Made in America 2023 Cancelled

An aerial view of the Made In America music festival as Baby Keem performs on the Rocky stage at the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

Event organizers of Made in America took to social media yesterday to announce that music festival has been cancelled.

Made in America typically runs for two days and is held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. However, the event organizers posted to the Made in America official social media accounts explaining very vaguely that the festival will not be running this year because of “severe circumstances outside of production control.” Maybe a headlining artist being sued by multiple previous employees?

The festival was supposed to host SZA and Lizzo as headliners for the weekend, alongside Coi Leray, Metro Boomin, Lil Yachty, Miguel, Latto and many more. The statement from Made in America organizers remained vague and positive, avoiding giving a full explanation to the cancellation but looking forward to next year.

The vague explanation leads fans to wonder if Lizzo’s recent legal troubles have caused some problems for the festival, as past employees filed a lawsuit last week against her for sexual harassment, creation of a hostile work environment, and more. Although the singer has denied all of those allegations and referred to them as “outrageous” and “false.”

Is that enough to cancel a whole two-day festival that happens every year? Too late to book a new headliner for the popular festival? Are there more factors at play? Maybe.

The statement from Made in America organizers reads:

“Due to severe circumstances outside of production control, the 2023 Made in America festival will no longer be taking place. 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 out commitment to always deliver a top-tier festival experience.

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.”

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