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Rolling LoudÂ leveled up its international experience in 2023, offering multiple festivals presenting the best in global rap music in unique settings. Happening on the beaches of PortimÃ£o in Portugalâ€™s southern Algarve coast, the opening day of the second annualÂ Rolling Loud PortugalÂ brought out thousands of fans to the picturesque, sandy setting. Though the sun beamed down during the day, fans from all over Europe kept hydrated and stayed enthusiastic, offering an energetic welcome to some of the most exciting artists in music today.
The first day of Rolling Loud Portugal 2023 brought extravagant spectacle in the form ofÂ Travis Scottâ€˜s concluding set. The artist also known as La Flame performed hits from his decade-long career with a stage design inspired by his upcoming albumÂ UTOPIA.Â Lil Uzi VertÂ performed songs from his recently releasedÂ Pink Tape,Â massive UK rapperÂ Central CeeÂ performed hits from his recently releasedÂ Split DecisionÂ EP (a collaboration with Dave), andÂ LattoÂ put it on the floor again, representing the Dirty South like only she can.
Rolling Loud Portugal was also a showcase for some exciting underground heroes and rising stars.Â Destroy LonelyÂ led a contingent of rappers from Playboi Cartiâ€™s OPIUM label, includingÂ Ken CarsonÂ andÂ Homixide Gang. Newly-minted XXL freshmanÂ Luh TylerÂ played one of his first-ever international sets. Italyâ€™sÂ RondodasosaÂ performed, displaying the talent that made him his home countryâ€™s biggest drill star, as did Portuguese rappers likeÂ Wet Bed GangÂ andÂ T-Rex. The crowd saved some of their most enthusiastic reactions for American rising stars likeÂ BktherulaÂ andÂ Eem Triplin, who brought out his close friendÂ $NOTÂ as a special guest.
Stay tuned for much more from PortimÃ£o as the week moves along, including headlining performances by Playboi CartiÂ andÂ Meek Mill.
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