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Rumors: HFStival to return to Merriweather Sept. 18

After a four year hiatus, the HFStival could return to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 18, according to local media news and gossip site DCRTV.

If the rumors are true, the lineup could include a where-are-they-now list of '90s acts such as Third Eye Blind (pictured), Fuel, Marcy Playground, Better Than Ezra, Billy Idol and Presidents of the USA.

Though HFS no longer exists as a terrestrial radio station, it continues to stream online and broadcast on 94.7's HD2 channel ...

A longtime staple for alternative fans, the HFStival began in Fairfax, Va., in 1990, moved to RFK Stadium in 1993, and ended its 16-year run at Merriweather in 2006.

Merriweather's publicist declined to comment and a call to HFS was not returned. I'll let you know as soon as I hear something concrete about the festival.

UPDATE: I spoke with Sam Rogers, a spokesman for CBS Radio in Washington, who confirmed that the festival is indeed happening. He wouldn't confirm where, when and who is headlining, though, but he said it's possible to have an HFStival without WHFS on the air.

"HFStival is a brand name," Rogers said. "People still have passion for the festival. We think it's a good idea. ... Virgin Fest is a brand name that doesn't have to have a radio station connected to it."

(Photo of Third-Eye Blind's Stephen Jenkins by Getty Images)

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