The creators of the Governors Ball music festival in New York City debuted their latest festival creation, The Meadows, in Queens, New York this past weekend. The inaugural event was held outside in the parking lot of Citi Field and even though we were a bit chilly, we rocked out to plenty of amazing artists throughout the weekend. Not to mention, we got to eat an infamous ramen burger (and it was delicious).
The 1975 rocked the Shea stage and left us shook
The 1975 drew quite the crowd and kept them dancing and singing for their entire set. Matty Healy’s black, white, and red outfit contrasted with their neon lights, and fans got a good mix of songs from their first and second album. All their fans were singing their songs word for word, and many waited at the stage where they were performing all day to get a barricade spot. Matty danced all around and we swear we fell in love with the 1975 all over again.
The Weeknd cancelled (the day before), but J. Cole and Grimes filled the void on Saturday night.
Due to scheduling conflicts with his appearance on Saturday Night Live, The Weeknd had to cancel his Saturday set at The Meadows the night before. However, he was replaced with rapper J.Cole who put on quite a good show and we also rocked out to Grimes earlier in the evening. Unfortunately for J.Cole fans, Saturday’s performance was his ‘last show for a while’
Zella Day started out Sunday with a bang
Indie queen Zella Day started out the music on Sunday on the main stage where thousands of people rocked out to ‘East of Eden’ with her. She sported a super cute velvet maxi dress with a bunch of layered necklaces and had fall festival fashion down. Also, we had no idea how talented she was on the tambourine!
Practically every festival-goer knew the words to ‘Electric Love’ at BØRNS’ set.
In the midst of quite a few hip-hop artists like Bryson Tiller and Pusha T, BØRNS was able to attract quite a crowd at his 4:45pm set. He played a tonne of songs from ‘Dopamine’ and kept the crowd going until he capped off his set with ‘Electric Love’. The entire crowd sang the lyrics back to him and it was pretty magical tbh.
Kanye West cut his set short (for good reasons)
Part of the inspiration for The Meadows came from the cancellation of the Sunday portion of the Governors Ball where Kanye West was supposed to headline. Kanye hit the stage 35 minutes late on Sunday, but did not disappoint. The crowd went wild for all of his greatest hits like ‘Power’ and ‘Black Skinhead’ and his new songs like ‘Famous’. However, half way through ‘Heartless’ Kanye cited a family emergency and left abruptly. Fans soon heard about the awful things that happened to Kim Kardashian West in France, and agreed that it was important for him to leave. However, there were still plenty of fireworks.
Overall, The Meadows proved to be an absolute success and we’re sure that it’ll be back for round two next year (and so will we). We saw some of the cutest fall fashion and were able to jam out to so many popular artists over just one weekend! Check out both of The Meadows recap videos below: