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Virgin Mobile FreeFest Not Happening This Year

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The crowd waits for Blink-182 to take the stage at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on August 30, 2009 in Columbia, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

The crowd waits for Blink-182 to take the stage at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on August 30, 2009 in Columbia, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A popular summer music festival that has taken place in the Baltimore area since 2006 is not happening this year, organizers say.

Virgin FreeFest, a free benefit to support homeless youth, has been held at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia since 2009 and has featured acts like Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend and Joan Jett.

Before that, the festival was not free, generally featured bigger acts like the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and took place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Instead of hosting the festival, Virgin Mobile will be making a donation directly to the Sasha Bruce RE*Generation House in honor of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, established by Virgin Mobile USA in November 2007, according to a Virgin Mobile news release.

“Since FreeFest’s inception, the public’s efforts have raised more than 75,000 volunteer hours, over 30,000 in-kind donations and more than $1 million for RE*Generation non-profit partners,” the release says.

“The most significant accomplishment by far was underwriting the construction of a new transitional living facility for youth, The Sasha Bruce RE*Generation House by Virgin Mobile, located in Washington D.C. The home opened in December 2012 and currently houses eight young people between the ages of 18-22. The House provides safe shelter but also educational and mentorship support and programs to teach young people about entrepreneurship and urban farming.”

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