Statement: Virgin Festival Nova Scotia

    The Tragically Hip unable to perform but the show will go on... for free!

    HALIFAX, July 3 /CNW/ - Due to a serious family medical issue The
Tragically Hip will regrettably be unable to perform at this year's Virgin
Festival Nova Scotia on July 4th in Halifax at Citadel Hill. Virgin Festival
sends their best wishes to the band. Virgin Festival Nova Scotia will still go
ahead as planned, but for free.
    "Our thoughts are with The Tragically Hip right now," says Andrew Bridge,
director of Virgin Festivals. "The Virgin Festival will still go ahead as
planned at Citadel Hill on July 4 - but now it will be free to anyone and
everyone. We continue to have an amazing line-up and it's sure to be a
fantastic day. We invite everyone to come along and enjoy the festival - but
be sure to come early so you're guaranteed a spot."
    Virgin Festival will be reimbursing all current paying ticket holders and
guaranteeing their entry. All internet and phone purchases through Ticket
Atlantic will be automatically reimbursed to credit card - no action is
necessary. All other refunds including purchases made in person or through
Future Shop and will be available at the Metro Centre Box Office
as of Tuesday, July 7 for all purchased Virgin Festival tickets.
    Virgin Festival attendees are also encouraged to bring along a
non-perishable food item or cash donation to the Parker Street Food Bank. All
donations will be collected at the Festival gates.
    Entry for non-ticket holders is subject to capacity.


    Revised Set Times

                             Virgin Mobile Stage
               Time              Artist
               9:30 p.m.         The Offspring
               7:50 p.m.         Metric
               6:40 p.m.         Dinosaur Jr.
               5:35 p.m.         Handsome Furs
               4:40 p.m.         Hey Rosetta!
               3:50 p.m.         Plants & Animals
               3:10 p.m.         Arkells
               2:30 p.m.         In-Flight Safety
               1:55 p.m.         Dog Day
               1:00 p.m.         Gates Open

    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

    About GEG

    Gillett Entertainment Group (GEG) is one of the top entertainment
promoters in the world. In 2008, GEG finished in 10th position amongst the top
concert promoters around the world and Bell Centre was ranked third in America
(according to Pollstar magazine), reaching out to 1.5 million fans thanks to
over 638 shows that were presented across Quebec, the Maritimes and Vermont.

    (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.

For further information:

For further information: on Virgin Festival please contact: Erica
Faltous, (416) 400-0171,; For more
information on GEG please contact: Christine Montreuil, Gillett Entertainment
Group, (514) 925-2110,

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