Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Rock the Bells cancels remaining tour dates in D.C. and New York

According to the Washington City Paper, Rock the Bells, the popular decade-old, traveling hip-hop festival, has canceled its two remaining tour stops in both Washington D.C. and New York.

Rock the Bells cancels remaining tour dates in D.C. and New York

Kendrick Lamar performing in front of an enthusiastic festival crowd. Lamar was scheduled to perform at the Washington D.C. stop for Rock the Bells, but the festival has been canceled due to low ticket sales.
Kendrick Lamar performing in front of an enthusiastic festival crowd. Lamar was scheduled to perform at the Washington D.C. stop for Rock the Bells, but the festival has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

According to the Washington City Paper, Rock the Bells, the popular decade-old, traveling hip-hop festival, has canceled its two remaining tour stops in both Washington D.C. and New York. 

Questions arose when Ticketmaster discontinued selling tickets and had the event listed as “canceled” on their site. Guerilla Union, the creative company responsible for producing the festival, has yet to comment on the issue.

Two staffers at the RFK Stadium, the venue that was hosting the D.C. portion of the tour, have confirmed that the festival is canceled at their location. According to Billboard, the cancellation is due to low ticket sales. XXL reports that the New York date has also been canceled, according to a close source, and the festival will see a $3 million loss due to the scrapping the final dates and issuing refunds as a result.

The festival lineup included rotating acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Kudi, Girl Talk, J Cole and many more.

UPDATE: Guerilla Union released an official statement saying that the cancellations for the final stops are due to low ticket sales and fans will be given full refunds. They also said that the financial loses would have been "devastating" if the shows had gone on as planned.

Festival organizers, Guerilla Union, announced today that the upcoming Rock the Bells Festival tour-stops in Washington, DC and New York City are now cancelled due to a lack of ticket sales. The festival was slated to take place in Washington, DC this weekend (September 28 and 29) and New York City the following weekend (October 4 and 5). 

Chang Weisberg, founder and owner of Guerilla Union states: "First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, DC and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales. I, along with our staff, the artists, and all of the sponsors, media partners, local promoters, and radio stations involved are thankful for our supporters and the fans that planned on attending. It's extremely unfortunate that we can't complete the last half of the 10th Anniversary Rock the Bells tour. We did everything in our power to save the show. Unfortunately, the financial loss would have been devastating. This festival has been ten years in the making. I am truly sorry we could not produce the show for all the fans who did buy their ticket in support of."

Full refunds will be honored at the location where fans purchased their tickets.

If you purchased tickets online, you will be seeing a refund within the next 5-7 business days.

[Brooklyn Vegan]

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