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This weekend isthe inaugural The Meadows music festivalat Citi Field in New York City.
Throughout the two-day festival, over 30 musicians will perform, with headliners like Kanye West, Pretty Lights, Chance The Rapper, and J. Cole.
As with any festival these days, there are artists from all different genres including indie, rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and dance. Sometimes, the choices can be overwhelming.
We decided to help make it a bit easier by curating your day for you.
Check it out below.
Saturday — October 1
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11:30 AM – I know, I know, it’s early, but you are about to spend a lot of time on your feet and you need sustenance. Flushing, New York’s lesser known, but more authentic Chinatown, is the perfect place to provide it.
Start your festival weekend right by heading to Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant for the best dim sum you’ve ever had. May I recommend the shrimp crepes, the BBQ spare ribs, and the chicken feet (seriously)? Just remember, this place is crazy busy so get there early.
1:00 PM – If you can get out of dim sum in time, head to the Linden Blvd Stage for an early set from chillwave/indie-pop purveyors Mr. Twin Sister, whose music has been described as the perfect chill night out.
1:30 PM – Head over to The Meadows Stage for your first of a double dose of electropop from Brooklyn-based LOLAWOLF, featuring Zoë Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz’s daughter.
2: 15 PM – Kick it up a notch at the Shea Stage with high-energy Australian indie-tronica band Miami Horror, who are sure to get you dancing to the beat with their “blissed out party anthems.”
3:00 PM – The glow of dim sum is probably starting to wear off. Luckily, The Meadows organizers took their Queens-locale to heart and brought in food options from a number of local spots, including Jackson Heights’ Arepa Lady, Elmurst’s Pata Paplean Bar (Thai), and Corona’s Tortas Neza (Tacos).
3:45 PM – Once you’ve stuffed your face, head over to the Shea Stage for a mind-blowing performance from jazz maestro Kamasi Washington and his 10-piece The Next Step band. Think I’m exaggerating with “mind-blowing”? Read why not here.
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4:30 PM – Time to start dancing again. Thankfully, electro-funk veterans Chromeo at The Meadows Stage know how to get the crowd moving, frequently putting on the most electric sets at any festival they play. If you haven’t heard their inescapable 2014 hit “Jealous,” you might have been living under a rock.
5:30 PM – Take a break from the sweaty crowd for a bathroom break and to snag as much free swag and activities as you can. Festivals today tend to be filled with “market activations” from big-name brands looking to reach advertising-averse millennials. What’s that mean for you? Free Kettle Chips and 1893 Cola, Pepsi’s attempt at the artisan cola market, among other things.
6:30 PM – Over at the Queens Blvd Stage, you’ll find another Australian electro group, Empire of The Sun, whose brand of outdoor festival-ready brand of dance music has made them one of the most sought-after acts on the festival circuit.
7:45 PM – Tropical house music is one of the most popular sounds in pop right now. It’s all over Justin Bieber’s ubiquitous 2015 album Purpose. Go right to the source with Chinese-American producer Zhu at the Linden Blvd Stage.
8:45 PM – J. Cole may be the night’s headliner on the main stage, but Queens Blvd Stage‘s Pretty Lights is the real star. Ever since releasing 2013’s A Color Map of the Sun, the producer, already one of the most dynamic names in electronic music, has taken his live game up a notch by incorporating a full band.
Sunday — October 2
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12:30 PM – Last night was a long one. But if there’s any reason to get to the festival on-time, it’s electro-pop duo Coast Modern, whose “trippy beach vibes” will keep your endless summer going on the Queens Blvd Stage.
1:15 PM – Get a better wake up than coffee from uncategorizable indie darlings Chairlift at the Linden Blvd Stage. I won’t bother trying to characterize their “cross-genre alchemy.” Just give it a listen.
2:00 PM – With so much great music, there’s no time for a break. Head to The Meadows Stage for uplifting Australian rock from The Temper Trap.
2:45 PM – Pusha T, the president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, has taken time out of his busy schedule to play at Shea Stage. Give the New York City-native the hearty welcome home he deserves. His 2015 album, “King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude,” is one of the best hip-hop records of the last couple years.
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4:45 PM – Forget about the frat-boy rapper you thought you knew. Mac Miller has evolved a lot since his early days of crowd-pleasing, but been-there-done-that releases. He’s since taken up singing and working with Cee-Lo Green and Anderson .Paak. Try not to dance at the Shea Stage.
5;45 PM – The hottest name in hip-hop is playing The Meadows Stage and you better not miss it. Chicago’s Chance The Rapper is on fire lately, with his earth-shattering verse on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” and his solo release “Coloring Book,” a surefire contender for album of the year.
7:00 PM – Cool off at the Linden Blvd Stage with singer/guitarist Twin Shadow‘s full-set tribute to Prince. He’ll be playing Prince’s landmark album “Purple Rain” in its entirety.
8:15 PM – Get to The Meadows stage early. I doubt a single person at the festival will be missing Kanye West‘s performance. And it’s sure to be one for the ages – there’s no way that Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, and others don’t make appearances with “the greatest artist of this generation.”
10:30 PM – Did I mention you are in Flushing. Skip the 7-line rush and get a hearty post-festival meal at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, one of New York’s top soup-dumpling spots.