BY TER STAFF
The inaugural day of the Dreamville Festival 2023, from North Carolina’s own, J. Cole, proved to be a spectacular event filled with a diverse lineup of musical talents. The festival was held at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the opening day featured a host of incredible performers including Jessie Reyez, Earthgang, Toosii, City Girls, Ari Lennox, Lil Durk, Usher and more.
The festival, which brought together music lovers from across the country, kicked off with a bang as Jessie Reyez took to the stage early in the afternoon. Her captivating performance set the tone for the rest of the day as she delivered a powerful rendition of her hits including “Mood” and “Figures”
Next up were Earthgang, the Atlanta-based duo known for their unique blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. They delivered an energetic set that had the crowd on their feet and dancing along to their hits such as “Up” and “BILLI.”
Toosii, the up-and-coming rapper from Raleigh, also wowed the crowd with his smooth and melodic flow. His set included fan favorites such as “What It Cost” and “Favorite Song” and he made sure to interact with the crowd, even bringing a lucky fan up on stage to sing along with him.
City Girls, the Miami-based duo known for their unapologetic and bold lyrics, also delivered a show-stopping performance. They got the crowd hyped up with their hits “Twerkulator” and “Act Up” and showcased their fierce personalities on stage.
Ari Lennox, the soulful singer signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label, also took to the stage, delivering a heartfelt performance of her hits such as “POF” and “Shea Butter Baby.”
Lil Durk, the Chicago-based rapper, also brought his A-game to the festival, delivering a high-energy set that included hits such as “Backdoor” and “Who Want Smoke??.” He kept the crowd hyped up and jumping along with him throughout his performance.
Finally, the evening’s headliner was none other than Usher, the R&B icon who has been entertaining audiences for over two decades. He delivered a show-stopping performance, showcasing his incredible dance moves and belting out hits such as “Caught Up” and “Yeah!” The crowd went wild as he closed out the night with a memorable performance.
From start to finish, Day 1 of Dreamville Festival 2023 was a huge success, showcasing a wide range of musical talents and bringing together music lovers from across the country. With such an incredible lineup, it’s no surprise that the festival is already being touted as one of the best music events of the year. Fans can’t wait to see what the rest of the festival has in store, and if Day 1 is any indication, it’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend.
Check out our photos from Day 1 below: