Where Dreamville Stars Were Spotted in Raleigh

Celebs—they’re just like us. Dreamville stars were spotted in the wild during the oh-so-dreamy Dreamville Fest weekend.

Guess who’s back… back again? Dreamville—and we’ll be running it back in 2024, answering the call for Raleighites and hip-hop fans far and wide who traveled from 23 countries and four continents (!) for the fest to fill Dix Park with 100,000 people over two days. Also answering the call for city leaders—“We’d like to see Dreamville be a long-term part of Raleigh,” says Downtown Raleigh Alliance President & CEO Bill King. Dreamville is a boon for Raleigh—expected to generate ~$8 million. Beyond the economic impact, the stars are here to support local too—and were spotted aplenty around town….

Whatever you did post-Dreamville, we bet it wasn’t as cool as J. Cole and crew’s afterparty at Vidrio on Sunday (or their Friday pregame party before the big fest). The Glenwood South hot spot was transformed into a nightclub-esque environment with space for dancing, a DJ booth, LED/lasers, and a VIP area on the stage with custom Dreamville visuals—NTM a signature drink menu with the Dreamville liquor sponsors. “It was a spectacular event,” said LM Restaurants’ Marianne Stokes. “Lots of happy guests, and they were wonderful to work with.”

Look who’s here… Ushering over to Chapel Hill, Usher made an appearance at low-key classic college bar He’s Not Here with his bud Johntá Austin—who just happens to be a UNC-Chapel grad. Sounds like the Hills were indeed alive this weekend.

Usher Hes Not Here
Usher Big Eds

Looks like Big Ush loves brunch too—he was spotted in a Dreamville tee greeting fans and shooting snaps with the resto crew at beloved City Market brekky spot Big Ed’s for a late brunch.

Brian Burnett, founder of Glenwood South Tailor, kept J. Cole lookin’ fresh before and during his set on Sunday night. … I think we can all agree that the ’fit was 🔥.

Bonus: Who run the world at Dreamville? Not Beyoncé, as it would turn out. In an epic and out of pocket April Fools’ hoax, Usher pranked the crowd with a warm welcome to queen Bey—but instead we were met with not a single… lady. Womp womp. But there’s always next year?

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