to use?

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 04, 2013, 02:07:24 pm
Yeah what Yada said, but only need one.
 ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on September 04, 2013, 04:31:49 pm
after those two posters get taken care of,  I'll take the next two available
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 04, 2013, 04:32:33 pm
Someone give Joe a ticket so he doesnt bug me anymore!  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 04, 2013, 04:37:15 pm
P.S. I've given two boardies tickets to this in the past as well as opened up the hidden link to the rest of the boardies a few years ago!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: levimatthew on September 04, 2013, 05:35:11 pm
I'll take any left overs as well
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on September 05, 2013, 09:47:44 am
sadly I only take...
Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Here's the thing on September 15, 2013, 09:57:12 am
Any word on the schedule yet? It just hit me that the show is next weekend! It will be good to look forward to it all week.

Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on September 18, 2013, 12:22:09 pm
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Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: i am gay and i like cats on September 18, 2013, 12:25:58 pm
you know, i havent paid much attention, to the line up this year, because, well you know, the whole thing with the dead millmen and all, but now that i look at it and how they have it scheduled . . . i would not mind going.  but good lord, i have a funny feeling that i would feel like grandpa in a sea of twenty somethings, with an occasional older your age type of guy who you would love to sit down and talk to and learn about their lives, but they just think thats weird when total strangers do that.  the looks you get.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 18, 2013, 12:44:05 pm
Sweet most of the day in the Pavallion or 932!

And say what you will about Ticketfly, I must have fat fingered something and ended up with will call for which they switched to print at home when I asked. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on September 18, 2013, 01:43:54 pm
So does any one think I'll be able to get free or cheap tickets at the Gate?
and I need two...so I really don't want to pay $100
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 18, 2013, 01:52:01 pm
I am aiming to see: Washed Out, CHVRCHES, Icona Pop, Kaskade, MGMT, and Robin Thicke.  This should be a nice Saturday afternoon/evening date day!
Anyone doing a meetup?  932?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 18, 2013, 02:08:56 pm
save a spot for me :)

Sweet most of the day in the Pavallion or 932!

And say what you will about Ticketfly, I must have fat fingered something and ended up with will call for which they switched to print at home when I asked. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: sweetcell on September 18, 2013, 02:20:08 pm
Anyone doing a meetup?  932?

traditionally i try to make one happen, but i won't be attending this year.  not that it'll affect attendance much... i call for one each year, and it's an annual opportunity to catch up with Kosmo and Vas  :P  actually, eros showed up last year too if i remember correctly (could have been the year before).

but do go ahead and announce one.  maybe now that i won't be there, more people will show up  ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: eros on September 18, 2013, 03:29:53 pm
Anyone doing a meetup?  932?

traditionally i try to make one happen, but i won't be attending this year.  not that it'll affect attendance much... i call for one each year, and it's an annual opportunity to catch up with Kosmo and Vas  :P  actually, eros showed up last year too if i remember correctly (could have been the year before).

but do go ahead and announce one.  maybe now that i won't be there, more people will show up  ;D

That was last year...sadly I won't be there this year either.  Have fun all!
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: James Ford on September 18, 2013, 04:15:22 pm
Am I the only one who went last year who is actually happy to NOT be going this year?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: atomic on September 18, 2013, 04:35:22 pm
Am I the only one who went last year who is actually happy to NOT be going this year?

Went last year not going this year and I am happy as it is my first anniversary this weekend. 
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 18, 2013, 09:44:10 pm
So I'm thinking 932 meetup around 4pm...
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: StoneTheCrow on September 19, 2013, 08:27:40 am
Am I the only one who went last year who is actually happy to NOT be going this year?

I hate not going.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Vas Deferens on September 19, 2013, 08:54:53 am
you said this year was better than last year's lineup....

Am I the only one who went last year who is actually happy to NOT be going this year?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Yada on September 19, 2013, 09:10:35 am
This is the first year I've wanted to go since Pavement played, but unfortunately missed out on tix. Oh well.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: DeathFromAbove1979 on September 19, 2013, 11:37:17 am
Am I the only one who went last year who is actually happy to NOT be going this year?

I hate not going.
I'm upset because I always love going, but I'm really only interested in 2 acts. This year also seems to be a year when a lot more of my friends got tickets, so that's a bummer.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: killsaly on September 20, 2013, 04:48:53 pm
70 to 80 percent chance of rain pretty much the whole time Freefest is happening?
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 21, 2013, 03:07:47 pm
Little Green Cars were just the best, much more electric and raw than the record. Those five part harmonies fully in tact. 

Black Joe Lewis ripping up right now
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: shemptiness on September 21, 2013, 11:06:37 pm
Enjoyed Washed Out, the band.  Washed out, the festival on the other hand.....
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: Brother Love Hatch🚀🚀🚀🚀 on September 21, 2013, 11:27:01 pm
Black Joe Lewis ripping up right now

By far my biggest regret for not making it out to MPP today.  BJL better play 930 next tour
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 22, 2013, 09:19:57 am
Well I had a great time when I was the festival, ended up leaving after City and Colour due to rain and already not feeling that great.  Both bands I really wanted to see were fantastic and would gladly see them again live.  Still buzzin' about how great Little Green Cars were.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: wml7 on September 22, 2013, 09:24:11 am
How bad did it rain up there?  How was the whole thing?  Did everyone love Chvrches?
 ;D
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: kosmo vinyl on September 22, 2013, 09:47:57 am
When I left it was a slow cold steady rain, most were managing with umbrellas.  Not sure if it picked up later in the evening.
Title: Re: Virgin Free Fest returning to Merriweather
Post by: challenged on September 22, 2013, 10:53:54 am
Had a fun day at the festival.

Saw Chvurches and enjoyed that a lot.
Saw a few minutes of Icona Pop: didn't like;
Ate a grilled cheese: liked a lot;
went into the pavilion for the rest of the day and saw City and Colour: was pleasant but not engaging?; Then MGMT who had technical problems (with their monitors?) that seemed to bum them out: their video/graphics were (to me) more engaging than their music (especially the shrimp-headed umbrella topped hermaphroditic creatures);
then Avett Brothers: really enjoyed every aspect of that show.
Left at that point and was back to DC in around 45 minutes despite a deluge of rain the entire way. To me this year seemed much better attended than last year, and much younger crowd.
Thanks to all of the MPP and IMPsters for a great event.