The Largest Hip Hop Festival in the world comes to NY
By: Ashley Martin
The music festival, Rolling Loud, finally rolled up to the city on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th 2019 in Queens, NY.
The festival took place in the Citi Field Stadium parking lot. Decorated with palm trees and a faux grassy lawn, festival goers got all the Miami feels, as well as NY inspired decorations like graffiti walls, subway turnstiles and fake rats.
Rolling Loud is a 3 day music festival that started in Miami, FL. It is now the largest Hip Hop festival in the world, with events already hosted in Northern and Southern California.
They also have plans to expand internationally to Japan, China, and Europe.
Rolling Loud is a rain or shine event that welcomes all ages. The festival typically starts around 12pm and ends around 11pm.
New policies required festival goers to wear clear bags and bring in makeup, lighters, feminine products, strollers and empty water bottle containers.
Due to having many performers on the line up, for both days of the festival, Rolling Loud has three stages at every festival.
Performers for both days of the Rolling Loud festival in New York included Travis Scott, Sheck Wes, Meek Mill, Young M.A, Lil Keed, Y.G, Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, ASAP Rocky, Dave East, Da Baby, Juice WRLD, A-Boogie, Blueface, Young Thug and many more.
Travis Scott performed hot tracks from his album ASTROWORLD like “Stargazing,” “Sicko Mode,” and of course “Butterfly Effect.” Megan had all the hot girls twerking to tracks like “Cash Sh*t” and “Simon Says.”
Upcoming artist Lil Tecca gave festival goers a taste of his new album, performing songs like “Left, Right,” and “Shots” as well as fan favorite “Ransom.”
Other performers like Pop Smoke, Sheff G, Don Q, 22Gz and Casanova were removed from the festival due to claims of being affiliated with recent violent acts in the city. Sadly, these artists weren’t able to perform but Tariq Cherif, a founder and owner of Rolling Loud, stated that the artists would be paid their full booking fees and are invited to future events.
Cherif stated on Twitter, “If we want Rolling Loud to return to NYC, we have no choice but to comply. That’s the position we’re in.”
Despite some performers not arriving and others showing up late, the festival was as Travis Scott would say “it’s lit.”
Performers were so hyped and engaged during their performances that some injured themselves while others had feminine undergarments thrown at them and encouraged wild behavior.
With the non-stop good vibes, fireworks, and mosh pits; festival goers were really partying hard.
Rolling Loud also offered other amenities such as a gaming booth, basketball court, debut tasting of Action Bronson’s ice cream and a beauty bar exclusive to VIP members. Festival goers were also able to buy limited edition Rolling Loud merchandise like t-shirts, face masks, hoodies, and bandanas.
Many unique art pieces were also installed throughout the festival allowing for some dope pictures.
Throughout the day festival goers munched on little snacks like hot dogs, fries, parmesan chicken rice balls, steak quesadilla, fried oreos, energy drinks and cocktails; they venue also provided refillable water stations.
Eventually, food and refreshments ran out, the smoke in the crowds got thicker, and festival goers were getting even more crazier. In my pursuit to get to the front of the stage, I lost one side of my earring and almost went home barefoot.
All in all, the Rolling Loud festival was a very successful event that many New Yorkers hope returns next year. I definitely enjoyed myself and, in the future, hope to see bigger art installations, longer set times for artists, and an easier way for me to be able to get to the front and touch my favorite artists.