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
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
yesterday. It will benefit the Milarepa Fund, which funds a number of
educational projects relating to the plight of the Tibetan people, and
For the June 7th show, 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
Additional artists are expected to be announced in the weeks to
come, according to Milarepa Fund spokesperson Maria Ma.
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." The first Tibetan Freedom Festival was organized by Beastie
Boy Adam Yauch and Milarepa Fund co-founder Erin Potts. It was held in Golden
Gate Park's Polo Field on June 15 and 16. The line-up included the Smashing
Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Beck, the Fugees, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yoko Ono, Cibo
Matto, A Tribe Call Quest, De La Soul, the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Richie Havens and others.
That concert--which attracted about
50,000 people per day--was put on by the Milarepa Fund working with San
Francisco's Bill Graham Productions; The Milarepa Fund netted over $800,000.
This year, the Milarepa Fund will be working with the New York-based
Delsener-Slater concert production company. Downing Stadium has a capacity of
about 28,000. Yauch has again been a key organizer; he has spent the past few
months securing talent for the event.
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.