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Legendary Hip-Hop Coming to DC

The Rock the Bells Festival is coming to the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds at the end of September. This hip-hop festival features all types of acts from the original days of hip-hop. 

The two-day event will be held on September 28th and 29th.  Featured performers include:

  • Rage Against the Machine
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Hieroglyphics
  • De La Soul
  • Cypress Hill
  • Jurassic 5
  • NAS
  • Blackstar
  • Public Enemy
  • Wu-Tang - Reuniting for the first time since 2004
  • Action Bronson
  • Big Sean
  • Mimosa
  • Supernatural
  • Wale
  • Young Dirty Bastard
  • J Cole
  • Bone Thugs N Harmony
  • Doug E Fresh
  • Riff Raff
  • And More!

Surprise performances from Jay-Z, the Black Eyed Peas, Black Sheep and Slick Rick are also on the agenda.


The event requires a separate ticket for each day, one for Saturday and one for Sunday. It's possible to buy tickets for just one day, but there is no option for a two-day pass.

Regular tickets for the event are $86.50 per day. VIP tickets are available at $186.50 per day. If you already purchased regular tickets and want to upgrade, you can do so by contacting the ticket offices.

VIP tickets include:

  • Access to the viewing pPit in front of the stages
  • Access to the private full bar, restrooms, DJ and lounge
  • Access to Meet-n-Greets
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Festival poster
  • Festival backpack
  • VIP badge
  • Two drink tickets

A wide variety of concessions will be available throughout the grounds including gluten-free and vegetarian options. A vendor village will also feature CDs, apparel, art and more.

This is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the country. Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out. For more information visit the Rock the Bells website.

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