Who We're Most Excited To See at The Meadows Festival
After an abrupt ending last year when headliner Kanye West cut his closing set short, the second annual Meadows festival kicks off today (Sep. 15) at Citi Field. Ye's former friend and collaborator Jay-Z is set to close the first night of the festival, marking one of his only major headline performances since the release of his thirteenth album, 4:44.
Friday's lineup also features rappers Migos, Run the Jewels, 21 Savage, and Joey Bada$$. Sky Ferreira, Tegan and Sara, and Blood Orange are all set to rock the stage Friday, along with alternative mainstays Two Door Cinema Club and Marian Hill.
Each day of the festival is being closed by acts sure to attract hype from both longtime fans and casual festivalgoers: animated rockers Gorillaz are closing the main stage on Saturday, and SoCal punk-funk veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers are closing Sunday. Gorillaz have been traveling the festival circuit all year following the release of their long-awaited fifth album Humanz in May.
Another established artist making a rare festival appearance is soulful crooner Erykah Badu, who will be playing the main stage on Saturday afternoon. Outspoken British rapper M.I.A. is performing on Saturday night, along with Future and last year's Afropunk headliners TV on the Radio. Flatbush Zombies are another hometown favorite we're excited to see rock Citi Field on Saturday.
Another highly respected '90s New York rapper on the lineup is Nas, who plays the main stage on Sunday. A joint Jay-Z and Nas set would be a monumental moment in rap history, but for now we'll just keep dreaming. The Illmatic legend plays the main stage on Sunday after Foster the People. Kamiayah, Wild Belle, Ghostface Killah, and Sleigh Bells should also put on some entertaining performances on Sunday.
Tickets to all three days are still available on the Meadows website.