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Jay-Z to replace Beastie Boys at All Points West

Jay-Z at last year's Glastonbury Festival.

Jay-Z at last year's Glastonbury Festival.

Hip hop superstar Jay-Z is stepping up to replace the Beastie Boys as the headliner for the opening night of this year’s All Points West Festival, organizers announced late last night.

APW, held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. From July 31 to Aug 2, is the first American music festival to feature Jay-Z.

The Beastie Boys canceled tour dates and postponed the release of their new album after Adam “MCA” Yauch announced Monday that he needs treatment for cancer in his parotid gland and in a lymph node.

Jay-Z performed at a variety of overseas festivals last year, including the U.K.’s Glastonbury, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Norway’s Hove Festival and the O2 Wireless Festival in London.

The Grammy winning artist joins Tool (Saturday) and Coldplay (Sunday) as headliners of the three-day festival. Other performers over the course of the long weekend include Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Gogol Bordello, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Neko Case, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Arctic Monkeys.

While festival organizers clearly fee that Jay-Z’s unprecedented appearance will more than satisfy most ticketholders, they will issue refunds for single-day tickets because of the Beastie Boys cancellation. Refunds are available where the tickets were purchased.

Who will replace the Beastie Boys at All Points West?

The crowd at the 2008 All Points West festival.

The crowd at the 2008 All Points West festival.

If you have tickets to next weekend’s All Points West music festival on Liberty Island in Jersey City N.J., it’s disappointing news that the Beastie Boys have canceled their appearance in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch‘s announcement yesterday that he has cancer — described as a “very treatable” tumor in his salivary gland.

In addition to canceling shows, the venerable rap group has delayed the release of its new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 to give Adam, who is 44 years old, time to recover from the surgery he needs.

To tide you over, here’s a taste of Too Many Rappers, a track from the now-delayed album:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

With opening night just 10 days away, the pressing question is who’s available to replace the Beasties as headliner for the huge festival? Can the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the night’s second-biggest act, step up to the top spot? It seems unlikely that Karen O and her quirky mates have broad enough appeal — especially with the Beasties’ older demographic — to satisfy the crowd.

Click through to the jump for a list of possible replacements at APW and to see MCA’s video announcement. Continue reading