City Commission Vote Threatens to Cancel 2017 Rolling Loud Festival in Miami
Rolling Loud is without a doubt the biggest rap festival of the year. This year's lineup is a rap fan's dream—Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Joey Bada$$, Migos, and 21 Savage are just a fraction of the artists on the bill. But a potential vote by the board that governs Bayfront Park, where the festival is set to take place, is now threatening to cancel the entire festival, according to the Miami Herald.
Though the festival is set to take place May 5-7, a vote may be held this Tuesday (April 11) by the Bayfront Park Management Trust to decide whether they'll reject the festival's agreement to use the park. Frank Carollo, chairman of the trust, called for the vote after learning Rolling Loud had been approved without either his or the board's consent.
In a March 28 board meeting, Carollo reportedly said, "We have to do the show. If not we’re going to get sued. They’re advertising already and selling tickets for this event.” But he was apparently unaware of the festival until last week, when police told him they were preparing for a crowd of close to 40,000 people.
Carollo claims the board's executive director Timothy Schand didn't have the authority to sign the festival's contract agreement without first getting approval from the board. As executive director, Schand must execute contracts "after approval by the board," but it's not uncommon for the park to host events without the board's approval unless they're either multi-year agreements or obligate the Trust to spend money. During last week's board meeting, Schand said he didn't do anything out of the ordinary by signing the one-time contract.
Nonetheless, Schand resigned from the board (effective April 12) after a dispute with Carollo over the festival. On Tuesday (April 4), an aide for Carollo sent Schand an email asking to schedule a meeting this coming Tuesday (April 11) so the board could vote on his interim replacement as well as the “approval/denial of the use agreement for the Rolling Loud Festival.”
Reps for Rolling Loud provided XXL with the following statement: "We are proceeding, as planned, to put on an amazing event at an iconic venue: Miami's Bayfront Park. Nothing has changed. We look forward to a positive resolution of this matter on Tuesday and we have the greatest respect for the Park's board members and all that they do to bring quality events, like ours, to showcase the best of Miami to the world."