The Meadows Music and Arts Festival is back for another round this year with some of the biggest names in music. The festival, which will take place from September 15-17 at Citi Field in Queens, New York, is boasting headliners such as Jay-Z, Run The Jewels, Gorillaz, Bassnectar, Future and so many more. It’s definitely a weekend you will not want to miss out on this year!
To prepare for the festival’s sophomore run, we’ve rounded up 12 acts that you cannot miss at The Meadows. Check them out below, and be sure to mark their sets down!
Day 1 – Friday, September 15
Having dropped a new album, Different Creatures, earlier this year, Circa Waves are headed in a new direction. They shed their surfing vibes for leather jackets and edgy sounds so come check them out on the Shea Stage this year.
Remember this name because Lizzo is an artist that will soon be taking over festivals as a headliner. Getting her start in an all girl hop-hip/R&B group, Lizzo is now a solo artist making feel-good music that is unapologetically female and proud. Catch her early performance on the Meadows Stage on Friday afternoon.
This Philadelphia-based duo are the mastermind behind the hit single “Down” and are bringing their sensual tunes to the American Eagle stage this year. They’ll be sure to set the crowd ablaze in their homecoming performance, of sorts.
It’s been four years since Sky last released music—outside of her song on the Baby Driver soundtrack. But, she has been known for putting together some of the strongest live performances. And who knows? She may have some new songs up her sleeve. Sky will be playing the Queens Boulevard Stage this year.
Day 2 – Saturday, September 16
Many people view DJ’ing as nothing more than pushing buttons on a computer, but Youngr pushes the boundaries of DJ’ing and live performance. His setup includes more instruments than we’re able to count on one hand, and he truly twists the definition of a one-man band. He’s totally going to crush his performance on the Queens Boulevard Stage later this month.
Jacob Banks has become one of the hottest acts at festivals across the nation this year. Hailing from across the pond, Banks wears his passion on his sleeve as he performs and excels at captivating the audience through his powerful lyricism. He will be smashing the Shea Stage during the second day of the festival.
Public Access T.V.
Take a trip back into the ’70s rock ‘n’ roll scene with Public Access T.V. who take unadulterated rock music with a little indie spin on it—an edgier Strokes sound. Clearly, we’re not the only ones who see the up-and-coming potential of the band as they open the main stage on Saturday afternoon.
When you think of Nashville, you almost always think of country songs and cowboy boots, but Mike Floss has arrived to changed that. He’s one of the hottest names in hip-hop right now as he’s setting his own path filled with heavy bass and rapid fires. Check out his show, opening the American Eagle stage on Day 2.
Day 3 – Sunday September 17
These Canadian rockers really put on a show. From dancing around the stage to climbing over the barricade to rip a riff or two within the crowd, there is no such thing as a boring Arkells show. Come get high on energy and enthusiasm with Arkells at the American Eagle stage.
This Oregon-based, indie-pop band is taking the scene by storm. After just dropping their debut album and landing a few gigs with Paramore, Flor is ready to take over the Shea Stage. Their set is definitely not one to miss!
When you’re little, you always dream of doing cool things with your siblings when you grow up, but most of the time that never works out, right? Well, not for siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, better known as Wild Belle. They take the popular country twang and infuse it with hints of pop and jazz influences to create a smooth flowing sound. The duo will be crushing the American Eagle stage on Day 3.
The Strokes are hands down one of the most notable and iconic bands in indie rock history, but as of late, it’s been a huge question as to what they’re up to. Guitarist Nick Valensi created his own side project called CRX. The band released their debut record, New Skin, last year and will be performing tracks from the record on The Meadows stage this month!
Tickets for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival are still available for purchase here.