JAY-Z’s highly anticipated Made In America Festival 2023 has regrettably been canceled due to “severe circumstances outside of production control,” according to organizers.
The festival, known for its star-studded lineup and vibrant atmosphere, had unveiled its impressive roster of artists back in June. The event was scheduled to dominate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend, on September 2-3.
Among the much-anticipated performances was a reunion of Cam’ron and Ma$e, who were poised to share the stage after reconciling their longstanding feud. The lineup also boasted other renowned acts including SZA, Lizzo, Metro Boomin, Ice Spice, Coi Leray, Latto, Lil Yachty, Doechii, Tems, Miguel, Lola Brooke, and more.
In an announcement posted on social media, organizers shared the somber news of the festival’s cancellation on Tuesday (August 8).
“Due to severe circumstances outside of production control, the 2023 Made In America festival will no longer be taking place,” the statement conveyed. “This decision has been difficult and has not been made lightly nor without immense deliberation. Made In America has a legacy of delivering exceptional experiences for music fans and concert goers, and it is our commitment to always deliver a top-tier festival experience.”
The statement continued, “We look forward to returning to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the great city of Philadelphia in 2024. All ticket holders will be refunded at original point of purchase.”
The cancellation of the festival is a significant disappointment for fans and the music industry alike. The festival was set to be an especially notable moment for Cam and Ma$e, who had put their historic feud to rest last summer, with a video showing their reconciliation. The two even collaborated to co-host an online sports show called “It Is What It Is.”
JAY-Z founded the Made In America Festival in 2012 as a celebration of artists across different genres who embody the American spirit. The festival has become an annual highlight, although it briefly went on hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. Despite the cancellation this year, fans and performers alike are eagerly looking forward to its return in 2024.