Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Boman12l0
Rock The Bell 2013 line Up
I do not know what is more surprising: that Rock The Bells has been running for ten years or that people still want hologram rappers. Today Guerrilla Union announced the 2013 line up for their long running concert series. While there are no real stand out headliners, the most surprising inclusions would have to be performances by Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Fans who are not crazy will recognize that those two artist have long since left the realm of the living, leading to much speculation of a Coachella-like Holopac performances.
Rock The Bell has always tried to feature a bill that appealed a wide demographic of Hip-Hop fans, always including new emerging acts, alongside long time favorites. This years line up includes: Big KRIT, Black Hippy, BODEGA BAMZ, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Brother Ali, Chase and Status, Common, Curren$y, Danny Brown, DILATED PEOPLES, Dizzy Wright, Dom Kennedy, E-40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies, Hit-Boy, Hopsin, Immortal Technique, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Jurassic 5, Kid Cudi, LeCrae, Mimosa, Prof, Rakim, Snow Tha Product, Supernatural, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan.
This year’s festival takes place over four weeks in its standards spots: Sept. 7-8: San Bernardino, CA, Sept. 14-15: Mountain View, CA, Sept. 28-29 Washington, D.C.Oct. 4-5: Rutherford, N.J.
A pretty good line up, but not necessarily a surprising one. Many of these acts will be part of other Summer tours and fans will have plenty of opportunities to see them elsewhere. Besides that, some of the biggest artists are holding their own personal tours, making big draws harder. The Summer tour season has become more competitive with new festivals like Made In America and Yahoo Summer Tour popping up each year. Often these tours will feature overlapping billing so event organizers have to come up with new and creative draws to get fans out to their events to see their favorite artists. Guerrilla Union has relied on booking older acts and recently having artists play their classic albums in full live as a way to draws crowds. This year, GU is hoping bringing back two greats from the dead will get fans out their seats.
while the debate still rages on about the merits of hologram performances, there is no denying that Pac’s “appearance” dominated much of the discussion and became one of the most memorable aspects of last year’s Coachella, even upstaging the fact that Dr. Dre was also performing during the same set. Already the inclusion of Eazy-E and ODB has created much discussion on the net. We’ll have to wait to September to see how everything turns out.