Jack White – 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest
Also M83 / Nas / ZZ Top / Alabama Shakes / Ben Folds Five /
Trampled by Turtles / Portugal. The Man
Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture
The 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest took place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Roughly 30,000 tickets were “freed-out” within minutes of availability. At least that many packed into the Pavilion grounds, under sunny skies, to catch artists that varied from Alabama Shakes to ZZ Top, while Jack White and Skrillex headlined the two main stages. A third stage was also positioned up the hill to provide a “Dance Forest” with DJs mixing original beats throughout the festival.
Business mogul and Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson created FreeFest as a way to give back to the community while drawing attention to youth homelessness. The music festival sponsors The RE*Generation, an organization to assist homeless youth, via donations and awareness.
The Fest is also about the music and having a good time, and there was no shortage of either on Saturday. The music flowed non-stop from noon until just shy of 11 p.m. Most artists were afforded at least a full hour for their setlist, nearly double what most festivals allow outside of the headliners.
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