Why was Made in America festival Canceled?

The cancellation of the Made in America festival in Philadelphia was announced on Tuesday. The festival was supposed to be scheduled to take place on Labor Day weekend on September 2nd and 3rd at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The headliners for this year’s Made in America festival were going to be SZA and Lizzo and in the previous year, it was Tyler, the Creator and Bad Bunny.


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The cancellation comes shortly after the Lizzo lawsuit in which she denied all allegations of sexual harassment towards her former dancers. The cancellation is not due to Lizzo’s lawsuit but caused by “severe circumstances outside of production control.” But social media users were quick to make comments about the MIA festival’s headliner Lizzo being sued. The top comment on Instagram wrote, “The circumstances was that trash ass lineup 💀 Lizzo headliner is insanity.”

The Made in America organizers posted the statement on Instagram that ticket holders will be refunded and anticipate the festival to proceed in 2024. Joy Huertas, a Philadelphia spokesman told CNN, “The City of Philadelphia was working closely with the festival producers throughout the planning process and we’re disappointed to hear the news. The City, along with our hospitality and tourism partners, look forward to bringing MIA back and bigger than ever next year.”

Other performers scheduled to perform at the festival included Latto, Ice Spice, Metro Boomin, Lil Yachty, Miguel, Coi Leray, and more. The Philadelphia Festival has been a long-standing event that began in 2012 and was founded by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Entertainment.

Published by HOLR Magazine.