Jay-Z Will Hold Two-Day Music Festival on The Parkway

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Jay-Z will hold a two-day music festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. The event, which will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, will feature more than 30 artists, 70% of which are confirmed… though there were no indications who they would be.

Tickets will go on-sale in mid May.

“Everyone knows my love affair with Philly, from the amazing talented artists I’ve signed here… to the film work I’m about to do with Will Smith in Overbrook,” HOV told a seemingly odd mixture of media and fans outside the Art Museum this morning.

The festival, called Made in America, is being sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and will benefit the United Way.

The last major concert to take place in Philly was Live 8, which drew like 100 billion people to the Parkway. I’m sure an outdoor hip hop festival in the middle of a crowded city will go of without any hitches. I’m sure of it.

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46 Responses

  1. Yeah, this reeks of of subtle racism and sterotypes. Jay Z will pull just as many hipsters as he will any other group. Live Nation will have it on lock down. You won’t be able to get anywhere near the parkway without a ticket. It will be fine.
    Looking forward to seeing what artists are involved and if it’s worth it.
    Going to be a hell of a Labor Day weekend in this city.

  2. Well done, Kyle. Next time before ripping the Boston fans for racism, just take a look at your sites comments.

  3. While Jay-z is organizing… other media outlets are saying it will be artists from all genres.
    Simply, let’s wait and see who is scheduled to appear.

  4. Well said CC – it is pretty prejudice to assume their will be problems because its Jay Z. Live 8 wasn’t a total disaster. It depends on the artist who are booked. We’ll see.
    Michael Nutter = Squidward Tentacles.
    That will always be funny.

  5. People who cry racism over every little thing is the reason racism exist, get a grip people it isn’t racism at all

  6. I’m sure they’ll all book hotel rooms and visit the new Barnes museum before the show. South Street business owners: you will be shoplifted like mad Labor Day weekend.

  7. How in the world are they going to have a ticketed event on a main tourist thoroughfare, on a holiday weekend?

  8. It’s actually not only a hip-hop festival. There will be 28 different acts from all different genres. So yeah, there might not be too many problems.

  9. Remind me to be elsewhere that particular weekend, say like, Tokyo. Hey, Ryan, I’ll take the over. Gladly. The city and Live Nation can plan security for this show like a Presidential visit and something will STILL go wrong. And before anyone accuses me of being racist, I’M black and I can see trouble coming a mile away. I hope I’m wrong, but this thing could make the Greek Picnic look like a Boy Scout Jamboree.

  10. How many festivals has Jay Z headlined that have been fine in major cities all across the country? Many

  11. And this is sports related how? Is there a link that I am missing or were you just trying to show that you are a racist?

  12. Richard and all the others screaming Racism.
    The last time I went to a country concert (and i went to 4 last summer) I don’t recall any violent crime occurring and most of the lyricals involved God, our troops, America being awesome, open spaces, and farming/hunting/fishing, and drinking.
    Listening to any Jay-Z lyricals involves how he used to sling crack, pimping women, killing people, other violence towards other people, life on the street, glorying street gangs, NYC, and spending vast amounts of money.
    I think that is why no one really worries too much about flash mob-esque violence at country music concerts
    In all seriousness this will be a real test on PPD’s control of crowds, and this will have national attention. I hope the flash mobs do not show up after the concert, as they have with other hip-hop concerts in the past.

  13. I went to The Roots Picnic last year (aka a day long rap festival) and there was a mixed racial crowd, and it went off without a hitch. Depending on the line up I can’t wait for this

  14. i actually remeber there being shots fired in the crowd after the roots picnic last year…theres was a vid online of the shots going off and everyone running…

  15. Last 4th of July my bf and I were on the parkway and during the fireworks, shots were fired. A bunch of ppl fairly close to us immediately dispersed and started screaming and running towards us. We had to grab everything and run.. We were jumping over ppl who were sitting on the ground and families with small kids were freaking out. Crazy shit. I just hope this puts a positive light on the city.. We already get shit on enough for being “classless” fans. The concert sounds fun as long as security is tight enough

  16. There will be problems but there will be just as many asshole white kids doing it as there will be black kids doing it. Assholes are assholes, regardless of skin color. Get enough drugs/alcohol in the wrong person, regardless of color, and bad things will happen.

  17. Ed Snider is opening act gonna sing 38 years fleecing sports fans in this city but the bich aint one

  18. Can’t stand Jay-z.
    But some of these people commenting need to grow the hell up.
    The blog is beginning to resemble a joke with the comments section. Not even a good joke.

  19. @that guy, and everyone saying this is racist- uhh.. it’s going to be all DIFFERENT acts ACTUALLY, IE hip hop, rock, country, latin, dance….and yes even country – which is primarily based on redneck, republican, RACIST, homophobic cowboy boot wearers. GTFO

  20. This blog is stupid. It frustrates me, and i dont know why i check it every day. It is the internet equivalent of a train wreck.

  21. @gophillies,
    I didn’t really see any country acts mentioned in any article….enlighten me. I don’t think it can be construed as racist when the flash mobs are all black in this city, and the BLACK MAYOR begins to scold his people for what has been happening. Even Bill Cosby has said the hip-hop culture is destroying black america. get a fucking clue.
    pussy hurt, do-gooder.

  22. If none of u people know who the “dude on the right” is then ur a moron…its phillys own freeway, expand ur music horizon…this concert will be great, be thankful that their doing it in philly

  23. Why is this going to be trouble?
    I was at Live8. The worst thing I saw were some people standing on one of those food cart things. A cop came along, told everyone to get down, and the climbers proceeded to climb down. Absolutely outrageous!! Oh, and there were too few port-a-potties until later in the afternoon once everybody realized you could walk farther down the Parkway and not have to wait in the lines.

  24. I don’t really care how or after i get the Letters in the Mail. Every time it arrives, it feels like a letter should be. It’s suddenly there in my mail box a single day. A great, tangible surprise. I am for you doing whatever you want when you send it. Mix it up to the folks who help get it sent out. Include crumbs from your lunch. Coffee stains. Whatever. Keep the tedious nature of getting letters out to a minimum by doing whatever you feel like that day. The arrival on the letter and the words of your author inside are what matters. Personally, what I like most effective about The Rumpus is that I never ever know what I’ll read that day. Or if there is not one that day, maybe it’s because Stephen couldn’t obtain anything to say or there was too much likely on.

  25. After I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you may take away me from that service? Thanks!

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