TRAVELING HIP-HOP FEST RETURNS;
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY MAY 18 10AM PST
Boost Mobile in association with Guerilla Union have announced the return of the Rock The Bells 2012 Festival Series powered by BlackBerry. The world-class platform will feature an array of seminal and flourishing artists over an expanded two-day period in four major North American markets, including headliners Kid Cudi, J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Atmosphere and more, with special guests Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
The only touring hip-hop festival will kick off in San Bernardino, CA on August 19 and 20 at the NOS Events Center. The festival will then make its way to Mountain View, CA on August 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and will wrap on the east coast in Newark, NJ on September 1 and 2 at PNC Arts Center.
Rock The Bells has steadily built a reputation of reuniting some of hip-hop's most seminal acts, as well as slating artists to perform their most influential albums in its entirety-the 2012 festival is no exception to this expectation. All members of Hit Squad and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be reunited on the festival. Hit Squad, the east-coast collective of EPMD, Redman, Das EFX, K-Solo, Keith Murray, and DJ Scratch, disbanded in 1993 following the success of their fourth album Business Never Personal.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will make their way to the stage with all five members for the first time in over 20 years, performing a special tribute to the late Eazy E, as well as their breakout album E. 1999 Eternal in its entirety, which includes the Grammy award-winning hit "Tha Crossroads". Redman and Method Man will close out one of two stages at this year's festival, performing their 1999 debut album Blackout! in its entirety. West coast legend Ice Cube will perform songs off both AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and Death Certificate-the two albums that catapulted the gangster rapper into mainstream fame.
The Guerilla Union pre-sale will begin on Friday, May 18 at 10am PST – 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on Saturday, May 19 at 10am PST. Fans are advised to visit www.rockthebells.net for the exact lineup per city and are encouraged to sign up for the Guerilla Union newsletter and social media sites for important announcements and up-to-date information regarding the festival.
ROCK THE BELLS 2012 FESTIVAL SERIES ARTISTS:
Big Daddy Kane
DJ Lance Rock and Friends
E-40 and Too Short*
Eligh, Grouch and Zion I
Hit Squad Reunion
Missy Elliott and Timbaland
Naughty By Nature
Redman and Method Man
Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh
* notes performance on select dates only
RZA + Supernatural
ROCK THE BELLS 2012 FESTIVAL SERIES DATES & VENUES:
08/19 – 08/20 San Bernardino, CA – NOS Events Center
08/25 – 08/26 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/01 – 09/02 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Arts Center