Miami's Best Concert of the Week: Rolling Loud Festival at Mana Wynwood

This week’s best show isn't a singular concert but an entire weekend of hip-hop mayhem. Rolling Loud is one massive mixtape come to life. The lineup for the two-day festival is a murderer’s row of high-profile rappers and rising stars: Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B., Curren$y, Kodak Black, Freddie Gibbs, and the recently announced 2 Chainz.

Last year, the festival’s first, Rolling Loud was a shitshow. Although the roster of artists was equally impressive with Schoolboy Q, Juicy J, A$AP Ferg, and Action Bronson all taking the stage at Soho Studios, the event was littered with problems stemming from both bad behavior by fans and some odd mismanagement by organizers (including a smoke alarm that wouldn’t quit). 

But, in an interview coming later this week, the festival's organizers have assured us 2016 will be different. This year, Rolling Loud moves just a short walk away to Mana Wynwood, where hopefully things will run smoother. And perhaps a bit of mayhem will suit Rolling Loud. If you go to a punk concert, you’re going to see some heads busted in the slam pit. If you attend a country music show, you’re bound to trip over a few Confederate flags. These are facts. With that in mind, maybe it’s just the nature of the beast that chaos will ensue at rap fests. In that case, let’s amend our recommendation: In theory, this week’s best show should be Rolling Loud, but we won’t know until the smoke clears, both literally and figuratively. 

Rolling Loud Festival with Future, Young Thug, and others.
 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and noon Saturday, May 7, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305­573­0371; Tickets cost $100 to $10,000 via
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Angel Melendez is an unabashed geek and a massive music nerd. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and an accomplished failure at two other universities, Angel is a lush and an insufferable know-it-all, and has way better taste in music than you.
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