The All Points West festival announced that Jay-Z has been added to the bill for Friday, July 31. As we recently learned, Beastie Boys were forced to cancel their headlining appearance at APW’s opening night –as well as all other engagements–when MCA was diagnosed with cancer. For those requesting refunds based on this news, ticket refunds are available at point of purchase for Friday single day tickets only. But if you’re asking for a refund, you might be insane. The news is bittersweet, our thoughts are with MCA and we’re all hoping for a speedy recovery. But this surprise replacement is not too shabby.
This show will mark the U.S. festival debut of Jay-Z, who last year performed at a variety of overseas festivals including the U.K.’s Glastonbury, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Norway’s Hove Festival and the O2 Wireless Festival in London. In a review of a recent show, the Los Angeles Times‘ Ann Powers said, “Jay-Z shows are fun because the rapper is so adept at spinning liquid gold; his mouth is one of the most nimble in the genre’s history, and he uses it to present thoughts that are sharp, funny and resonant”.