Rock The Bells Cancels Shows in New Jersey and Washington D.C.
It appears that Rock The Bells will not be bringing their celebrated festival experience to the east coast this year, as dates in New Jersey and Washington D.C. have been cancelled.Speculation surrounding the cancellations began on Twitter early this morning. The rumors were fueled by the fact that Ticketmaster, which had been selling tickets for the three Rock The Bells dates at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium, was no longer offering tickets for these dates. Earlier in the afternoon, the Washington City Paper reported that staff members of RFK Stadium, including vice president for communications and marketing of Events DC (the operators of the stadium) were confirming that the festival would not be taking place this weekend.
Sources have told XXL that the remaining dates for Rock The Bells 2013 have been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, and that the festival will refund all previous ticket sales and take a loss of $3 million.
The festival had begun earlier this month with successful stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Slated performances on the east coast included the Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, J. Cole, Pusha T, and Kendrick Lamar.
So far, there has not been an official statement from either Rock The Bells or the festival’s promoter, Guerrilla Union.
UPDATE: Guerrilla Union has released a statement announcing the cancellation of the remainder of their tour stops, which included stops in Washington D.C. and New Jersey. Chang Weisberg, founder and owner of Guerilla Union states: “First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, DC and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales. I, along with our staff, the artists, and all of the sponsors, media partners, local promoters, and radio stations involved are thankful for our supporters and the fans that planned on attending. It’s extremely unfortunate that we can’t complete the last half of the 10th Anniversary Rock the Bells tour. We did everything in our power to save the show. Unfortunately, the financial loss would have been devastating. I am truly sorry we could not produce the show for all the fans who did buy their ticket in support of.”
For more information on getting a refund, visit www.rockthebells.net