This morning, a good chunk of the Rock The Bells line-up was announced and there were a few notable surprises. To get the first one out of the way, there's no local performance. Nothing at the Gorge, nothing at White River Amphitheater, nothing in Seattle proper...nothing. They've forsaken us!! I'm kidding about the last part. But I am curious if the organizers felt like last year's Rock The Bells flopped or didn't hit the numbers they wanted. So I'm going to reach out to my RTB contacts for an answer on why they chose Vancouver instead so stay tuned on that note.
But if you're allowed into Canada and plan to attend this year's premier touring hip-hop festival, then there are plenty of music treats worth checking out. Mainly, the fact that Damien Jr. Gong Marley, K'naan, Slum Village (with Baatin), Common, and Big Boi of OutKast are performing. The full line-up is after the jump.
Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
Big Boi (Outkast)
House of Pain w/ all original members featuring La Coka Nostra
Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli + Hi Tek)
Raekwon (Cuban Linx II)
Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9," Crooked I)
Charlie 2na (Jurassic 5)
Eyedea & Abilities
Slum Village (T3, Baatin, Elzhi)
Mystic Jouneymen (Sunspot Jonez + Lucky I Am)
Of course, it should be noted that not every performer who signs on with Rock The Bells does every date on this ten city tour. I'm hoping Vancouver will get K'naan since he's a Canadian citizen...but I'm not holding my breath for KRS-One or Common. Dates and venues will be announced soon.