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Virgin Festival Makes U.S. Debut

BALTIMORE, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The well-groomed British music megalith V Festival made its U.S. debut, as the Virgin Festival, in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, September 23rd, attracting 40,000 music fans to Pimlico Race Course.

While falling nearly 20,000 short of the racetrack’s capacity, fans flocked to see headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Who, along with other blockbuster acts The Killers, Scissor Sisters, The Flaming Lips, The Raconteurs and Gnarls Barkley.

A bill of 20 acts filled the day with a rock-centered music line up. Other attractions at the event included the Freaklounge, a brightly-decorated tent where people could relax and check out burlesque dances and other off the beaten path performances by acts like The Merry Milk Maids.

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson told USA Today that he was extremely pleased with the festival.

“We wanted to wait until after the summer season when students were back in school to try this out,” he said in between taking photos with fans in the VIP area. Which band was he looking forward to the most? “I love The Who,” he said. “But I’m really interested to see the Scissor Sisters, too.”

Other bands making appearances at the festival included Kasabian, Wolfmother, Drive-By Truckers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, and the New Pornographers. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers