Bye, bye L.A. Hello, New York! — The Made in America festival is officially on track to set up shop in the Big Apple for good. Music Times reports that, after the Budweiser-sponsored concert series went bi-coastal last year, it is now confirmed to take place in Jay Z's hometown for some free shows.
After boasting a line up including Kanye West, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons and more, in 2014, the festival was forced to move from L.A. following feedback of an oddly curated lineup, noise complaints and an unfair economic benefit for the City of Angels.
Now, it has been revealed in a story published to Billboard — it has since been taken down — that Made in America will hold simultaneous Labor Day shows in a series across New York City. Mary J. Blige will kick off the showcase with a performance on Liberty Island.
"This is not at all a stepping back — this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three," said Brian Perkins, Budweiser VP of marketing, in an interview with Billboard. "We're a very ambitious brand, and we have a very ambitious partner in Jay Z, who also dreams big. And we always want to do big, bold things with music under the moniker of Budweiser Made in America."
Budweiser's 2015 Made in American music festival is set to take place from Sept. 5 to 6 in Philadelpha. An official lineup of the event's performers has not yet been announced.
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