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Free Ice Cream… Coming to a Show Near You?


They say the best things in life are free; you’d have to believe that the magnanimous Ice Cream Man, a.k.a. Matt Allen, would agree.For the last four summers, Allen has traveled across the country in a 1969 Chevrolet Step Van with one mission in mind: to give away as much free ice cream as possible.

This summer, the Ice Cream Man has already been spotted slinging sweets at McCarren Park’s Pool Parties in Brooklyn and at last weekend’s Sub Pop 20th anniversary bash in Seattle, and has plans to stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival this coming weekend in Chicago. He was even nice enough to pay a visit to Spin HQ last week and treat us to some free, frozen treats.

Keep an eye out for the Ice Cream Man at any of the shows or festivals you attend this summer — after all, nobody wants to miss out on free food, especially something to help assuage the effects of the scorching sun. And if you’d like to help the ICM spread his goodwill, visit Allen’s eBay auction and assist in his hunt for a main sponsor. But don’t delay: The auction ends tomorrow (July 16) at 6:00 P.M. EST.