While hip-hop seemed to dominate the first two days of the 2017 Meadows Festival with the likes of JAY-Z, Migos, Future and LL Cool J taking the stage — as well as some major surprise guests including Nicki Minaj and A Tribe Called Quest — Day 3 of the fest saw a jam-filled display from dance and rock artists alike, whether it was Bassnectar or Weezer. And although no guest appearances occurred on the final day of The Meadows, there were still plenty of noteworthy performances throughout the day to close out an epic weekend.
Check out Billboard staffers’ chronological recap of some of Day 3’s highlights below.
12:45 p.m. “My names Fantastic Negrito, it’s like a first date,” the R&B/blues singer introduces himself to his early afternoon crowd before playing his song “Plastic Hamburgers” to kick off his set. With passionate vocals, energetic guitar strumming, and feisty hollers of “yow” every so often, Fantastic Negrito (real name Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz) makes it almost hard to believe the clock hadn’t even struck 1 yet — especially for those festivalgoers who are feeling that third-day come down. — Taylor Weatherby
1:11 p.m. “You guys awake? I know it’s early,” Dreamers‘ lead singer Nick Wold says before the band dove into their biggest hits “Painkiller” and “Sweet Disaster” to help wake the crowd up, the energy boost assisted by Wold jumping into each side of the crowd to keep the hype alive. After bringing the energy up, Wold and the rest of the Dreamers guys wants fans to know that they were just as much fans as anyone in attendance before leaving the stage: “I’ll tell you, we’re staying till the end for Weezer and Chili Peppers, two of our favorite bands.” — T.W.
1:48 p.m. Although Wild Belle is technically only the brother/sister duo of Natalie and Elliot Bergman, the pair is joined by a backing band that are all dressed like rockstars (including themselves), with three rocking shades and Natalie wearing a pair of studded flare velvet pants with stars on them — even taking her frontwoman performance to the floor at one point. In addition to what they were wearing, the indie rock duo sounds stellar as well, solidifying their rockstar status with their own music videos providing the backdrop to their 45-minute performance. — T.W.
2:32 p.m. In the midst of a take-no-prisoners set by Miami DJ duo GTA that drop a lot of undeniable crowd-pleasers — from older classics like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to newer smashes like Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” — the finest moment comes with a deeper cut: Drake’s “Show Me a Good Time,” from 2010 debut LP Thank Me Later. After one run through the hook, the DJs pitch up the song’s trademark horn bleats until they’re virtually unrecognizable, before using them to deploy a thunderous trap drop. “We’re just getting started,” the duo promise. — Andrew Unterberger
3:19 p.m. “This song’s not very happy, but it gives the illusion that it’s happy, so do whatever you want to it,” Broods lead gal Georgia Nott tells the crowd before beginning their song “Recovery,” which she danced her way through to help further the happy illusion. Then again, she danced happily through the entire hour-long set that she and bandmate (and brother) Caleb Nott played, no matter how downtrodden or exciting the song she was singing was — as indicated by the effort she put into their dancey track “L.A.F.” and her comment that followed: “If I can sing after that, you guys can dance.” Leading into their closing track, “Couldn’t Believe,” Georgia apologizes for being terrible at banter and that she mumbles, but frankly those were likely things no one noticed because she made up for it with her energy?. — T.W.
3:48 p.m. An inspired cover of Tame Impala’s Currents ballad “Eventually” seems like it’s going to be the runaway highlight of soul revivalists St. Paul & the Broken Bones‘ afternoon set, until the frontman begins to let loose on “Broken Bones and Pocket Change.” The performance quickly turns into one of the day’s most memorable, with singer Paul Janeway crawling underneath his band’s drum set, rolling himself in a carpet, and tossing his mic stand — among other loose stage and clothing items — somehow remaining just as committed vocally and emotionally as he is physically. — A.U.
