Beyonce and The Weeknd have been named as headliners at this year’s Budweiser Made in America festival. The event will take place in Philadelphia (PA) on September 5th and 6th (Labor Day weekend) at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some of the other artists on the lineup include Death Cab For Cutie, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Bassnectar, Big Sean, Future, Banks, Modest Mouse, Axwell & Ingrosso, Action Bronson, Nick Jonas, De La Soul, G-Eazy, Santigold, and DJ Mustard. Tickets for the festival will go on sale June 29th at noon (Eastern standard time) on the Made in America website. The entire artist lineup can also be viewed on the festival’s website. Jay Z, who is the founder of Made in America, will not perform at the festival this year.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Made in America would not be held in Los Angeles. Last year, the event was simultaneously held in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, but Budweiser and Jay Z decided to go in a different direction. The organizers decided the festival will be held in two (or possibly three) locations, and the first event was held in New York. Mary J. Blige headlined the concert Sunday (June 21st) on Liberty Island, which is part of Budweiser’s new involvement with the National Parks Foundation. The entities have partnered up to launch the “Find Your Park” movement, a platform that plans to reintroduce national parks to this generation. Budweiser wants to create a once in a lifetime experience that will encourage people to visit parks and give back to the community by keeping the parks clean. Under their new partnership with Budweiser, the National Parks Association has removed their ban on alcohol on its premises. Therefore, Budweiser is sponsoring volunteer days which appoints people to clean up each park- with the promise to leave park cleaner than they found it.
Blige’s Made in America concert streamed live on Tidal, but it has not been reported whether or not the upcoming Philadelphia show will also stream on Tidal. Tidal continues to build its company by offering exclusive content to its users. Now that Apple Music is launching on June 30th, the music and video streaming competition is getting tougher. As part of their launch, Pharrell Williams is releasing his new single “Freedom” exclusively on Apple. Apple is also offering a 90-day free trial for the general public.