Returning for its second year to Citi Field in Queens, The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will be making its sophomore run after its successful debut last year–and the lineup is once again stacked with some of the biggest names New York has to offer. Over half-a-dozen artists on the bill call the city home, from Jay-Z and NAS, to LL Cool J, TV on the Radio, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Blood Orange, and Flatbush Zombies. The larger than life nature of the lineup itself is overshadowed only by the obvious threads that connect artist and community, making Meadows less of a major music festival capitalizing on the current boom in the market in New York, and more of a localized cultural expression of music and art. Think Made In America but on a smaller and more manageable scale.
Rounding out the three-day festival’s lineup is a healthy mixture of genres that celebrate a variety of indie artists, from synth-pop darlings Foster the People and Tegan & Sara, to quirky rockers Weezer and Broken Social Scene, as well as obvious giants like Gorillaz and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The festival also marks returns for a few phenomenal female artists like M.I.A., Sky Ferriera, and Sleigh Bells, not to mention what will be a must-see set by neo-soul singer Erykah Badu. But being a music festival inspired by what makes the Five Boroughs pulse, rap and hip-hop were always going to be at the forefront–and the Meadows arguably has the best of both in terms of any music festival in 2017. Apart from those previously mentioned who live in New York, Future, Run the Jewels, Migos, and Big Boi will all be making appearances.
Tickets are still on sale here, with 3-day GA passes starting at $305 and single day tickets at $115. VIP passes are available with 3-day passes starting at $750 and single day at $265. Visit the Meadows website for more details.