Let’s cut to the chase. The Meadows is the best festival in New York City this year, and while the lineup is especially stands out because of the stellar headliners, it’s not too shabby further down the bill too. Before you catch Jay Z, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and M.I.A., look out for these five artists that we’re especially excited to watch this September 15 to 17.
Lizzo performs Friday at 2:15 on The Meadows stage. As one of the first acts of the weekend, we are counting on her to bring of the first, and best, bounce-heavy parties to the festival. Her joyful and explosive live show is complete with the arrival of the ecstatic backup dancers she calls “The Big Girls,” and during every show, as fun as Lizzo’s music is, it feels like a revolution, too. Look out for “Good As Hell” and “Worship,” but get to know her whole discography first to enjoy the show to the full potential.
Swet Shop Boys
Lizzo at The French Legation Museum during SXSW
You might recognize a few members of this group. When he’s not being Bodhi Rook in Star Wars, Riz Ahmed proves himself a “potent spokesman for young brown guys in an increasingly mad world,” AKA Swet Shop Boys. The transatlantic duo of Heems (ex-Das Racist) and Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed) will bring their politically charged freestyles and verses to The Meadows on Saturday, and are a set not to miss.
Flatbush Zombies’ show might not be one you want to include in your festival recap to mom, but if you don’t mind some cursing, they’re worth adding to your schedule. The Flatbush Zombies deliver an astounding performance. They truly embody their music and create an exciting atmosphere for all who are open to it. A Flatbush Zombies concert, put simply, is to be in the presence of talent, passion, and entertainment. Plus, it’s always a nice treat to get a hometown show at a big festival like The Meadows.
Flatbush Zombies at Osheaga
Arkells will open up Sunday at The Meadows, but up north in Canada they’re close to headlining some of the festivals they play. The beloved band formed more than a decade ago in the dorms at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and their fourth full-length album, Morning Report, features the sunny pop-rock spirit that it uses to turn every rock show into a dance party. Come early on Sunday and see what all the fuss is about (a-boot?).
Arkells at Osheaga
It’s not Sleigh Bells’ first time round the festival circuit, but that doesn’t mean their Sunday set should be skipped. Where the duo’s first three albums trafficked in huge beats, huge guitars and huge hooks, their latest record takes these elements and chops them up. On stage, the duo is loud, abrasive and spontaneous. Those whiplash changes within each song take a while to get used to, but once you’ve caught on, it makes for a delirious rush.For more information on The Meadows, visit www.themeadowsnyc.com