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2013 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Lineup Announced

Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Robin Thicke, MGMT, and more will play Merriweather September 21.

The lineup for this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest was announced earlier this morning, and it’s a busy one: Vampire Weekend, the Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, Robin Thicke, MGMT, Kaskade, City and Colour, Icona Pop, CHVRCHES, the Knocks, Black Joe Lewis, Sky Ferreira, and Little Green Cars will grace two Main Stages at Merriweather Post Pavilion September 21, with  Madeon, Gareth Emery, Washed Out, Manufactured Superstars, Conogorock, TJR, and Ghost Beach appearing in the Dance Forest.

During the last four years the festival has raised funds to build the Sasha Bruce Re*Generation House, a shelter for homeless youth in Washington. Donations and other funds raised at this year’s FreeFest will again support the institution, and go towards the costs of maintaining it. See a video featuring some of the home’s beneficiaries announcing the lineup of the 2013 festival here.

Tickets for FreeFest will be available from 12PM August 9, with a pre-sale (or pre-free) for Facebook and Twitter followers and Virgin Mobile customers starting at noon August 8. While tickets usually disappear quickly, a number of “freemium” passes will be made available as usual, and will include a $10 donation to Virgin Mobile’s youth homelessness initiative, as well as a FreeFest shirt and souvenir cup.