Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney isn’t feeling the smoke coming from Young Hov. The mayor has come forward to address some serious uproar he’s created by announcing an end to JAY-Z‘s Made In America festival location.
A Kenney representative has issued a statement claiming the mayor is focused on trying to resolve the headline-generating misunderstanding.
“The City of Philadelphia supports the Made in America festival and is greatly appreciative of all that it has done for Philadelphia. We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership,” a representative for Kenney’s office tells Billboard. “We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding. We are working with Roc Nation and Live Nation to resolve this issue and we are committed to continuing our partnership with the Made in America festival.” (Billboard)
Yesterday, JAY publicly shared his frustrations with Mayor Kenney not reaching out before reaching a decision to disrupt the Made In America festival location.
#Repost @phillydotcom Jay-Z has published a strong statement to @phillymayor Jim Kenney after the mayor’s office announced the Made in America Tour will be held on the Parkway for the last time this year. . The festival, held on Labor Day weekend, has taken place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since 2012. It’s attracted numerous big-name artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Pearl Jam. . This year’s festival will be headlined by Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone and Diplo in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts on Sept. 1 and 2. . Read the rest of Jay-Z’s response to Mayor Kenney at philly.com. . 📸 @photoswanson, Yong Kim, Michael Wirtz . . #jayz #madeinamerica #philly #philadelphia #rhianna #beyonce #rap #rapper #concert #festival #meekmill #MIA #madeinamericafestival
This week, buzz developed about the annual festival having to find a new spot in 2019.
Just like it has for the past six years, when Labor Day weekend rolls around this summer, the Ben Franklin Parkway will be transformed into the site of a giant music fest curated by superstar Jay-Z. But this will be the last time. The 2019 Made in America festival will not take place on the parkway, Billy Penn has learned. Roc Nation is adamant the fest will be returning to Philly next year anyway. A rep cites the city’s spirit and brotherhood as an essential part of the concert’s identity. (Billy Penn)
A Philadelphia official also confirmed the news and suggested things have changed since Made In America initially launched in 2012.
“This is the last year MIA will be held on the Parkway,” Sarah Reyes, deputy communications director for the mayor’s office, said in a statement to the Inquirer and Daily News on Tuesday. “When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend,” Reyes said in a statement. “Over the years, tourism has grown overall, and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.” (Philly)