SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (SSMF) organizers today announced that the sixth annual festival will be headlined by LINKIN PARK at the Saturday, August 3 street festival on the famed Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum California 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.
LINKIN PARK—CHESTER BENNINGTON, ROB BOURDON, BRAD DELSON, DAVE “PHOENIX” FARRELL, JOE HAHN and MIKE SHINODA–are excited to perform at SSMF, as it will be their only North American performance for the remainder 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. “We started our career playing clubs on The Strip,” said lead vocalist Chester Bennington. “It’s a thrill to be back where it all began, headlining this festival in our hometown.”
“We are happy to welcome Linkin Park back to The Sunset Strip as headliners at this year’s festival. The band started their career on The Strip at The Roxy. It is fitting to see them perform on the boulevard’s largest stage, outdoors with thousands of fans. We are also happy to partner with Music for Relief this year, which continues to give back to those in need around the world,” noted SSMF executive director Todd Steadman.
The band’s current single, “CASTLE OF GLASS,” the third single from their latest album LIVING THINGS, has just entered the Top 30 on the Alternative radio chart. Since Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2000, no other artist has had more Top 10 singles on the Alternative chart or achieved more number one albums this century.
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, at http://sunsetstrip.eventbrite.com. Ticket options include general admission August 3 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 here: http://bit.ly/SSMFvideo13. .