After the cancellation of the second half of the Rock The Bells concert earlier this year due to low ticket sales, many hip-hop heads were wondering what would be the fate of the beloved concert. According to promoters of the event, Guerilla Union, the show must go on, and will in 2014. Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg recently sat down for an interview with Vibe and revealed some of the pitfalls that plagued the 2013 show in which they were forced to cancel performances in D.C and New York. According to Weisberg, there were a lot of factors that played a part in the show’s cancellation due to poor sales. “The bigger reasons, the macro-version,” he said, “there were a lot of great shows that were out touring in our same time period; that could be a factor. The fact that Jay-Z was on sale, the fact that Kanye was on sale, the fact that Drake was on sale; there were just a lot of great hip-hop shows, and I wish all of them well. I think competition increases the market, and I’m happy that all these acts can be touring, and ultimately, maybe, that was one of the issues.”
GU is planning a bigger show for 2014, but will need fan support in order for the show to happen. “The fans are the most vital part of the festival–without your passion, energy and support, we are nothing,” he added. “We are listening to your comments, learning from what has transpired, and taking it with us as we move forward. Be there with us.”
Check out the entire interview, below.