In recent days, the City of Philadelphia and Jay-Z have come at odds over the location of the Made In America festival. The 2018 edition will be the last at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the home site for the Roc Nation/Live Nation hosted festival and there are no plans currently for the festival to have a new home in Philly. The 2014 edition was the lone year where the festival was held in two locations, with Philadelphia and Los Angeles being the spots.
So, what happens when you have one of the biggest hip-hop and R&B festivals in the country and you need a home? Well, you start scouting. And why not take MIA Festival and bring it to your wife’s hometown of Houston?
We’ve got five reasons as to why MIA Festival should come to the H.
1. Houston Doesn’t Have A Major Hip-Hop Festival
Hey, Miami gets Rolling Loud ever year and it travels from coast to coast. New York already has the Brooklyn Hip-Hop fest and more. LA is LA and gets a ton of festivals. There’s SXSW but that’s in Austin — in slightly cramped Austin during the time of year. Houston? Spacious. Can handle major events and then some. If Discovery Green can handle a festival for the NCAA and Kendrick Lamar — they can handle MIA for a few days.
2. Houston Is The Biggest Melting Pot In The Country
The most diverse city in the country is in Houston. What’s more “made in America” than that?!
3. Eleanor Tinsley Park Is Already A Perfect Festival Location
In Bloom Fest (the former Free Press Summer Festival) already proved that a large festival can work with downtown hanging as the perfect night time backdrop. A spring festival along with a late summer, Labor Day festival in Houston — still perfect.
4. Once In A Lifetime Experience
Houston loves to travel to different festivals to get an experience. Some acts on the festival tour in 2018 only come around Houston ever so often. The fourth largest city in America eventually sees these guys but the concept of a festival is always — more bang for your buck.
5. H-Town On Labor Day
Put it to you like this, Houston’s weather during Labor Day Weekend? High in the upper ’80s, lows in the high ’60s. Perfect weather for a festival. Perfect weather to through your diamonds in the sky.