‘Love you, J. Cole!’ fans say as they fill Raleigh park for Dreamville Festival

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — In one of the largest events the city of Raleigh has ever seen, a record-breaking 40,000 fans filled Dix Park for the first-ever Dreamville Festival.

“I couldn’t believe that many people, just because I’ve never been in the presence of that many people,” said Kimberly Oliveira, who came from Greenville.

The music festival is the brainchild of rapper and Fayetteville native J. Cole.

“I think he represents a lot from Fayetteville,” said Shatara Dvane, who is also from Fayetteville. “He’s always shouting us out in songs, so thank you, love you, J. Cole!”

Joey Voska with Raleigh Parks and Recreation says the city is considering making the festival an annual event.

“One of the things that we wanted to do is use this opportunity as a test for the park and the city, could we successfully have a festival like this, could we invite folks in, could it be a big draw for tourism, so far it’s showing to be successful,” Voska said.

Many locals think more festivals like this will boost the city’s tourism.

“I feel like it will really make the city more of an attraction if it’s like an annual thing, it would just put Raleigh on the map,” said NC State student Marriah Daosta.

People traveled from all over the world for this weekend’s event. 

Organizers say fans came from Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

CBS 17 spoke with one group of fans who came from upstate New York to be here. 

Nick Carey says it took them more than 12 hours to drive down, but he says it was worth it.

“I’d drive further,” said Carey.

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