J. Cole has pulled the plug on the Dreamville Festival.
Due to Hurricane Florence that is expected to hit the area this week, the KOD rapper has been forced to cancel the inaugural event, which was set to take place Sept. 15 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. A new date may be scheduled in the future, but for now, refunds will be issued.
Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival. We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected. 🤯🤯
All tickets will be refunded. Bsafe
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 10, 2018
Cole took to Twitter on Monday (Sept. 10) to make the unfortunate announcement. “Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival,” tweeted Cole. “We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected. All tickets will be refunded.”
Hurricane Florence has strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it heads toward the East Coast. Mandatory evacuations have been issued in North Carolina and more are scheduled for South Carolina and parts of Virginia.
“Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, we are extremely saddened to announce today that the inaugural Dreamville Festival 2018 is being cancelled,” said the Dreamville Festival in a statement. “Our team has been working tirelessly with officials from the City of Raleigh, along with our State and Federal Partners, among others, to monitor the potential negative impact of Hurricane Florence. With the current weather-related information at hand, we have together decided to cancel this year’s event for the ultimate safety of both the local citizens and festival attendees.”
The inaugural lineup was set to include Cole, Big Sean, SZA, Young Thug, Nelly, Rich the Kid, Teyana Taylor, Rapsody, Davido, and more.
Cole is currently on his “KOD Tour” with Jaden Smith and Young Thug. The North American arena trek is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Boston.
See a full statement on the cancelation below.
UPDATE: The Dreamville Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6, at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was originally scheduled to take place Sept. 15, but was forced to cancel due to public safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Florence. J. Cole will headline, and the full lineup will be announced at a later date.
“We battled with the idea of moving forward with the festival at this time or formally cancelling the event. But after receiving unwavering support from the fans and the community, we are excited to announce Dreamville Festival will now take place on April 6, 2019,” said Dreamville Records President Ibrahim “IB” Hamad. “We are proud to say that Dreamville this spring will also serve as a benefit to hurricane victims in the Carolinas. We hope that fans in North Carolina and across the US will not only join in celebrating the very first Dreamville Festival, but also the resilience of this amazing community.”
GA and VIP ticket packages are on sale now. Those who previously purchased tickets will have the option to keep their existing tickets for the new date or request a full refund.