The lineups for several big music festivals have been announced and many hip-hop heavyweights including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco and Clipse have all been tapped to rock the stage.
Billboard reports that Snoop, the Beastie Boys and Erykah Badu – who gave birth to a baby girl last weekend with rapper boyfriend Jay Electronica – are among the acts set to play at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The four-day event will go down from June 11-14 with tickets going on sale this Saturday, Feb 14.
Lupe, Clipse and old school legends Public Enemy will be among the rap acts at the 10th annual Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA. Known for its eclectic lineup, the three-day concert experience will also include sets from indie staples Atmosphere, People Under the Stairs and DJ Peanut Butter Wolf. In addition British singer Amy Winehouse and recently recovered duo TRAVI$DJ-AM –consisting of former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ Am – will be on hand as well. Coachella will take place from April 17- 19. For more information on the schedule and to purchase tickets visit coachella.com.
Also going down this April is the Bamboozle Left Fest, a traditionally rock centered show that rap giant 50 Cent has decided to headline, according to MTV News. “We reached out to 50′s agent with this crazy idea, [and] she was so supportive that we knew it was worth the motion,” Bamboozle organizer John D’Espozito explained how he recruited the G-Unit honcho. “They asked us who was on the bill, and really didn’t recognize some of the names like All Time Low, Suicide Silence and All the Day Holiday, but [they] did like the opportunity to get in front [of] 20,000 kids singing along to every one of his hits.” The fest is schedule for April 4-5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. Tickets and show times can be found on the fest’s official website.
In related news, tickets recently went on sale for Los Angeles rapper Murs’ 4th annual independent hip-hop festival Paid Dues. Set to kick off on Saturday, March 28th at San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center in California, the show will feature performances by cult favorites Atmosphere, Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, Living Legends, B-Real from Cypress Hill, Cage, Eyedea & Abilities, Grouch & Eligh, and Blu & Exile, among others. – Elan Mancini