The Meadows 2017 was everything festival goers could have dreamed of and more. The annual music festival had a lineup that solidified itself as one of the can’t miss festivals. For only being around for two years The Meadows is already an iconic fest.
The three day long festival was from September 15-17 in Queens, New York and brought heavy hitter performers. Not only was the music amazing, but the festival also teamed up with NYC Infatuation and had classic New York City vendors like John’s Juice and Roberta’s Pizza.
Even though the entire weekend was amazing, here are some highlights from the weekend.
Jay-Z was the headliner for Friday night and he didn’t disappoint. Jeff Koons huge sculpture of a dog balloon animal was Jay-Z’s background. It amplified how Jay is larger than life and the intersection of art and his music. Not only did he play songs from his latest album 4:44, but a handful of classic Jay tracks. When “N****s In Paris” started playing I swear the cement ground was shaking. The energy was high and the crowd was eating it up. But the energy came to a stop when Jay asked for all the stage lights to be cut and for the audience to hold up their phone lights. He then dedicated the next song to the late Chester Benngington and then “Numb/Encore” started playing. It was a magical almost two hour set.
Migos truly brought the heat with their set. The trio was a crowd pleaser and played all of their hits. The high energy songs kept the crowd engaged and pumped up and was a perfect opener for Friday’s festivities. As usual, the three rappers were dressed impressively rocking some jaw dropping gold chains and white heart sunglasses, putting a new spin on the classic music festival fashion fave. The only way their set could have been better is if Offset brought out Cardi B.
Future’s set has a huge turnout. He played well over his set time and no one seemed to mind because it was a star studded set. Future first brought out Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj and they rapped their hit single “Rake It Up.” The crowd was wilding out for the duo and Nicki looked amazing, which isn’t shocking. Then after a few songs he brought out Young Thug and they brought the house down.
M.I.A. is an unexpected treat on this list. I was expecting high energy and a wild stage set-up and I got exactly that. But what I wasn’t prepared for was M.I.A.’s dedicated fan base and how good her new music is. I started in the back of the crowd and slowly made my way to the front because her energy drew me in. Then out of no where M.I.A. pulled a fan from the crowd on to the stage. She PHYSICALLY hoisted him up on the stage and he danced his heart out, it was epic. I ran into the fan at the G train’s Court Street stop after the show and congratulated him.