The Highs and the Lows of the First Rolling Loud Toronto

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Image via Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos
Image via Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos

This past weekend, Rolling Loud touched down in Toronto for the first time ever and it was a star-studded affair.

Artists and fans alike poured into the city as the three-day festival took over Ontario Place from Friday to Sunday, proving that the event’s illustrious reputation is nothing to scoff at.

After a series of smaller festivals went awry, Toronto—aka the “Screwface Capital” of the world—seemed hungry for something more legitimate to cap off the summer. Fortunately for everybody involved, that’s exactly where Rolling Loud stepped in and took care of business.

Dave, Future, and Wizkid shared the privilege of headlining each respective night, but the likes of Skepta, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Nav, and countless others, made sure every day was as turnt up as the last leading into the evenings’ unforgettable grand finales.

Even Future was delayed by about an hour on Saturday night. There are just some circumstances outside of anyone’s control and Rolling Loud Toronto handled everything as well as possible.

Low: Conflicting Set Times Meant Tough Choices Had to Be Made

This is another obvious one.

There was a good chance fans had to make some hard decisions over the course of the weekend.

Do you watch $NOT or Sheck Wes? Wizkid or Polo G? Dave or Rae Sremmurd? No one had the answers. You either had to finesse your way through the crowd to try and catch a bit of everything or stay in one place and miss out on something else.

Unfortunately, fans couldn’t be everywhere at once and tough choices had to be made.

Low: Crowds Made It Tough to Get Around

It goes without saying, but at a festival of this magnitude, you’re going to have to deal with crowds.

Luckily, it’s not so much of a lowlight as it is an unavoidable fact of the matter. As noted above, after about one day, concertgoers definitely figured out how to move around more efficiently in order to see the shows they wanted to.

The festival grounds weren’t outrageously spread out, either. So all you had to do was be wary of the scheduling to make sure you made it in time for the next act.

Final Thoughts on the First Rolling Loud Toronto

All in all, Rolling Loud Toronto lived up to the hype.

For a festival like this to run relatively smoothly is a feat in and of itself, so having Rolling Loud finally arrive in Toronto and work out was a very special moment. Considering it was not too long ago the entire city was in perpetual lockdown, having rap’s premiere festival in our backyard to close out the summer was a welcome break from the routine.

The only thing left to ask is: When is Rolling Loud coming back to Canada? According to their official Twitter, we may not have to wait long.