J. Cole is a native of Fayetteville who went on to national stature as a rapper and label boss, but his attempt to bring glory back to North Carolina with the Dreamville Festival got off to an inauspicious start. Originally scheduled to debut in Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park on September 15, 2018, the one-day hip-hop festival was blown off our day planners by Hurricane Florence before it could even begin.
Now, it’s been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6, and Dreamville announced the lineup today. It features some big names we knew were booked on the first try—Big Sean, Nelly, national treasure SZA, and of course, Cole himself headlining—as well as some subtractions and additions from the original lineup. (We’ve lost a Young Thug, but we’ve gained a 21 Savage.)
The multi-stage festival in Dix Park also features a heavy roster of artists from Cole’s Dreamville label, Teyana Taylor (one of the last people making G.O.O.D. Music any good), and homegrown successes like Rapsody and Mez. Cole and co. also promise attractions like a mini-golf course, a beer garden, and lots of local food and craft vendors.