NPR – Last week, the festival organizers said that, without their knowledge, the city planned to move the event after its 2018 edition to another location, away from the parkway. Since its 2012 founding, the festival has taken place in front of the iconic facade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Roc Nation and Live Nation, the festival’s producer, asserted that the companies had learned of the city’s plans only after coverage on a local news site called Billy Penn. Tensions continued to build last Tuesday after a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, Sarah Reyes, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall, and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”