Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2014 Canceled
By Amy Willard via the festival
Columbia, Maryland -- It was announced on Tuesday that the Virgin Mobile FreeFest has been called off this year. This would have been the ninth edition of the festival. Previous lineups have included artists such as Skrillex, Robin Thicke, and Vampire Weekend.
The festival, as the name suggests, was made free in 2009 as a benefit to help homeless youth. According to a statement by Virgin Mobile USA, "the public’s efforts have raised more than 75,000 volunteer hours, over 30,000 in-kind donations and more than 1 million dollars for RE*Generation non-profit partners." Claiming a free ticket online was pretty competitive, so "Freemium Packages" were also available for $50 that included admission into the festival, a t-shirt and souvenir cup, and a donation to the Sasha Bruce RE*Generation House.
The reasons for canceling the festival this year are unclear. Seth Hurwitz, the venue operator, wrote, "unfortunately, the pieces are not all there right now with Virgin. Whether they are again who knows. But the Freefest concept is fantastic and we are exploring options to continue it at Merriweather." Virgin Mobile is just as vague about why the festival has been shelved. However, in the spirit of the festival, Virgin Mobile is still giving back to the community. Below is a statement by Virgin Mobile USA.
"Instead, Virgin Mobile will continue its tradition of helping make a difference and support the youth homelessness cause by making a significant donation directly to the Sasha Bruce RE*Generation House in honor of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, established by Virgin Mobile USA in November 2007."