Budweiser ‘Made In America’ festival accepts event payment
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council agreed today to accept $500,000 from an event organizer to pay for city services to be used during the Budweiser Made In America music festival taking place at Grand Park over Labor Day weekend.
The Aug. 30-31 event, promoted by rap artist Jay Z and organized by Live Nation Worldwide Inc., will feature 30 musical acts and is expected to draw about 50,000 attendees to the Civic Center area.
In addition to the $500,000 payment, Live Nation has agreed to pay for “all costs relating to the repair of any damage caused to city property” due to the event, according to the motion approved 12-0 by the council.
Los Angeles City Hall will serve as the backdrop to the festival, which is taking place at the adjacent county-owned Grand Park. Live Nation also plans to pay the county a $350,000 fee as reimbursement for services, according to the motion.
Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes downtown Los Angeles and the Civic Center, expressed concerns about the festival when it was announced, saying he was worried about large crowds and the impact on downtown- area streets. Mayor Eric Garcetti, however, hailed the planned event, saying the city plans to “throw a world-class party.”
Previous “Made In America” events held in Philadelphia generated about $10 million in local spending, according to the motion.
Performers scheduled to take part in the festival include John Mayer, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, Sublime with Rome, Capital Cities, Cypress Hill, Nipsey Hussle, Hit-Boy, Will Sparks, Metric, Schoolboy Q and A Tribe Called Red.
A mirror festival will be held concurrently in Philadelphia, to be headlined by Kanye West and Kings of Leon.