Photo cred: @weezer
Last weekend, NYC began to close out festival season with one of the last big parties of the summer: The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. Held at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, the festival boasted an eclectic array of the world’s hottest performers – including Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Bassnectar, Erykah Badu, Gorillaz, Weezer, and more. In addition to such a great musical lineup, The Meadows also featured some of NYC’s best food vendors showcasing New York’s finest and most creative culinary concoctions.
If you missed out on this year’s festivities, never fear – we’ve got a festival recap highlighting some of our favorites at The Meadows 2017.
–Best Headliner: Bassnectar
–Best Set: Weezer
Honorable mention goes to Big Boi from Outkast for bringing the energy and keeping it fun even though it was ridiculously hot and humid out, for showing up despite his cousin passing away just hours before he boarded his plane, and for playing Ms. Jackson.
–Best Booth: Vitamin Water
Honorable mention goes to Cafe Bustelo, where festival-goers could grab free samples of their iced café con leche all day long. For the profoundly caffeine-addicted (such as yours truly), this was a welcome addition – and their iced lattes were bangin’.
–Best Drink: Bar Primi Frosé
–Best Food: Big Mozz Mozzarella Sticks
–Best Vendor: San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar
–Most Creative Vendor: Taiyaki
Most Surprising Moment:
The MTA was shockingly with-it and transportation to and from the festival via the 7 line was on point. Unlike normal weekend subway schedules, there was a plethora of trains running throughout the duration of the festival, so you were never stuck waiting too long for a train to get you to and from the party.
I’ve been to quite a few music festivals in recent years, but I have to say – The Meadows stands out as one of the best. Extremely well-organized, thought out, and diverse enough to appeal to a wide audience, The Meadows’ variety of artists, musical acts, and vendors brought in a diverse group of people from many different walks of life. The young and the old, ravers, rockers, and rappers alike convened to celebrate life and joy and music and fun. We can’t wait to catch it again in 2018!