Virgin Festival "nails" its final festival of the year!

    Virgin Festival's nationwide tour closes the season with a bang with Nine
    Inch Nails and almost 30,000 fans

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The final Canadian VIRGIN FESTIVAL of 2009
brought down the house and finished its cross-Canada tour this weekend at The
Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. Nearly 30,000 screaming music fans rocked out
to some of the world's hottest talent, including the final Canadian
performance by industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails.
    "Our coast-to-coast tour is over but it's been an unforgettable summer!"
said Andrew Bridge, director of Virgin Festivals. "We've rocked five cities in
five provinces with more than 100 international and Canadian acts and hundreds
of thousands of music loving fans. To top if all off, Virgin Festival Ontario
brought Virgin Festival Canada's grand total attendance to 250,000 over the
last four years and this weekend, we brought it all back to the city that
hosted the first Virgin Festival in Canada and tore the roof off The Molson
    Day one highlights included sets on the Virgin Mobile Stage by
singer-songwriter PAOLO NUTINI, Scottish rockers FRANZ FERDINAND and
influential rock gods PIXIES. Toronto electro-rock duo THUNDERHEIST laid it
down on the Virgin Radio 999 Stage while Canada's THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
rocked it out on the Boardwalk Stage.
    Virgin Mobile Stage highlights on day two included NINE INCH NAILS' epic
Festival closing set, PET SHOP BOYS delivering a brilliantly electrifying
dance set and festival-goers partying on stage with American hip-hop artists
N.E.R.D. Over on the Virgin Radio 999 Stage synth-pop specialists THE NEW
CITIES and reggae infusion singer SEAN KINGSTON kept the party thumping!
    During the weekend, more than 25 hours of music pumped up the volume at
The Molson Amphitheatre thanks to 36 super-hot acts, three awesome stages and
a truck-load of Festival experiences to keep everyone entertained in between
the music! Here's how the numbers broke down:

    Number crunching Virgin Festival style!

    29,000  Music-loving Festival fans!

    94      Supersonic speakers!

    1,044   Freezies handed out by Virgin Angels to help people chill out

    28      Tractor-trailers to haul the artists' gear in and out

    4       Dancing shrubs

    234     Fans who added their mark to the time capsule art installation

    1,048   Festival-goers making mobile calls in the Virgin Mobile Silencer

    89      Text flirts on the Virgin Mobile text to screen

    234     Novice sex kittens who got naughty with pole dancing lessons

    About Virgin Festival Canada

    Virgin Festival held its first Canadian festival in Toronto in 2006.
Since then it has become one of the biggest music festivals in Canada
attracting around 250,000 fans. In 2009, Virgin Festival hosted five festivals
- one each in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec!
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. For more information check out

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Kayla Rochkin, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4767,; Erica Faltous, Hill & Knowlton
Canada, (416) 413-4695, (416) 400-0171,

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