The event in New York is set for two days, today Saturday, October 12th and tomorrow Sunday, October 13th. Planning on expanding to Japan, China, and Europe, one has to wonder if this will affect the festival’s brand.
Reported by The Fader, the New York City Police Department have requested several acts to be removed from the Rolling Loud lineup. The letter obtained by The Fader, explains that allowing these artists to perform creates a larger risk for violence.
The letter reads, “The above listed performers have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide. The New York City Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence.”
Tariq Cherif, co-founder of Rolling Loud via twitter stated that although the artists listed in the letter will not performed, they will still be paid. “I can’t speak on this much,” he wrote. “but I want everyone to know that we are still paying all of those artists full booking fees AND sending them offers for future Rolling Loud’s in other cities.”
Day one of the festival which took place today in Queens, New York had Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Wu-Tang Clan to name a few.