For the first time in years, a full lineup of rap will ring through the Gorge. Rock the Bells is coming to Washington.
fans from California, where it originated as club shows;
now’s it’s evolved into one of the highest-grossing live
events in North America. This year, Rock the Bells is
ranking with huge money, live-music events like Coachella,
Lollapalooza and the Radiohead tour, according to concert industry magazine Pollstar.In 2007 it became a national touring festival, and this year, Rock the Bells has gone global, with dates in Europe and Japan. And this is the first time the hip-hop fest has spread to the Northwest. Around 10,000 fans are expected at the Saturday Gorge concert.
“It’s quite a feat,” said Chang Weisberg, founder of the festival. “You get a whole year of hip-hop in one day.”