California natives Linkin Park will headline the 6th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) Saturday, August 3rd on the famed Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum rock band and SSMF are partnering to create a unique festival experience that will let attendees “rock for a cause” with a significant portion of ticket sales to benefit Music For Relief, the nonprofit organization Linkin Park founded to support disaster relief, provide aid to survivors of natural disasters and support the prevention of such disasters via environmental programs.
The SSMF will be Linkin Park’s only North American performance for the rest of 2013. This also marks the band’s first performance in Los Angeles since May 2012, when they performed an intimate benefit show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip.
Frontman Chester Bennington says the band couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to play in front of a hometown crowd.
“We started our career playing clubs on The Strip. It’s a thrill to be back where it all began, headlining this festival in our hometown,” Bennington states.
The band will close the festival Saturday night in front of thousands of fans on the largest outdoor stage.
As in years past for the Saturday event, Sunset Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with two outdoor stages, beer gardens, an artist autograph tent, an outdoor VIP rooftop lounge, silent disco, VIP Lounge at On The Rox, food trucks and interactive experiences. The festival will announce additional artists as well as the 2013 honoree in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the SSMF 2013 street festival are on sale now via the official ticketing provider, Eventbrite. Ticket options include general admission August 3rd street festival ticket for $79 and a VIP option for $145, which includes access to the rooftop VIP area with views of the West stage, VIP areas in the beer garden and venues, access to VIP lounge On The Rox, a separate entrance and additional perks.
Members of Linkin Park’s official fan club, LP Underground, have exclusive access to tickets now at LPUnderground.com, which includes a special area reserved for LPU members only to watch the show at the front. Space is limited.
Previous SSMF performers have included Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, Steve Aoki, Slash featuring Fergie, Public Enemy, Bad Religion, Common, Bush, LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Neon Trees, Matt & Kim, Cobra Starship, Shiny Toy Guns, The Head Cat, Andy Grammer, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, She Wants Revenge, Awolnation and Imagine Dragons, among others. Highlights from the past five years, including the SSMF 2012 street festival — which drew 15,000 music fans from Southern California and beyond–can be seen below.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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