This year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest will be Saturday, Oct. 6. It’s the first confirmed piece of crucial information about the area’s most anticipated annual music festival.
There is no word yet on the acts that will fill the two main stages and Dance Forest, but you should join me in putting on your predicting cap and score some tickets to the concert. A press release explains why:
“Twitter Fans who follow Virgin Mobile Live (@virginmlive), Virgin’s culture and music feed, can be a part of the 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up announcement by guessing which bands have been selected to appear at the festival. To enter, participants will need to follow @virginmlive on Twitter, add the official festival hashtag #FreeFest, and include their guess of which band will appear on the bill (also using a hashtag). Random winners will be contacted with further instructions to announce the lineup. Naturally, fans featured in the announcement video will also win VIP tickets to the FreeFest.”
As a refresher, here are my two prognosticating posts. Now that we know the date is Oct. 6 — the latest the festival has ever been held — it might be time to study some more and offer one final batch of lineup guesses.
Update: A date is nice. But the main thing everybody wants to know is WHO IS PLAYING?! I decided to look back at the bands I’ve predicted to see what their availability looks like on Oct. 6.
[Editor’s note: These are still only predictions]
Jack White — In New York on Sept. 30, next show at Austin City Limits on Oct. 12. STILL POSSIBLE AS HEADLINER
Beach House — Somewhere between Boise and Boulder on Oct. 6, playing at 9:30 Club on Oct. 17. NO CHANCE
Dan Deacon — Performing in Atlanta on Oct. 6. NO CHANCE
Alabama Shakes — In New York on Oct. 4, in Boston on Oct. 5, in Louisville on Oct. 8. No local date currently scheduled. ABSOLUTELY THEY ARE PLAYING
Santigold — Tour ends on Sept. 27 in Ohio. No current local date. VERY POSSIBLE
Passion Pit — In Australia on Oct. 6. NOT PLAYING UNLESS I’M EXTREMELY ILL-INFORMED ABOUT HOW THE INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE WORKS
Silversun Pickups — Tour ends on Sept. 21, no current local date. POSSIBLE
Skrillex — Nothing scheduled between Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. POSSIBLE, WOULDN’T BET ON IT
Frank Ocean — Nothing scheduled after run of European dates ends on Sept. 22. He is playing V Festival in the U.K. on Aug. 18. INTRIGUING
Delta Spirit — Free between Sept. 20 and Oct. 12. POSSIBLE
OK Go — Only show on schedule is San Francisco in August. UNLIKELY
M83 — In New York on Oct. 2 and 3, then in Charlotte on Oct. 7, with no local date scheduled. 100% LOCK OF THE YEAR
Miike Snow — Schedule is very open. NO CLUES EITHER WAY
Walk the Moon — In Dublin on Oct. 6, opening for fun. SO TAKE FUN. OFF THE LIST, TOO