Raleigh, Dix Park bracing for J. Cole’s ‘Dreamville’ festival

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A record-breaking crowd of 40,000 people will descend on Dix Park Saturday for the Dreamville festival. 

J. Cole, the Grammy-nominated rap star who calls central North Carolina home, helped organize and will headline the event.

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Crews have already started setting up for it. 

“I’m from Fayetteville, so J Cole is a really big influencer in Fayetteville and I also really like his music. So that’s why I wanted to get the tickets and really wanted to go,” said North Carolina State University freshman Jaylen Williams Barefon.

J. Cole announced plans for the festival about a year. It was supposed to take place the weekend Hurricane Florence hit but was postponed. 

“I don’t know how you can really anticipate how everything is going to go but we hope it goes well and everybody has a great time,” neighbor Katy Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald’s block backs up to Dix Park. She knows they’ll be traffic and loud music, but she said she’s used to it. She said they’ve been given special parking passes and free tickets to the show. 

“As a neighborhood, we’re very excited about Dix being here. So we expect they’ll be events and they’ll be things like that,” Fitzgerald said.

There were 35,000 people were slated to attend. Then, on Tuesday, the city approved another 5,000 people.

Those that live around N.C. State’s campus are a little less excited about it. 

“I’m not leaving the house whatsoever,” graduate student Derrica Battle said.

Even those with reservations admit Raleigh is growing and they’re trying to embrace it. 

“I think we’re getting more people here and so the more people we get the more notoriety I think they’ll make some changes,” Battle said.

Raleigh police said they’ll direct traffic and provide security at the event. 

No parking will be allowed at Dix Park on the day of the event. People are encouraged to bike, scooter or use a ride share. There are other designated parking areas where shuttles will be provided. 

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