Word spread over the weekend that Jay Z would be making a major announcement in Philadelphia today, and it turns out the music mogul will curate and put on his own music festival in the city. The “Made in America” festival, presented by Budweiser, will take place this Labor Day and last 2 days while featuring 28 different acts.
Jay Z didn’t reveal who would be performing, but he told Billboard.com that most of the artists have already been confirmed. “I love the show of it. I will reveal them in time and we’ll do some silly things that no one understands and they’ll figure it out.” The full lineup will be announced next Monday, May 21.
But Jay Z took some time to further explained his reasoning for the concert series:
I had a relationship with Anheuser Busch going back to Bud Select [in 2006], and all those things came together and piqued my interest as another way to make an iPod playlist that’s gonna play for two days live.
While fans wait for the “Made in America” festival, Budweiser will hold several other related concerts leading up to the big event.
In the meantime, Jay Z and Kanye West will kick off the European leg of their Watch the Throne tour this week. But fans shouldn’t expect Jay Z to put out an album any time soon. He told Billboard he would rather spend time with his new daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
“I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter. I want to enjoy this time for what it is. I’m sure that bug to get back in the studio will come back at some point.”
Nice. Tickets for the “Made in America” festival will go on sale May 23.