Rolling Loud Stage Partially Collapses Day Before Festival Starts

by Jacklyn Krol

Rolling Loud is set to kick off tomorrow and part of one of the stages has collapsed.

On July 22, part of one of the festival stages at Hard Rock Miami Stadium fell down. From a news video, it seems like part of the video screen collapsed in the backstage area next to the general admission crowd section. The stage was set up at the intersection of 27th Avenue and 199th Street.

According to 7 News Miami, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they did not receive a call about the incident. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Crews typically work for 1-2 weeks prior to a festival of this magnitude to build the stages and production. With less than 24 hours to survey the damage and rebuild it is quite a daunting task.

Rolling Loud Miami is an annual hip-hop festival that will be held from July 23 through 25. Numerous acts will be performing including headliners Post Malone, Travis Scott, and A$AP Rocky.

In a new report, Kanye West will allegedly be performing his upcoming album, Donda, at the event.

See the destruction, below.

The Rolling Loud Magnitude

Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif told Complex about the challenges they faced planning a festival during a pandemic.

Firstly, Tariq revealed that this was the quickest that they’ve ever sold out. Each day roughly 75,000 music fans are expected to show up. He and the team decided to leave COVID safety decisions to each fan. He said that they encourage fans to wear a face mask, get vaccinated, and not show up if feeling sick. However, none of those precautions are mandatory.

Since health and safety procedures are changing at a moment’s notice, he said that a lot of his job has been “sitting and waiting.” Although, Rolling Loud was one of the first major festivals to confirm its return for the first time in almost two years.

Ironically the biggest challenge was constructing the venue, and not COVID-19 related.

“You would think the biggest challenge would be COVID, the cliché answer,” he said. “That was the biggest thing before we were actively producing a show. But once we got through that, it was about the venue. They have [Formula] 1 going on there next year. F1 is doing construction and it’s a very big site. We’ve shifted and it’s all good, but dealing with them being there and doing construction and our footprint, that’s honestly been the biggest headache this year.”