Freedom Concert

Michael Stipe will be at this year's Tibet benefit. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

An awesome

line-up of artists will appear at this year's Tibetan Freedom Concert,

including R.E.M. members Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Patti Smith, A

Tribe Called Quest, Porno For Pyros, Sonic Youth, Pavement and

Radiohead.

The concert will take place at Downing Stadium, Randalls Island in New

York City on Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, it was announced

today. It will benefit the Milarepa Fund, which in turn funds a number

of educational projects relating to the plight of the Tibetan people,

and nonviolence.

On June 7th, the artists confirmed to appear are: A Tribe Called Quest,

the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, Bjork, Chaksam-Pa, De La Soul, Foo

Fighters, Ben Harper and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Sunday's show

will feature Pavement, Porno For Pyros, Radiohead, Rancid, Patti Smith,

Sonic Youth, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, and Taj Mahal.

Additional artists are expected to be announced in the weeks to come.

Pavement guitarist/singer Scott Kannberg told ATN in early February that

the group would be playing this year's festival, and that they'd had a

great time at last year's event. "That was the best concert experience

we've ever had," said Kannberg. "Just the way they put it on, and the

whole vibe to it was really good. It was cool."

Last year the concert--which attracted about 50,000 people per day--was

put on by the Milarepa Fund working with San Francisco's Bill Graham

Productions; over $800,000 was raised for the Milarepa Fund. This year,

the Milarepa Fund will be working with the New York-based

Delsener-Slater concert production company.

Milarepa was co-founded by the Beastie Boys and Erin Potts. The Milarepa

Fund organization is dedicated to raising awareness about the oppression

experienced by the Tibetan people since the occupation of Tibet by the

Chinese government.