Budweiser’s Made in America music festival, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, might just turn out to be the most successful Philly music festival in decades. Not to jinx anything, but as music’s biggest names are being added to the roster, the show may actually be our generation’s Live Aid, as Questlove alluded.
Hosted by headliner Jay-Z, organizers hope to attract 50,000 people per day to the Ben Franklin Parkway on September 2nd and 3rd.
As promised, Jay-Z’s has put together a “very diverse” line-up. Pearl Jam, which played four sold-out shows at the South Philadelphia spectrum in 2009, will headline the two-day festival along with Mr. Carter. Also joining them will be artists ranging from three-time Grammy winning dub-step king Skrillex to three-pronged hip-hop force Maybach Music (Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill).
“The lines that separate us, I don’t believe in that, “ Jay-Z told the Inquirer last week, “That’s for people who need to define what they’re hearing musically. Me, I’m cool with anything.”
Well, we’re pretty sure that Philly will be equally as cool with Jay-Z’s choices, which also include British electro-soul artist Calvin Harris, a newly revived D’Angelo, indie-electro band Passion Pit, DJ Afrojack, Sweden’s Miike Snow, LA’s X, and Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors.
Santigold, Janelle Monáe, Odd Future, The Knocks, Rita Ora, Savoy (DJ Set), and Prince Royce are also set to perform, while Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, Canadian rapper Drake, and The Roots are speculated to make appearances, although they have not yet been confirmed.
Touching on a possible performance by The Roots, Jay-Z told reporters, “I wouldn’t come to anyone’s city and not ring their bell”
Two-day passes will begin going on sale on Wednesday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Tickets range from $99 to $650. Check out to the Made in America Facebook Page for more information.