Pearl Jam and Billy Talent to headline Virgin Festival Alberta!

    Virgin Festival Alberta to rock Canada Olympic Park on August 8 & 9, 2009

    CALGARY, June 30 /CNW/ - The wait is over! Today Canada's hottest summer
music festival announced that legendary alt-rockers PEARL JAM and Juno
Award-winning Canadian rockers BILLY TALENT will headline Virgin Festival
Alberta this year! It will all go down at WinSport Canada's CANADA OLYMPIC
PARK on AUGUST 8 & 9, 2009 to an expected throng of 35,000 hard-core music
    Other exciting acts joining PEARL JAM on day one are Canadian hip hop
artist K-OS, electronic music duo THUNDERHEIST, Hamilton rockers ARKELLS,
indie rockers MOTHER MOTHER and Toronto trio THE CLIKS. Joining BILLY TALENT
on day two are new wave indie rockers METRIC, Juno award nominees TOKYO POLICE
CLUB, Brit rockers WHITE LIES and Edmonton natives SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT. More
hot talent will be announced in the coming weeks.
    "Calgary, we are back! I'm thrilled to announce that Pearl Jam and Billy
Talent will headline the second Virgin Festival Alberta on August 8 & 9 at
Canada Olympic Park," announced Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group.
"Last year, Virgin Festival Alberta was the buzz of the town, rocking 35,000
fans, and ever since Calgarians have been crying out for us to come back. I'm
delighted that we're doing it all over again and promise that Virgin Festival
will deliver another unforgettable weekend of music and experiences."
    "We hope Alberta's ready for more, because Calgary's second Virgin
Festival is set to be even bigger and better than last year's phenomenal
success!" said Andrew Bridge, director of Virgin Festivals. "We've pulled out
all the stops to bring together a stellar lineup that will rock our new
festival site. With heavyweight acts like Pearl Jam and Billy Talent the
second Virgin Festival Alberta is going to be huge!"
    This year's Virgin Festival will be held at WinSport Canada's Canada
Olympic Park - the premiere site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Situated
just 15 minutes from downtown Calgary, at the gateway to the magnificent Rocky
Mountains, the Park is just off Highway 1. "Virgin Festival Alberta's new
bigger home will give festival-goers yet another amazing festival experience.
It's got great transport access and, in addition to fantastic views of the
city, the ski hills deliver outstanding viewing points of the two Festival
stages," added Bridge.
    Keep an eye on for more line-up announcements. Fans
can also keep up to date with Virgin Festival on Twitter at and on the Virgin Festival Canada Facebook(R)
fan page.

    Ticket News

    Here's the all important ticket news....
    General ticket sales for two-day and VIP Weekend tickets begin Saturday,
July 4th at 10 a.m. in person at all Ticketmaster outlets, select Future Shop
locations, online at, or and by calling
(403) 777-0000. Ticket information is also available at
Two-day tickets are $132.00 plus $4 facility fee and a $2 donation to Virgin
Unite (includes all sales taxes).
    As always, when you're with Virgin Mobile you move to the front of the
line. Virgin Mobile customers can get their hands on Early Bird tickets before
anyone else.
    Want to put some VIP into your Virgin Festival experience? Kick it up a
notch and party like a rock star in the Louder Lounge. This exclusive VIP area
is stuffed with comfy lounge chairs, cabanas, drinks and food to keep you
relaxed and fueled up. Plus, you never know who you might rub shoulders with.
VIPs also get a front of the line entrance to the Festival, shorter washroom
line ups and a Festival merchandise discount. Get all the details at VIP Weekend tickets can be yours for $300.00 plus $4
facility fee and a $2 donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes).
Convenience fees apply. Single day ticket information will be announced soon.

    Virgin Festival Facts

    -   Five festivals in Five provinces! This year Virgin Festival is going
        National with festivals in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia,
        Quebec and Ontario! Already Virgin Festival has rocked 24,000 fans in
        Montreal and next up is Virgin Festival Nova Scotia on July 4 in
        Halifax. Each Festival will deliver everything that Virgin Festival
        is known for: A-list superstar headliners, a genre-busting mix of
        musical styles, and hot up-and-coming local talent, all at ticket
        prices that won't break the bank. For news on all the Canadian Virgin
        Festivals head to

    -   Virgin Festival is way more than a concert! While music takes centre
        stage at Virgin Festival, there's much more happening than just that.
        The Festival creates on on-site experience like no other - from
        interactive displays and contests, a vendor village, beer gardens,
        special perks for Virgin Mobile customers, and way more - there is
        always something to keep everyone going while they're waiting for
        their fave artist to take the stage.

    -   Raising funds for Virgin Unite! Virgin Festival also works to raise
        funds for Virgin Unite - the charitable arm of the Virgin Group that
        focuses on creating grass roots change and sustainable businesses to
        make a real difference for people around the world who need it most.

    -   Keeping the festival green! Another crucial focus for the festival is
        taking care of the environment. On the path to becoming as carbon-
        neutral as possible, Virgin Festival will provide recycling on-site,
        use biodegradable food and drink containers and leverage green energy
        sources, where possible, to power the music festival.

    About Virgin Mobile

    The Virgin Mobile group of companies has attracted more than 12 million
customers worldwide. As the No.1 mobile youth network, Virgin Mobile Canada's
mission is to be Canada's most loved mobile company. Its simpler, better deals
offer customers control, flexibility and choice to design mobile packages that
truly works for them. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Virgin Mobile highest
in customer satisfaction with prepaid wireless service for four years in a
row(1) and 91% of customers would recommend Virgin Mobile to a friend.
    Virgin Mobile phones are available at more than 4,000 locations with
top-up cards available at more than 10,000 locations nationally. Virgin Mobile
products can also be purchased online at or by calling

    (1) J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2008 Canadian Wireless Customer
        Satisfaction Studies(SM). Study based on 14,932 total responses from
        consumers with prepaid wireless service. Proprietary study results
        are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in
        October 2008.

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For further information:

For further information: on Virgin Festival please contact: Nicole
Fisher, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (403) 268-7853,; Erica Faltous, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)

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