Travis Scott fans have taken to social media to voice their dissatisfaction after the rapper’s headlining set at Rolling Loud California was cut short.
Footage captured by fans shows LaFlare on stage performing “Sicko Mode” on Saturday night (March 4), when the sound stops abruptly during the chorus of the song’s second movement. Moments later, the headliner’s supporting on-screen graphics are replaced by a message from Rolling Loud urging fans to get home safely.
Despite the being music cut off, the clip shows Travis Scott’s pyrotechnics continue firing off as programmed, prompting him to attempt to keep the show going, per one fan’s account.
According to NME, the official Rolling Loud livestream heard Scott apologizing to fans before leaving the stage, saying: “Thank you very much, I love y’all. I wish I could do more but they’re making me go.”
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However a few noted that Scott’s performance started at least 30 minutes late, which would mean that allowing him to complete his full end-of-the-night set would have pushed the festival past its curfew.
This year’s Rolling Loud California, which kicked off at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, marks the global music festival’s first time back to the Los Angeles area since 2019.
Day 1 of the multi-stage event featured performances by Playboi Carti, DaBaby, Kodak Blak, Rich The Kid, Saweetie, Ski Mask The Slump God, Chief Keef and Soulja Boy, whose set sparked some online chatter.
According to HotNewHipHop, several people who caught the “Turn My Swag On” rapper’s performance via Rolling Loud’s official livestream noted how quiet the crowd appeared to be when he performed his 2021 single, “Rick and Morty.” However, those comments were met with the suggestion that the microphones pointed towards the crowd might have been muted to allow Soulja’s vocals to translate better for those watching at home.
Another suggestion was that maybe fans were simply not interested in newer material: his live renditions of “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” and Roscoe Dash’s “All The Way Turnt Up” received a much different reception from the crowd.
The 3-day event closes out on Sunday (March 5) with scheduled performances by Ice Spice, Moneybagg Yo, Trippie Red and Lil Uzi Vert and headliner Future on the same Levi’s Stage which Carti and Travis Scott played.