Organizers have canceled Rock the Bells Festival coming tour stops in New York and Washington.
A news release from Guerilla Union says the cancellations of this weekend's two-day stop in Washington and next week's shows in New York are due to low ticket sales. Fans will be given full refunds.
The 10th annual hip-hop festival made stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco earlier this month. Guerilla Union owner Chang Weisberg says financial losses would have been "devastating" had the concerts gone on as scheduled.
“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, "Weisberg said in a statement. "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.”
The festival was set to have appearances from Wu-Tang Clan (with their virtual Ol' Dirty Bastard), J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (with a virtual Eazy-E), among others.
The traveling event kicked off Sept. 7 in Los Angeles but was not without problems, namely a loss of sound during Wu Tang's set on Sept. 8. Ahead of that, member Method Man voiced disgust with the crowd: "Can we get some energy in this motherfucka?" RTB then made it's way to San Francisco's Shoreline Amphitheater on Sept. 14-15.
Full refunds will be honored at the location where fans purchased their tickets. More details can be found on the festival’s official website at www.rockthebells.net.