The Guardian festival blog: Jay-Z in dispute with Philadelphia mayor over music festival | Music

Jay-Z is embroiled in a dispute with the mayoral office of Philadelphia after it announced plans to change the location of his music festival, Made in America.

On Tuesday, a representative for Mayor Jim Kenney said this year’s festival would be the last to be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the centre of the city. The festival, founded in 2012, was “intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend” but thanks to a rise in tourism, the mayor’s office argued “the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary”.

Writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Jay-Z said: “Our question is: how do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?” The rapper said he and his company, Roc Nation, were never consulted over the city’s decision and that the move showed “zero appreciation” for the festival. “We are disappointed that the…


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