In a recent development, Jay-Z’s highly anticipated 2023 Made In America festival, originally scheduled to take place at Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, unfortunately had to be canceled. This unexpected turn of events was shared through an Instagram post on Tuesday, August 7. The annual concert faced production challenges that were beyond the control of the organizers.
As detailed in the post, unforeseen and severe circumstances that were outside the realm of production control led to the difficult decision of canceling the 2023 Made In America festival. The organizers want to assure the festival’s attendees that this choice was not made lightly; it was the result of thorough deliberation.
The post further expressed that the Made In America festival is set to make a triumphant return in 2024. Additionally, those who had purchased tickets can rest assured that they will receive full refunds through the original point of purchase.
Amidst the disappointment and speculation surrounding the cancellation, some fans have voiced their theories, with a notable number attributing the festival’s unfortunate fate to Lizzo. The acclaimed “Truth Hurts” singer is currently facing legal action from three former dancers who have accused her of sexual harassment and body shaming.
In response to the cancellation news, one commenter expressed, “Regrettably, Lizzo is being held responsible for this mess,” while another added, “It’s not surprising when your headline act is mired in a lawsuit. This has also cast a shadow over the entire music genre and the participating artists.” These sentiments were echoed by various individuals in the comments section.
Originally slated for September 2 and 3, the 2023 Made In America festival had been poised to feature headlining performances by Lizzo and SZA. The lineup was additionally set to showcase remarkable acts like Miguel, TEMS, Metro Boomin, Ice Spice, Coi Leray, Latto, Lil Yachty, Doechii, and Lola Brooke, among other talented artists. The schedule also boasted a special joint set by Ma$e and Cam’ron, adding to the festival’s allure.
While the cancellation of the 2023 Made In America festival brings a sense of disappointment, the organizers remain committed to delivering an exceptional experience in the following year.