If you grew up around the turn of the millennium, the latest genre-focused music fest from Goldenvoice is like your middle school dance playlist come to life.
Lovers & Friends features seemingly every hip-hop and R&B star from the late ’90s and early aughts, including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon, TLC, Nelly and T-Pain, plus some more contemporary picks like Jhené Aiko, Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Saweetie.
The fest, slated to take over the grounds around the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, was originally scheduled for May 9, with another show quickly added for May 8. But following the cancellation of all springtime concerts, Lovers & Friends has reverted back to a single-day fest, this time around scheduled for August 8 (all original purchasers will be notified about their orders). Thankfully, it seems most artists have made the jump to the summer date (though we noticed Sean Paul and Monica are no longer on the lineup).
Lovers & Friends’ exhaustive lineup goes much deeper than the headliners: You’ll also see Brandy, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Ginuwine, Dru Hill (we looked it up: Sisqo is still listed as a member), 112, Eve, Mase, Cam’ron, Montell Jordan and more.
Tickets originally went for $145–$175, or $230–$250 for VIP; though passes are now sold out, there’s a waitlist on the fest’s site.