Virgin Mobile‘s FreeFest was this past Saturday, and Allie is Wired was thrilled to be in attendance.
Now in its fourth year as a free event, FreeFest has quickly become one of the years most popular outdoor music festivals. It was a full day with 22 musical acts and an estimated 50,000 fans in attendance. For 11 colorful hours, this year’s FreeFest was a place to see and be seen.
However, commuting back and forth between the stages wasn’t easy!
The two acts that headlined opposing stages at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, couldn’t have been more different.
On one stage was Jack White, a man gone solo after the break-up of his White Stripes.
On another stage was Skrillex, the dubstep phenom.
As a timer counted down Skrillex’s arrival on the big screen, droves of tank-topped teens rushed the stage. Playing “Make It Bun Dem” and his remix of “Levels by Avicii”, Skrillex rocked-out with the crowd while sitting on top of his alien craft.
Meanwhile, Jack White stormed the stage dressed in all black, while his all-female backing band was dressed in all white. Jack’s stage setup matched his bizarre, eccentric personality. His 50 minute set was deemed too brief by those in attendance.
At the risk of sounding my age, the highlight of my evening was seeing ZZ Top. Having the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees headline on the same bill as dubstep DJ Skrillex, unbelievable!
With their unmistakable beards, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill sounded exactly the same as they did in the ’80s. In fact, judging by their condition, I think they were even rocking the same guitars.
With Das Racist calling out sick (the rap group took to Twitter to clarify Heems had strep throat), Baltimore trio Future Islands kicked things off on the West Stage.
Ending a 12-year hiatus, ’90s band Ben Folds Five treated fans to classics such as “Underground” and “Brick”, while giving the packed pavilion stage a taste of new music, such as single “Do It Anyway”, off album The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
Other performers included Nas, Future Islands, Dismemberment Plan, Santigold, Nervo, Allen Stone and many more.
Check out all the fun below!
FreeFest organizers certainly deserve credit for choosing a wide-range of acts. There was music to please everyone.
Thanks Virgin Mobile for another great year of music!
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