Jay-Z announces he's cancelled his annual Made in America festival due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Jay-Z announces he's cancelled his annual Made in America festival due to COVID-19 pandemic

'Now is the time to protect our health': Jay-Z announces he's cancelled his annual Made in America festival due to COVID-19 pandemicTh

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‘Now is the time to protect our health’: Jay-Z announces he’s cancelled his annual Made in America festival due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • The concert was set to take place on September 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia 
  • In a statement released on Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company revealed the event has been rescheduled to 2021 
  • The entertainment agency’s message highlighted the importance of ‘staying safe’ amid the global crisis and also touched on championing racial justice 
  • Roc Nation also said tickets for this year’s festival will be valid in 2021, but those who would prefer a refund will be required to email the company
  • Music mogul Jay-Z, 50, real name Shawn Carter, created Made In America eight years ago
  • The inaugural event grossing $5 million (£3.9 million) in ticket sales and attracting nearly 80,000 attendees 
  • Last year’s show was headlined by Cardi B and Travis Scott, with supporting acts Megan Thee Stallion, Jorja Smith and James Blake also taking to the stage 

Jay-Z’s annual Made in America festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The concert, founded by the music mogul, 50, in 2012, was set to take place on September 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company revealed the event has been rescheduled to 2021.  

Unfortunate: Jay-Z’s annual Made in America festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured at the event in 2017)

Unfortunate: Jay-Z’s annual Made in America festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured at the event in 2017)

The entertainment agency’s official message highlighted the importance of ‘staying safe’ amid the global COVID-19 crisis and also touched on championing racial justice.

It read: ‘2020 is a year like no other. We are in a pivotal time in this nation’s history. Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, Covid-19, systematic racism and police brutality.

‘Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organisations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country.’

Halted: The concert, founded by the music mogul, 50, in 2012, was set to take place on September 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

Halted: The concert, founded by the music mogul, 50, in 2012, was set to take place on September 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

Exciting times ahead: In a statement released on Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company revealed the event has been rescheduled to 2021

Exciting times ahead: In a statement released on Wednesday, the rap mogul’s Roc Nation company revealed the event has been rescheduled to 2021 

What a show: Last year's show was headlined by Cardi B (pictured) and Travis Scott, with supporting acts Megan Thee Stallion, Jorja Smith and James Blake also taking to the stage

What a show: Last year’s show was headlined by Cardi B (pictured) and Travis Scott, with supporting acts Megan Thee Stallion, Jorja Smith and James Blake also taking to the stage

Calls for change regarding police brutality towards black people, diversity in workplaces and representation in the media have been heavily discussed following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. 

Roc Nation also said tickets for this year’s festival will be valid in 2021, writing: ‘Therefore, Made In America will be rescheduled for Labour Day Weekend 2021.’ 

‘If anyone would prefer a refund, an email will be sent to request one. For any further ticket inquiries, please reach out to the point of purchase.’

Raising the roof: The founder's wife Beyoncé even fronted the event in September 2015 (pictured)

Raising the roof: The founder’s wife Beyoncé even fronted the event in September 2015 (pictured)

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, created Made In America eight years ago, with the inaugural event grossing $5 million (£3.9 million) in ticket sales and attracting nearly 80,000 attendees. 

Live performances take place at the Rocky Stage, Liberty Stage, and Freedom Tent and boast sets from high-profile musicians from a wide range of genres, including hip hop, rock, and R&B.

Last year’s show was headlined by Cardi B and Travis Scott, with supporting acts Megan Thee Stallion, Jorja Smith and James Blake also taking to the stage.

Made in America was documented in a 2013 film by filmmaker Ron Howard, who described the project as ‘a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America—what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist.’ 

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