Rolling Loud Not Canceled, Will Go On As Scheduled In Miami
Rolling Loud, a weekend-long hip-hop festival expected to draw close to 40,000 a day to Bayfront Park next month, will go on as scheduled after a political dustup threatened to cancel the event.
Board members of Miami’s Bayfront Park Management Trust voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a use agreement for the festival, which would have faced cancellation had the vote gone the other way. Millions of dollars rode on the decision, since festival organizers — after securing a use agreement back in December — had already booked entertainers, sold tens of thousands of tickets and advertised around the world.
“I feel like I got acquitted for a crime, and I know I didn’t do anything wrong. It’s crazy,” Tariq Cherif, festival co-founder, said after the vote. “We should have never had to go through this,”
Cherif, whose Dope Entertainment launched Rolling Loud three years ago in Miami, took to Periscope to broadcast the news immediately after the vote.
“We won! They not shuttin’ nothin’ down. Ya heard?”
— #RollingLoud3 (@RollingLoud) April 11, 2017
A Dope Entertainment affiliate confirmed the event’s move and expansion to Bayfront with the park’s governing trust back in November. With the expansive park at their disposal, they attracted a lineup that includes some of hip-hop’s biggest performers, including Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels and Migos, and sold more than 30,000 tickets.
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