Philadelphia’s long-running Made in America festival has been canceled for 2023, organizers announced on Tuesday, citing “severe circumstances outside of production control.”
The festival was to feature Lizzo and SZA as headliners, along with a stacked lineup featuring Ice Spice, Miguel, Latto, Coi Leray, Doechii, Metro Boomin, and others, with a joint set from veteran rappers Mase and Cam’ron. It was scheduled for Sept. 2-3 at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The statement continued, “This decision has been difficult and has not been made lightly nor without immense deliberation,” adding that ticket holders will be refunded for their purchases.
While reps did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment, it seems possible that the recently lawsuit against Lizzo filed by several former dancers alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment probably was not a positive element as the dates of the festival drew closer; Lizzo has denied all accusations of wrongdoing.
Made in America has been a Philadelphia institution for several years, with Bad Bunny and Tyler, the Creator headlining last year’s festival. It was founded by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Entertainment and the company was heavily involved in its organization and promotion up until last year, although it appears not to be associated with the festival this year.
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