The Weeknd Brings Beauty To The Festival Madness at MADE IN AMERICA DAY 2

On the final night of Budweiser and Jay Z’s Made In America Festival (Sept. 6), The Weeknd closed out the two-day sold out music affair with a mostly no-frills set. Except the part where he set off fireworks during the first half of his show. Still, it was just Weeknd, the mic, that hair and his cult following running through high notes with his unique sound and in the name of XO. The Weeknd ending out the two day extraordinary Labor Day Weekend Festival on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with a SOLD OUT crowd of 70,000+ people.  Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, proved exactly why he’s having his best year ever. As he kicked his set off with “High For This,” it seemed that’s exactly what the crowd had in mind as almost everyone began to light up, and the clouds of smoke filling the air. Then it was “Losers”, then Abel asking the crowd, “Can I get sexy for you tonight Philadelphia?,” before launching into the Kanye West-produced “Tell Your Friends,” off his newly released album that preceded a bunch of tracks he is featured on, such as Drake’s “Crew Love” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Remember You.” Made in America attendees got to hear “Drunk in Love” twice, as The Weeknd performed his impressive cover of Beyoncé ‘s hit, which was performed by Queen Bey herself the night before. But “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” were obviously the songs that everyone was eagerly awaiting, and Abel was smart to keep them for the end. The singer seemed very grateful to be at the MIA festival to celebrate Labor Day Weekend despite being Canadian as he stated “I know I’m from Canada, I hope you accept me at this festival.” Which from the crowds overwhelming screams and thrill of seeing him live proved they accepted him for this american celebration of Labor Day Weekend. After he left the stage no one quite knew what to make of it, Questioning themselves is that all? is it over? Will he have an encore?  Thankfully, The Weeknd came out for one more song and absolutely nailed it with one of his hits, “Wicked Games.” And with that, the fourth year of Made in America came to a close.  All in all, the lineup proved to be a huge success, with the festival selling out for the first time since its formation back in 2012.The Weeknd soundtracked the end of the summer, with a healthy mix of his older deep cuts from his debut album Kiss Land but got the most kick from the crowd with his mainstream jams, “Often,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” It marked the most lit of celebrations for the Weeknd, whose sophomore LP Beauty Behind The Madness debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, pushing 415,000 units in the week after its Aug. 28 release. The Weeknd was definitley a great choice to end out day 2 of MIA Festival 2015.
Photos By: Andrew Wendowski Photography  

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