Made In America Festival Will Be Staying In Philadelphia
After a week of back and forths between Jay-Z’s camp and the mayor of Philadelphia, the annual Made In America festival will be staying put. Last week, Jay-Z fired off a scathing letter after finding out from the media that the mayor wanted to relocate the festival in 2019 and possibly cancel this year’s festivities. Jay-Z refused a relocation. If the festival was not held on the “Rocky” steps, he did not want to have it in Philadelphia at all. In a joint statement between mayor Jim Kenney and Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez, it’s been announced that both sides have reached an agreement. Jim Kenny said:
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.
Desiree Perez said:
We are happy to announce the Made in America festival will continue at the heart of the Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, for many years to come. After a candid and constructive discussion with the mayor, we are confident any miscommunication is corrected, and we are proactively addressing any concerns. We are committed to bringing the best experience possible to Philadelphians and all music lovers as well as the continuing prosperity of the city.
Made In America will take place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.