Beyonce fans and anybody else hoping to go to the Budweiser Made in America festival who haven't grabbed tickets will have to start looking on the secondary market: The Labor Day weekend concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway is already sold out.
Despite the absence of a major rock headliner, the Jay Z curated two-day multistage show has sold out quicker than in any previous year. There are plenty of reasons for that, from the tried and true drawing power of Beyonce - who also headlined the festival in 2013 - to the growing pop success of The Weeknd, the dirty-minded Canadian R&B singer (real name: Abel Tesfaye) whose new album Beauty Behind The Madness, comes out Friday and is headed to the top of the charts.
This year's fest also features a hot hip-hop undercard with Future, J. Cole, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson and Philadelphia's own Meek Mill, plus a straight up pop element with Nick Jonas and rising Badlands star Halsey, as well as EDM headliners Bassnectar and Axwell Ingrosso, and a strong Philadelphia indie rock contigent led by Hop Along and Waxahatchee.
The thing that makes the advance sellout even more impressive: Jay Z hasn't even told us which day the individual performers are playing yet, let alone released a detailed schedule. How about a little more info, Hov! People need to start planning which day of the weekend they're going to see The Weeknd.
The Made In America festival will take place on Sept. 5 and 6 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.