VIRGIN FESTIVAL BY VIRGIN MOBILE EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS FEATURING THE POLICE, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS AND BEASTIE BOYS
AUGUST 4-5, 2007 AT PIMLICO RACE COURSE IN BALTIMORE, MD
Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, creator of the world renowned UK based V Festival, announced today that the U.S. Virgin Festival By
Virgin Mobile will be held August 4-5, 2007 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, adding a second full day of music in its second year.
On behalf of partnering hosts Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin USA, Branson announced the first three acts to be confirmed: The Police, The Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys. On-sale dates for tickets, the rest of the very diverse two day line up and additional information about the Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
Everybody had an incredible time at last year's inaugural Virgin Festival, so we are going to double the fun this summer with two days of great music, said Sir Richard, whose legendary music heritage is the inspiration behind Virgin's music festivals. With our unbelievable headliners and terrific festival vibe, Virgin Festival will be the hottest destination for live music this summer.
The three bands have chosen the Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile to make rare live appearances. The Police are on tour for the first time in 21 years, giving lifelong fans a long-awaited opportunity to see this legendary band. The Smashing Pumpkins are reuniting for their first US performance since going on hiatus in 2000. And Beastie Boys will make their first east coast appearance in two years.
The first U.S. Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile was held September 23, 2006 and featured 20 bands performing for more than 45,000 people across two stages and a giant dance tent. This year, the site will again provide all kinds of entertainment and activity, with high quality concessions, a diverse array of vendors and non-profit organizations, art installations, performance art and more.
Branson also highlighted that the Festival will be as eco friendly an event as feasible this year in an effort to limit its carbon impact, supporting Virgin Groups ongoing commitment to attacking the causes of global warming. We are exploring numerous ways to minimize the impact of the festival on the environment.
Virgin Mobile USA is the leading wireless youth network with more than 4.6 million customers enjoying wireless service without long term contracts. Our customers share many things, and a passion for music is one at the very core of who Virgin Mobile is, said Dan Schulman, chief executive officer of Virgin Mobile USA. We are not only producing the most dynamic music festival this summer, we are creating a special setting for people to experience music and art, hang with friends, text and talk and network, interact with diverse communities, learn about issues and enjoy themselves.
Virgin is one of the most exciting brands in the world, offering hip, fresh, innovative products and services that resonate with the young at heart, said Frances Farrow, chief executive officer of Virgin USA. Virgin Festival embodies the best of the brand and gives music fans of all ages the chance to experience for themselves what Virgin is really about.
Part of repeating and surpassing the success of the first Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile is the return of producers I.M.F., a company formed by the principals of I.M.P., one of the countrys leading independent concert promoters and owners of Washington, D.C.s famed 9:30 Club. We had such a blast at last years show; we cant wait to get back. Right now Im putting together the lineup that will just be A list from start to finish, on both stages and in the dance tent, said promoter Seth Hurwitz. Hold the dates...August 4th and 5th...we will be here to entertain & amaze.
On behalf of the City of Baltimore, Id like to say thank you to Mr. Branson and Virgin for bringing this world class event back to our city, said Mayor Sheila Dixon who added, We are excited and proud to, once again, host the Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile and some of the music industrys biggest talent.
Historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD is the home of the world famous Preakness Stakes, the Middle Jewel of Thoroughbred Horse Racings storied Triple Crown. More information about Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile can be found at www.virginfestival****.
About Virgin Mobile USA, LLC
The nations leading wireless youth network, Virgin Mobile USA provides more than 4.6 million customers with the most flexibility and choice in wireless products and services without long-term contracts. Voice pricing plans range from monthly options with unlimited nights and weekends to by the minute offers, allowing consumers to adjust how and what they pay according to their needs. Virgin Mobiles full slate of smart, stylish and affordable handsets, including the popular Switch Back and Slice, are available at more than 35,000 retail locations nationwide and online at www.virginmobileusa****, with Top Up cards available at more than 130,000 locations.
Virgin Mobile USAs network services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, and the company is a joint venture between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Sprint Nextel. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked Virgin Mobile highest in customer satisfaction among wireless prepaid services, and its own customers report a 94% satisfaction rate. Proud of its charitable and environmental programs, Virgin Mobile donates 5% of profits from downloadable content to The REGeneration, its pro-social initiative to help millions of at-risk and homeless teens; and provides postage paid return envelopes in every new package for customers to recycle old phones.