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.
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.”