The largest hip hop festival in the world returns to Miami for its 5th annual 3-day extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names in the business. Make the most of your festival experience at Hard Rock Stadium with smart planning. It pays to be prepared.
1. Check the weather
It’s going to be warm in Miami, no doubt about it. But you want to check for the occasional afternoon rainstorm that may roll in to see if a lightweight rain jacket may come in handy. We recommend an emergency disposable rain poncho. They’re super cheap, can roll up to fit in your pocket, and won’t be missed if you ditch it when the rain lets up.
2. Know what to bring
We’ve combed through Rolling Loud’s FAQ list to find out exactly what you can bring. Certain cameras and Go-Pros are a go, but leave your air horns, chairs, coolers, and blankets back in the hotel. Layer on the sunscreen and bring more to reapply throughout the day. Check Rolling Loud’s full list of banned/allowed items before you leave for the show.
3. Plan your ride
Hard Rock Stadium is only a 25-minute drive from Washington Park Hotel. If you don’t have your own ride, catch a cab for around $50 one-way to the event grounds in Miami Gardens. For a more economical option, consider a rideshare service. Use UberPool to be matched with fellow riders and get to Hard Rock Stadium for under $20 one-way.
4. Find parking
The home of the Miami Dolphins is equipped to handle traffic. Parking will be easy at Hard Rock Stadium, but not cheap. There are parking lots surrounding the venue but prices will vary depending on the location. Stay tuned to the official Rolling Loud website for the site map to pop up as the event nears.
Don’t spend all your cash on water. Concertgoers are allowed to bring one, empty, plastic, reusable 32 oz. water bottle or an empty hydration pack (i.e. Camelbak). Considering bottled water often ranges from $3 to $5 per plastic bottle, you’ll save tons during the 3-day festival.
6. Know the schedule
Nearly 150 artists will take one of the three stages during Rolling Loud. Prioritize which artists you want to see in advance. Set times and a site map will be released on the official website closer to the day of the festival. For now, Rolling Loud has a list of daily performers that will give you some idea of what to expect. Don’t miss headliners Migos and Cardi B on Friday, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and 21 Savage on Saturday, and Kid Cudi, Tyga, DMX, Wiz Khalifa, and Gucci Mane during the Sunday finale.
7. Dress smart
Choose comfort over style. Lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes are key for warm weather and spending all day on your feet in the outdoor stadium. Don’t just save the bathing suit for the beach. Swimwear is an excellent option for a festival. They are light, breathable, and waterproof.
8. Download the Rolling Loud app
Stay connected and get updates with the Rolling Loud app. Be the first to receive the latest news, lineups, and behind-the-scenes content when you download the official app straight to your smartphone.
9. Pack a portable cell charger
Grab a small powerstation to recharge your devices at the festival. There’s no re-entry once you leave the stadium, so don’t depend on your car charger to get your phone and camera through the day. Talk, take photos, and browse longer with a pocket sized universal battery. Just make sure to charge before you go.
10. Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t miss
Festivals can sometimes get a bit rowdy (and dirty). Leave your prized accessories at home. Only small bags are allowed (fanny packs, clutches, etc.), but you don’t want to bring any items that you wouldn’t mind getting beaten up during the fest. With your adrenaline pumping, keeping track of your sunglasses, jewelry, and other small items won’t be your first priority.
11. Establish a meeting point
Hard Rock Stadium is huge. The festival is entirely general admission, so no assigned seats. The only way to get close to the stage it to arrive early and make your way up to the front. With deafening beats, massive crowds, and spotty cell service, picking a spot to meet up with friends is best so you don’t fly solo.
12. Buy your merch in advance
Merchandise lines are the worst. Don’t wait in a seemingly endless line and miss out on your favorite acts when you can buy your Rolling Loud gear in advance. Check out the available swag on Rolling Loud’s site, place your order, and stylishly strut past the merch line with your official tee, hat, and cropped hoodie.
13. Don’t overdo it
Sip and savor your drinks - slowly. You don’t want that afternoon buzz in the Miami heat when your favorite acts aren’t scheduled to perform for another few hours. Drink responsibly for maximum fun. Food, water, and soft drinks will be available on-site for purchase and there is plenty of seating throughout the festival grounds to re-energize.
14. Cash is key
Although credit cards are accepted at festival merch and food vendors, minimize your transaction time by using cash instead. Rolling Loud will have ATMs available, but we recommend withdrawing in advance from your bank to save on costly service fees.
15. Don’t reserve tickets via Will Call
While Will Call gives you the luxury of having your tickets on hold for you, let’s face it - it’s a nightmare. Skip the long Will Call line and stroll into the stadium with your ticket in hand.
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