Continuing year of firsts! I have wanted to attend an all weekend music festival for the longest. It was my plan to make Coachella my first. Unfortunately, things didn’t fall into place. I hate that I missed Queen Bey’s amazing performance. Oh well, there’s always next year.
To make-up for Coachella I decided to attend Rolling Loud in Miami, Florida. If you don’t know, Rolling Loud is a 3-day music festival spotlighting today’s hottest hip-hop artists. It started in Miami and has been tagged the biggest festival for Hip-Hop artist, worldwide.
I thought it would make for an amazing weekend trip with friends, but they ended up bailing on me. Since I had already purchased my ticket, I decided to go alone. I was nervous going to an event that was anticipating 60,000 party-goers. The thought was worthy of a pretty panic. A year ago, ShanteBri would have skipped the event and said goodbye to the $400 spent on admission. Because it’s 2018 and my main goal is to “live my best life,” I put on my big girl panties and embarked on a new adventure. The drive to Miami takes a little over three hours, so I hopped in my car and started my mini road trip.
One thing I absolutely loved about Rolling Loud is how organized it was. From parking, to getting into the venue, to the artist staying true to the schedule, was quite impressive. I go to concerts all the time, and have had artists go on an hour late. So I truly appreciated the timeliness.
Let’s get down to the music. My favorite set hands down was J. Cole. He is one of my favorite rappers and I was not going to miss his set for anything. I was hoping that seeing him at Rolling Loud would take away any need to see him on his upcoming tour. But nope, it just made me want to see him even more.
The crowd favorite was Lil Uzi Vert. For his set I was lucky enough to get pretty close to the stage. Once he came out everybody went crazy and I mean that literally. It got to the point where I had to leave the area…remember your girl has anxiety issues. Between Lil Uzi jumping off the stage and the crowd pushing me around, I feared for my life.
One disappoint was that Cardi B. (I wanted to see her really bad) was not able to perform due to her pregnancy. Imagine our surprise when Meek Mill took the stage. That was epic because I love Meek Mill. Seeing him in good spirits, a month after his release from prison, made me happy.
Were there any upsets? Yes, my biggest being Lil Wayne. He was a no show although he was reported to have been in town. Coming in second to J. Cole, Lil Wayne was who I really wanted to see. I stood out in the pouring rain waiting for him to come out to only be told that due to unforeseen circumstances he would not be performing. My disappointment soon faded, because Future was on the main stage and he had an amazing performance, which included Nicki Minaj, Young Thug and Chris Brown.
The weekend was more than just performances and enjoying life to the fullest, I also made a new friend.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE NEXT ROLLING LOUD?
As a first timer here is some things, I learned.
Stay hydrated. This is number one for every activity. Rolling Loud is an all-day outdoor festival. You will be in the sun, and you’re going to be moving around A LOT. They allow you to bring in water packs or empty water bottles. There will be free water stations on the grounds for you to refill your containers.
What to wear? Come dressed for comfort. Wear comfortable shoes and attire PLEASE. The location is nothing but grass and dirt. Do not be too concerned with your outfit because it will get dirty, and your shoes will be ruined.
Bring cash. Most of the vendors were able to take cards but not all.
Review the schedule in advance. Take a peek at the lineup and times. There were three different stages, so in all honesty you’re not going to see EVERY single artist. I was running back and forth trying to keep up, and it was exhausting. So come with a game plan.
Hotels and Airbnb: Personally I am not a fan of Airbnb. I opted for a hotel that was located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. It was about a 20-minute drive, but it was convenient for me. It was also a lot cheaper than trying to stay close to the event.
Last HAVE FREAKING FUN. Rolling Loud was nothing but love. Everybody had such a good vibe and was there to have a good time. This made me so happy.
Would I go back next year? Um, Hell yes! I’ll probably opt for the VIP next time, which was only a $100 more. The event was everything I needed. If you’re a true hip-hop fan, it’s almost a requirement. You won’t regret it, I promise.