LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation is reportedly in talks with the city of Los Angeles over staging a West Coast edition of Jay-Z's "Made in America" music festival. Live Nation has staged the the multi-day festival in Philadelphia for the past two years.
Produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser, the Jay-Z curated Philadelphia version of the festival in 2013 featured headlines Beyoncé, Deadmau5, Nine Inch Nails.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the initial plan was to announce the West Coast edition of the festival as early as April of 2014, with organizers expecting a total capacity of 50,000 fans, however that timeline was disrupted when members of the city council expressed concerns about the impact of the festival on the city.
Festival plans would require street closures in the area around Grand Park for as many as 10 days, which prompted some city council members to express concerns about the event.
Councilman Jose Huizar has requested that no permits be issued for the event until it could be fully evaluated. In his motion to withhold permits, Huizar said that the festival "will involve the full closure of many streets in the civic center area creating major disruption concerns for workers; residents and businesses." – Staff Writers