Sometimes it seems like the musical festival scene is at a standstill. It can feel like the same fifteen or so acts are being shuffled around between states, offering similar experiences year after year. Of course, once you get yourself up and at the festival, it’s obvious that there is life behind every star-studded festival weekend — and now there’s one more to add to the list.
Introducing Budweiser’s inaugural Made In America Festival, notably headlined and curated by Jay-Z. The rap mogul is lending his golden touch to this project, helping to shape a lineup that breaches throughout many genres.
It makes sense that Jay-Z would be channeling his efforts into a music festival. While of course the bulk of his career was spent releasing solo albums and playing his own shows, he has effectively earned respect among the indie circuit. Jay-Z can be identified as one of the pioneer rap/hip-hop performers to cross over into music festivals (even when it wasn’t easy). Since then, he’s made his way around, performing at most major festivals the summer season has to offer.
Set for September 1 and 2 at Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Saturday/Sunday Made In America Festival boasts Pearl Jam as another headliner (along with Jay). Official supporting acts include Skrillex, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Dirty Projectors, X, Janelle Monae, Calvin Harris, Odd Future, Passion Pit, D’Angelo (as part of his whirlwind comeback), and more. Pretty solid for a first try, right?
In an interesting and fairly glamorous addition, Made In America is making an attempt to assert itself as a particularly comfortable festival. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, towels, umbrellas, waterbottles, and video cameras. Cell phone charging stations will even be available to guests.
To top it all off, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the United Way. Looks like Budweiser and Jay-Z are poised for a weekend of success, hopefully a weekend that starts a recurring musical tradition.