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Made in America 2017

Our very first Made in America Festival was definitely one for the books. From Cardi B shutting down Liberty Stage during a rain storm to Marshmello taking home one of the best sets. 

We stayed at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. It is equipped with a standard gym, FedEx, Starbucks, an open floor dining/bar area right from the lobby, and more. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. Due to road closure, our Uber was only able to take us a couple blocks from Logan circle for a total of $6. The walk back was roughly 20-25 minutes. 

Day 1

Day 1 was quite interesting. It rained from the minute we walked out of our hotel until we returned. We could barely whip out our phones to snap pictures. 

Cardi B stole the show on day 1. The entire crowd was moving in a wave, screaming out to her number one single “Bodak Yellow”.

I expected more from Migos’ performance. Our distance from the stage and gloomy wheather could’ve been the justification, however, it lacked energy and excitement.

We ended up leaving shortly after their set due to our disinterest in the rest of the artist.

Day 2

By the grace of God, the rain stopped and the sky cleared right on time for day 2’s adventure. 

The crowd at the Liberty stage was way too packed so we ended up watching 21 Savage on the big screens by the Rocky stage.

Nothing beats watching the Chainsmokers up close in Vegas, however, it was nice to get a taste of their full production, including their drummer.

After getting cursed out for pushing our way through the middle, we were able to witness yet another amazing set from Marshmello. This kid never disappoints. High energy, dope graphics, and those sexy dance moves 😻😻😻. I think I’m in love!

He suprised the crowd by bringing out Khalid, one of this year’s hottest new artists. And he’s only 19!

Everyone then rushed to the Rocky stage to catch none other than HOV himself, Mr. Jay Z. Watching Jay Z and Damian Marley for the first time was great but I was done at this point and left after 2 songs.  I walked the long 20 minute walk back to the hotel while Tasha and her sister stayed for a few songs.

Our Takeaway:

  • Easy and fast entrance to the far right. 
  • Setup was way too compacted which made the festival seemed overcrowded. The end of one stage collided with with the end of another. 
  • The crowd and experience just wasn’t the same as EDM festivals. I felt… bored.  
  • Standard festival food and beverage prices. Stick with something simple like fries or chicken tenders. 

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