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The festival was founded by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif. The two first met in high school and began organizing and promoting small music events together. They founded Rolling Loud in 2015, with the first festival taking place in Miami, Florida. As of 2018, the festival also had locations in San Francisco, and plans to host festivals in New York City, London, Japan, China, Mexico, Australia and Croatia had been announced.
The inaugural Rolling Loud music festival took place in February 2015 in Miami, FL, and featured artists such as Schoolboy Q, Juicy J, Currensy, and Action Bronson.
The Rolling Loud music festival in Miami took place between May 11 and May 13, 2018. On January 31, 2018 the lineup of artists for the festival was announced. The event was headlined by J. Cole, Travis Scott, Future, and Rick Ross. The roster also included Cardi B, Migos, Gucci Mane, Machine Gun Kelly, and Cupcakke. In May 2018 it was announced that Revolt TV would be livestreaming the event, and that they were releasing a documentary on the festival on May 5, 2018.
The first Rolling Loud festival to take place outside of the United States took place at the Olympic Park Stadium in Sydney, Australia on January 27, 2019.
On January 27, 2020 Rolling Stone announced the lineup for the 2019 Rolling Loud festival. The event was headlined by Post Malone, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott. Other scheduled artists included Megan Thee Stallion, Swae Lee, and Lil Pump.
The Rolling Loud festival in Miami took place from May 8 to May 10, 2019. The festival was disrupted by false reports of an active shooting, and Florida rapper Kodak Black did not arrive for his scheduled set due to being arrested off-site on a weapons charge during the festival. A number of rapper-related shootings took place around the festival, including the shooting of rapper NBA YoungBoy's alleged girlfriend. Rapper Lil Wayne announced that he would no longer be attending the festival after it became mandatory to be searched by police before performing.
In July 2019, the roster for Rolling Loud was announced, and the festival was scheduled to take place between October 12 and October 13. On October 12, 2019 it was reported that five rappers, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G, Don Q and 22Gz, were being removed from the New York festival's lineup at the request of NYPD. The NYPD stated that they felt the rappers were a security risk and likely to incite violence. The decision to remove the artists from the roster and only inform them two days after the decision had been made drew backlash from both fans and performers.
The festival was originally scheduled to take place from May 8 to May 10, 2020, but was rescheduled for February 10 to February 12, 2021 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. According to Billboard magazine, the festival planned to have the same roster of artists in 2021.
- Miami (2015–2019, 2021–)
- Bay Area: Mountain View (2017), Oakland (2018–19)
- Southern California: San Bernardino (2017), Los Angeles (2018–19)
- Sydney, Australia: (2019)
- Hong Kong: Kowloon (2019, cancelled)
- New York City (2019)
- Portimão, Portugal: (2021)
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