The Beastie Boys are re-launching the Tibetan Freedom Concert after a one-year-hiatus. The fifth event, featuring performances from the Beasties, ex-Clash principal Joe Strummer, veteran U.K. rock act Pulp, and trip-hop act Morcheeba, will be held Sept. 15 at London’s Brockwell Park. The full lineup is due to be announced July 31.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Milarepa Fund, an international organization that supports the Tibetan struggle for freedom from China. Although a Tibetan Freedom Concert was held in May in Tokyo, the event has not been staged on a large scale since June 1999, when acts such as the Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Rage Against the Machine, Buffalo Daughter, Neil Finn, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performed simultaneously in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sydney, and East Troy, Wisc.
The Beastie Boys have not performed live since that show, having been forced to cancel last summer’s planned tour with Rage Against the Machine after group member Mike D injured his shoulder in a biking accident. However, the pioneering hip-hop trio has continued to raise funds for Milarepa; last fall, the group donated proceeds from a New York gallery sale of photos spanning its career to the organization.
Ticket on-sale information has not yet been released. For more information, visit the event’s official Web site.