August 28th was one of the largest days in Governors Island event history as 17,500 loyals of hip hop attended The 7th Annual “Rock the Bells” festival, produced by Mad Dog Presents and Guerilla Union.
The production glue team, under the technical direction of Matt Richman, was pleased to return to our summer venue of choice for the festival.
The size and caliber of Rock the Bells drew massive crowds that included surprise celebrities both on- and off-stage. Lauryn Hill’s revival performance also featured cameos of star spectators: Jay-Z, John Legend, Chris Rock, Mary J. Bilge, Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, and Swizz Beats. Busta Rhymes joined A Tribe Called Quest. Snoop Dog brought his original crew, while new videos created for sketches off his 1993 album, Doggystyle, played on the 9’ x 24’ mainstage screen.
The large-scale event was second nature to production glue – the technical directors and production support for show producers Mad Dog Presents – for 16 Governors Island concerts (including Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Dr. Dog, and Local Natives just to name a few).
For an outstanding summer of events, and the entire 16-concert series of The Beach @Governors Island, production glue greatly thanks the team of Mad Dog Presents. We look forward to taking on the next stages together.