The HFStival is returning to Washington for at least one more show, alternative-rock station WHFS (99.1 FM) announced yesterday.
In May, the concert left its six-year home at RFK Stadium for high-tech, high-capacity PSINet Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Baltimore Ravens. The move increased seating by 15,000, to 75,000.
Now the station will stage an unprecedented second HFStival in the same year, returning to the familiar confines of RFK for a show Saturday, Sept. 25. Tickets go on sale Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. through TicketMaster outlets; they will cost $25, same as the May show.
Bands announced so far include Limp Bizkit, Bush, the Chemical Brothers, 311, Everclear, Filter, Fuel, Long Beach Dub AllStars, local favorites Jimmy's Chicken Shack and Buckcherry, whose lead singer got through a song-and-a-half at the May HFStival before having to go backstage for cortisone injections in his throat and eventually deciding to call it quits. The station hopes to field a lineup of about 25 bands, said WHFS program director Robert Benjamin.
WHFS polled its listeners beginning in May to see whether there was interest in a second festival. The station posted a cryptic tease on its Web site: "Once a millennium, it happens twice a year." Listeners immediately got the reference and began calling, Benjamin said. That's when the station moved full-forward with the second show.
He said the May move to Baltimore did not deter fans from attending the concert--it sold out in minutes--and added that the highest percentage of ticket buyers came, as usual, from Northern Virginia.
The fall HFStival is Washington's first large outdoor show after the debacle in New York of Woodstock '99, which ended in bonfires, looting and accusations of rape. Benjamin, who attended that concert, said the station was not worried about a similar outbreak of violence, noting that there has never been an arrest at an HFStival.
As for the site of next spring's HFStival, Benjamin said, "I haven't even given it a thought yet."