Raleigh sees Dreamville as a test for Dix Park’s future

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The festival may have just finished, but Fayetteville rapper J. Cole is calling Dreamville a smash hit.

As the event continues to make waves on social media – some are already questioning what’s next.

“We had over 37,000 fans come through the gates for the festival,” said Raleigh Parks spokesman Joseph Voska.

J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival transformed the tranquility of Dorothea Dix Park in a way many people in local government could have never imagined, according to Voska.

“We wanted a test,” said Voska. “We wanted to have a test to see what could this area of Raleigh, Dix Park, and how it would work with downtown Raleigh. How would this all come together.”

Crews started cleanup on the venue early Monday, but the concert left behind a muddy mess.

“The port-a-potty’s being carted away is pretty funny,” said Jane Frank.

“There’s big trucks in the parking lots,” said Joan Ellen Deck. “There’s piles of things that were obviously booths.”

“We were amazed,” said Frank. “We thought it would be more trashed than it is considering the rain.”

Dreamville organizers are picking up the tab to fix the field, but some are already questioning how quickly Raleigh could see an encore.

“We know that Dreamville Festival organizers are interested in being an annual event, but we want to evaluate everything and make sure we have a good plan moving forward,” said Voska.

At this time the city doesn’t have a timeline for when the field will be fixed, or when they will make a call on another large scale festival at Dix Park.

The Dix Park master plan does include an amphitheater at the site where Dreamville was held.

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