Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013: Our favorite photos (slide show)

Robin Thicke, MGMT, Vampire Weekend and more rocked the stages at the one-day music blowout in Columbia, Maryland.

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  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Robin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Chvrches perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    MGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Icona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Robin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Backup singers for Robin Thicke perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Sky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    City and Colour performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Robin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Sky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Kaskade performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Chvrches perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    MGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Icona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Little Green Cars perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Robin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Backup singers for Robin Thicke perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Sky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Vampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    MGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Icona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Kaskade performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest took place on September 21, 2013, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

Photograph: Michael J. Chen

Robin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.


With the summer of 2013 coming to a wistful conclusion, East Coast music fans descended upon Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, for one final hurrah at the annual Virgin Mobile Freefest. This year's Freefest lineup brought together an eclectic mix of chart-topping artists and up-and-coming talent, including headliners Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights and the Avett Brothers. Soul-pop crooner Robin Thicke and Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop boisterously delivered live renditions of two of the summer's biggest hits, the ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" and the hard-charging "I Love It," respectively. Electro-rock band MGMT and prolific DJ Kaskade earned high marks for their energetic sets, while a slew of EDM artists kept the party going in the appropriately named Dance Forest.

On top of the music, the 50,000-plus attendees enjoyed the festival's other unique attractions, including a waterfall swing, a make-your-own-graffiti wall and "Teeter Totter Mustaches" (yep, furry seesaws). A steady evening rain couldn't stop the masses from dancing like there was no tomorrow—which, considering it was the last day of summer, might as well have been the case.


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