Anyone who has ever been to a music festival knows that you’re beat down by the time the last day hits. It’s understandable: it’s hot, you’re dirty. And, shit, a chair would be nice.
This is part of the reason why day two of the 2013 Made In America festival in Philadelphia felt calmer. You could almost say that the Beyonce-less day was turntdown. (The exception being the EDM kids at The Freedom Stage; those kids were still wildin’).
That doesn’t mean day two was bad; there just wasn’t the jubilance Saturday had. The other reason the vibe was more subdued was because of the music. Day two had no rowdy ass 2 Chainz or A$AP Rocky to get turnt up to. The music was soft. Especially early: afternoon sets were dominated by acts like alternative rock band Fitz & the Tantrums and Brooklyn-based rap group The Underachievers, who provided good soundtracks for kids to chill out to.
Hey, what good is a music festival if you can’t just hang?
At Made in America there are four stages — the Rocky Stage (which is the main stage), the Liberty Stage, the aforementioned Freedom Stage and the Skate Park Stage. On Sunday, the Liberty Stage dominated.
There was a fantastic six-hour block that saw almost-superstars Solange, Miguel, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Calvin Harris all hit the Liberty Stage. There was especially great enthusiasm for Macklemore, who got one of the loudest receptions of the festival when he performed “Can’t Hold Us.” (Macklemore also provided one of the few surprises of the weekend when he had TDE’s ScHoolboy Q come out for “Whitewalls”).
There’s a million festivals throughout the summer, and it seems like Kendrick Lamar has been to them all. Seriously. There was a study that came out recently which said Kendrick Lamar has logged more festival hours than any other act this year (46). That kind of relentless schedule might be the reason why K.Dot, who was at the Rocky Stage, was a little more subdued here. (Or maybe he was regurgitating the audience’s energy?) K.Dot did a typical good kid, m.A.A.d city-heavy set, sans “Swimming Pools (Drank),” surprisingly.
Wiz Khalifa hit the main stage about an hour after K.Dot to a good amount of fanfare. You don’t realize how beloved the kid is until you see 10,000 plus singing along to “Young, Wild & Free.”
Day two of the festival closed with Nine Inch Nails. The band did a number of classics like “Closer,” “Head Like a Hole” and “Hurt,” the song Johnny Cash infamously remade. But they have a new album out tomorrow — called Hesitation Marks — so there was good amount played from that album, like “Copy of A,” “Came Back Haunted” and “Find My Way.” The Nine Inch Nail crowd wasn’t as massive as it was for Beyonce — obvis — but there was still a good turnout, and, more importantly, the crowd was committed.
Last year, another rock band, Pearl Jam, closed day two. During their set they brought out the festival’s curator Jay Z to perform the Rick Rubin-produced “99 Problems.” So throughout this year’s festival there was still a thought that Jay Z, who didn’t perform yesterday, would make an on-stage appearance with someone.
He never did.
Even though he could be seen throughout the day, with a cigar in his mouth, chilling in V.I.P., just watching the festival as a fan.
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