Rolling Loud, the popular annual hip-hop music festival in South Florida isn’t happening this year because of the new coronavirus.
Rolling Loud had been scheduled for May 8-11 at Hard Rock Stadium, but festival officials announced Wednesday that they were moving the event to Presidents’ Day weekend on Feb. 12-14, 2021.
“As the spread of COVID-19 increased to tragic levels, it became clear that we cannot proceed with the May 8-10 dates,” organizers said in a statement. “We have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19, hoping that it would slow and allow us to proceed with producing the festival in May. At the same time, we were working around the clock on a contingency plan in case we had to postpone. It was important for us to not make the decision too soon, without having all the facts. We wanted nothing more than to turn up with you all at the 6th year of our sold-out show.”
All tickets will be honored for the new dates, organizer said. An email with instructions on how to obtain a refund will be sent next week.
This year’s festival was set to feature Travis Scott, Rick Ross, and Megan thee Stallion, and the entire lineup is expected to return. Past acts have included Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper.
“To make sure that fans get the same experience that they signed up for in May, we’ve worked extremely hard with all of the artists, vendors, city and county officials, and the venue to make that happen.,” organizers added. “Same lineup. Same rage. Ain’t nothin’ changed but the dates.”
The festival has grown since its inception in 2015 with showcases now in New York, California, and Australia. Though, last year’s Rolling Loud Miami was briefly interrupted by false reports of an active shooter that caused a stampede; Lil Wayne canceled his scheduled performance after refusing to be checked by festival security. Later that year, Rolling Loud Hong Kong was canceled due to security concerns connected to the city’s political protests.
Rolling Loud is the latest festival to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. SXSW, Governors Ball, Sunfest, and Ultra have all been canceled. Coachella and Miami’s iii Points festival were postponed until October.
Miami’s Rolling Loud Hip-hop Festival Moved to Next Year