AceShowbiz - Travis Scott (II) will be headlining the 2023 Rolling Loud California alongside Playboi Carti, Future and Lil Wayne. Critics quickly turned to social media to share their thoughts, highlighting that this will mark the "SICKO MODE" rapper's local appearance since his deadly "Astroworld" concert.
Rolling Loud announced its lineup on Tuesday, November 15. The popular hip-hop festival will be held next year at the Hollywood Park Grounds outside SoFi Stadium on March 3-5. Playboi will close the festivities out on March 3, topping a bill of 35 acts that also includes Kodak Black, Tyga, Trippie Redd, DaBaby, Saweetie, Fivio Foreign and Soulja Boy. Then, on March 4, joining Travis for a 41-act bill will be the likes of Lil Baby, Don Toliver, 2 Chainz, Kevin Gates, Lil Yachty, City Girls, Amine and Chief Keef.
Lil Wayne appears on the March 5 itinerary as a "special guest," with his billing given the same font as headliner Future. The festival's final day sports the biggest line-up of them all, with 44 acts including Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, Polo G, Moneybagg Yo, Ski Mask the Slump God, Central Cee, Lil Tecca, OhGeesy and Sheck Wes.
Upon learning of Travis' upcoming performance, one critic tweeted, "nah the fact travis scott gets to headline rolling loud is such a slap in the face to the loved ones that lost people at astroworld." The said person added, "i'm amazed he's managed to make a comeback from that."
A second noted, "Rolling Loud, Live Nation using L.A for a Travis Scott comeback is just irresponsible and dangerous. There are so many unanswered questions re: Astroworld tragedy and responsibility that it's careless to have him perform in a festival setting until that investigation is closed." Another posted, "dababy and tory lanez at rolling loud la and travis being allowed to headline a festival again after astroworld. i mean it's definitely something."
"Rolling loud california putting travis scott on the lineup only a year after astroworld is crazy and them choosing tory lanez over [Megan Thee Stallion] is crazier omg," someone else opined, adding in a separate tweet, "Crazy but not surprising."
Travis' fans, in the meantime, took to social media to express their excitement. "TRAVIS. F**KING. SCOTTT [a trio of fire emojis]," so wrote one person. A different user said, "CACTUS JACK PARTY BOYZZZZ." A third echoed, "WE GOT ALL OF OPIUM AND TRAVIS AND UZI LETSF**KINGGOOOOOOO."
Travis' "Astroworld" concert in Houston last November left 10 concertgoers lost their lives and dozens injured. In March this year, Travis decided to team up with leaders in government and music to launch an initiative dedicated to making concerts safer in the future called HEAL.
Travis said of the project, "Over the past few months I've been taking the time and space to grieve, reflect, and do my part to heal my community. Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change." He added, "My team and I created Project HEAL to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever."