Nov 2, 2022 - News

J. Cole's Dreamville returns to Raleigh in early April 2023

Rapper J. Cole performs onstage in 2021.

Rapper J. Cole performs onstage in 2021. Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Dreamville, the music festival organized by rapper and North Carolina native J. Cole, will be back in Raleigh next spring, organizers announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The popular weekend-long festival will return on April 1-2, 2023.

Why it matters: Raleigh has long sought out major events, and Dreamville's a homegrown music festival that's attracted some of the biggest artists in the country — and a yearly economic boost — since its founding in 2019.

Flashback: Dreamville's lineups have included major rap acts from Wiz Khalifa to Lil Baby.

  • The 2022 fest generated $6.7 million in Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau said earlier this year.
  • The two-day April event reported 80,000 visitors, with tickets being sold in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 20 countries.
  • Wake County hotels saw occupancy rates of 92% on the Saturday night of the festival, the visitors bureau said.

The intrigue: The festival also highlights how Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park could be used in the future. Wake County voters have a proposal to invest millions of dollars into making it Dorthea Dix a world-class park on the ballot this year.

What they're saying: “Dreamville Festival wants to keep growing and building off the success of the expanded two-day event last year. Our team is excited to reunite with our Dreamville family from around the world next spring,” said Dreamville Festival President Adam Roy.


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