Blink-182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand Play Free Festival!

Larry Fitzmaurice

Good news for penny pinchers: this year's installment of the Virgin Mobile Festival is completely free -- and the lineup kicks ass!

Blink-182, Weezer, and Franz Ferdinand are scheduled to headline the event, which has been nicknamed the "Virgin FreeFest." The show will go down August 30 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, just outside the Baltimore and Washington, DC, areas. Rounding out the lineup are Girl Talk, Jet, Public Enemy, Mates of State, the Bravery, the Hold Steady, the National, St. Vincent, Wale, Danny Howells, Holy Fuck, Lee Burridge, and Pete Tong. Visit for more information.

Tickets for the 35,000-capacity venue will be available beginning this Saturday, June 27, at 10 A.M. via if a free pass wasn't enough, promoters are also treating do-gooders to special reserved seating. That's right: anyone who completes at least 13 hours of community service at designated homeless youth shelters across the country can kick it VIP-style at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (This offer does not apply to Chris Brown)

Free festival, great bands, and a good cause? We'll see you Aug. 30!

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