Recap: Beyonce, Phoenix, Public Enemy, Haim and more at Made In America day one

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Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
The opening day of the 2013 Made In America festival was jam packed with a wide variety of sounds and styles, from Haim kicking off the day at the festival’s Liberty Stage to EDM heavy hitter Porter Robinson making the crowd move on the Freedom Stage and tremendous headlining performance by Beyoncé.

Some of the amazing / exciting / unusual things we observed during the day: Philly’s Restorations rocked an impressive set on the Skate Park stage, with singer-guitarist Jon Loudon playing so hard that he cut his hand open and splattered blood all over his guitar. During Public Enemy‘s set, local teacher Heather Marcus was brought onstage to make an impassioned speech about the need to support public schools in Philadelphia. Alt-rock heros Imagine Dragons gave a propulsive, high-energy performance, while Phoenix delivered an impressive assortment of hits, deep cuts and bright stage lights. With all the Deadmau5 fans walking around the festival grounds during the day with imaginatively decorated mouse heads (one dude’s was done up like a disco ball), the Los Angeles via Toronto DJ’s set was a tremendous crescendo that set the stage well for Ms. Knowles’ incredible closing performance. Check out a massive photo recap in the gallery below, and follow XPN on Instagram to keep tabs on today’s action.

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  • wolfpartyjoe

    Awesome photos John. EDM kids are really…something…aren’t they? Is the turnout bigger this year? It seems like it. I think they pulled together a better, bigger line up. Paines Park stage seems like a nice touch. And I can’t believe this is Phoenix’s third time here this year and I still haven’t seen them…far and away the best “big tent” rock band going anymore.

    • John Vettese

      Thanks, Joe! I wasn’t there last year, so I’m not sure if the turnout is bigger or not, but there are definitely a ton of people. Looking forward to today’s lineup!