Jay-Z Confirmed as Friday Night Headliner for All Points West Festival

jay-z-2The 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”.

All Points West

MCA (Beastie Boys) Has Cancer, Tour Dates Cancelled

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Sad news from the Beastie Boys forces them to cancel tour dates (including All Points West) and to push their upcoming album release, Hot Sauce Committee. MCA has a form of cancer localized in the parotid gland, which is luckily treatable. To focus on the positive side, he assures us that his voice will not be affected by the treatment.

Beastie Boys Headline Day 1 Of All Points West

bb_cyh_maincoverNew York City’s Beastie Boys are set to play the All Points West Music & Arts Festival on Friday, July 31, alongside Q-Tip, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion and many more.

With he release of their first vocal album since 2004 Hot Sauce Committee eminent, Ad-Rock commented to Billboard, “it’s a lot of vocals, a lot of words — very wordy.  And it’s political, depending on what you call political. You know, if toilet talk and fart jokes are political, which they can be, in that sense yeah, very.”

“Lee Majors Come Again”

B Boys In The Cut (Innerpartysystem Remix)

More Info on All Points West, July 31 – August 2