Your 2018 Made in America Festival Guide


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Alison Nieto Culture Editor

Looking for last minute weekend plans? Trying to navigate your first-ever music festival? If you’re headed to Made in America this weekend, here’s what you need to know!


The festival has been held at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia since it began in 2012. The easiest way to get there is by taking the SEPTA transit system towards Center City, Philadelphia. Ride the train until Suburban Station. The parkway is a ten-minute walk from there, and you’re sure to see crowds of festival-goers headed the same way.

Who’s Who?

Made in America has an incredible lineup for this year’s festival. Make sure to catch all your favorites as well as these must-see performances!

Nicki Minaj: Minaj, who just postponed her North American tour with Future due to production delays will headline this year’s festival. However, this isn’t her first go-round — She appeared as a special guest during the 2015 festival. Minaj is best known for her 2010 hit “Super Bass,” off her album “Pink Friday.”

Kendrick Lamar: The rapper is no stranger to Made in America. He performed at the 2013 festival in Philadelphia and during the festival’s first and only year with a Los Angeles venue in 2014. After the success of his 2017 album “Damn” and single “HUMBLE,” Lamar is sure to impress during his set at the festival.

Post Malone: Malone has rocketed to superstardom this past year, with radio hit after radio hit. The rapper is sure to impress as a headliner at this year’s festival performing his hits like “Rockstar” and “Better Now.”

Alessia Cara: Cara arguably had the song of the summer in 2017 with “Stay” dominating the airwaves for months on end (“Stay” co-artist Zedd will also perform at the festival). Her performance is sure to excite, with hits like “Growing Pains,” “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Here.”

Festival Secrets

Make sure to download the official Made in America app from the Apple Store. The app includes a festival map, lineup and live updates and even lets you customize your personal lineup to keep track of when the artists you want to see are performing.

Invest in a portable charger. Everyone’s been there – you’re out with friends after a long night when your phone dies. Prevent that by investing in a portable charger and keep your phone battery charged all night. You can also rent a charging locker on the festival grounds. A 2-day locker runs at $35, but if you are going with a group of friends, it might be worth splitting the cost and saving your phones for the weekend.

Make sure to bring money for the food vendors, sunglasses (or a rain poncho depending on the weather), and a sealed water bottle. You can also bring in reusable water bottles, but they must be empty. There will be free water refill stations throughout the festival grounds. You may not bring flags, glass containers, lawn chairs or alcoholic beverages — security will confiscate them. Small bags and backpacks are allowed as long as they are not larger than 12”x12”. Make sure to keep an eye on the group of people you came with so nobody gets lost in the crowd and everyone stays safe.

The best part about any concert is the memories. Make some memories at this year’s Made in America, and be sure to be safe and look out for one another.

Follow The Villanovan on Instagram and Twitter for live festival updates and look for our coverage in the first print issue of the 2018-2019 school year coming September 13.