By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
The annual Rock the Bells Festival has cancelled its New York and Washington, D.C. shows after completing its West Coast run.
Radio.com shares that poor ticket sales caused the concert organizers to cancel the festival, which included headliners like J. Cole and Black Hippy.
Chang Weisberg, festival founder shared in a statement: “First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, DC and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales. I, along with our staff, the artists, and all of the sponsors, media partners, local promoters, and radio stations involved are thankful for our supporters and the fans that planned on attending. It’s extremely unfortunate that we can’t complete the last half of the 10th Anniversary Rock the Bells tour. We did everything in our power to save the show. Unfortunately, the financial loss would have been devastating. This festival has been ten years in the making. I am truly sorry we could not produce the show for all the fans who did buy their ticket in support of.”
Weisberg also added that low ticket sales may have been caused from competition by other shows from Jay-Z, Kanye and Kendrick Lamar. “There are a lot of high-profile hip-hop tours on the road right now, so maybe the market’s saturated…For hip-hop, this is the busiest season I’ve ever seen. I wish everybody well.”