The Philadelphia music scene was abuzz with anticipation for the iconic "Made in America" music festival, a summer highlight scheduled for September 2 and 3. However, in an unexpected turn, the 2023 edition of the festivity has been canceled due to "severe circumstances outside of production control," as announced by the organizers.
Having established itself as a vanguard of musical events, Made in America prides itself on providing unforgettable experiences for music enthusiasts. Through a tweet, the organizers expressed their dedication to the festival's legacy, "Made in America has a legacy of delivering exceptional experiences for music fans and concert goers, and it is our commitment to always deliver a top-tier festival experience."
This year's festival boasted an alluring lineup with prominent artists like SZA and Lizzo set to headline. Their performances were highly awaited, and fans were gearing up for what promised to be an electrifying weekend. However, they will now have to wait a bit longer for the music magic.
The silver lining? The Made in America festival is poised to make a robust comeback next year. As confirmed by the organizers, fans can mark their calendars for the festival's return to its traditional venue, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in 2024.
Those who secured their tickets in anticipation of the 2023 edition need not worry. Organizers have ensured that all ticket holders will be refunded at their points of purchase.
Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney expressed his disappointment via a tweet, stating, "I'm disappointed to hear that the 2023 @MIAFestival will not be taking place. We're grateful to the partners and festival goers who have contributed to this event's incredible success over the years, and we look forward to bringing MIA back to the Parkway next year."
Made in America, run by Jay-Z's Roc Nation, has been a beacon of music culture since 2012. Except for a brief hiatus in 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has consistently brought together a plethora of talents and a diverse audience, establishing itself as an annual tradition in the music world.
While the cancellation is a significant setback for music lovers and the city of Philadelphia, fans are hopeful and eagerly awaiting the festival's return. With its history of memorable moments, Made in America is set to reignite its flame brighter in 2024.