Jay-Z's Made In America festival will stay in Philly

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 22, 2018

The announcement comes after the mayor said the festival would no longer be held in Philadelphia after 2019.

Jay-Z's company Roc Nation and Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia announced that the Made in America music festival would be held at the Benjaming Franklin Parkway for "years to come," Pitchfork reported.

The announcement comes after the mayor said the festival would no longer be held in Philadelphia after 2019. Jay-Z subsequently wrote an op-ed, claiming that the festival -- which has taken place in the same location since 2012 -- was being "evicted" from the city.
Jay-Z said in his op-ed that the cancellation was made without any prior notice or communication from the mayor, who later said that there was a miscommunication and that his statement had been misunderstood. The mayor then entered into discussions with Roc Nation to continue the event, and Desiree Perez, the company's chief operating officer, said those talks were "candid and constructive."

"The Made in America festival belongs in Philadelphiathe birthplace of our countryand I'm optimistic that we can turn an unfortunate misunderstanding into a positive outcome and even stronger event," Mayor Kenney's statement reads.

Roc Nation expressed similarly optimistic sentiments in a statement of its own.

"We are confident that any miscommunication is corrected, an we are proactively addressing any concerns," Perez said.

This year, the Made in America festival will take place from September 1 to 2 and include performances by Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone, Diplo, Zedd, and more

 

 

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