Made in America Festival recap

As seen through my phone's camera, because I'm still anxious about taking the nice camera out and about sometimes. 

It was another fun year at the Made in America Festival. Compared to last year it felt more crowded and sticky. The lineup was great and in my humble opinion, the following acts stole the show: BeyoncĂ©, 2 Chainz, Calvin Harris, and Empire of the Sun (they are soooo weird)

I truly believe that the best times in life aren't about what you're doing, but about who you're with and this weekend proved to be no different. When you're surrounded by good friends, there's really no way to have a bad time. So, even though we sweated off our makeup, snaked our way through thousands of ornery and smelly people, paid way too much for food and beverages, we danced like maniacs and made some great memories. 

I was so impressed by BeyoncĂ©'s performance. She danced and sang her ass off for an hour and a half straight -- and somehow managed five wardrobe changes! Her shorter hair looked stylish and amazing while being flipped around, and her body is unreal as usual. Keep it up Mrs. Carter, marriage and motherhood definitely agree with you! I would totally pay an outrageous amount of money to see her in concert again. 

Hello legs.

And just because I can't help myself. Here is my advice to the people who organize the M.I.A. Festival:
  • Bathrooms - we need more of them and we need them to be cleaner.
  • Water - we need more of it. There should be no line at the water stations because there should be water stations everywhere! 
  • Flow - it seems like this year they made an effort not to have simultaneous performances that would compete with one another. I guess that's a good thing if you don't want people to have to pick and chose. The issue is that it creates large masses (tens of thousands) of people trying to move from one stage to another at the exact same time, which is no bueno.
  • Designated blanket areas - have specific places where people can sit with blankets. In between the stages is really not a good option (see bullet above, large masses of people moving is not good for blanket sitters/layers)
  • Surprise appearances? Come on...it's Jay-Z's Festival we want to see HOV at least for a song or two, it's only fair. Also, some other surprise performances and guest appearances would be welcome. 
  • Security should check bags more thoroughly. While I'm happy to say that no major issues occurred  that doesn't mean that they couldn't. While it's beneficial to be able to sneak food and alcoholic beverages into the concert (because damn, that stuff is expensive inside) it's not reassuring to know that someone could just waltz in with whatever the heck they wanted in their backpack.

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