Posted in music | tour dates on July 11, 2011

James Murphy

The above pictures is a screen shot from the Virgin Freefest lineup announcement video that they posted to YouTube. The girl behind the words exclaims, "James Murphy solo!" as she reads her piece of the September 10th free MD festival lineup. The full lineup, video, poster and press release is below...



Virgin Mobile USA Announces Date and Lineup for 2011 Virgin Mobile
FreeFest Presented by Kyocera

The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, Big Sean, TV on the Radio, and a
dozen other of the year's biggest stories take the stage Saturday, Sept. 10,
at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.

Tickets Go "On Free" to Public Friday, July 15, via Virgin Mobile LIVE on Facebook

WARREN, N.J. - July 11, 2011 - Founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, along with select Virgin Mobile Live Facebook friends, unveiled the date and lineup for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by Kyocera. The Billboard award-winning festival, known for breaking from traditional music events, delivered the message via a video posted on Virgin Mobile Live's Facebook page. This year it will be free again, and the festival will feature some of the most relevant, important and eclectic artists filling two Main Stages and the Dance Forest. Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The lineup on the Main Stages includes The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Okkervil River, Big Sean, Two Door Cinema Club, Alberta Cross, and Bombay Bicycle Club. The Dance Forest will feature James Murphy, Calvin Harris, Ghostland Observatory, !!!, Porter Robinson, Eclectic Method, and Teddybears. "It's so much fun to be a part of this," said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and Virgin Mobile FreeFest producer. "As a promoter, I enjoy watching 40,000 people walking around, having a blast, feeling very lucky they got a free's my favorite day of the year. There are a lot of bands vying to play this festival, but, because we give all the tickets away, we get to choose based on nothing but who we think are the most happening. I suppose it's a bratty approach, but we just want people to see this festival as THE list of the absolute coolest bands and stories of the moment." Tickets to the 2011 Virgin Mobile FreeFest will go "On Free" to the public at 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 15, via Virgin Mobile LIVE on Fans must first "like" Virgin Mobile Live before they are eligible to secure free tickets. Virgin Mobile customers and Virgin Mobile Festival ticket holders from the past five years will be invited via text and email to a private "free-sale" (much like a pre-sale, except free) to be held at 10 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, July 14, also at "This free festival represents everything our brand stands for," said Ron Faris, director of Brand Marketing for Virgin Mobile USA. "We're very proud of our deeply engaged fans who donate their time and money to youth homelessness through this concert. During the last two FreeFests, nearly $300,000 has been raised, and volunteers have given more than 55,000 hours of their time to the cause. This festival is dedicated to them. Giving away free tickets to our most loyal fans on our Virgin Mobile Live Facebook page is an absolute pleasure." The Virgin Mobile youth homelessness initiative is the focus of The RE*Generation project, the pro-social effort by Virgin Mobile USA dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of at-risk and homeless youth. Kyocera Wireless will be presenting the festival for its sixth year and will be showcasing new and innovative ways to express its enterprise-wide greening initiative on the festival grounds. Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, Kyocera will also be following Virgin's philanthropic lead by collecting donations on site to aide in the recovery effort from this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. During the last two years, Virgin Mobile FreeFest's tens of thousands of tickets were scooped up in just minutes. Replacing the VIP ticket this year will be a limited number of FreeFest Premium Ticket Packages, which include admission to the festival, a FreeFest T-shirt and poster, a souvenir cup that comes with discounts on drinks, and early admission to the grounds. These limited special packages will be available via or In keeping with the "free" mantra, Ticketfly is waiving all service charges on free tickets when fans pick up their FreeFest tickets at Merriweather or the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., or print their tickets at home.




Comments (32)

Where's Liquid Liquid?

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 9:54 AM

Holy shit, my 8.25 incher just stiffened right up at the thought of this news. Gonna share some potato hummus with my girl who's currently only wearing boyshorts panties and has one hand on the 8.25 incher and celebrate this news.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 9:55 AM

^ it's just not funny.

What does "James Murphy Solo" mean exactly... can't really picture the dude strumming an electric guitar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 9:57 AM

LCD final show at MSG tickets just went back up on sale on Ticketmaster.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 9:59 AM

9:55, when I have a girl wearing nothing but boyshorts laying next to me, the first thing on my mind is "I should post about hummus on the BV site right now!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 10:06 AM

James Murphy solo is just another way of them saying "DJ Set." He's doing one at some electronic festival in LA too (HARD LA I think?)

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 10:06 AM

10:06, we're pretty casual about nudity and have a mutual love for hummus so it's not uncharacteristic to voice that. We actually met at a Sabra after a Cults show. She says the 8.25 incher was the cherry on top of the deal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 10:13 AM

9:55 - your friends and parents = embarrassed of your wretched existence

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 10:38 AM

deadmau5 fans will make this unbearable.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 10:43 AM

That's a whole lotta who gives a shit. And Murphy's a DJ set.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:02 AM

weaker than the past couple of years but still worthy for its freeness

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:09 AM

I'm not looking forward to the rest of the comments in this section.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:10 AM

Why are US festival line-ups so terrible when compared to ANY EUROPEAN FESTIVALS?

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:17 AM

11:17, because the better bands can make more money touring on their own in the States, instead of jumping on a festival.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:25 AM

Where is the Pulp or Suede?

Either way, might be worth a trip to see those Teddybears blokes, it's been awhile since they've come by.

Posted by citybug | July 11, 2011 11:25 AM

James Murphy Solo does not equal DJ set.
When Cee Lo does his solo thing (apart from Gnarles) it's not like there are no back up musicians. Yes, expect Nancy Wang et. al. Yes, that epic event at MSG was all a marketing ploy after all. "Di'ja ever get the feeling you'd been cheated?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:34 AM

1125am Who are better bands you're talking about because I bet headliners for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapazalooza and etc make more than 500,000 per gig.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:36 AM

11:34 needs to shut the fuck up. James Murphy solo set will just be him spinning some disco tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:37 AM

James Murphy solo = soundtrack he made for Ben Stiller's movie...forgot what it was called.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:37 AM

i think it was Duplex

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 11:45 AM

i like fat chicks

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 12:11 PM

i like turtles

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 12:28 PM

guys, this is the lcd reunion show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 12:46 PM


Posted by | July 11, 2011 1:23 PM

my house

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 2:15 PM

What does Frohawk think???

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 2:50 PM

look at yourselves. pitiful.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 5:37 PM

11:37 spent WAY too much money for LCD MSG tickets, and won't have reality crash down on his "epic" memories. So sad, so pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 5:52 PM

Remember, James Murphy is there to introduce Guided By Voices!

Posted by Scratch That | July 11, 2011 7:01 PM


Posted by mida | July 11, 2011 8:52 PM

Burning Down The House

Posted by David Byrne | July 11, 2011 9:48 PM

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