Are You Dreaming of Dreamville Fest?


Dreamville is coming to Raleigh, North Carolina for their first ever festival this April. Lead by J. Cole, himself, Dreamville will take place on April 6th, 2019. The festival will be located in the heart of Raleigh’s most historical locations, Dorothea Dix Park. This festival is a way for J. Cole to give back to his home state that helped shape him into the artist he is today. Supporting local food, culture and music, Dreamville will also be adding some of the biggest national acts to the lineup.  Dreamville has stated that their goal is not only to make a cultural impact on the city itself but grow this festival into an annual thing.

The festival was originally taking place on September 15, 2018 until one of North Carolina’s biggest hurricanes struck the coast causing flooding and other damage all over the state. Although Hurricane Florence made a big impact not only on the festival, but the lives of the Carolinians, Dreamville will now serve as a benefit to all of those affected.

Five amazing headliners such as SZA, Big Sean, J. Cole, 21 Savage, and Nelly are all expected to make an appearance along with almost fifteen supporting acts. With J. Cole’s hometown being close by in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this event is bound to sell out and become one of the biggest festivals around that all your friends are talking about.



You may know Jermaine Lamar Cole (J. Cole) from his debut studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story. It debuted at number one on the U.S Billboard 200. His next two releases: Born Sinner and Forest Hills Drive were also certified platinum in the United States along with his fourth and fifth albums in 2017 and 2018. Cole is self-taught on the piano and acts as a producer alongside his hip-hop career producing singles for other artists.


Solana Imani Rowe, professionally known as SZA, will also be making an appearance at Dreamville Fest. She’s an American singer and songwriter born in Saint Louis, Missouri. She self-released her EP in October of 2012 which was followed up by her second EP in April, 2013. SZA’s debut studio album,  Ctrl, was released in June, 2017. The album debuted at number three on the U.S Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum. The album and its songs were nominated for four Grammy Awards and SZA was nominated for Best New Artist at the 60th annual ceremony.



Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known as Big Sean, is an American rapper making an appearance at Dreamville Fest alongside SZA and J. Cole. Sean signed with Kanye West’s Good Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, and Roc Nation in 2014. In 2011, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous. He released his second album, Hall Of Fame, in 2013. Big Sean’s third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, was released in 2015 and earned him his first number one album in the U.S. In 2017, he released his fourth studio album, I Decided, which debuted at number one on the U.S Billboard 200.



Known for his popular songs Bestfriend, Check, and Digits, Jeffery Lamar Williams (Young Thug) will be taking the stage at the festival. Young Thug received mainstream recognition in 2014 with the singles Stoner and Danny Glover in addition to making several appearances on singles, including T.I’s “About The Money.” Young Thug is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Young Thug was awarded the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for his songwriting contribution to “This Is America” along with Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson.



British rapper, 21 Savage, became known in Atlanta in 2015 for his mixtape The Slaughter Tape. He then had an extended play collaboration called Savage Mode in 2016 with the producer Metro Boomin which consisted of his lead singles “X” and “No Heart” as well as the 2016 single “Sneakin” that had a guest feature by Drake. This year on February 3rd, 21 Savage was arrested by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement who stated that he is a citizen of the UK who entered the U.S. in July 2005 and then unlawfully overstayed his visa when it expired in July 2006. Savage was granted bond on February 12th and released the next day. His hearing is scheduled for April 11th. Festival goers are looking forward to this rappers exciting performance.

Coverage by Marisa Riel

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