Jay-Z reveals his dance tastes with curated festival

“Electronic dance music feels like a revolution, it feels like the kids’ music,” Jay-Z enthused to Billboard this month. “I just wanna be a part of it.” Ever the savvy businessman, the hip hop mogul partnered his Roc Nation empire with ‘EDM’ management company Three Six Zero Group in 2010, leading to the Calvin Harris and Rihanna mega-hit We Found Love, and now he’s dipping his toe further into the “kids’ music”.

This September, Jay-Z is curating the Made In America festival in Philadelphia, and he’s made sure to include a few dance acts who, while not technically made in America, are a pretty big deal there. So who are the Jay-Z’s “revolutionary” favourites? Commercial juggernauts Afrojack and Calvin Harris will be there – a Dutchman and a Scot respectively – alongside, you guessed it, all-American rabble-rouser Skrillex. Swedish outfit Miike Snow, a rejuvenated D’Angelo, hip hop upstarts Odd Future and of course Jay-Z himself will all perform too. The Made In America festival happens on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September.

Made in America festival:


Pearl Jam


Miike Snow


Calvin Harris

Odd Future


Maybach Music (feat. Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill)

Passion Pit


Dirty Projectors


Janelle Monae

Prince Royce

Rita Ora

Savoy (DJ set)

The Knocks

more to be announced…