Always one of the years premier Independent Hip Hop festivals, Murs and Guerilla Union team up once again for the sixth annual Paid Dues. This years show will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Brooklyn’s own Mos Def and Talib Kweli will team up as Black Star to co-headline the event with Immortal Technique and Murs.
“I’m excited to announce this year’s headliners for Paid Dues much earlier than expected,” Guerilla Union’s Chang Weisberg said. “It’s like giving your friends an early Christmas gift. I’m thrilled that Mos Def and Talib Kweli recognize the importance of participating with an independent platform like Paid Dues. This will be Immortal Technique’s first appearance at Paid Dues. His performance not only brings immense independent credibility, but also accents the political importance of the Black Star / Immortal Technique marquee bookings”.
Living Legend emcee and co-promoter Murs also weighed in on their headliners. “This year’s show is special because individually, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have done so much for true hip hop music, but as Black Star they are one of the most important acts in indie hip hop. It is a complete honor to finally have Immortal Technique at Paid Dues. He is an activist/artist whose movement is respected and praised literally around the world.” Murs also revealed that his appearance at the festival will be part of a new tour beginning this winter, “It felt so good last year to actually be part of Paid Dues as an artist that I had to do it one more time. I will be starting my ‘Road To Paid Dues’ Tour on February 18, spreading the good word all across our beautiful country and the last stop will be Paid Dues.”
Murs and Guerrilla Union have also teamed up with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for the first ever Paid Dues Habitat Project. On February 12, 2011, 25 fans will have the opportunity to work alongside Murs, GU staff and other PAID DUES artists to help make a difference for people in need of affordable housing. For details on the Paid Dues Habitat Project, fans can visit the Paid Dues website. To learn more about HFH GLA and how to get involved, please visit www.habitatla.org.
The Guerilla Union ticket pre-sale will begin on Friday, December 10 at 10:00am PST, exclusively on Ticketfly.com, for registered Guerilla Union newsletter members. Tickets will be available to the general public online via Ticketfly.com and at key retail locations starting Saturday, December 11.
The rest of the card will be announced in January. Past performers include Atmosphere, El-P, Living Legends, Cage, Tech N9ne, Brother Ali, Ice Cube, Dilated Peoples, Little Brother, Sage Francis, Blackalicious, Raekwon, Aesop Rock, Boot Camp Clik, Hieroglyphics, Freeway and many more. (December 9)
UPDATE: DubCNN.com posted the newest flyer from Guerrilla Union, indicating that Slaughterhouse has been added to the bill. Slaughterhouse, which includes Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9″ and Joell Ortiz performed with Rock The Bells in 2009.