The 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival Is Probably Happening

Virgin Mobile Festival 2008
Virgin Mobile Festival 2008
Photo: Tim Griffin

If you’re like me and you blog obsessively about music and events (or perhaps if you live in the DC area), you’ve probably been wondering if the Virgin Mobile Festival is going to take place this year. With the downturn in the economy, the looming bankruptcy of Pimlico Race Course, and everyone and their mother having already announced their summer festival lineups, the chances of the US Virgin Festival happening in 2009 seem unlikely at best, at least in my book. Having said that, I’ve been digging around for some news about this year’s festival, and I recently found this quote which indicates that contrary to popular belief, the show indeed, intends to go on:

“Nothing in life is definite,” said Jayne Wallace, director of corporate communications for Virgin Mobile. “But for all intents and purposes, we fully expect to hold another festival. We have some exciting ideas we’re looking at.”

Wallace said the festival’s dates, location and lineup are still in negotiations. [Baltimore Sun]

The story goes on a little further to speculate that the Virgin Festival could possibly relocate to the 17,000 seat Merriweather Post Pavilion in DC which is owned and operated by the Festival’s promoters (I.M.P.) and also plays host to the annual Vans Warped Tour. Having never been to MPP, I don’t how feasible of an idea this is, but either way, an announcement regarding the festival’s fate is expected to be made before May.

PS I’ve noticed that the key marketing tool isn’t even registered yet. Umm, Virgin Festival organizers, if you’re reading this, you might want to snap that one up.


  1. Joe says:

    I live in the DC area and have been to Merriweather. I’ve also been to all 3 Virgin Fest’s. I have to say it would be a DISASTER if they had it a Merriweahter. While it is a GREAT venue for live music – it’s well outside the city, with a very earthy, set in the woods feel – it just wouldn’t work for something as big as Virgin Fest. I don’t know how they could do more than 1 stage, let alone a DJ tent. And it would totally take away from the festival feel.

  2. bumpershine says:

    The 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival is definitely happening, venue and dates still TBA. Go to to sign up for updates.

  3. Kristen says:

    Ummm, I totally disagree with Joe’s comment. Merriweather is an amazing venue for big festivals. The last HFStival (which, I must mention I miss like crazy) was there and they had PLENTY of room for multiple stages, tents ect. The tree area provided nice shade in the scorching summer heat for people who needed a break from the sun. When you say you’ve attended concerts at Merriweather, you probably attended regular concerts that only opened the main stage area, but back behind the trees is another huge open field type of area with plenty of space. VIRGIN MOBILE needs to get it together because, like Joe, I’ve attended every year and I am soooo ANXIOUS TO HEAR THE LINE-UP!

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