Music mogul Jay Z is going to make sure this year’s Made In America festival is one you’ll never forget by billing mega superstars to headline the annual event.
The festival’s Twitter page announced its full September 5th and 6th line-up this week.
— Budweiser MIA Fest (@MIAFestival) June 24, 2015
According to reports, Jigga Man’s annual set will again go down in Pennsylvania and now New York this year.
The festival, now in its fourth year, will again return to its birthplace of Philadelphia (Jay Z’s fledgling streaming service Tidal has been offering all kinds of ticket specials). But instead of staging a simultaneous L.A. edition, Made in America will host a free concert on New York’s Liberty Island, Billboard reported Thursday morning. (Billboard has since taken the story down from its website. The Times confirmed with representatives from Live Nation that the festival is not returning to Los Angeles.) (Los Angeles Times)
A Live Nation executive recently came forward to address Jay’s concert not returning to Los Angeles.
“This is not at all a stepping back — this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three,” Budweiser VP of marketing Brian Perkins said. “We’re a very ambitious brand, and we have a very ambitious partner in Jay Z, who also dreams big. And we always want to do big, bold things with music under the moniker of Budweiser Made In America.” (Billboard)
R&B icon Mary J. Blige is expected to perform at the free New York City festival.
In a story on Billboard that has since been taken down, it was revealed that Made in America will instead hold a concurrent Labor Day concert series across New York City. The NYC shows will be anchored by Mary J. Blige performing on Liberty Island. (Music Times)