What happens when you take one of the worst corporations in America (Budweiser), and team them up with Jay-Z for a festival in Philadelphia? Well, the Made In America festival, unfortunately. There are some good acts on the list, like DJ Shadow, Run DMC, Dirty Projectors, D’Angelo, and more. But you are going to have to sit through buzzing shit storms like Calvin Harris, Chris Cornell (look at them put a star next to his name like its something to be proud of), and Skrillex, as well as fork up a pretty penny to see them throw it down. Okay, maybe it won’t be that bad, but you can bet your bottom dollar you will be in the company of raging, neon-wearing teenage girls if you decide to venture down to Philly on the first and second of September.
Enough with the jokes, though, the bigger issue here is that there is not a single risk being taken at this festival. I get it, big corporate money trying to ride already mainstream indie acts. But damn, isn’t the best part about a festival seeing a bunch of acts you’ve never heard of before and being absolutely blown away? This might be the most contrived concert of all time, and you are going to have to drink absolute shit beer if you happen to go.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 3 at 12 p.m.