Budweiser Made In America Festival Not Returning To L.A.
The Budweiser "Made In America" festival will not return to Los Angeles this year, reports L.A. Times.
The music festival ran simultaneously last year, in Los Angeles and Philadelphia during Labor Day Weekend. Although it was successful, drawing over 71,000 fans over the span of two days at Los Angeles Grand Park, it also faced numerous issues.
According to the paper, there was noise complaints, and other issues, leading to festival organizers deciding to nix the L.A. event for 2015.
"This is not at all a stepping back -- this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three," Budweiser VP of marketing Brian Perkins told 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."
Organizer Live Nation was required to pay $500,000 to the city of Los Angeles for police patrols, street closures, trash removal and other city services. However, the bill reached nearly $670,000, leaving a $170,000 balance that the tax payers were responsible for after the fact.
For 2015, the Made In America Festival will head to New York for a free concert on Liberty Island, with Mary J. Blige named the headliner. Other remote events may be announced in the coming months.
The four-year-old festival will return to its original host city in Philadelphia on September 5 and 6. A line-up has not been announced yet.