Rolling Loud is an international hip hop music festival which has been held in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. Established in 2015, it is "one of the biggest festivals in the world" according to Complex, while Billboard called it "the be-all of hip-hop festivals". In 2019, an estimated 210,000 people attended the event in Miami.
|Founded by||Matt Zingler|
The festival was founded in 2015 by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif, who met in elementary school in Hollywood, Florida. Once in high school, the pair began organizing and promoting parties which "leaned heavily on a mix of Southern and Midwestern rap". They moved on to professional live music events in 2010, beginning with an after-party headlined by Rick Ross. By the summer of 2013, they were hosting monthly events in Miami featuring up-and-coming artists like Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar. The pair also promoted artists from Florida's burgeoning SoundCloud rap scene under the brand name Dope Entertainment before noticing the need for a genre-specific music festival.
The first Rolling Loud took place in Miami, Florida in February 2015 and featured artists such as Schoolboy Q, Juicy J, Currensy, and Action Bronson in the one-day event. It took place at Soho Studios in the Wynwood district of the city, though the venue was temporarily flooded during the event due to rain.
In 2017, Rolling Loud moved to Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Since 2018, it has been hosted at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. 2017 was also the year the festival expanded to other cities with the inaugural editions of Rolling Loud Bay Area and Rolling Loud Southern California.
In 2019 Rolling Loud added Rolling Loud Australia in Sydney, Australia and Rolling Loud NYC to their list of host cities. In the same year, they announced Rolling Loud’s first European festival would take place in Portugal and would be held in July, 2020.
However, the 2020 festival originally scheduled to take place from May 8 to May 10 in the US was rescheduled for July 23 to July 25, 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The first European edition also had to be rescheduled for 2021 due to similar circumstances in Portugal.
In 2021, Rolling Loud hosted a post-pandemic festival in Miami, with more than 200,000 attendees. The festival included a collaboration with WWE, which broadcast portions of SmackDown from the main stage.
In 2022, Rolling Loud continued to expand to other countries. Rolling Loud's first partnership with a European festival was announced in 2021 as a collaboration with the 2022 edition of WOO HAH! held in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands from July 1–3, 2022.
After being postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rolling Loud Portugal took place on July 6–8, 2022. In Canada, Rolling Loud Toronto took place on September 9–11, 2022. The festival's California edition took place at Inglewood's SoFi Stadium for the first time on March 3–5, 2023. On October 25, 2022, the festival announced its first edition in Thailand, which took place from April 13–15.
In 2023, after a successful partnership for the production of Woo Hah! 2022 in the Netherlands, Rolling Loud Rotterdam was launched on June 30–July 1, 2023. A third location of Rolling Loud in Europe was announced to take place in Germany, making its debut in Munich from July 7–9, 2023.
Festival summary by year edit
|1st||2015||February 28||Soho Studios, Miami|||
|2nd||2016||May 6–7||Mana Wynwood Production Village, Miami|||
|3rd||2017||May 5–7||Bayfront Park, Miami|||
|4th||2018||May 11–13||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens|||
|1st (Bay Area)||2017||October 21–22||Shoreline Festival Grounds, Mountain View, California|||
|1st (Southern)||2017||December 16–17||NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, California||
|2nd (Bay Area)||2018||September 15–16||Oakland Coliseum Grounds, Oakland, California|||
|2nd (Los Angeles)||2018||December 14–15||Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California|||
|3rd (Bay Area)||2019||September 28–29||Oakland Coliseum Grounds, Oakland, California|||
|3rd (Los Angeles)||2019||December 14–15||Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California|||
|4th||2021||December 10–12||NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, California|||
|5th||2023||March 3–5||Hollywood Park Grounds, Inglewood, California||
|6th||2024||March 15-17||Hollywood Park Grounds, Inglewood California|||
New York edit
|1st||2019||October 12–13||Citi Field, Queens, New York City|||
|1st||2019||January 27||Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia|||
|Cancelled||2024 or 2025||Date : Not Confirmed Yet||Place : Not Confirmed Yet||HeadLiners: Not Confirmed Yet|
|Cancelled||2020||July 8–10||Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal|||
|1st||2022||September 9–11||Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada|||
|1st||2023||June 30–July 1||Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands|||
|1st||2023||July 7–9||Neue Messe München, Munich, Germany|||
|1st||2023||April 13–15||Legend Siam, Pattaya, Thailand|||
Notable events and incidents at festivals edit
In 2017, at Rolling Loud in Mountain View, California, rapper Lil B was allegedly assaulted by rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie and his crew. B's performance was cancelled, allegedly due to his equipment having been stolen by the assailants.
