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Festival organizers Guerilla Union have announced the third and final artist additions to the ROCK THE BELLS 2013 FESTIVAL SERIES line-up. The festival will feature an exclusive performance from up-and-coming Harlem supergroup A$AP MOB featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy, and A$AP Nast (All Markets). Artists also added to the line-up include JOEY BADA$$ with PRO ERA (All Markets), TRINIDAD JAMES (Los Angeles, San Francisco), LOGIC (Washington DC, New York), ACTION BRONSON (Just added to Los Angeles, San Francisco), STALLEY (All Markets), YOUNG DIRTY BASTARD (All Markets), and THE INTERNET (All Markets). These additions join previously announced artists KID CUDI, BLACK HIPPY, J. COLE, WU-TANG CLAN, and many more.
Rock The Bells is pleased to announce the availability of single day tickets. Chang Weisberg, Guerilla Union president and Rock The Bells founder, explains, “As we’ve grown into a two-day festival, we’ve learned a lot. Unfortunately, not all our fans have the ability to attend both days. Due to overwhelming demand, we are providing a single day ticket for those who still want to experience Rock The Bells, but can’t commit to both days.” For fans who are deciding which day to attend, the performance breakout by day has also been released for all markets and is now available at www.rockthebells.net/line-up.
The original virtual performances of legendary and iconic artists Eazy-E of NWA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan are fully endorsed by their respective estates and family members. Weisberg states, “Despite initial reports of problems with rights clearances, I’m very pleased to announce that the estates are both 100% on board. Furthermore, not only are the families on board with the virtual performances, they are actually participating with the creation of them. This ensures the authenticity and integrity of the performances. It’s a monumental moment for music and technology that Eazy’s and ODB’s children have lent their DNA to these historic performances. Their bodies, faces, and voices have been captured to help recreate their fathers’ avatars. The process has been extremely rewarding to say the least. Seeing family members honoring their fathers in such a unique way has been incredible to witness. Watching Tomica Wright [Eazy-E’s widow] share her most intimate perspective to make sure every detail is authentic and accurate has been a blessing. I almost cried watching Young Dirty Bastard channeling his father’s uncanny stage charisma. It was pure magic. I cannot wait for the family members to see all their hard work. It will truly be historic.”
Guerilla Union is pleased to be part of the dream team helping to bring these legendary performances to life. Festival partners PLAY GIG-IT and AV CONCEPTS will collaborate to bring to life original virtual performances by Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. PLAY GIG-IT, the largest music game in history, will focus on the live performance animation, an area the company is extremely proficient in having already created over seventy avatars for their recently launched Facebook gaming platform. The nation’s leader in holographic effects technology, AV CONCEPTS, will converge creativity and technology to execute the technical design of the holographic-appearing performances. The only company in the world experienced in creating outdoor holographic projections in uncontrolled environments, AV Concepts’ veteran creative team will also collaborate on the creative content, bringing their in-depth expertise and advanced filming processes in producing three-dimensional, life-size illusions.
Rock The Bells is launching a national sweepstakes to give one winner in every market the chance to attend the exclusive soundcheck for the virtual performances of both Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E. In addition to this unique experience, winners will also be rewarded with a pair of two-day tickets and hotel accommodations for the weekend. More info can be found at www.rockthebells.net/contests.
Fans can preview the official festival trailer on Guerilla Union’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/guerillaunion) and are encouraged to sign up for the mailing list to receive important announcements and up-to-date information regarding the festival. Check www.rockthebells.net for more information.
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