Fact Check: The 'Lovers And Friends Festival' Lineup Is NOT A Fake -- It's Scheduled For May 2022

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: The 'Lovers And Friends Festival' Lineup Is NOT A Fake -- It's Scheduled For May 2022 Real Acts

Is the "Lovers and Friends Festival" lineup a fake? No, that's not true: The music festival is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in May 2022 with the artists listed on the festival's website.

The claim of a fake appeared in a July 30, 2021, Facebook post (archived here). It opens:

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This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 4 18:27:30 2021 UTC)

The content of the post is actually from a post a year earlier, when the festival was canceled.

Yahoo!News reported on the rescheduled festival on July 29, 2021. Originally scheduled for May 2020, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A tweet from the festival's verified account confirmed the cancellation on May 22, 2020. Refunds were automatically issued to ticket holders.

The new Lovers and Friends Festival was rescheduled for May 14, 2022, at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Nevada, according to the festival website.

"Can confirm it is indeed real," a spokesperson from LiveNation told Lead Stories about the lineup for the festival via email on August 3, 2021.

The current lineup for the 2022 festival includes Lil Kim, Mase, Thugger and Twista, all mentioned in the false Facebook post.

The tweet from @50/50RecordLabel was from February 2020 and was for the original festival that was ultimately canceled.

Snoop Dogg posted the festival lineup on his Instagram account on July 29, 2021.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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