In 2018, Offset publicly apologized to Cardi B on Stage during her headlining set at Rolling Loud Los Angeles.
NPR described Rolling Loud as a "hotbed for arrests", and according to The New York Times, "Rolling Loud events have been connected to arrests and violence in the past." The 2019 edition of the Miami festival has been described as "plagued by chaos".
In 2019, at Rolling Loud in Los Angeles, a 23-year-old attendee named Kalvin Sanchez was assaulted and rushed to the hospital after suffering serious head injuries. He died four days later; his death was deemed a homicide.
In 2021, before entering the festival grounds of Rolling Loud New York, rapper Fetty Wap was arrested on federal drug charges at New York’s Citi Field for conspiracy to distribute hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
In 2022, rapper Travis Scott came out for Future’s headliner set at Rolling Loud Miami. In 2022, Travis Scott was sued for allegedly causing a stampede during his performance at Rolling Loud in Miami three years prior, in 2019. The lawsuit claimed that Scott was being negligent by encouraging the crowd to become more aggressive while people were "being injured, suffocating, losing consciousness, fighting and being trampled".
In July 2022, during the first day of Rolling Loud in Miami, multiple objects were thrown at rapper and singer Kid Cudi from the crowd during his set, including a water bottle thrown at his face. In response, Cudi gave the crowd an ultimatum to curtail its unruly behavior, but after another object was thrown at him, he cut off his performance and left the stage. (Shortly after Cudi's set ended, rapper Lil Durk began his set and brought out Kanye West to perform their single "Hot Shit". Ironically, West had previously left the festival lineup after being scheduled to perform, and had been replaced by Cudi.)
In 2023, Don Toliver brought out surprise guests Kali Uchis, James Blake, and Justin Bieber during his set at Rolling Loud California. This was Justin Bieber’s first performance since the cancellation of his Justice World Tour.
Other events edit
In 2020, virtual live performances called “Loud Streams” were streamed on Twitch. The first event was held on September 12–13, and the second on October 30–31. In 2021, archived performances from the Miami and Bay Area festivals from 2017 were streamed on the festival's official YouTube channel. Each festival is annually livestreamed. Usually simulcast on the YouTube and Twitch channels, however Revolt broadcast it in 2017, LiveXLive in 2018, and Be At TV in 2019. Rolling Loud presented a two night showcase at the Stubb's Bar-B-Q venue during South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2022.
In 2021, the Black Music Action Coalition and Rolling Loud partnered for Social Justice Initiatives. The collaboration highlighted activism and community through panel discussions and fundraising efforts throughout the three-days of Rolling Loud California.
In 2023, Rolling Loud partnered with DGK to host a skateboard giveback on the grounds of SoFi Stadium. Rolling Loud Co-Founder, Tariq Cherif, Inglewood city officials, and professional skateboarder Don Cooley, gifted 40 students from Kelso Elementary with DGK skateboards and helmets. 
In 2023, Rolling Loud teamed up with the City of Miami Gardens and Rick Ross to gift eight students with scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Miami Norland and Miami Carol City Senior High Schools.
In 2023, Rolling Loud hosted a panel discussion with the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) in support of their Restoring Artistic Protections (RAP) Act initiative on the first day of Rolling Loud Miami. The panel included Rolling Loud co-Founder Tariq Cherif, BMAC co-founder and chair Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, Congressman Hank Johnson, and Congressman Jamaal Bowman. The act was introduced as a way to protect artists' creative expression, which has been used against them as evidence in court. 
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