After a contentious 2017 event at Bayfront Park, the Rolling Loud music festival comes to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens May 11-13 bearing a massive bill of hip-hop royalty, topped by Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Migos and Post Malone.
Last year’s sold-out Rolling Loud seemed to be shrouded in controversy even before it debuted in downtown Miami, notably from headliner and Pompano Beach-spawned rapper Kodak Black. Black’s legal problems prevented him from attending Rolling Loud, while reports of dehydrated festivalgoers, rowdy crowds and last-minute schedule changes for Migos, Robb Banks and others also marred the festival.
The stadium move lets organizers of the all-ages Rolling Loud, now in its third year, to spread its acts over three stages instead of Bayfront Park’s one. Other high-profile performers on the 100-plus bill include J. Cole, who’s touring behind his Billboard No. 1 album “KOD.” The North Carolina-born rapper on Tuesday also announced a 34-date tour supporting the album, kicking off Aug. 9 at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena with opener Young Thug. Tickets cost $45.50-$145.50 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, via LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com and Dreamville.com, with a series of presales starting today.
Also on the bill is rapper Tory Lanez, a Pembroke Pines resident who was acquitted April 28 for a concealed-weapon charge stemming from his April 12 arrest in Miramar. Other charges, which include driving on expired dealer plates and driving without a valid license, are also being contested.
Rolling Loud 2018
When: Doors at 3 p.m. from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens
Cost: $299-$329 plus fees for three-day admission, $799 plus fees for 18-and-old VIP experience