Guerilla Union announced the line-up of their annual Rock The Bells music festival on Tuesday (April 22), revealing that A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) will once again reunite together on stage as the event’s headliners.
In addition to ATCQ, the organizers announced that the 2008 Rock The Bells line-up also includes performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Ghostface & Raekwon, and Dead Prez, among others.
“This year’s line-up represents, respects and recognizes the diversity and inspirational possibilities often promised, but rarely delivered in a live hip-hop experience. We really feel that this year’s group of artists define our platform and further galvanize the legacy that Rock The Bells has earned through the years,” said Guerilla Union founder, Chang Weisberg. “I am thrilled that the majority of performers on this year’s bill have new music to showcase, and we have still managed to deliver all the qualities of Rock The Bells that our fans demand year after year. There’s always something fresh and familiar about our line-ups. Fortunately, we have a knack for making hip-hop dreams come true. And this year is going to be no different.”
Like last year, the Rock The Bells festival series will be on tour. Kicking off July 19th in Chicago, the tour will hit nine more North American cities, including Boston, New York, Miami and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on August 30th in Vancouver, BC.
Past Rock The Bells concerts have included performances by Rage Against The Machine, Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill and also boasts the reunion of the entire Wu-Tang Clan, including ODB, for the last time ever in 2004.
In 2007 it was the top-grossing hip-hop event in the country.
Pre-sale tickets for the shows will be available May 14th- 16th via GuerillaUnion.com, and then to the general public on May 17th. Exclusive LA pre-sale starts on May 7th-9th with on-sale to follow May 10th.
Dates and cities are as follows:
07/19 – Chicago, IL
07/20 – Toronto, ON
07/26 – Boston, MA
07/27 – New York, NY
08/2 – Miami, FL
08/3 – Philadelphia, PA
08/9 – Los Angeles, CA
08/16 – San Francisco, CA
08/23 – Denver, CO
08/30 – Vancouver, BC