The festival series was scheduled to host shows with Migos and Wiz Khalifa as headliners on October 19 and 20. But anti-government protests in Hong Kong have altered Rolling Loud’s plans, forcing organizers to change course.
“We are saddened to announce that Rolling Loud Hong Kong, which was scheduled to occur on October 19th and 20th at Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, is being cancelled,” the festival announced via Facebook. “After consulting with security experts, it has been determined that it is not possible to organize the upcoming Rolling Loud Hong Kong edition as we had hoped without endangering the safety and well-being of our fans, artist and staff.”
Rolling Loud added, “While we regret having to cancel the festival, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we look forward to bringing the Rolling Loud festival experience to Hong Kong in the future to celebrate the city’s rich culture and buzzing Hip Hop scene.”
Protests in Hong Kong were sparked by a since-withdrawn extradition bill, which raised concerns about fugitives facing unfair trials in China.
Hong Kong operates with more freedoms than mainland China since it was a British colony up until 1997. But the Communist Party of China has increasingly sought more control over Hong Kong, which has led to the current conflict with protestors seeking a full democracy.
Read Rolling Loud’s full statement about the cancellation below.