Rolling Loud NYC 2023 has been canceled due to “logistical factors,” according to festival organizers.
The announcement was made on Tuesday (March 21) that the festival would not be returning to New York City this year. “For the last few years, we’ve made some legendary moments happen in Queens,” organizers wrote in a statement. “Sadly, due to logistical factors beyond our control, Rolling Loud will not return to New York in 2023.”
However, Rolling Loud won’t be closing the door on NYC forever as organizers have promised it will return at a later date.
“But don’t worry, this isn’t ‘goodbye,’ more like ‘see you later,'” they added. “We’ll be back in New York when the time is right. In the meantime, we invite all of our New York fans to meet us in Miami July 21-23 for our biggest, best festival of the year. Love you all! Rolling Loud forever!”
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) March 17, 2023
Rolling Loud NYC hosted its inaugural festival back in 2019. After taking a break in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it returned for editions in 2021 and 2022 with New York-bred superstar headliners such as 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and A$AP Rocky.
It hasn’t all been good for Rolling Loud NYC. In 2021, Fetty Wap was arrested by FBI agents on federal drug charges ahead of his performance at Citi Field in Queens.
Fetty and his alleged co-conspirators have been accused of distributing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey.
Last year’s festival saw three drill rappers taken off the bill by NYPD who didn’t allow 22Gz, Ron Suno and Sha Ek to hit the Rolling Loud NYC stage.
“He was like, ’Damn. I just can’t escape where I come from,’” Sha’s manager Stanley “Noodles” Davis said at the time. “Son of immigrants. Only 19. Kicked out of school. Lost his Dad to COVID. Now, out of nowhere, the mayor and NYPD says, ‘Oh, he’s not allowed to perform.’
“But every artist who met with the mayor — like B-Lovee, who’s from Sha Ek’s neighborhood in the Courtlandt area, he can perform. Come on. They did this to Eminem. They did this to 2Pac. They did this to Snoop Dogg. We’ve been seeing this forever. Even down to Young Thug and Gunna situation.”
The next Rolling Loud is set to take place in Miami during the weekend of July 21 through July 23.