Perhaps taking a page from the Osbournes' concet-planning playbook, or perhaps realizing how many people are unemployed these days, organizers of the Virgin Mobile Fest announced late Tuesday that they're putting on a free show this year.
Or, more specifically, a free festival, headlined by [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] and [artist id="440"]Weezer[/artist].
Dubbed the Virgin Mobile Free Fest, the free, day-long show takes place August 30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Joining Blink and Weezer on the bill are [artist id="1241057"]Franz Ferdinand[/artist], [artist id="1227998"]Taking Back Sunday[/artist], [artist id="939"]Public Enemy[/artist], [artist id="2727718"]Wale[/artist], [artist id="1244759"]the Hold Steady[/artist], [artist id="1677195"]Girl Talk[/artist], the [artist id="1713041"]National[/artist] and more.
Organizers will give away nearly 35,000 free tickets for the show, where parking will also be free. After Virgin Mobile customers get first crack through Ticketmaster on June 25-26, the rest of the tickets will be available to the public starting on June 27.
The Virgin Fest debuted at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course in 2006, and featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Who atop the bill. It expanded to a two-day event the following year, with a bill that featured the likes of 311, the Smashing Pumpkins and Velvet Revolver. Last year, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nine Inch Nails and Bob Dylan all appeared. In previous years, tickets to the Virgin Fest cost $100 per day.
"In a time of economic challenges and daily sacrifices, we wanted to throw a fantastic party so people could let loose and have a great time — on us," Sir Richard Branson, founder and president of Virgin Group, said in a statement.
For more information, check out the festival's official site, VirginMobileFestival.com.