Made in America

By Sondai Costley

There’s something to be said about being amongst the crowd and united through the power of music. Budweiser’s “Made In America” Festival was a celebration of carefree vibes and artistry in motion.

A two day, four stage music extravaganza in Philly featuring a diverse lineup from Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Empire of the Sun and Calvin Harris to Emeli Sande, A$AP Rocky, Deadmaus, and Phoenix headlined by Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails as summer’s last hurrah this past Labor Day weekend.

Long days and long nights filled with 808s for heartbeats as we scurried from stage to stage across Ben Franklin Parkway, pressing our way to the front. Roadblocks by police cars and street barriers created a microcosm for us to indulge in our music loving festivities outfitted by jumbotrons, food trucks, carnival rides, photo booths, game stations, and a skate park.

In the City of Brotherly Love, Calvin Harris’ lyrics rang true while I danced shoulder to shoulder with my best friendimage and thousands of other unfamiliar faces singing, “I feel so close to you right now it’s a force field.” We were all hot, sweaty, and even uncomfortable at times, but it was definitely worth it to recognize that we were in it together for the sole purpose of having a good time.

It was a great reminder, especially upon the heels of my senior year, to be fully present in the moments you are given while cherishing the people right alongside you who make the memories worthwhile.

To learn more about “Made in America” check outwww.madeinamericafest.com/

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