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J. Cole Launching Dreamville Music Festival in North Carolina

J. Cole announces his first-annual Dreamville Festival set to take place in North Carolina this September.

After potentially earning his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, J. Cole is already preparing to celebrate his latest feat with his home state of North Carolina this September. On Friday (Sept. 27), Dreamville Records and ScoreMore Shows announced that the Roc Nation artist will be launching the label’s first-ever music festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sept. 15. 

“We’ve been trying to put this festival together for a few years now,” said Cole’s manager and president of Dreamville Records Ibrahim ‘Ib’ Hamad, to AP. “It’s just hard to come into a city and get the whole city to approve it and (get) behind you. So it was great that we took our time … and really connected with the city (and) connected with the mayor.”

Slated to take place at Dorothea Dix Park, no performers have been announced for the event yet, though Hamad revealed that fans can expect a mixed bag of artists consisting of local acts, label signees from Dreamville and contemporary stars. “It’s going to be a variety of different acts that we love or excite us,” he said. “It’s something we want to build for years and years to come.”


For those who signed up for, early bird tickets went on sale Friday. Tickets for general public will be available Monday (Apr. 30). In addition to the news of their latest endeavor, Ib raved about Cole notching his fifth No. 1 album. 

“This album came out with really no promotion; we announced the album before we even put out a single and the reaction has been incredible, probably the best reaction of any of his albums because he’s comfortable in who he is and he knows what he wants to say,” Hamad said.

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