“Made in America” Festival Staying Home This Year
That didn’t last long.
A year ago, Jay Z announced that his “Made in America” music festival, which had originated in Philadelphia, was expanding to include Los Angeles — and a few locals fretted we were losing our spot at the center of Hova’s universe.
Nope. There will be no “Made in America” in L.A. this year, meaning most of the festival will be hosted in Philadelphia. (A second, free concert might be held in New York.)
Rolling Stone: “According to the Los Angeles Times, Made in America will not be returning to the city in 2015 after last year’s festival was plagued with myriad issues. The points of contention included Grant Park’s ability to handle such a massive paid event, a lack of cohesion in the lineup, concerns about noise and crowd control from local residents and questions about the festival’s economic impact on the city.”
There were similar complaints after MiA’s first year in Philadelphia in 2012, you’ll recall, but the festival seems to have become a mostly accepted fact of life. As Drew Lazor wrote for Philly Mag last year: “The fact that MiA targeted Philly in the first place is a big civic compliment, and there are numerous positives to consider. In its two years, the public opinion surrounding MiA has shifted significantly — many who cried surefire shitshow from the beginning came out impressed by the fest’s execution, not to mention the economic booster shot and six-figure sum ticket sales raised for charity (the United Way, last year). “