Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012 free tickets gone, 'Freemium' passes still available

  • Skrillex, shown here performing in New York City in June, is one of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest headliners.
Skrillex, shown here performing in New York City in June, is… (Getty )
August 24, 2012|By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun

2:45 p.m. update: It's an annual tradition surrounding FreeFest — tickets become available, there's a mad scramble to secure tickets, many hopeful fans miss out on the freebies and then they take to social media outlets to complain. (Check out Virgin Mobile Live's "Recent Posts by Others on Virgin Mobile Live" on Facebook for a sampling of colorful commentary.)

While spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer would not give exact quantities of tickets that were free versus donation-based and/or Freemium tickets, she did say claims that FreeFest only offers a small percentage of free tickets are "totally incorrect."

"Tens of thousands of tickets were scooped up — totally for free — within a minute or two of the on-sale," she wrote in an email. "I can tell you last year we had about 50,000 attendees. The vast majority of them got in free. Same will happen this year."

As of 2:45 p.m. Friday, it appeared Freemium tickets are still available.

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12:24 p.m. update: Looks like the free tickets are gone, but Freemium passes are still available (for now). How'd you all do? How was your experience securing tickets, or attempting to anyway? Feel free to respond (or brag) in the comments area at the bottom of this post.

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Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Maryland's hottest (and cheapest) concert ticket of the year, will be available to the public today. Jack White, Nas and Skrillex will headline the Oct. 6 all-day festival.

Tickets are only available through Ticketfly. Click here to access the order page.

You have three options:
1) free general admission with no donation
2) general admission with a donation of $10, $20 or $40 ("100%" of the donations will go to Virgin Mobile RE*Generation House, a homeless youth shelter in Washington).
3) the "Freemium" package, which costs $49.50, and includes a donation to the shelter, a T-shirt, souvenir cup that can be refilled at the concert with fountain drinks and early admission to the grounds.

There's a limit of two tickets per person, and you'll have to bring your ID to the festival. While the website mentions a "service fee" being waived if you make a donation, FreeFest spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer says there's no service fee for any of the options.

Starting Sept. 28, tickets will be available for pick-up at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia and the 9:30 Club in D.C. You can also print the tickets at home or have UPS send them for $16.95.

Also see: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012 lineup [Pictures]

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