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Rock the Bells Festival Canceled in Washington, D.C., New York City

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Chang Weisberg, founder and owner of Guerilla Union has released a statement regarding the cancellation of the Rock the Bells Festival in Washington D.C., and New York City. “First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, D.C. and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales,” he states in a press release. “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.”


The D.C. leg of the Rock the Bells festival, set to take place Sat., Sept. 28, has been canceled two days before the event, according to

Rumors began swirling on Twitter Thursday (Sept. 26) about the show’s cancellation due to poor ticket sales, according to an e-mail screenshot posted by a Twitter user.


Kid Cudi, Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Black Hippy, Girl Talk, A$AP Mob and many more hip-hop staples, including holograms of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, were set to perform at the RFK stadium in the nation’s capitol this Saturday (Sept. 28) and Sunday (Sept. 29). According to the Washington City Paper, Chinyere Hubbard, the vice president for communications and marketing of Events DC, RFK’s operator, confirms that the shows are canceled.

There are also rumors that the New York leg of the tour has been canceled, but according to representatives at both the Meadowlands Sports Complex and Ticketfly, the shows scheduled for Sat., Oct. 4 and Sun., Oct. 5 are still going on.

Hip-hop fans who were planning to attend the festival in D.C., are disappointed in the news, but will receive a full refund.

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