Rihanna and Coldplay to headline Made in America
Chance the Rapper, Jamie xx, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz and Grimes are also on the Labor Day weekend bill.
Barbadian pop superstar Rihanna and British stadium soft-rockers Coldplay will headline the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend.
Although both acts have close ties to Made In America curator Jay Z — she's signed to the rapper and entertainment mogul's Roc Nation management company, and both are part owners of his streaming music service Tidal — neither have previously played the festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is in its fifth year.
The two-day ticketed, paid event will take place on Sept. 3-4. It will be the second time through town this year for both Rihanna, who played the Wells Fargo Center in April on her Anti- tour, and Chris Martin-fronted Coldplay, who were upstaged at this year's Super Bowl by two-time MIA headliner Beyonce. Coldplay is due at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 6.
The standout name on the 2016 Made in America undercard is Chance the Rapper, the Chicago hip-hop artist born Chancelor Bennett, whose uplifting and sophisticated digital-only mixtape Coloring Book is an early contender for year-end album-of-the-year honors.
The same could be said for Teens of Denial, the Matador Records release by Car Seat Headrest — the indie wunderkind Will Toledo, the prolific 23-year-old Seattle songwriter who has so far released 10 albums under his nom de rock.
Other main attractions include Collegrove, the hip-hop twosome of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne; Grimes, the Canadian one-woman electronic band whose given name is Claire Boucher (and who returns to MIA after playing the fest in 2014), Jamie xx, the DJ-producer for moody British band The xx, who has distinguished himself with a Gil Scott-Heron remix album and his 2015 release In Colour; Dutch electronic dance music star Martin Garrix; and Texas blues man Gary Clark Jr. The guitarist was the first act to play the main stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012, MIA's inaugural year.
Also on board at the two-day fest, which will be streamed live on Tidal: Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg; St. Lucia, the pop project of South African-born Jean Philip Grobler; Bibi Bourelly, the African-German songwriter who's penned tunes for Rihanna and Selena Gomez; Brooklyn synth-popper Porches; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles indie rock collective led by Alex Ebert; DJ Khaled, the Snapchat king and hip-hop producer who brought Rick Ross and Meek Mill along when he opened for Beyonce at Lincoln Financial Field this month, and Desiigner, the Brooklyn rapper and Kanye West signee known for his breakout single "Panda."
Last year's MIA lineup prominently featured Philly acts, with indie-scene luminaries Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and Hop Along all playing, plus rap star Meek Mill. There's less of the 215 this year, though rising rapper Lil Uzi Vert, who also headlines the Theater of Living Arts on June 28, is playing. As are rock acts Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, the side project of Dan Campbell, lead singer of stalwart Lansdale pop punk band The Wonder Years and Into It. Over It., the Chicago indie band fronted by Cherry Hill-reared songwriter Evan Weiss.
Other than Beyonce, some editions of the hip-hop- and EDM-heavy MIA bill has been short on showcasing women. This year, in addition to Rihanna, Grimes and talented newcomers like Bourelly, there are a number of female starter acts, such as L.A. rock band Dorothy, Phoenix songwriter Kacy Hill (who, like Desiigner, is signed to West's GOOD Music label), Apple Music Beats 1 deejay Anna Lunoe and Beyonce protege Sophie Beem.
Other acts on the bill include Adventure Club, Madeon, Travis Scott, Tory Lanez, DJ Mustard, SGA, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Gallant, Grits & Biscuits, Flat White, Fat White Family, Dave East, Touché Amoré, and From Indian Lakes.
The splitting of the MIA marquee between headliners from the worlds of R&B/hip-hop with Rihanna, and rock (roughly speaking) with Coldplay, marks a return to the booking strategy from the first three years of the festival, when the top names, respectively, were Jay Z and Pearl Jam, Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails, and Kanye West and Kings of Leon. Last year, the bill went all R&B/pop with Beyonce and The Weeknd.
The schedule will not be announced until closer to the dates, but if the past pattern holds, Rihanna will be playing Saturday night and Coldplay, touring behind their album A Head Full of Dreams, will close out the fest on Sunday.
For Tidal members, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday June 27 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com.
Festival info can be found at madeinamericafest.com.