September 5, 2016


6 Made in America Artists Who Ditched the Stage and Went Straight into the Crowd

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch

If there was one trend that we noticed at the 2016 Made in America festival, it wasn't the red, white and blue ensembles or the Harambe memes, it was that the artists performing at the festival could not keep their acts on the stage.

From Lil Uzi Vert, who literally spanned the entired audience while rapping, to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, who crowd-sourced some mid-show raps, our favorite performers, got in deep this year.

Here's who got dirty with the fans in Philadelphia:

1. Travis Scott

Dust was flying when Travis Scott decided to crowd-surf to a tiny tree in the middle of his sea of fans. The poor little plant already had branches torn off and used as props, but Scott scaled the tree and hung off, rapping “Antidote” looking like King Kong clinging onto the Empire State Building.

2. St. Lucia

St. Lucia gave us all a lesson in cardio, when singer Jean-Philip dashed around the stage, playing tag with his bandmates. He hopped off his platform and into the crowd to woo them with "Love Somebody."

3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is as talented as he is prolific, but when it came to perform at the Rocky Stage on Sunday, he admitted that he was "feeling lazy." So, he went into the audience and asked people to tell their stories during "Home," all the while puffing on a brown cigarette. At one point, he asked someone to freestyle over a beat, and the dude he found was actually pretty dece!

4. Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez was up to his usual antics when he depended on his fans to haul him out to the middle of the audience. Lanez got tossed up and down, and at one point, stood on top of everyone, putting on someone's hat. He climbed a road sign and even got flipped upside-down. He somehow made it back to the stage seemingly unharmed.

5. Lil Uzi Vert

Uzi is known for treating concerts like a race track, and during his MIA set the rapper pulled off his fastest trek yet. The 22-year-old hopped off the stage, ran through the festival grounds, jumped over a fence, circled around the George Washington statue and returned back on stage. Whew! He was accompanied by a sea of fans eager to get in on the chasing action!

6. Sir the Baptist

Sir the Baptist transformed his set at the Tidal stage into a "Hallelujah!"-worthy church praise, as he announced he wanted to join fans in the audience. The hip-hop artist blended well into the crowd, since his melodic voice was the only proof that he was actually there.

Honorable Mentions: Gallant during "Weight in Gold," Justine Skye for her performance finale and—of course—DJ Khaled.