Hip-hop may be topping the album charts, but a major hip-hop festival is failing to fill a stadium. The pending all-star Hip Hop Unity Festival isn't proving to have quite the demand initially expected, and has been moved from the L.A. Coliseum, configured to hold roughly 55,000 people, to the adjacent Sports Arena with a capacity of 16,000.
A spokesperson for the promoters, Edgewater Entertainment, says that aside from the Coliseum being just too big, other issues included sound concerns and potential weather problems.
The festival, scheduled for Friday, December 4, has so far sold over 10,000 tickets according to the spokesperson, and given the current pace of the sales, they should have no problem selling out the new venue.
The line-up is formidable. Performers include DMX, Kurupt, Ice-T, Run-DMC, Shaquille O'Neal, KRS-One, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Slick Rick, Xzibit and many more. The spokesperson confirmed that the promoters are also currently negotiating
with Ice Cube and that the addition of that rapper may be announced as soon as tomorrow.
The event is being promoted as a gathering to unite the community and pay tribute to late rappers Tupac Shakur, Eazy E and Notorious B.I.G. The show will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets range from $27.00 to $39.00 plus service charges.