If you grew up around the turn of the millennium, this hip-hop–focused music fest 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 headliners Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon, TLC, Ciara and Nelly. The fest is set to arrive at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on May 14 and 15, 2022.
This might all sound a bit familiar: Lovers & Friends was initially supposed to debut in Carson in May 2020, and was then delayed until August when all springtime events were canceled (that too was eventually canceled). But now it’s made the jump completely out of L.A. and to Vegas, and seemingly switched from local promoter Goldenvoice to Live Nation along the way.
Back to the music, we barely even cracked the surface of Lovers & Friends’ exhaustive lineup: You’ll also see Ashanti, Ja Rule, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Brandy, Monica, Timbaland, Akon, T-Pain, Lil Kim, Sean Paul, Ginuwine, Dru Hill (we looked it up: Sisqo is still a member), Fat Joe, 112, Eve, Cam’ron, Mya and more.
Tickets start at $175 for general admission (they increase to $195 based on what tier you can nab them in) and $300 for VIP, with eight-person cabanas available for $10,000. The first day already sold out, but presale (you’ll need to sign up here) for the second one starts Monday, August 9 and 10am, with general sale—if any tickets remain—later that day at 2pm.