Jay-Z is curating Philadelphia’s eclectic Made In America Festival (Sep. 1-2), so it only makes sense that his wife Beyonce is rumored to be joining the action. Whispers of a surprise Bey performance are making the rounds, and if true this would be the singer’s most high profile performance since bringing Blue Ivy into the world on January 7. (Though it wouldn’t be her first: in May she did a four-night stint in Atlantic City.)
We’re inclined to believe the Beyonce rumors, and not just because we’re perpetual pop optimists: director Ron Howard is chronicling everything for a documentary about the festival, and considering that the footage could also serve as an addition to Jay and Bey’s home video library, we’re thinking they’ll want the Oscar winner to capture the momentous return.
In addition to Jay’s headlining set and the secret/not-secret Bey performance, Made In America will also feature Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Odd Future, Rick Ross, Calvin Harris, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, and Santigold. Which is why roughly 100,000 people will attend the two-day festival. Of course, now we can expect that number to go up.