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Philadelphia’s ‘Made in America’ Festival Has Been Canceled

Philadelphia’s ‘Made in America’ Festival Has Been Canceled
Philadelphia’s ‘Made in America’ Festival Has Been Canceled. Credit: Eric Garcetti / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The organizers of the yearly Made in America Music Festival, held during the Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, have declared the cancellation of this year’s event.

The 2023 Made in America festival won’t be happening. Organizers shared on the event website that they had to make this tough call due to serious issues beyond their control. This decision wasn’t easy to make and was thought about very carefully.

The festival for this year was planned to take place on September 2nd and 3rd. The main performers were going to be Lizzo and SZA, along with over twelve other music artists.

Lizzo is currently facing a legal case where three of her former dancers have accused her of creating an unwelcoming work environment.

‘Made in America’ festival created by Jay-Z in 2012

The festival, which was started by Jay-Z in 2012, happens on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as mentioned on the Visit Philadelphia website. Previous festivals also featured fun rides, food trucks, and other things to do alongside the music performances.

CNN received a statement from Philadelphia’s spokesperson, Joy Huertas, expressing disappointment about the festival cancellation.

She mentioned that the City of Philadelphia had been collaborating closely with the festival organizers during the planning stages. Joy Huertas further stated that the city, along with its partners in hospitality and tourism, is eager to bring back the Made in America festival next year on a grander scale.

Philadelphia’s Mayor, Jim Kenney, shared his thoughts with CNN, expressing his disappointment regarding the cancellation of the 2023 Made In America festival.

He mentioned that Made in America has become a cherished tradition in Philadelphia since 2012, marking Labor Day Weekend with music and supporting important social causes.

Previous editions of the Made in America festival have showcased artists like Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, and Cardi B.

The organizers did not provide further details regarding the cancellation of the 2023 festival. However, they did mention that people who purchased tickets will receive refunds.

‘Made In America’ made an impact of $150 million

As reported by Live Nation, the Made In America festival has had a significant economic influence, contributing an estimated $150 million directly since its inception. The previous year’s festival notably enhanced the city’s tourism sector.

A noteworthy statistic is that more than half of the attendees who visited stayed in nearby hotels for an average of 2.5 nights. During the Labor Day weekend, a staggering 95% of visitors came to Philadelphia specifically to partake in the festival.

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