Hip-hop mogul Jay Z has decided against staging his Made in America festival in Los Angeles this summer (15) after encountering a series of complaints and other issues when he launched the West Coast leg of the annual event last year (14).
The 99 Problems hitmaker launched the concert series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2012, and he expanded the event by holding the two-day festival simultaneously at Grant Park in California over America's Labor Day weekend last August (14), when Kanye West headlined both shows.
The Los Angeles gigs were supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti, but drew criticism from other city politicians and councilors, including Jose Huizar, who raised concerns about public safety, noise, and the cost-implications for the local community.
The furor appears to have prompted Jay Z to rethink plans for this year's bash, and he will no longer be hosting Made in America in L.A.
Instead, the main show will take place in Philadelphia, while a free concert is reportedly set to be held on Liberty Island in his native New York, where Mary J. Blige is expected to headline.
Brian Perkins, a top executive for festival sponsors Budweiser, tells Billboard.com, "This is not at all a stepping back - this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three.
"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."
The line-up for the 2015 Made in America festival has yet to be revealed.
Kanye West, The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Chromeo headlined the Philadelphia event last year (14), while West joined Iggy Azalea, John Mayer, Juanes, Weezer and Rise Against in Los Angeles.