MTV – On Wednesday (April 10), after an interactive announcement on the music-streaming site Spotify, Budweiser revealed that Beyoncé will headline the first day of the two-day festival on August 31 and Nine Inch Nails will hold things down September 1. “One of the things on our mind was how do you top it? How do you go into year two and make sure that you’re continuing to live up to the ideals of Budweiser Made in America,” Paul Chibe, vice president of U.S. marketing at Anheuser-Busch, told MTV News. “Jay really did an amazing job curating the lineup.” Aside from pulling strings with the Mrs., Hov helped to gather a robust and diverse lineup that will play throughout the weekend. 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Public Enemy and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will hold it down for the hip-hop set. Queens of the Stone Age, Haim, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon and Phoenix will give the festival its rock edge, while Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Wolfgang Gartner will keep fans dancing. Miguel and Solange will also add some love to the event.
Immediate disappointment followed by strong feelings of “Eh, it’s actually not that bad.” Didn’t see that Beyonce and Queens of the Stone Age were in the lineup at first, but those two are heavy hitters and changed my feelings towards the entire two-day festival. Kendrick is there because — as Louis put it — he is literally at every festival in the world, but it’s good he’s there. Same with Rocky and Schoolboy Q and Public Enemy holding it down for the rap set. Replacing Skrillex from last year with Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris is solid. Not really sold on the bands yet. NIN should be alright but they’re not Pearl Jam.
Seems like a C+ if you ask me. Need to add a few more names before showtime.