Jay-Z To Headline N.J. Festival

Jay Z gestures to photographers as he arrives at the Sony BMG Post-Grammy Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008.
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Hip-hop icon Jay-Z will make his U.S. festival debut when he replaces the Beastie Boys at the All Points West Music & Arts Festival in New Jersey.

The Grammy winner stepped in after illness caused the Beastie Boys to cancel its opening-night appearance July 31. The trio scrapped their current schedule because member Adam Yauch must undergo surgery and treatment for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland.

The three-day festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City also features Tool, Coldplay and more than 65 other artists.