Made In America will take place in Philadelphia after all. After a week of bluster and tense public statements, both sides (Live Nation & Roc Nation) and the city of Philadelphia worked something out that is allowing the festival to stay on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
“After a candid and constructive discussion with the mayor, we are confident any miscommunication is corrected, and we are proactively addressing any concerns,” said Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez in a statement. “We are committed to bringing the best experience possible to Philadelphians and all music lovers as well as the continuing prosperity of the city.”
Last week, the city apparently made the decision to move the event off of the Parkway, saying an event of that size there “may no longer be necessary.” Jay-Z responded with an angry op-ed, emphasizing the location’s importance to the festival and throwing down the gauntlet saying it was at the Parkway or not at all.
The mayor’s office seemed to back off a bit and then they worked things out.
"Both parties have agreed to continue to host the festival along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and are committed to addressing operational and community challenges associated with this large-scale event,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement via WHYY.
“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.”