MIA Going MIA: Philadelphia’s Made In America Festival Cancels 2023 Edition Featuring Lizzo, SZA

Made In America Festival
Bad Bunny performs at Made In America Festival on Sept. 4, 2022 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)

Made In America, the festival that’s entertained Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend for more than a decade, has been cancelled for 2023.

The festival — curated by Jay-Z since its 2012 inception— was set to be headlined by SZA and the suddenly embattled Lizzo September 2 and 3.

“Due to severe circumstances outside of production control, the 2023 Made in America festival will no longer be taking place,” the festival said in a statement posted on social media. “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.

Ticket holders will be refunded at point of purchase.

The festival did not elaborate on the “severe circumstances,” nor did Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney who said in a statement of his own he is “disappointed” the festival is taking the year off.

MIA would have been Lizzo’s first live performance since a trio of former dancers filed a lawsuit alleging harassment and hostile work environment.

Made In America’s statement promises the festival will return next year, saying, “We look forward to returning to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the great city of Philadelphia in 2024.”