Philadelphia was one of many cities hit hard by Hurricane Ida this week. Even so, Jay-Z‘s Made in America festival will still be held this Labor Day weekend in the City of Brotherly Love.
Philly experienced historic flooding, which delayed construction of the outdoor stage. On Friday, Mayor Jimmy Kenney confirmed that the 10th annual event is on.
“I think it’s good for the city to have this kind of event, so we can celebrate a little bit even in the midst of potential tragedy,” Kenney told Philadelphia ABC-TV affiliate WPVI. “Jay-Z, Beyoncé, the Biebs (Justin Bieber) is coming. It’ll be fun for a change…be nice to have some fun, wouldn’t it?
The stage is being erected near the iconic Rocky statue, inspired by the Sylvester Stallone boxing film character Rocky Balboa, at the bottom of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly.
Over 35 acts will perform, led by headliner Bieber, who will hit the stage Sunday, and second headliner Lil Baby, who will perform on Saturday. He will be preceded by Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, A$AP Ferg, Kehlani, Baby Keem and more.
In addition to Bieber, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda, Lil Durk and Tinashe will be among the artists performing on Sunday.
This year’s event will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania as its official charity partner. A portion of the net proceeds also will support The REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice reform organization chaired by Jay-Z, Meek Mill and Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin.
Made in America returns this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Tickets are now available on Ticketmaster.com.
Made In America 2021 is still on. “Jay Z, Beyonce, the Biebs is coming…it will be nice to have fun,” Mayor Kenney said. https://t.co/lCNBdFQILL
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) September 3, 2021
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