Rock The Bells, the traveling hip-hop festival celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has already pulled off two successful shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco this summer. But according to local Washington, D.C. publications, as well as Ticketmaster’s web site and XXL‘s own sources, the iterations in both the nation’s capital and the New York City area have been cancelled.
Rumors began circulating an hour or so ago after Ticketmaster’s web site updated their sales site to say that the event was cancelled for both Sept. 28 and 29. That fact set Twitter alight, but confirmation was elusive until two D.C. papers, the Washington Post and Washington City Paper both received word from sources that the event at RFK Stadium was indeed off.
The festival announced its weekend lineup just this morning, with the Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Black Hippy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and a whole host of other hip-hop legends and up and comers set to fill out the bill. The Washington City Paper is reporting that Chinyere Hubbard of Events DC, which operates RFK Stadium, has confirmed that the festival will not take place.
At press time, Rock The Bells has not released an official statement, nor have phone calls placed by XXL to promoter Guerilla Union been returned.
A XXL source confirmed that both remaining dates would be cancelled due to poor ticket sales in the final two locations, and that the festival will take a $3 million loss over the shows and refund all tickets.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
Additional reporting by Miranda Johnson and B.J. Steiner.