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The best acts to see at the Meadows Festival 2016

Here are the acts not to miss at the Meadows Festival’s inaugural edition coming to Queens in October

Written by
Andrew Frisicano

The first-ever Meadows Festival comes to NYC on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2. Unlike Governors Ball and Panorama Music Festival, which took place on Randalls Island, Meadows will be happening in the Citi Field parking lot (the same site as Electric Daisy Carnival). While the setting is less idyllic, there’s little chance of the music disappointing: Heavyweight headliners Kanye West and the Weeknd top the bill, with plenty of supporting acts worth seeing, from jazz bandleader Kamasi Washington to rapper Pusha T. Here are the acts you won’t want to miss.

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Best acts at the Meadows Festival

Kanye West
Photograph: Nick Knight

1. Kanye West

If you couldn’t spring for a ticket to the Saint Pablo tour, this fest-headlining set should be some consolation—though there are no promises his floating stage is coming along for ride.

Chance the Rapper
Photograph: Alex Maier

2. Chance the Rapper

Meadows Fest will be New Yorkers’ first chance to see the Chicago rapper since the release of his excellent, exuberant third mixtape, Coloring Book. (His Summer Jam set got rained out earlier this year, same as Kanye’s GovBall appearance the same day.)

Twin Shadow performing Purple Rain
Photograph: Courtesy Milan Zrnic

3. Twin Shadow performing Purple Rain

George Lewis Jr.’s synth-heavy pop project Twin Shadow released the underrated Eclipse last year. At the fest, he’ll take on Prince’s masterwork.

Charles Bradley
Photograph: Courtesy Shayan Asgharnia

4. Charles Bradley

Bradley, who effortlessly inhabits classic soul and R&B grooves, plays behind his newest Daptone Records release, Changes (which, yes, includes a cover of the Black Sabbath ballad of the same name).

Mas Ysa
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Kalina

5. Mas Ysa

The project of composer Thomas Arsenault, avant-garde synth-pop act Mas Ysa typically plays smaller DIY venues, so this is your best (only?) chance to hear his massive tunes through a festival soundsystem.

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