For my European hip hop heads!
Author: Slav Kandyba
A number of Hip Hop legends will join rock and reggae stars and take to the stage for the third annual We the People Festival this Saturday in Los Angeles.
The event at L.A.'s State Historic Park will feature performance by the RZA [click to read], EPMD, DJ Premier, Murs [click to read], Dilated Peoples and Sean Price. The “socially conscious” festival, produced by Project Sweatshop and Grass Roots, will also feature rockers Les Claypool, Tom Morello, Shavo Odadjian, as well as renown Reggae acts Barrington Levy and Eek A Mouse, among others.
The organizers hope the concert serves as “stimulant in social awareness an an encompassing platform within the urban community to inspire the involvement and active participation of the conscious urban youth.”
Green party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney, Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan and other speakers will address the festival attendees.
Tickets are $45 general admission, $100 VIP admission. For a complete list of acts, visit WeThePeopleFestival.com.
In other news, European fans don't have to wait any longer for a chance to experience Rock the Bells, the acclaimed festival tour that hit 10 U.S. cities this summer with a line-up featuring Hip Hop's superstars and most buzzed-about newcomers.
Promoter Guerilla Union on Thursday announced initial European dates for the festival series, which will feature Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, The Pharcyde [click to read] and numerous others. EPMD will appear at select shows. The tour will kick off in Prague, Czech Republic on Halloween, and proceed to Amsterdam, Stockholm, London and Paris.
"I've been down with Rock The Bells since day one, and I'm excited to be a part of Hip Hop history for the first Rock The Bells festivals in Europe,” Nas said. “It’s an honor and blessing to share the stage with so many artists that I truly love and appreciate on so many levels."
Rock the Bells international dates
Oct. 31 – Prague, Czech Republic (T-Mobile Arena)
Nov. 1 – Amsterdam, Holland (Heineken Music Hall)
Nov. 4 – Stockholm, Sweden (Annexet)
Nov. 6 – Birmingham, England (Birmighham Academy)
Nov. 10 – Paris (Zenith)
Nov. 12 – Manchester, England (Manchester Apollo)