|Attracting more than 120,000 fans to Miami Gardens for a weekend of non-stop hip-hop, 2017’s Rolling Loud Miami established itself as the #1 Hip-Hop Festival in the world. Returning to Miami-Dade County for its fourth annual bash, Rolling Loud announced the lineup for Rolling Loud 2018. Headlined by J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Future, the 2018 lineup presents the largest gathering of established and up-and-coming hip-hop stars in the world, featuring heavy-hitters like Migos, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert, veterans like N*E*R*D, The Diplomats and Juicy J, established names such as Young Thug, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dolph and Rick Ross, and risers like Playboi Carti, Lil Skies, Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd and many more. Pre-sale tickets already have sold out for the festival, occurring at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on May 11-13, with general admission tickets on sale Friday, February 2nd.
“After expanding the brand to the west coast, we are proud to come home to present the Rolling Loud Miami 2018 lineup,” says Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif. “Our team left no stone unturned while booking what we believe to be the most current portrayal of rap music today, including the most popular rappers, as well as the critical darlings still on the come-up. We also are very excited to present the show at Hard Rock Stadium, a global entertainment destination that we will be able to properly accommodate fans and artists alike.”
Attracting dozens of hip-hop’s biggest names for a nonstop weekend of great music, Rolling Loud is the biggest festival brand in rap. Drawing a massive crowd to Bayfront Park in Miami, Rolling Loud 2017 not only provided value to the city’s music fans, but also generated $75 million for the local Miami economy, per a report from The Washington Economics Group. According to the WEG, Rolling Loud Miami created 815 jobs in the Miami area, contributed $30 million worth of household income to the citizens of Miami-Dade County and added $46 million worth of value to the area’s GDP. Rolling Loud Miami contributed $31.7 million to the knowledge-based industries and $27.4 million to the visitor and tourism industries, as well as making smaller, but still significant impacts on trade and transportation, construction, retail and government sectors. These numbers quantify how youthful enthusiasm for music, and particularly hip-hop via Rolling Loud, can directly and indirectly improve the economic health of a neighborhood.
After three successful years in Miami, Rolling Loud began the first stage of its global expansion in 2017, hosting the with the sold-out Rolling Loud Bay Area in October at the Shoreline Festival Grounds in Mountain View, California. The festival was a massive success, buoyed by the impressive lineup, headlined by Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and Schoolboy Q, as well as the strong word of mouth generated by the three Miami festivals. Rolling Loud’s global expansion continued with the equally successful Rolling Loud SoCal in December, headlined by Future, Schoolboy Q, Migos, Gucci Mane and Lil Uzi Vert.