Made in America Festival

Where: Philadelphia

When: September 2nd and 3rd

In its 5th year of existence, hosted by Jay-Z Made in America’s lineup is to no one’s surprise, stacked. Some of the highlights include the host himself, Jay-Z, and other big name artists like J Cole, The Chainsmokers, Migos, Sampha, 21 Savage, Run the Jewels, Sampha. I have seen Jay-Z perform live before and he puts on a great show. Based off of Migos recent touring for Culture, their shows look like a must attend event for this summer. If you’ve seen any of J Cole’s HBO documentaries, you know his shows are epic and he makes them into a story, unlike the way that many others perform.

Here is Cole making a beat on his tour bus:

Some of the lower tier artists that you should keep an eye out for are Jorja Smith and Kap Slap. Jorja was just featured on two separate songs on Drake’s More Life and is starting to make some waves on the music scene. Also making waves, Kap Slap has been doing his thing in the EDM industry for a few years now. I am not a huge EDM head but one of my friend’s from college, Gazzo, is an artist in the game, who lives with Kap Slap and put me onto his music. If you’ve never hear anything by Kap Slap, check this song out that he did that has over a million plays on SoundCloud.


Where: Chicago

When: August 3-6

This 4 day festival has the potential to be the best music event of 2017. Each day has a surplus of talent and a very wide range of artists.


Headliners include, Lorde, Wiz Khalifa, Porter Robinson, Migos, A track and Lil Uzi Vert. I have seen Lorde and Porter before out of this group. Lorde was pretty underwhelming but this was also earlier in her career. Maybe she has learned how to put more of a show on now. Porter Robinson rocks the shit out of his shows and always has the crowd bumping. I’ve never seen Lil Uzi Vert live but here’s a clip of him last week jumping 20 feet into the crowd at a recent show


I would look out for The Killers, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels and Majid Jordan. The diversity of music on Friday is very spread out which makes for an awesome music scene. Out of these artists I have only seen DJ Snake which was a great time. I imagine artists as big as Blink and The Killers know how to put on a wild rock show for the second day of the festival


Chance the Rapper, Kaskade, Russ, and 21 Savage are the highlights on Saturday. Chance really showed how good of a performer he was at the Grammy’s a few months back, it’s always exciting to watch him perform live. I hope to one day see him live soon.

Russ, who I wrote back last week be entertaining as well, performing the hits off his new album There’s Really a Wolf

Sunday wraps up with Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Machine Gun Kelly, Sampha, and Lil Yachty. I would be excited to see Rae perform their hits off of Sremmlife, as well as seeing Big Sean perform his discography with the amount of hits he’s had over the past few years. MGK just dropped an album titled Bloom, which he will most likely perform at the fest.


Where: Manchester, Tennessee

When: June 8th – 11th

Bonnaroo has been a popular music festival since 2002 and has been growing year by year. Like some of the other big summer festivals, it has a wide range of artists and genres from Pop to EDM, Rap and Jazz as well as all things in between. Some of the mainstream artists this summer will be U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Major Lazer and Marshmello. One of the top performances I’ve seen videos of are Travis Scott and the Weeknd specifically. The lower tier artists that I would like to see that don’t get as much press are Borgore, Russ, D.R.A.M. and Skepta. One interesting part of Bonnaroo is that it has a comedy theatre as well, with talent such as Hannibal Burress and Mike Lawrence.


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