American rap star J. Cole has announced that the highly anticipated inaugural Dreamville Festival which was scheduled for Saturday (September 15) will no longer hold due to the impending Hurricane Florence.
The event which was to be staged in Raleigh, North Carolina will now happen in a later date after Cole hit up fans on Twitter to break the news them.
“Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival,” Cole shared. “We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected.”
Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival. We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected. 🤯🤯
All tickets will be refunded. Bsafe
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 10, 2018
The rapper’s team also issued an official statement via a press release, apologising for the change and assuring those who have bought tickets that they will be getting a refund.
“Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, we are extremely saddened to announce today that the inaugural Dreamville Festival 2018 is being cancelled,” the statement reads in part. “Our team has been working tirelessly with officials from the City of Raleigh, along with our State and Federal Partners, among others, to monitor the potential negative impact of Hurricane Florence.
“With the current weather-related information at hand, we have together decided to cancel this year’s event for the ultimate safety of both the local citizens and festival attendees … Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to make this event happen at a later time.”
Anyone who purchased a ticket is eligible for a refund.
“All ticket holders will be 100% refunded for the costs of their tickets,” the statement continued. “That refund process has already been initiated through our ticketing partner, Ticketfly, for all attendees who purchased tickets through their website.”
The cancelled Dreamville Festival boasted headliners such as Young Thug, SZA, J.I.D, Big Sean and Nigerian pop star Davido.
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