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Virgin Festival is a rock festival held in the United States and Canada. On June 30, 2006, Virgin Group chief Richard Branson announced the inaugural shows. The first, which took place September 9 and 10, 2006 at Toronto Islands Park, Toronto, Canada, featured over 40 artists. A single-day show also took place in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, on September 23, 2006, at the Pimlico Race Course with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who.Virgin Festival 2007 took place in Vancouver on May 20 and 21, as well as a return to Baltimore for an expanded two-day event on August 4 and 5 and Toronto on September 8 and 9.On October 16th, 2007, an event was announced to take place in Calgary, Alberta from June 21-22, 2008.
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With the success of bringing the first Virgin Festival to the United States last year, Virgin Group owner Richard Branson decided to try his luck again. The 2nd annual Virgin Festival, chalk full of various artists including the Police, the Beastie Boys, and the Smashing Pumpkins, spanned over a weekend on the Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Maryland once again.No longer have virgins to the annual Toronto Islands music festival when the Virgin group pulled off this year?s gig with relatively few hiccups, saved for a few big name cancellations (Winehouse?s addictions and PBJ?s quest for fame and glory at the VMA?s). So goes the rock star lifestyle. While my heart was broken with these major absences, the acts that did show brought their A-game, as did VFest?s promoters and event organizers.
This year saw a heavy corporate presence under the guise of ?contributing? to the VFest experience by offering an interactive approach to marketing at potential target consumers which include Levi?s text message model search; Pontiac?s mystery box key contest; Global Inheritance?s human chess game. Unfortunately, scoping out these booths during the hour and a half break from M.I.A. to Arctic Monkeys just didn?t compensate for the lack of my dear old Wino and those poppy Swedes by the names of Peter, Bjorn and John.Undoubtedly, the Virgin Stage saw most of the action with a large crowd presence amassing at the start of pillow-lipped 19-year-old Paolo Nutini?s set which is an innocent, Scottish version of fellow Atlantic label mate James Blunt. Following Nutini, controversial Canadian performer k-os hit the high notes with his smash hits ?Man I Used to Be? and ?Crabbuckit?. Unfortunately not everyone in the audience could boast the same vocal range, despite a harmonious attempt. Love him or hate him, the man?s got talent and an equally impressive band to back him up.
One UK female vocalist that was able to shake the stoic crowd was M.I.A., complete with snazzy sparkly sneakers that didn?t miss a beat and her requisite Officer?s service cap that signaled to the audience who was in control. Eclectic moves, electro rap tracks, and the energy of a lightning bolt ensured all eyes were on M.I.A.During the Virgin Stage lull, the Bacardi housed the talents of Princess Superstar and the towering Tommie Sunshine where the 19+ crowd bumped, bounced and grinded ?till the bar closed down at an early 9pm, unfortunately leaving DJ Dopey spinning to an empty room of security guards and a few true hip hop heads.
Those not in the tent made their way to the mammoth boom box styled-Virgin stage to check out the NYC hipster darlings of the moment, Interpol. After a solid 1 1/2 hour set with their David Bowie-esque lead vocals (vocoders work wonders) and essential ?80s synths, I came to the conclusion that I could listen to Paul Banks warble the word ?heart? forever. The festival, without a doubt, was more entertaining than last year's as there were twice the amount of bands and more interactive activities. The crowd seemed happier and fuller. The food was in fact not too pricey as compared to other festivals I attended and included one of my new favorites, crab cake sandwiches. I did stay away from drinking alcohol because we all know what happens when you drink too much? you forget most of the show. I myself wanted to take in as much as I could and not forget anything. This year's Virgin Festival is going to be a tough act to follow and I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for the Virgin Fest in 2008.
I arrived Saturday morning after a six hour drive through the wee hours of the morning. As tired as I was, I was more excited to attend this excellent festival a second year in a row. This year the Virgin Fest took place about a month and a half earlier; last year the event took place in late September. The only problem with this was the summer heat. With temperatures soaring almost to the triple digits I slopped sunscreen on my exposed body parts, threw on a bandanna, a hat, and prepared for the misery the sun expelled on all who attended.