Broccoli City festival returns for two days – Wale might not be there


Like many major music festivals, Broccoli City Festival didn’t have an in-person festival in 2021. This year, they’re making up for it with two days of performances. Yes, for the first time in Broccoli City’s 10-year history, the signature concert announced today, February 1, that it will span multiple days.

Also for the first time, one of his headliners has already said he won’t be attending just an hour after the dates and lineup were released. Before noon, Wales tweeted that he takes away from the festival.

The DC-raised entertainer has long declared himself one of the greatest rappers of all time, regularly embracing his greatness on Twitter, so his reaction isn’t quite as surprising. If you scroll down to find out why he’s no longer interested in performing at the RFK Stadium Grounds, Wale says, “Respect is why.” It seems that the rapper is unhappy with his ranking on the festival poster. Ari Lennox, 21 Wildand Lil Durk get the best billing. Wale’s name is on the second line with naughty rico and jeezy.

The festival takes a positive approach with the withdrawal, the tweet respectful messages to the artist, and promising to “work something with @Wale – he’s a great artist who we respect!” The account also tweeted Jada Pinkett Smithparent of a Broccoli City Festival alumnus, to request a Red table discussion-seated style with Wale.

Regardless of Wale’s presence, the festival seems to be doing well. Today’s presale access tickets sold out within hours. General tickets go on sale Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Artists announced include 21 Savage, Ari Lennox, Lil Durk, Rico Nasty, Jeezy, Summer Walker, Wizkid, Gunna, and more. Maybe even Wale.

As in past years, the festival is more than just a concert. BroccoliCon and Career Expo will take place on May 6, in person and online. On Saturday morning, May 7, the festival kicks off with the annual Broccoli City Festival Fit Fest. May 8 will feature a brunch aspect to the festival, with restaurants to be announced.

Broccoli City began in 2013 as the district’s historic Earth Day celebration. When the the festival could not be held safely due to the COVID-19 pandemicthe organization remained active digitally and in person with online editions of their BroccoliCon and a bike ride on the morning of June 16.

The Broccoli City Festival returns May 7-8 to the RFK Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. General admission tickets are $168.56 after fees. VIP tickets are $482.99 after fees. $0.50 from each ticket will be donated to the Broccoli City Foundation. Tickets for Fit Fest are $25.


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