Singer plays first show of 2015 at Philadelphia festival
Beyonce made her live return over the weekend with a headline set at the Made In America Festival.
The festival, which is founded and curated by the singer’s husband Jay Z, took place in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday and also featured sets from The Weeknd, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Banks and Del La Soul.
Beyonce played songs spanning her entire career including ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Run The World (Girls)’, ‘Drunk In Love’ and ‘Halo’. The singer also used monologues from notable female figures including Maya Angelou, the celebrated author and poet who died last year, and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, who is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
According to The Atlantic, the recorded speech from Rousey said: “Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do-nothing bitch.”
Elsewhere during the set, Beyonce played several Destiny’s Child songs including ‘Say My Name’, ‘Jumpin’, Jumpin” and ‘Survivor’. Referencing her former bandmates, she announced to the crowd: “Shout-out to my girl Kelly, I love you. My girl Michelle, I love you. If you survived bad relationships, if you survived illnesses. When it gets tough, that’s when you work harder.”
Beyonce celebrated her 34th birthday last week (September 4), the day before her headline set at Made In America. The singer celebrated by sharing a remix of ‘Crazy In Love’, which originally was used in the 50 Shades Of Grey film – listen below.