Just last week, Jay-Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the Budweiser Made in America festival is coming to the city’s downtown Grand Park for Labor Day weekend. During the first two years the festival has taken place in Philadelphia, but is now looking to relocate. Last year’s lineup listed acts such as Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Rick Ross, Skrillex and Jay Z himself. The festival even inspired a documentary by Ron Howard.
Undoubtedly, fans on the East Coast will be upset about the sudden change in venues, but they’re not the only ones with complaints. The move is met with some hesitance from City Councilman Jose Huizar who, according to MTV, “introduced a motion last month asking the city to withhold permits for the festival until there were answers to his questions about how Made in America might disrupt downtown business due to street closures. He’s also reportedly concerned about holding a for-profit, ticketed concert where alcohol will be served in a public venue.” Despite this, the event is going to be moved with the expressed approval of the mayor and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
During the public announcement, Mayor Garcetti said that the festival “will attract 50,000 fans Saturday and Sunday; fans who will inject millions of dollars into the LA Economy.” This news has brought a lot of attention to the Grand Park and has created conversation regarding other promoters trying to push for more concerts at the venue.
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