The sixth edition of Hollywood's Sunset Strip Music Festival was a memorable affair with some amazing surprise features and a great show from this year's honouree Joan Jett with her band The Blackhearts.
The event took place last weekend (August 1st - 3rd) with an astounding 15,000 fans showing up to soak in the rock vibes. It kicked off on the Thursday as veteran rock chick Joan Jett was landed with the Elmer Valentine Award celebrating her influence on the Sunset Strip music scene. Following a stunning performance, the star told Rolling Stone how good it felt to be once again playing on the Strip. 'It felt really fulfilling in a lot of ways. When I left LA, it was with a hangdog vibe', she explained. 'I had the impression. of people laughing at me, saying. 'We told you girls couldn't play rock and roll'. It's very humbling. People are very sincere in their praise and you can't take it lightly.'
Friday saw Hoobastank play at the Whisky A Go-Go while Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts hit the popular Viper Room, while the final day brought an exhilarating headline set from Linkin Park plus further performances from the likes of Wale, Awolnation and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. One of the weekend's biggest surprises was the appearance of Chris Brown and rapper YG who stood in with Wale. Wayne Brady was also spotted freestyling with Doug E. Fresh, while No Doubt drummer Adrian Young performed with the Street Drum Corps.
'It's always an amazing experience to see thousands of music fans on the boulevard for a high-energy, celebratory event', said SSMF Managing Director Karmen Beck. And we're certain it was an amazing experience for the festival goers too!