This post has been updated.
Sorry, D.M.V. hip-hop fans – Rock the Bells has been canceled.
Guerilla Union, the organizers behind the hip-hop mega-concert announced Thursday evening that they have put the kibosh on tour stops in Washington and at Meadlowlands in New Jersey due to poor ticket sales. The D.C. festival was scheduled to take place on the grounds of RFK Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. Full refunds will be honored at the location where fans purchased their tickets.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, including an artist slated to perform, had confirmed the cancellation earlier in the day.
As of Wednesday evening, the concert appeared to be all systems go, with organizers tweeting: “#RocktheBellsDC is almost here! Who's catching @BIGKRIT's set this weekend?!” This weekend’s bill at RFK also promised performances from Kendrick Lamar, Wale, J. Cole and many others.
The touring festival kicked off its 10th-anniversary go-round in San Bernadino, Calif., earlier this month and was reportedly dogged by various logistical snags.
"We did everything in our power to save the show," Chang Weisberg, founder and owner of Guerilla Union, which promotes Rock the Bells, said in the statement released Thursday. "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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