Since its inception in 2012, JAY Z’s Made in America Festival has always been the highlight of my summer. Aside from delectable offerings of the local food trucks, unique stages setups, and the fact that it’s centrally located in the heart of Philadelphia, MiA’s eclectic lineup is the true attraction. In a time when music festivals are focusing more on the “experience” than the acts, Made in America’s emphasis on a wide variety of music is refreshing.
The inaugural year of the festival saw hip-hop powerhouses (JAY Z, Drake, MMG) face off against EDM superstars (Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Afrojack), but retained its indie credibility with the inclusion of acts like D’Angelo, Gary Clark Jr., and The Knocks. 2013 repeated the same formula to even greater success, with artists ranging from UK liquid funk group Rudimental to industrial rock headliners Nine Inch Nails. This varied approach to billing acts appeals greatly to millennial music fans like myself whose taste in genres run the gamut. This year marked a significant change to the Made in America format, adding a second festival on the same weekend in Los Angeles. View the set times for both Made in America locations below.