Amid the growing popularity of music festivals, hip-hop enthusiasts now have an array of electrifying events to choose from.
Whether you are partying in the States or looking to travel abroad, there are festivals planned across the world for those who love good music. As the festival season unfolds, we’re breaking down the best festivals for hip-hop lovers to unite in celebration of the genre’s diverse sounds.
1. Rolling Loud
Known as the world's premier hip-hop festival, Rolling Loud continues to set the bar with an unparalleled lineup that includes the hottest acts in the game.
Festivals are held in Los Angeles, Miami, Austria, and Thailand. The lineup for the event scheduled in California has already been announced, and it is filled with hip-hop heavy hitters. Nicki Minaj is set to headline the show, which also features Big Sean, Tyga, and Sexyy Red. Tickets to the three-day event start at $449 for general admission.
2. Broccoli City Festival
For those who want to enjoy a more diverse experience, Broccoli City Festival is the perfect event. The festival hosts artists from across the hip-hop spectrum while also providing a platform for R&B acts. Lil Uzi Vert, Jazmine Sullivan, and City Girls all performed on Day 1 of the event in 2023 while Kodak Black and Glorilla held down Day 2.
3. Hot 97 Summer Jam
Hot 97’s Summer Jam has become the go-to festival for hip-hop heads in the New York City area.
Details for the 2024 date have not yet been announced, but festival-goers can expect a massive lineup. In 2023, Cardi B, Ice Spice, Coi Leray, and Glorilla graced the stage, which also saw performances by French Montana and Fivio Foreign.
4. Dreamville Festival
Held in North Carolina, J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival has quickly become a staple for lovers of hip-hop.
The two-day event will be held on April 6 and 7 in Raleigh and will likely include appearances from some of the biggest names in music.
Usher, Lil Durk, Sean Paul, and City Girls each performed at the show in 2023, along with performances from J. Cole and Drake. While the lineup for 2024 has yet to be announced, fans can purchase tickets now. There are five different ticket options.
5. The Roots Picnic
In addition to music, The Roots Picnic places a strong emphasis on social impact and environmental consciousness.
Curated by legendary hip-hop band The Roots, the event includes musical acts, live podcast recordings, and interviews with prominent members of the Black community.
The festival, which was originally hosted in Philadelphia, has announced plans to host an event in Los Angeles. Tickets to Roots Picnic: Hip-Hop is the Love of My Life are available for just $120.
6. Essence Festival
Essence Festival is known for bringing out show-stopping R&B acts — but the event often includes performances from iconic hip-hop artists.
In 2023, Big Daddy Kane, Juvenile, and Ludacris performed at the three-day event, which was headlined by Ms. Lauryn Hill. This year’s event will be held over Independence Day weekend. However, the lineup has yet to be revealed.
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