Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails Top Massive Made In America Festival
September 2, 2013
Trent Reznor (photo: Joey Odorisio)
The second Made In America festival was a success in Philadelphia over the weekend, as Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many other superstars packed the Ben Franklin Parkway. With the festival curated by Jay Z, it was no surprise that his wife Beyonce brought her "Mrs. Carter Show" to town as the headliner of the massive first night of Made In America, moving the superstar's current arena tour to the outdoor stage at the foot of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art.
French indie-rockers Phoenix played the main "Rocky Stage" before Beyonce, performing much of their latest release Bankrupt! They were preceded by Imagine Dragons, whose popularity continues to skyrocket with the success of their single "Radioactive," which closed out their set. Rap legends Public Enemy are no strangers to social commentary, and in the middle of their set, Chuck D & co. brought attention to Philadelphia's public school budget crisis by bringing laid-off counselor Heather Marcus onstage to speak about the schools' troubles. PE also announced they would be making multiple charitable donations to local organizations, after Marcus contacted the group via Twitter.
The secondary Liberty Stage was full of big names as well, with EDM acts deadmau5 and Empire Of The Sun packing in crowds, as well as rapper 2 Chainz. Buzzed about sister act Haim opened up the Liberty Stage under the blazing summer sun.
Attendance was up for the 2013 edition of Made In America, though the Sunday crowd was down slightly from Saturday's jam-packed lineup. Soul-pop-rock act Fitz & The Tantrums kicked off the sweltering day on the Rocky Stage, followed by New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem. An impressive midday run of Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop acts on the Rocky and Liberty stage followed, as rapper Kendrick Lamar took the main stage. Lamar has been in the news for his boastful verse on Big Sean's "Control," and he attracted a massive crowd. He was followed by Miguel on the Liberty stage, then Wiz Khalifa back on the Rocky stage. Riding the success of three massive hit singles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis probably should have played the main stage, but instead brought throngs of people to the smaller Liberty stage and gave them "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" early in their set. The Liberty Stage closed out with EDM star Calvin Harris getting the crowd moving.
The weekend closed out with a one-two punch of veteran rockers, as Queens Of The Stone Age played an hour-long set, mixing hits with a few new songs from ...Like Clockwork. Trent Reznor brought out the latest incarnation of Nine Inch Nails for an intense, 90 minute set to close out the two day festival. With the new album Hesitation Marks out this week, NIN only played three new tunes, mixing in classics like "Wish" and "Head Like A Hole" with a few deeper cuts such as "Me, I'm Not."
Check out our photo gallery of Made In America Day One here and Day Two here.