By Gil Kaufman
Last week Jay-Z held a press conference in Philadelphia to announce that he’d be headlining and curating the lineup for Budweiser’s Made in America Festival and his lineup is nothing but eclectic. Pearl Jam, Odd Future, Skrillex and MMG’s Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill will perform among others.
The Made in America Festival will be held at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1 and 2.
Full lineup: Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Odd Future, Maybach Music Group featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Santigold, D’Angelo, Miike Snow, Dirty Projectors, X, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Rita Ora, the Knocks and a DJ set by Savoy.
Jigga is curating the festival, which will feature the long-awaited live return of R&B singer D’Angelo and one of Pearl Jam’s only U.S. dates this year. Tickets for the show go on sale on Wednesday and more acts will be announced soon.
Prince Royce paid tribute to Jay for including him on the bill, tweeting, “Proud to announce that I’ll be performing at #MADEINAMERICA Fest Sept 1-2 Thanks to Jay-Z for having me & for curating this great festival!” Before unveiling the line-up for the fest, Jay said? he was hoping to break down some barriers with the Labor Day gathering.
“Whenever I enter into a project, I try to hit on some touch points. The first thing is: Is it great?” Jay asked rhetorically at a May 14 press conference on the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “The second one is: Is it gonna push the culture forward?”