Rolling Loud, the two-day festival, was scheduled for October 19 and 20. Rapper Wiz Khalifa and award-winning group Migos, of “Bad and Boujee” fame, were set to headline the show. The lineup also included Ski Mask the Slump God, Playboi Carti, and several Chinese hip-hop artists.
“While we regret having to cancel the festival, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we look forward to bringing the Rolling Loud festival experience to Hong Kong in the future to celebrate the city’s rich culture and buzzing hip-hop music scene.”
The statement added that all tickets would be fully refunded.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy, anti-government protests began in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill. They have steadily escalated in violence and destruction — nearly every weekend, protesters clash with riot police on the streets, with tear gas fired and molotov cocktails setting barricades aflame. With pitched battles broadcast to the world for four straight months, many organizers and artists have canceled events.
Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” postponed a stand-up show; pop stars Carly Rae Jepsen and Chvrches both canceled concerts; the musical show “Matilda” postponed a planned one-month run; even sports events like the Women’s Tennis Association Hong Kong Tennis Open have been postponed.