Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union presents
ROCK THE BELLS 2013 FESTIVAL SERIES
ROCK THE BELLS ANNOUNCES 2013 LINE-UP, DATES, AND VENUES AT
SIXTH ANNUAL PRESS CONFERENCE AND LAUNCH PARTY
INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARTISTS INCLUDE BLACK HIPPY, JURASSIC 5, KID CUDI, WU-TANG CLAN & MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO FOUR MARKETS
ORIGINAL VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES BY ICONIC HIP-HOP LEGENDS OL’ DIRTY BASTARD AND EAZY-E
Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union made the initial announcement of the ROCK THE BELLS 2013 FESTIVAL SERIES on Tuesday, May 14 at the 6th annual Press Conference and Launch Party. Upholding to true Rock the Bells tradition, freestyle champ Supernatural unveiled this year’s performing artists via freestyle, of which include: BIG K.R.I.T., BLACK HIPPY, BODEGA BAMZ, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, BROTHER ALI, CHASE & STATUS, COMMON*, CURREN$Y, DANNY BROWN, DILATED PEOPLES, DIZZY WRIGHT, DOM KENNEDY, E40 AND TOO SHORT*, EARL SWEATSHIRT, FLATBUSH ZOMBIES, HIT BOY, HOPSIN, IMMORTALTECHNIQUE, JHENE AIKO*, JUICY J*, JURASSIC 5*, KID CUDI, LECRAE, MIMOSA, PROF, RAKIM, SNOW THA PRODUCT, SUPERNATURAL, TALIB KWELI, TECH N9NE, TYLER THE CREATOR*, and WU-TANG CLAN with more to be announced.
The festival will kick off at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on September 7 and 8 and make its way to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on September 14 and 15. To round out the tour, Rock the Bells will be establishing new festival sites at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. on September 28 and 29, and at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 4 and 5.
Chang Weisberg (owner and founder of Guerilla Union) explains, “For the first time ever, the majority of acts have or will be releasing new music. From Tyler the Creator’s Wolf, Kid Cudi’s Indicud to Talib Kweli’s Prisoner of Conscious, Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, and Directors of Photography by Dilated Peoples, we have curated a multi-generational line-up that includes the best and brightest artists in the genre. It is not just great hip-hop music, its great music period. It’s a collection of artists who represent, respect, and recognize everything that Rock the Bells 10 has accomplished in its storied history.”
This year marks Rock the Bells’ tenth anniversary, and to celebrate and commemorate the premier hip-hop festival, Weisberg promises fans an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rock the Bells will have original virtual performances of iconic hip-hop legends Ol’ Dirty Bastard performing with Wu-Tang Clan and Eazy-E performing with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Weisberg states: “This is not only a dream come true for the fans, but for me as well. I would have never dreamt of the day, nor the technology, for this to come to fruition. Thanks to John Acunto and his team at Gig-It, they are going to help bring these two legendary rappers back to life. But, we will set the standard only approved by Cherry Jones and Tomica Wright. This virtual performance is especially important for the legendary New York crew. The first year of Rock the Bells in 2004 was the last major performance all Wu-Tang Clan members had together before Ol’ Dirty Bastards’ untimely passing. Now, 10 years later, they will be reunited on the same stage at Rock the Bells for their 20 year anniversary.
Rock the Bells artist ambassador and famed emcee Nas states: “I’m proud to have been a partner with Rock the Bells for the past five years. This year, RTB X, will mark a significant time in hip hop. Today’s announcement is a celebration of several historic moments in the past, with a keen eye for the future. Today is only the beginning, and the future announcements that Chang and team will make will serve as proof of a genre that is as vibrant and rich as it ever was.”
John Acunto (founder and CEO of GIG-IT) states, “We are honored to be apart of Rock the Bells history-making tenth anniversary, especially with the privilege of bringing back two incredible legends to the stage. Our company has created animation and avatars for over 70 major artists for our game GIG-IT, the largest music game in history. This evening marks a beginning of the way the future was supposed to be. Furthermore, our most sincere and humble thanks to the families for their belief and support of Rock The Bells and GIG-IT.”
For the first time ever, Guerilla Union mailing lists subscribers will get the first chance to purchase specially priced tickets during an Early Bird Pre-Sale with the exclusive password. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the mailing list to receive this exclusive pre-sale password. Check www.rockthebells.net for information per market.
The next announcement of artist additions will be made in June at a New York Press Conference and Launch Party.
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