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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRobin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenChvrches perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenVampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenIcona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRobin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBackup singers for Robin Thicke perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenSky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenVampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenCity and Colour performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRobin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenSky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenKaskade performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenChvrches perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenVampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenIcona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenLittle Green Cars perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenRobin Thicke performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenBackup singers for Robin Thicke perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenSky Ferreira performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenVampire Weekend performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMGMT performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMusic fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenIcona Pop performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenKaskade performs at the 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD, on September 21, 2013.
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Photograph: Michael J. ChenThe 2013 Virgin Mobile Freefest took place on September 21, 2013, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
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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.

By Michael Chen
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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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