June 15, 2021
Pop star Justin Bieber will make his Made in America Festival debut this year when the annual two-day music event returns to Philly over Labor Day weekend.
Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch and Doja Cat will also headline the 2021 festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 4-5 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Other performers named to this year's lineup so far include Lil Durk, A$AP Ferg, Bobby Shmurda, Freddie Gibbs, Baby Keem, Moneybagg Yo, Tinashe, Morray, 42 Dugg and East Gee. Additional performances will be announced at a later date, festival organizers said.
Bieber's Made in America Festival appearance comes on the heels of the release of his latest album, "Justice," in March. The two-time Grammy Award-winner is scheduled to return to Philly next June to perform at the Wells Fargo Center as part of the tour for his new record.
Like Bieber, Lil Baby's first appearance at the multi-stage music festival will come after releasing a new album this month with Lil Durk titled "The Voice of the Heroes."
This year's Made in America Festival will not be the first for several artists. Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch and Freddie Gibbs all performed at the event when it was last held in 2019. A$AP Ferg was at Made in America twice in 2016 and 2018.
The 2021 event will benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania as its official charity partner. A portion of the net proceeds will also go toward the REFORM Alliance.
Two-day passes for this year's festival are available for as low as $150 on the event's website.
Made in America has been put together by Jay-Z and Roc Nation, alongside Live Nation, on Labor Day weekend in Philly since 2012. The event has generated more than $135 million in economic impact for the city, festival organizers said.
The 2020 Made in America Festival was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest across the country last summer.
Festival organizers announced last month that the event would return this Labor Day weekend after a one-year hiatus. Tickets to last year's concert are valid for this year's festival.
The COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down concerts for the past year, forcing musicians and venues to postpone or cancel performances.
But with restrictions eased and more people getting vaccinated, many artists and event spaces are preparing for live shows to return in the near future.
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