Jay-Z Announces ‘Made in America’ Music Festival in Philadelphia


He’s headlined Coachella and Glastonbury, and now Jay-Z is launching his own festival. The hip-hop king will be the curator and headlining performer at the inaugural “Budweiser Made in America” music festival this Labor Day weekend.

The two-day extravaganza, produced by Live Nation, will bring together an eclectic lineup of nearly 30 performers—from hip-hop to R&B to dance to Latin acts. It will be held on three stages in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Jay-Z was on hand to announce the festival at a Monday press conference with Mayor Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia.

“Whenever I enter into a project I try to hit some touch points,” said the Roc Nation CEO, with the American flag draped behind him. “The first being, is it great? Once we start there, we’ll end up in a great place. The second one, is it gonna push the culture forward? I think this concert will do that.”

He explained why he chose the City of Brotherly Love as the host city. “Everybody knows my love affair with Philly with the amazing, talented artists I’ve signed from here,” said Jay, as his Roc-A-Fella protégé Freeway stood behind him.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 23, with limited packages available at $99. Musical acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.


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  1. Redchainsaw

    Jay is the f.cking man!! No ifs,ands or buts
    He’s continuing to build his empire!


  2. J.Cameron

    Jay is the man!!


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  4. CriticalMind

    This is an amazing move by jay-z , what a great platform he is providing for the hiphop act and r&b act to also be recognised on a greater level. Great business move


  5. CriticalMind

    Artist performing
    Meek mill, wale, kanywest,big Sean, Rita ora, trey songs, rick Ross, jay z, omarion, rihanna,clipse, common, wiz khalifa, snoop dogg, 2chainz , flo rida, Jennifer Hudson, kid cudi, and many more


  6. RealIssh

    He’s innovative . Goes beyond the call of duty . Dope .


  7. dfadsf

    Freeway was rejected


  8. SupremeBitch

    We’ll see, I just hope he let a lot of underground artist perform….like Azealia Banks at this years Coachella…..We cant have all the commercial acts like Big Sean, B.O.B., 2 Chainz…we need Kendrick Lamar, Big KRIT, Iggy Azeala…people that are only heard on the internet & not the radio!!!!


    Nina Reply:

    @SupremeBitch, It doesn’t matter if they’re mainstream or underground. If the music’s good, that’s all that matters.


  9. cooleyhigh

    guy in the crowd: “you da best hov” Jay-Z: “I agree”

    LOL gotta love jay, this should be historic musical event labor day weekend


  10. cece

    ^^^ He is sooo aggrogant with his old crusty ass. So i guess this means we would won’t be in Altantic city to support his wife coming back 3 shows. DOUCHEBAG TO THE FULLEST OVER HIM FOR THAT


  11. edison

    Thats such a boss move…..


    SW Reply:

    @edison, Ain’t no boss move her. That’s what I call a bi*ch as* move. Jayz head is full of pretension. He ain’t givin a F*** bout nobody you included. FU*K that NIGG* here.


  12. dodo

    an artist I truly respect.


  13. hero

    how the f*ck you put tickets for a show for sale before you announce the artists performing? #FCKINFAIL


  14. Audrey Hepburn

    Too bad he looks like Al Sharpton. :)


  15. TheDreamer

    Should be a great festival. Love Jay!


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    Love jay


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