The Fall season starts off with some bad news as the annual Rock The Bells festival has had to cancel it's final dates in Washington D.C and N.Y. Even with highly successful west coast showings, that featured new hologram tribute performances, low ticket sales in the East have forced this cancellation. Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Pusha T, Kid Cudi and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were all on the bill for the respective Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 4-5 dates. It's being reported that the festival stands to lose $3 million.
Many Tri State fans leading up to this have voiced opinions on the ever changing Rock The Bells event. The NY show has changed venues numerous times and technically no matter happens in the Summer. It went from Jones Beach to Governors Island to the Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey.
As one of the few shows that successfully showcases new talent while constantly bringing out the classic pioneers of the culture, it's unfortunate that this is happening. Could the answer be found in a return to simplicity? Instead of a 3 day campaign that forces out of town visitors to spend much more money on hotel accommodations perhaps a one day mega event would suffice. If Rock The Bells is to keep from being a lost experience something new is going to have to be done.