Jay-Z’s Made in America festival, which has taken place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, has been forced to move to a new location by Mayor Jim Kenney.
In response, Hov penned an op-ed for the Phadelphia Inquirer. He wrote, “The Made in America festival is a multicultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech and perseverance for artists and music lovers. Philadelphia, an iconic city, represents those ideals... The [Benjamin Franklin] Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to the more than 600 artists who have performed at this event... We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication... In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.”
Hov concludes that the music festival has been integral to the city’s increase in tourism over the years. He vowed to review options internally and handle accordingly.