Sunny weather carries The Meadows through a successful weekend of music with Jay Z, Gorillaz, Sleigh Bells and more

In it’s second year, The Meadows grew from a two-day festival with a strong line-up to a three-day prepping to compete against Panorama and Governors Ball. There were certainly still kinks to sort out – the grounds felt bare and let’s be honest, it’s in a parking lot – but solid weather and a strong line up certainly make The Meadows a contender.

Friday felt empty, with small crowds for early sets from big acts like Migos and Run The Jewels. While Jay Z pulled fans late in the night, the first day showed the first signs of The Meadows’ true issue. In a way, it’s a two day festival stretched over three, with strong headliners but few draws early in the day.

Tegan and Sara

Blood Orange

Sunday was another strong example. Big crowds arrived at night, but even later acts like Lido couldn’t fill the stages given their headlining time slots. Weezer were the only act even half fit to open for The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday, and but organizers may have swapped them with Nas to keep crowds flowing through the grounds instead of making one stage a “rock” stage.

The Meadows is a good festival, with some great thought put into it. It’s in a parking lot, but the circular layout works well and it was nice to stroll around the grounds during downtime. The headliners were probably the best of the three big NYC festivals this summer, and the selection of food was strong.

Last year, Billboard said “The Meadows put on an admirable first edition – it was overall well-managed, undemanding, and most importantly, enjoyable.” This year, the same is true. Third times the charm?

Big Boi

Two Door Cinema Club

A Tribe Called Quest (on stage with LL Cool J)

Tegan and Sara

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells

Migos

Migos

M.I.A.

LL Cool J

Jay Z

Gorillaz

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

Blood Orange

Brian Benton

Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Sunny weather carries The Meadows through a successful weekend of music with Jay Z, Gorillaz, Sleigh Bells and more

In it’s second year, The Meadows grew from a two-day festival with a strong line-up to a three-day prepping to compete against Panorama and Governors Ball. There were certainly still kinks to sort out – the grounds felt bare and let’s be honest, it’s in a parking lot – but solid weather and a strong line up certainly make The Meadows a contender.

Friday felt empty, with small crowds for early sets from big acts like Migos and Run The Jewels. While Jay Z pulled fans late in the night, the first day showed the first signs of The Meadows’ true issue. In a way, it’s a two day festival stretched over three, with strong headliners but few draws early in the day.

Tegan and Sara

Blood Orange

Sunday was another strong example. Big crowds arrived at night, but even later acts like Lido couldn’t fill the stages given their headlining time slots. Weezer were the only act even half fit to open for The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday, and but organizers may have swapped them with Nas to keep crowds flowing through the grounds instead of making one stage a “rock” stage.

The Meadows is a good festival, with some great thought put into it. It’s in a parking lot, but the circular layout works well and it was nice to stroll around the grounds during downtime. The headliners were probably the best of the three big NYC festivals this summer, and the selection of food was strong.

Last year, Billboard said “The Meadows put on an admirable first edition – it was overall well-managed, undemanding, and most importantly, enjoyable.” This year, the same is true. Third times the charm?

Big Boi

Two Door Cinema Club

A Tribe Called Quest (on stage with LL Cool J)

Tegan and Sara

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells

Migos

Migos

M.I.A.

LL Cool J

Jay Z

Gorillaz

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

Blood Orange

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