We're back! Ben Harper and Relentless7 plus Our Lady Peace rock Virgin Festival BC!

    Twelve stellar acts announced for Virgin Festival's return to British

    BURNABY, BC, June 4 /CNW/ - It's official! Virgin Festival is bringing
the heat back to BC. Canada's hottest summer music festival announced today
that it will take over DEER LAKE PARK on JULY 25 & 26, 2009, to an expected
throng of more than 20,000 music lovers. The excitement kicks off with the
announcement that Canadian rockers OUR LADY PEACE will perform on day one and
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and guitar legend BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7
will headline day two.
    Other exciting acts joining OUR LADY PEACE on day one will be Grammy
Award-winning electrorockers MUTE MATH, Canadian hip hop artist K-OS, punk
rockers SPINNERETTE and Montréal based indie rockers PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
Taking the stage with BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7 on day two will be legendary
alt-rockers SONIC YOUTH, JARVIS COCKER of Britpop group Pulp fame, hip-hop
trio DE LA SOUL, English indie rockers GOMEZ, garage rockers AWESOME COLOR and
Welsh alt-rockers FUTURE OF THE LEFT. More hot talent will be announced as
summer starts to shine.
    "We're thrilled to bring Virgin Festival back to BC," announced Richard
Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group. "Just like last time, the Festival will
deliver an unforgettable weekend jam packed with incredible talent. With
heavyweight acts like Ben Harper and Relentless7 along with Our Lady Peace
we're going to show BC a weekend to remember."
    "Deer Lake Park is the perfect venue for Virgin Festival BC and we can't
wait to move into our new Festival home," said Andrew Bridge, Director of
Virgin Festivals. "It's unique, beautiful and has great transport access.
Recently Deer Lake Park has hosted some amazing events that have caught our
eye. They came to us with some great ideas on how to make the space an
incredible part of the one-of-a-kind Virgin Festival experience. We couldn't
resist bringing the Festival there this year."
    Keep an eye on www.virginfestival.ca for the latest breaking news and
line-up announcements for all Canadian Virgin Festivals. Fans can also keep up
to date with Virgin Festival on Twitter at www.twitter.com/virginmobilecan and
on the Virgin Festival Canada Facebook(R) fan page.

    Virgin Festival Facts

    -   Five festivals in five provinces! This year Virgin Festival is going
        National with festivals in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia,
        Montréal and Ontario! 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 www.virginfestival.ca.

    -   300,000 screaming fans! By the end of the summer Virgin Festival
        Canada is expected to be the fastest growing music festival in Canada
        with over 300,000 fans since it first came to Canada in 2006.

    -   Virgin Radio number one groupies! This year, Virgin Festival is
        partnering with its sister brand Virgin Radio and Astral Media to
        help grow the Virgin Festival buzz and spread the love with exclusive
        Festival news, the latest breaking artist info, and hot ticket

    -   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 an 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.

    Ticket News

    General ticket sales for two-day, one-day and VIP Weekend tickets begin
Monday, June 8th at 12 p.m. in person at all Ticketmaster outlets, select
Future Shop locations, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or www.futureshop.ca and
by calling (604) 280-4444. Ticket information is also available at
www.virginfestival.ca. Two-day tickets are $135.00 plus $5 facility fee, and a
$2 donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes). One-day tickets are
$72.50 plus $2.50 facility fee, and a $1 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
virginfestival.ca. VIP Weekend tickets can be yours for $300.00 plus $5
facility fee, and a $2 donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes).
Convenience fees apply.

    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 www.virginmobile.ca 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. www.jdpower.com

For further information:

For further information: on Virgin Festival please contact: Erica
Faltous, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4695,
erica.faltous@hillandknowlton.ca; Jill Batie, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (604)
692-4227, jill.batie@hillandknowlton.ca

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