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Fans Select Five Musical Acts to Play This Weekend’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

Clear For Takeoff, Fourth Quarter Comeback, Jennifer Logue, Kingsfoil, and Run on the Sun win Virgin Mobile USA’s Annual “Book the Band” contest landing hottest end of summer concert gig

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 8:08 am EDT

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WARREN, N.J.

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"Letting music enthusiasts pick and choose five bands they want to rock out to delivers on our goal of giving back to those who’ve supported our efforts like our alignment with youth homelessness organizations."

The fans have voted through Virgin Mobile Live’s Facebook page and five bands have come out on top as the most popular in this year’s “Book the Band” contest. The winners will command the stage at one of the hottest summer concerts, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, on Sept. 10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, Big Sean, TV on the Radio, and a dozen other of the year’s most relevant, important and eclectic artists will fill two main stages and the Dance Forest.

“We’re proud to empower our fans and deliver on what they really want,” said Felicia Hill, manager of Viral Campaigns & Brand Initiatives, Virgin Mobile USA. “Letting music enthusiasts pick and choose five bands they want to rock out to delivers on our goal of giving back to those who’ve supported our efforts like our alignment with youth homelessness organizations.”

The contest was presented by Virgin Mobile USA and WHOOZNXT.COM, the leading platform that rewards the online activity of artists with real-world exposure. The five winners playing on the Whooznxt Stage at FreeFest are:

Clear For Takeoff – pop rock/alternative band from Ellicott City, Md.

Fourth Quarter Comeback – pop-rock/power-pop band from Fairfax, Va.

Jennifer Logue – indie/pop artist from New York

Kingsfoil – rock band from York, Pa.

Run on the Sun – piano pop/rock band from Greenwich, Conn.

“Being from Maryland, we have grown up watching our idols play on the stages at Merriweather and now, to have the chance to play the Virgin Mobile FreeFest is huge for us,” said Joey Enste of local Maryland band Clear For Takeoff. “Half of our band actually graduated on the stage at Merriweather! The opportunity that Virgin Mobile USA and WHOOZNXT.com are providing DIY bands like ours is phenomenal. We could not be more excited to play, not only such a large event, but an event that has a true philanthropic mission.”

Fans selected 10 finalists from thousands of entries for the contest. Kingsfoil, Run on the Sun, Clear for Take Off, Fourth Quarter Comeback, and Jennifer Logue won by receiving the most votes on www.facebook.com/virginmobilelive. The other participating bands were Colorsound, New Sweden, Coyote Theory, Alex Feather Akimov, and Ian Axel. 

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