By: Anna Glinski// Photography by: Sarah Waxberg & Anna Glinski//
We, along with thousands of others, spent this past weekend at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. The festival, produced by Founders Entertainment, brought out some of the biggest names and variety in music to Queens. The creators successfully integrated something for everyone, whether you’re into old skool hip hop, funk rock, alternative, or top 40 rap.
While we spent the entire weekend trying to catch as many sets as possible, we decided to highlight some that we found really awesome (in no particular order)!
Jay-Z: This was basically a given… right? The rapper’s hometown performance brought a huge, multi-aged, ecstatic crowd. He performed alongside a 40- foot Jeff Koons balloon dog, which for those of you that may not know, Jeff Koons has been a controversial artist over the past decade. He has often been criticized for being self merchandising, but hey… Jay-Z clearly loved it! It’s what made the performance innovative, as the prop served as an interesting addition to the music. The rapper performed some of his biggest hits, including “Empire State of Mind” (P.S.- the feeling of hearing that song in NYC= unreal), “Young Forever”, “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, and “99 Problems”. One of the highlights of the set was a tribute to Chester Bennington, as Jay-Z asked for the stage lights to be turned completely off and the crowd to turn on their lights during the performance of “Numb/Encore”.
Weezer: The best thing about seeing Weezer is that everyone LOVES Weezer. Somehow, when Weezer comes on stage, everyone’s mood-o-meter automatically goes up several notches. The band performed a mix of songs from their extensive discography. During “Thank God for Girls”, the band screened some photos of successful and powerful women behind them, including Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, and Beyonce. It was a beautifully feminist touch that fit the song perfectly. Of course, they didn’t let the crowd go without hearing “Beverly Hills”, “Say It Ain’t So”, “Island in the Sun”, and closing with our personal favorite, “Buddy Holly”.
Future: It seemed like everyone that went to The Meadows went to see Future. Although not a headliner, an endless sea of people gathered to see the rapper perform… and they went HARD. The highlight? Future casually brought out Nicki Minaj, Yo Gotti, and Young Thug. Oh, and his dancers are so insanely talented that we couldn’t help looking at them as much as Future during the set.
LL Cool J: The man took us back to classic hip hop days. He joked around with the crowd, which consisted of a lot of young teenagers, that they only knew of him from Lip-Sync Battle and hosting the Grammys. However, for the people that were actually familiar with LL Cool J’s music, they were most definitely not disappointed. His special guests included A Tribe Called Quest, D.M.C., and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
All of the new music we discovered: Isn’t that part of the joy of attending a music festival? One of the greatest feelings is when you accidentally discover your new favorite band. Although already established, we loved the vibe that Two Door Cinema Club gave. The indie rock band has a funky-techno melody underlying their songs that is hard to resist. We have not stopped listening to them since we caught their set! We also got to catch two up and coming bands, alternative indie band, flor, and cosmic rock band, DREAMERS. The best part is catching bands like this early on in their career and seeing them grow and completely blow up!
Also, we took a ton of pictures this weekend, catch some of our favorites below.
See you next year, The Meadows!