4:08 p.m. Foster the People frontman Mark Foster strips off his Hawaiian shirt into a white tank, probably not just because it was 80 degrees outside, but because Foster the People was going as hard as they could hardly even 10 minutes into their set. They continued that energy throughout the entire 60 minutes they had on the main stage, including hits like “Houdini” and “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” along with newer Sacred Hearts Club tracks like “Doing It For the Money.” And while some in attendance may not be too appreciative of their biggest hit, “Pumped Up Kicks” that’s related to a shooting, Foster insists that the meaning of it goes much deeper than the story of outrunning a gun: “We made this record in the spirit of joy, but using joy as a weapon, because joy is the best weapon against oppression and depression. And music is one of the most unifying things on planet Earth, if not the most unifying thing. The things that make us different are the things that make us beautiful.” — T.W.
4:12 p.m. Though most of Action Bronson‘s exceedingly entertaining set list is devoted to new album Blue Chips 7000, the Queens MC is just as determined to promote new cookbook Fuck, That’s Delicious — throwing hardcover copies into the audience, and even signing a couple. “I’m in motherfucking Barnes & Noble!” he exclaims with self-impressed incredulity. “You can walk through through the airport — where you see all those books — and see that shit right there!” — A.U.
5:10 p.m. Recently re-formed indie-rock veterans Broken Social Scene are doing such a good job of bringing back the early-mid ’00s that you can actually see a Free Winona T-shirt in the early-evening crowd. At the peak of early set highlight “7/4 (Shoreline),” frontman Kevin Drew is packed in tight with a row of co-vocalists, guitarists and even a brass section, channeling the communal love into the jam’s “It’s coming, it’s coming in hard!” refrain. “We are alive, ladies and gentlemen!” he pronounces at song’s end. — A.U.
6:14 p.m. “I go back to the cassette tape era!” Nas says to the crowd, many of whom probably wouldn’t even remember the medium, after running through the first three tracks off his 1994 debut LP Illmatic. “I’m glad you’re here either way.” He then hit “Halftime” — itself off that first album — before opening up his set with “The Message” and “Street Dreams.” — Dan Rys
6:51 p.m. A fan rides through the overflowing crowd at Weezer‘s set on an enormous pizza-shaped pool floatie, providing frontman Rivers Cuomo the perfect cue to launch into “Feels Like Summer” off the band’s upcoming Pacific Daydream. While offering little words — aside from a quirky “hola, mis amigos” from Cuomo before their appropriately titled Pacific Daydream track “Mexican Fender” — the nineties rockers offered fans a packed roster of classics like “Beverly Hills,” Perfect Situation” and “Pork and Beans,” even mixing in a grungy cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” for a roaring crowd that pushed to the fest’s outer bounds. — Tatiana Cirisano
?7:18 p.m. As Lido begins what is the last show at the American Eagle stage for The Meadows Festival 2017, he makes sure to let those who stopped by his set that they weren’t in store for just another DJ. “There’s a lot of DJs who tell their crowds what to do, but I hope you will do exactly what your heart wants you to do,” he says before getting deep into the vibes he brought to coincide with his carefree attitude. — T.W.
7:32 p.m. Sleigh Bells singer Alexis Krauss takes a brief respite from her always-impressive heavy metal cheerleading to give a shoutout to the Big Apple. “I’ve been here for a long time now,” she rhapsodizes. “The first time we played this song was in 2009 at Union fucking Pool.” The band then launches into a typically riotous rendition of “Kids” — one of many songs from breakout debut LP Treats to make an appearance in the set — but not before Krauss clarifies: “It’s a dance song. That means you should dance.” — A.U.
8:13 p.m. Bassnectar started the hype 2 minutes early, pumping his seriously bass-heavy beats into the veins of the massive crowd that’s more than ready for him to begin his 8:15 set prematurely. Whether it’s the trippy parrot images that he put up the screens behind him, the lasers that matched the electronic beats he was dropping or simply the energy Bassnectar (Lorin Ashton) added to his tunes, his after-dark set provides a perfect outlet for those with any energy left to exude it all and leave everything on the Citi Field parking lot grounds. — T.W.
8:56 p.m. “There’s two kinds of people in the world,” Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea theorizes partway through his band’s fest-closing set. “The people that know that we’re all connected, and the people that don’t. This next song is dedicated to all the people who know…” For such a dedication, the ensuing song choice is a bit of a curveball: The Stooges’ lusty proto-punk classic “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” which segues into the brief Californication disco-funk throwdown “Right on Time.” Hey, we all find freedom rock where we find it, right? — A.U.