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Rock the Bells cancels Washington, DC, NYC festivals

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    Rock the Bells has canceled upcoming festivals scheduled this weekend in Washington, DC and next weekend in New York City, according to The Washington Post and BrooklynVegan.

    The Fab Empire reports the D.C. event was canceled due to poor ticket sales.

    The touring hip-hop festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013, staged events in Los Angeles and San Francisco earlier this month, featuring artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim, Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Kid Cudi, ASAP Mob, Deltron 3030, and more. However, as outlined in our most recent Aux.Out. podcast, attendees were met with an array of logistical, sound, and scheduling issues that made for a less than desirable festival experience.

    Update: Rock the Bells has formally announced the cancellations. Here’s the official statement from festival owner Chang Weisberg:

    “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.”

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