Jay-Z has struck a deal with the city of Philadelphia to keep the Made In America festival in the city of brotherly love. After last week’s announcement that the festival would be moving from the Ben Franklin Parkway Jay wrote an op-ed letting the mayor know how unhappy he was with the decision.
“We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city,” said the Roc Nation mogul. Six days later, its been announced the festival will stay in Philadelphia at the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Folks from Roc Nation met with the mayor’s office and have worked out their issues. As a result, the annual two-day concert will continue to be held in Philly.
“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,” said Mayor Kenney in a statement.
Reps for the city have committed to keeping the Made In America Fest for years to come.
“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,” added Desiree Perez, Chief Operating Officer of Roc Nation in a statement. “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.”
This year’s festival will be headlined by Nicki Minaj and Post Malone. Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Cashmere Cat, Ty Dolla $ign and more are set to perform at this year’s event, taking place on Sept. 1 & 2.