Meadows Festival 2017: JAYZ Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington, Sky Ferreira Covers the Classics and More Day 1 Highlights
publish date: 2017-09-16
Labor Day may have come and gone, but Festival Season is still far from over in New York. Friday (Sept. 15) marked the beginning of the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in Flushing Meadows, Queens -- the first of a three-day lineup featuring some of the biggest names in hip-hop, pop, dance and alternative. And of course, the night was graced by a visit from one of the B.g.Apple's all time musical greats, stopping by to give the fest his official blessing.
Read staffers' chronological recap of some of Day 1's highlights below.
1:50 p.m. "If you'd like to purchase some of our music, go to MySpace.com," quips Kieran Shudall, frontman of U.K. indie quartet Circa Waves. From there, the band launches into "Stuck," a highlight from this year's Different Creatures LP, with the song's thundering bass and piercing guitars inspiring some of the early-afternoon crowd's first physical involvement of the day. What was the name of that website again? -- Andrew Unterberger
2:41 p.m. "I know it's early," allows Jackson Stell, better known by DJ name B.g.Wild. "But it's never too early to get fucking crazy." To demonstrate, he cues up a drum-n-bass remix of Dick Dale's surf-rock classic "Misirlou," and proceeds to start head-banging, skanking, air-guitaring and spraying the audience with his water bottle. Point taken. -- A.U.
3:01 p.m. The duo known as Marian Hill dive right into their best-known hit "Down" -- a strategic move to draw a crowd from the start (the catchy synth-pop production helped). Later in the set, vocalist Samantha Gongol sings "Good," a song perfectly suited for the start to a promising weekend ahead. -- Lyndsey Havens
3:15 p.m. Fifteen minutes into his hour of allotted stage time, there's still no sign of 21 Savage, despite the best efforts of the myriad fans chanting "TWEN-TY-ONE!" and "WHERE-IS-SA-VAGE?" to conjure the breakout rapper. Finally, his DJ shows to begin his audio setup, and minutes later, Savage himself emerges from the ether. "Everybody put their middle fingers in their right now -- on the count of three, I want everybody to say 'FUCK NYC TRAFFIC!'" the MC offers in indirect explantation. -- A.U.