2008 ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES WILL FEATURE:
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, NAS, MOS DEF, DE LA SOUL, RAKIM AND THE PHARCYDE
WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES BY SPANK ROCK, SANTOGOLD, DEAD PREZ AND MANY MORE!
Rock The Bells has established itself as a world-class hip-hop platform by hosting legendary performances. The 2007 festival series included performances by a reunited Rage Against the Machine, the Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band and many more. The tradition of top names and memorable performances continues in 2008 as the lineup and routing for this year's Rock The Bells - kicking off July 19 in Chicago - was announced today during a press conference in Claremont, CA by Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union and hip-hop all-stars A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Raekwon, Murs, and Supernatural who are all confirmed on this summer's bill.
Featuring performances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon & Ghostface (Cuban Linx), Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Murs and Kidz In The Hall, Rock The Bells once again is marked by the leading hip-hop lineup seen on one bill this year. This year will be highlighted with an unexpected reunion of The Pharcyde. But it does not stop there, as fans will also see performances by the brightest names in the emerging electro-hip hop scene including Spank Rock, Santogold, Kid Sister, Wale, Flosstradamus, Jay Electronica and The Cool Kids with hosts B-Real of Cypress Hill and the world renowned Supernatural.
After its July 19 launch, Rock The Bells will hit nine more North American cities on seven consecutive weekends, wrapping up in Vancouver at the end of August. 2008 also marks the first year that Rock The bells will go global with four stops in Europe and one in Japan. Highlights of the series include first time dates in Toronto, Vancouver and Philadelphia, plus a return to the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA where last year's show sold out with a capacity crowd of 45,000 people. Pre-sale tickets will be available May 14-16 via www.guerillaunion.com, and then to the general public on May 17. Exclusive L.A. pre-sale starts on May 7-9 with on-sale to follow May 10.
Rock The Bells:
7/19 - Chicago, IL
7/20 - Toronto, ON
7/26 - Boston, MA
7/27 - New York, NY
8/02 - Miami, FL
8/03 - Philadelphia, PA
8/09 - Los Angeles, CA
8/16 - San Francisco, CA
8/23 - Denver, CO
8/30 - Vancouver, BC