Bicoastal Made In America Festival A Success
September 1, 2014


Iggy Azalea
The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival took over Philadelphia's Art Museum Circle for the third year in a row, while also expanded to Los Angeles as well over the holiday weekend. Headlined in Philly by Kanye West and Kings Of Leon, L.A. was topped by Imagine Dragons and West, who flew across country to play Sunday night. Multiple acts were able to make the same feat on Saturday and Sunday, playing both editions of the festival.

Made In America is old hat in Philadelphia at this point, with four outdoor stages spread out and a wide variety of acts. EDM has an increasing presence at the festival every year, with Chromeo and Steve Aoki among the big names on Saturday. Moody indie-rockers The National had the task of playing the main stage immediately before West, but held their own and captivated the crowd, according to reports. West gave the Philly audience exactly what they expected: a wall of lights, a number of hits from his catalog and a few freewheeling rants.

Meanwhile across the country, approximately 35,000 concertgoers filled Grand Park in L.A. at the foot of City Hall, for an eclectic lineup including Canadian indie-rockers Metric, EDM act Afrojack, this summer's Pop it-girl Iggy Azalea, rapper Kendrick Lamar and headliners Imagine Dragons.


Pharrell Williams
The weather was the big story in Philadelphia on day two, as thunderstorms struck the City of Brotherly Love. Right after Spoon began their main stage set, the festival organizers announced that the storms were temporarily shutting down the event and asked concertgoers to exit and find shelter. After almost an hour, Spoon returned to the stage and the set times for the remaining acts were reworked, with the festival now allowed to go until midnight. Pharrell Williams and Kings Of Leon finished out the night, with the Kings playing their first show since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. EDM star Tiesto, indie-dance act Grimes, alt-rockers AWOLNATION and fun. side project Bleachers were also on the bill on Sunday.

In L.A., the weather was bright and sunny, as West and Aoki reprised their Saturday night headlining gigs on the other side of the continent. Rita Ora, a veteran of Made In America in 2012, played in the afternoon, with a greatest hits set from Weezer, a crowd-pleasing performance from Juanes and an hour-long set from John Mayer also among the highlights. West closed out the night with what was reportedly an identical setlist to his Philly show.




 
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