Festival review: Virgin Mobile FreeFest

At Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the dust doesn't even have time to settle before it's time to move on.

Just as Texan band Neon Indian finished their set in the dance tent, Joan Jett was getting on stage at the main pavilion. At night, rapper M.I.A. went head-to-head with dance gods LCD Soundsystem.

With 21 artists playing at this one-day event, there was more shuttling here than in Middle East diplomacy.

At least 30,000 music fans came to Columbia Saturday to watch them play at three different stages built around the 40-acre grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Some came for Ludacris, others for indie behemoths Pavement. Most came because it was free.

Performers Saturday covered the spectrum of current music: indie, electronic, trombone-playing (Trombone Shorty). The day was kicked off by electronic duo Brite Lite Brite at noon and ended at 11 p.m., with LCD Soundsystem on the main stage and Sharam in the dance tent.

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Photo: Josh Sisk, Special to The Baltimore Sun

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