Virgin Mobile FreeFest – Columbia, Maryland
Looking for an awesome Weekend Road Trip – Check out the Virgin Mobile Freefest!
Yes, Jimi Hendrix played here! Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheatres – nestled in 40 acres of forest, smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. If the backstage walls could talk, you’d get goose bumps listening to Roger Daultrey and Robert Plant trade some wicked stories about when the Who and Led Zeppelin played here in the ’70s. Now Animal Collective ensured its legendary status, when it named its genius CD – “Merriweather Post Pavilion” in homage to the band’s favorite venue. Thanks to Billy Joe Armstrong, Merriweather ripped out the first 15 rows of seats – to build a mosh pit for Green Day’s American Idiot Tour.
Merriweather was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, who is best known for defying architectural conventions. The natural outdoor setting is one that can’t be matched. The fantastic sound system and large video screens make this amphitheatre a favorite for bands and fans.
And now Merriweather will be turned upside down for Virgin Mobile FreeFest, transforming it into the quirky musical escape-land fans have come to expect at V-Fest. It’ll include two enormous stages and a massive rave-worthy dance area – in addition to other mind-bending surprises.