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Virgin Mobile Freefest is understandably something that a lot of music fans look forward to every year. The organizers have always curated a line-up that is a hell of a lot better than you would expect from a free music festival, and with everything else going on during the day — from food to vendors to plenty of entertaining distractions (giant seesaws!) — it really nails the vibe of what a music festival should be in one easily digestible day. Did we mention that it was free? This year’s lineup was dependably solid as we got Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Washed Out, Sky Ferreira, our recent Best New Band Chvrches, and more playing at Merriweather Post Pavilion. But if the name of the venue makes you think of Animal Collective’s bright summery album, you might have been in for a bit of a bummer once the entire festival was hit with rain showers. Still, there was so much great stuff to see that people were in high spirits the entire time. You can check out the seven best things at Freefest up above.

Comments (3)
  1. As an old man, I couldn’t handle the rain, and left 10 minutes into MGMT’s set. Though I’m glad I got to see CHVRCHES.

  2. the rain only added to the experience for me. it was my 2nd time seeing VW this summer and they were even better the 2nd time around. i was with 2 friends, neither of whom came to see VW but both said they were the highlight of the festival

  3. Good article! I was hoping for a list of eight things, but this list of seven is also very good writing about music.

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