The best of the Made in America 2014 festival
Clearly no stranger to festival appearances, a new outdoor music concept has launched onto the scene devised by Jay Z. Held in downtown Los Angeles – 'Made in America' is reflective of the city's diversity. With a line-up that includes rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music, performers included Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell and John Mayer.
Jay Z and Beyonce in LA
"This whole place is full of good, loving people," Mayer told the crowd from the festival's main stage at the two-day concert, held simultaneously with a sister show in Philadelphia, featuring more than 30 acts. Iggy Azalea led the way in LA, while the Philadelphia festival included performers such as Kings of Leon, Tiesto and Pharrell Williams. Kanye West and DJ Steve Aoki performed in both cities.
Kings of Leon
More than 37,000 people attended the Los Angeles festival's second day in downtown's Grand Park, where Kanye West brought the house down with a dramatic hour-long set to close the event. He took to the stage alone, wearing two different spangled face masks and injecting some of his trademark ranting into an abbreviated performance. British singer Rita Ora also proved to be a highlight on the LA stage, holding her own in a stellar solo set during which she thanked her "Roc Nation family” (Ora was one of Jay Z's first label signings for Roc Nation), before joining Iggy Azalea for their current collaboration, Black Widow.