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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

Jay-Z’s “Made In America Festival” Canceled

According to a report from Associated Press, Jay-Z ‘s annual Made in America festival, scheduled for next month in Philadelphia, has been canceled.

“Due to severe circumstances outside of production control, the 2023 Made in America festival will no longer be taking place,” the festival shared in a statement on social media. The festival had been set for September 2nd - 3rd on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Lizzo and SZA as the main events.

“This decision has been difficult and has not been made lightly nor without immense deliberation. Made in America has a legacy of delivering exceptional experiences for music fans and concert goers, and it is our commitment to always deliver a top-tier festival experience.”

The cancellation announcement was also worded in a manner that suggested plans to return next year, and that refunds will be granted to those who purchased tickets.

The “Made In America Festival” has been run by Jay-Z's Roc Nation and held throughout Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia on a yearly basis since 2012, with the exception of 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The cancellation news was announced two months after its lineup was revealed.

Miguel, Tems, Metro Boomin, Ice Spice, Coi Leray, Latto, Lil Yachty, Doechii, Lola, and many more were slated to perform.

"We depend a lot on that. Made in America is good. You bring a lot of crowds, a lot of beer, and a lot of sandwiches," said Jose Rios, a cook at Corner Deli.

"I think it's one of a kind of a festival, music concert that goes on here in Philly. So, I know a lot of people enjoy themselves. It brings a lot of money into the city. So, it's definitely going to be a disappointment for a lot of people," said Jairus Martin, who was in attendance at the 2022 “Made in America”.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney shared his thoughts and feelings of dismay at the sudden turn of events. “Since 2012, Made in America has grown into a Philly tradition on Labor Day Weekend celebrating music and promoting worthwhile social causes,” Kenney said in a statement.

“We are grateful for all the partners and festival goers who have contributed to this event’s incredible success over the years, especially our partners at Roc Nation, and we look forward to bringing “Made in America” back and bigger than ever to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next year.”

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