Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival Canceled For 2020, Promises To Return Next Year

Budweiser Made In America
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– Made In America
Day 2 of the 2013 festival in Philadelphia.

The 2020 edition of Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival has been nixed with a statement released today that pointed to the pivotal time in this nation’s history where we are “collectively fighting the parallel pandemics of COVID-19, systemic racism and police brutality.” 

The Sept. 5-6 event was supposed to take place at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Early bird tickets for the 2020 event went on sale in December but the lineup hadn’t been announced yet. A statement promised that Made In America would return over Labor Day Weekend in 2021. 
“2020 is a year like no other. We are in a pivotal time in this nation’s history. Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systemic racism and police brutality. Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country. Therefore, the Made In America festival will be rescheduled for Labor Day Weekend 2021,” Roc Nation said in a statement.
The statement added, “We look forward to working alongside the Mayor’s office and returning to the wonderful city of Philadelphia next year.” 
Fans are encouraged to hold onto tickets for next year’s festival. Emails will also be sent out to ticketholders if they need to request a refund.  
Made In America has become a yearly tradition in the City of Brotherly Love since Jay-Z launched the event in 2012 with a lineup curated by the rapper. In 2014 the festival partied in Philadelphia, as well as holding a Los Angeles edition at Grand Park.
The 2019 festival was headlined by Travis Scott and Cardi B, with performances by Juice WRLD, James Blake, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Kodoak Black, Bazzi and more. 
Made in America sold 111,189 tickets and grossed more than $8.07 million in 2017, the most recent year the festival submitted data to Pollstar’s Boxoffice. Jay-Z, J. Cole and The Chainsmokers headlined the event.