Is the Meadows Music Festival the new Gov Ball?

Anna Letson, Christopher Mendoza

At the edge of Queens in the parking lot for Citi Field was the impressive and surprisingly immense set up for the Meadows, a new music festival to make up for the fact that Governor’s Ball was cancelled after one day due to weather conditions. Headliners like Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and the Weeknd (later J. Cole) drew a crowd of thousands. And after some complications, like the Weeknd cancelling, changing his mind, and cancelling once more, the festival was up and running. Not knowing exactly what we were getting ourselves into (communication regarding the event was poor and contradictory), the quality of the overall experience was incredible. The line for Kanye merchandise wrapped around for an hour and a half and festival-goers repped their favorite rappers. Everyone was there for a different reason, a different artist. Yet, no matter how many different genres of music were present, from indie to hip-hop, no matter how many different artists were performing during the same time, one common thing was present: a sense of community. The lot was full of a community that just wanted to enjoy their weekend listening to good music.

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