Pearl Jam to headline Jay-Z’s Made in America festival

Pearl Jam will headline the two-day ‘Made in America’ festival curated by Jay-Z in Philadelphia. The other headliner (no shock) will be Jay himself, although he hasn’t yet announced who’ll be joining him on stage – Beyonce? The Roots? Kanye?.

The eclectic bill of 28 acts, that according to Hov “embody the American spirit”, also includes Passion Pit, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, Skrillex, Odd Future and a rejuvenated D’Angelo. Exactly how English DJ/producer Calvin Harris, Dutch producer Afrojack and Swedish indie pop crew Miike Snow fit into the flag waving ‘Made in America’ concept isn’t entirely clear.

The Roc-A-Fella boss also claims that he’s trying to contact Barack Obama to perform “a little rendition of Al Green” at the festival, which would easily turn the whole thing into the best campaign rally of the year. Jay says that a “significant” portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to United Way charities.

Speaking to, Jay explained his booking policy: “I’ve always believed in good music over bad music. I believe in two sorts of musics. And the lines that separate us, I don’t believe in that. That’s for people who need to easily define what they’re hearing. Me, I’m cool with everything and anything I’m hearing that’s music. It comes under one definition for me.”

Made in America festival:


Pearl Jam


Miike Snow


Calvin Harris

Odd Future


Maybach Music (feat. Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill)

Passion Pit


Dirty Projectors


Janelle Monae

Prince Royce

Rita Ora

Savoy (DJ set)

The Knocks

more to be announced…

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd September