See also: Our review of Rock the Bells 2011

Last night Guerilla Union announced this year's Rock the Bells 2012 dates, headliners and lineup.

Beginning in 2010, the hip-hop festival's headliners — famous acts whose first few albums often outshine their later work — have performed their classic albums from beginning to end. But to keep the attendees' average age down (let's face it, golden-age hip hop devotees are getting old), a couple supporting acts like Mac Miller have been included.

But this year, there's a surprising twist.

Seemingly taking a cue from Coachella, Rock the Bells will be held on two consecutive days in each of its three host cities. In another unexpected turn, half of the top-billed acts are newer rappers.

This year, the festival will kick off on San Bernardino August 18 and 19 before moving to Mountain View, CA, on August 25 and 26. The tour wraps September 1 and 2 in Holmdel, NJ.

The pre-sale will begin on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. PST — 10 p.m. PST. The general on-sale starts on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. PST. More information can be found on

A full list of performers is below.

Hosted by RZA and Supernatural

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performing E. 1999

Missy Elliot and Timbaland

Kid Cudi


Wiz Khalifa

J. Cole

Lupe Fiasco

Ice Cube

Mac Miller



Kendrick Lamar

Method Man and Redman performing Blackout

Deltron 3030

The Hit Squad

A$AP Rocky


Immortal Technique

2 Chainz

E-40 and Too $hort

DJ Quik

Naughty by Nature

Big Daddy Kane


Slick Rick



DJ Lance Rock


Jay Rock

Schoolboy Q

Murs and Fashawn

Zion I and Grouch and Eligh

Dom Kennedy


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