Last week, news broke that a spokesperson from the Philadelphia mayor’s office had announced that the Made in America Festival would no longer have a home at Benjamin Franklin Parkway after this year. Jay Z, who founded the festival, didn’t take to that announcement too well and an op-ed calling out the mayor in which he noted his is “disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city.”
It seems as though the situation has been dealt with since now the mayor and Roc Nation are releasing a joint-statement about the future of the festival in Philly. The mayor’s particular quote reads:
I am greatly appreciative of everything that Made in America has done for the City of Philadelphia and I remain committed to its continued success. The Made in America festival belongs in Philadelphia—the birthplace of our country—and I’m optimistic that we can turn an unfortunate misunderstanding into a positive outcome and even stronger event. I look forward to working with Roc Nation and Live Nation, and maintaining this Philadelphia tradition for years to come.
Roc Nation, Chief Operating Officer, Desiree Perez added that “the Made in America festival will continue at the heart of the Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for many years to come” and that the early situation was down to “miscommunication” which has now been “corrected.”
With that mess out the way, look forward to Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone, Diplo, Zedd, and more between 1 and 2 September in Philly this year with many more Made in America festivals to come.
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I’m bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo