Queens was the place to be this weekend for the very first Meadows Arts & Music Festival. Here’s a brief recap of the good, the “eh”, and everything you missed at The Meadows.
It was a cold and cloudy day in Queens, but Citi Field was filled with many teens, hypebeasts, fans and a everything in between.
With The Weeknd canceling his Saturday performance twice, the day seemed a bit slow. Post Malone hit the stage at 3PM and gave a lackluster performance of his hit, “White Iverson” and a not so great cover of 50 Cent’s “Window Shopper.”
Damian Marley managed to liven up the festival again with his set. He appealed to the younger audience with his performance of “Make It Bun Dem” — his dubstep collaboration with Skrillex— while holding it down for the reggae fans with his hits “Beautiful,” “Welcome to Jamrock,” and more.
Finally, the man of the hour J. Cole took the main stage and closed out Day 1 of The Meadows Fest. Backed by two amazing background singers and his DJ, Cole performed a medley of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive hits.
During his set, the always humble Cole took a minute to express how grateful he is for his fame. The 31 year old also announced that his Meadows performance will be his last for a minute. “Before I get out of here, listen. This is my last show for a very long time,” he said. The man, who of course went platinum with no features, has been selling out shows and touring for the past two years so his break is long overdue.
— Majēa (@jea_liza) October 2, 2016
Cole also brought out Bas to perform their collab, “Housewives,” and “My N*gga Just Made Bail.”
Day 2 of The Meadows Fest was filled with Kanye West fans all decked out in Yeezy merch as soon as the gates opened. The lines for the merch spiraled around the field as people waited hours for gear. Though it was still cold, it was way more crowded than its opening day. The day’s lineup included Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, and Mr.West.
When King Push hit the stage, he demanded attention as he performed “Billions,” “Blocka,” his classic verse on “Grindin'” and much more.
Shortly after, Mac Miller hit the Shea stage to perform his some of his turned up G.O.O.D. AM hits then slowed it down performing “Dang!” and “We” from The Divine Feminine. The crowd seemed to be more excited for Mac’s older hits like “100 Grandkids” than tracks from his latest album.
Despite Kanye West being the headliner of the show, Chance the Rapper easily had the best performance of the day. The Chicago rapper opened with “Angels” and the crowd chanted each and every lyric with him.
Chano went onto perform a few of his Acid Rap classics before going back into Coloring Book accompanied by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment and Carlos the Lion. Chance gave his NY fans a taste of what the may have missed at his Magnificent Coloring Day Fest by performing with puppets. He closed out his set with a confetti filled performance of “Summer Friends.”
Though he kept the crowd waiting 40 minutes, Kanye West came out the gate strong with a performance of one of his most popular tracks, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” The crowd was the biggest of the day and filled the entire lot. His Meadows performance was sadly rant free, he flowed from one song to the next as the crowd followed his lead.
Kanye did put on one hell of a show before it got cut off pic.twitter.com/cRMzzVjGQy
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 3, 2016
Shortly after starting “Heartless,” Kanye addressed the crowd and let the show was canceled due to a family emergency. Fans who had been waiting all day for Yeezus were visibly upset despite Kanye expressing his reasoning.
— Genius (@Genius) October 3, 2016
Despite a couple of lackluster performances and long lines (which happens at most festivals), The Meadows Fest definitely was an entertaining way to kick off fall.