In a video posted Monday morning, Virgin Mobile announced the artist lineup for this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Through the years, the event has become more EDM-centric, and that trend continues this year.
Previous years’ lineups seemed to be comprised of a formula that was equal parts indie-rock and EDM, with one major hip-hop artist and one nostalgic act (ZZ Top, Patti Smith) on a comeback tour. This year, the festival has no hip-hop or nostalgia acts in the lineup.
The festival will be co-headlined by Vampire Weekend and Robin Thicke, with an under-card that is heavy on electronic acts. It will be interesting to see if Vampire Weekend will bust out its cover of Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” during its set at the festival.
Virgin Mobile’s FreeFest will take over Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 21. Tickets will be available via Ticketfly on August 9, at 12 p.m.
See the slideshow above for highlights of this year’s lineup. The full lineup is available on the festival’s official website.
Riding the success of its third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend will be one of this year’s headliners.
Virgin Mobile knows you want it. USA Today is reporting that Robin Thicke will co-headline the festival with Vampire Weekend. Apparently, the mammoth success of “Blurred Lines” has catapulted Thicke from fringe R&B artist to festival headliner status.
With an impressive list of EDM heavyweights on this year’s lineup, Pretty Lights figures to be one of the festival’s biggest draws.
Black Joe Lewis
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Black Joe Lewis is notorious for his raucous brand of funk and blues. He and his band, the Honeybears, will be looking to turn Columbia, Md., into “Booty City.”
The Avett Brothers
Having recently announced its new album, Magpie and the Dandelion, the Avett Brothers will most likely have some new material for the FreeFest crowd. The album is expected sometime in October 2013.
Furthering the strength of the EDM-heavy lineup is progressive-house veteran Kaskade. Kaskade was named the best DJ in American by DJ Times in 2011. Here’s hoping that not much has changed in the two years since then.
Swedish pop duo Icona Pop have had a remarkable year. The group’s smash hit, “I Love It,” is inescapable and few artists have more fun on stage than Icona Pop.
Chillwave star Washed Out has a new album slated for August 13. That will give festival-goers a solid month get familiar with the new material before his set at FreeFest.
Singer/fashionista Sky Ferreira was forced to cancel her show at U Street Music Hall in March due to illness, and has yet to return to the D.C. area. Those fans who have been waiting to see Ferreira will get their chance at this year’s FreeFest.
This will be one high-energy set. The Knocks have been banging away since 2007, and it seems like every song the duo releases becomes a viral sensation.