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Made in America Philadelphia: Festival temporarily stalled by rain

Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia evacuated due to rain
Rain delay temporarily stalls things in Philly

As festival-goers at the Los Angeles edition of the Budweiser Made in America fest sought relief from the heat Sunday, the Philadelphia edition of the two-day concert had to be temporarily halted due to severe weather.

Two songs into Spoon’s 6 p.m. set,  organizers were forced to clear the festival at the city’s historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway due to continued rain.

But the delay was brief. An hour after evacuating festival grounds, gates were reopened and guests were ushered back in.

“The City of Philadelphia, Roc Nation, Live Nation along with Budweiser have been notified that the weather is moving out of the area and doors are reopening.  People should return calmly to the nearest entrance.  Programming will resume shortly,” Live Nation said in a statement.

Bands that were halted were scheduled to resume, according to Live Nation.

“We're working hard to make up for Mother Nature and get the Budweiser Made in America party started again,” the festival’s official Twitter account posted shortly after doors reopened.

Pharrell Williams, Tiësto and Kings of Leon will close the Philadelphia fest. John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Kanye West will conclude the inaugural L.A. edition.

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