The Virgin Mobile FreeFest drew its largest audience this year, organizers said Saturday.
About 50,000 people were projected to have attended the festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday, said spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer. That's a record audience for what was already Maryland's largest outdoor music festival.
The turnout was remarkable because just a couple of days before organizers "were close to canceling" this year's event over the recent weather, said Virgin founder Richard Branson.
Last year, an estimated 40,000 people attended the festival, which was headlined by M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem. The Black Keys and Deadmau5 headlined Saturday.