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What to expect at The Meadows, NYC's new fall music festival

Your guide to the best acts and biggest surprises coming to Citi Field this weekend.
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Music festival season has officially been extended.

The first weekend of October brings The Meadows Music & Arts Festival, a brand new event looking to keep the summer vibes going as we transition into sweater weather. On Oct. 1-2 at Citi Field, Founders Entertainment will apply the lessons they’ve learned through six years of organizing successful Governors Balls and introduce the city to what could be its new signature musical event.

What wonders will this weekend hold? We’ve got your guide to the acts who are sure to be the highlights of the show.

All eyes on Yeezy

Booked in part to make up for his rained-out set at this year’s Governors Ball, Yeezy has been making headlines since his Saint Pablo tour kicked off. NYC already got a taste at Madison Square Garden with his UFO-like “floating” stage above the audience and an extravagant light show. But over his career, Yeezy has earned a reputation for festival performances worthy of their stages (namely Coachella 2011 and Glastonbury 2015), and while the arena-oriented rig that makes the Pablo magic possible might not be feasible at the Mets’ home, he’s bound to bring something special.

Chance the Rapper and Post Malone both have features on his new album, GOOD Music partner Pusha T has a verse on “Runaway,” perhaps West’s signature track, and all are scheduled to appear over the weekend — could any or all be brought out to perform their parts of Kanye’s catalogue during his climactic weekend-ending set? Only Pablo knows.

Can Chance the Rapper keep his hot streak going?

Chance the Rapper can’t miss right now. He has nailed the album of his career with “Coloring Book,” brought down the house at the ESPYs with his Muhammad Ali tribute, and got some facetime with President (and fan) Obama, doing it all his way. The Meadows marks the New York stop of his ambitious Magnificent Coloring World Tour, and Chance has proven nothing to live audiences if not his ability to share a good vibe. So the only real question is, will fans be able to manage their disappointment in Chano’s abbreviated festival set?

Kamasi Washington is bound to be ‘Epic’

Jazzy sax-man Kamasi Washington won huge accolades last year with the release his sprawling solo debut album, “The Epic,” as well as for his blows on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Washington has reinvented jazz for the 21st century — even if you never thought you’d like the genre. After playing to the throngs of this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals, his Saturday set promises to be one of the can’t-miss moments of the weekend.

Meet your new favorite act

The Meadows will have no shortage of headliners, with a host of mega-stars topping the ticket. But will they own the weekend, or will an up-and-comer make the biggest impression? Queens’ own star Bas already stands a good chance of stealing the show, but now that his former tourmate J. Cole has signed onto the Meadows to replace The Weeknd, the hometown hero’s set could be the most anticipated of the fest.

 

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