I went to VMF the last year you had to purchase tickets. It was freaking amazing. I didn't realize a festival lineup could be that impressive. STP, Paramore, Iggy Pop, Moby, Offspring, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye, Jack Johnson, ... I love Bonnaroo, but they have yet to pull together that much awesome in one space. I was really bummed when they went to free tickets because I knew I would never get one, even if I waited online and hit the button at the exact moment they opened up. I was right.
Watching VMF go to free tickets was like watching the last dinosaur die. It was the end of an era.
EDIT: Just a note, I love the IDEA of a free festival. I think it's fantastic that Virgin puts it on. The problem is that a large portion of the tickets are purchased by scalpers, then sold online. I tried for the free tickets every year, but never managed to get them before they were gone. Of course a ton of tickets went up for sale on Craigslist the next day. I'd rather just pay a fair price for a bigger line-up than pay for something that was given away for free.
I'm betting a bunch of names here will end up at Freefest. I think Vampire Weekend headlining and Kendrick Lamar pre-HL wouldn't be out of the question.
EDIT: and if that is the case, then I'd see Freefest being Sept. 14th.
It's worth noting that Kendrick and Passion Pit just played the Sweetlife Festival at MPP a few weekends ago. While that doesn't completely eliminate any of them from FreeFest, I don't think there'll be an insane amount of overlap between the two.
I can't imagine them doing it the same day as Shindig, that would be a hot mess for anyone trying to get anywhere from the Inner Harbor to Laurel. And it would suck for those of us who would like to attend both!
Last year was the first year I actually got to Virgin. Every other year I got tickets but couldn't go last minute. I had a good time with dcbee and our friend T, got pit for Jack White, would love to do it again this year!
Just occurred to me that we got my fiance a virgin mobile cell phone last week. Don't they usually do a pre-pre-sale to virgin mobile customers? If I can get the 2 tickets early, bonzai, the other one is all yours!
SOOOO happy right now, especially if VW does end up headlining.