The Meadows Music and Arts Festival is back for 2017 with a lineup that includes Jay Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz.

The festival is scheduled for Sept. 15-17 at the Citi Field Complex in Queens, N.Y. The event’s second year has been expanded to three days instead of two, and along with music also will showcase street art, signature craft cocktails and food vendors touted as the best in New York. Food and cocktail vendors will be announced at a later date.

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The festival’s lineup is, “packed to the brim with New York City artists and the most electric performers from around the world,” a press release announcing the event said. “Signature craft cocktails, the best food vendors in NYC, captivating street art and more will add to the aural delights had at The Meadows 2017. Not to mention the return of the Feastival of Queens, a culinary adventure celebrating the amazing ethnic cuisine that can be found in the most culturally diverse borough in the city (if not the world).”


The Meadows Music and Arts Festival’s inaugural year in 2016 was met with a bit of controversy after its organizer, Founders Entertainment, mischaracterized political support for the event when the lineup was announced. The Meadows festival site lies within the Flushing Meadows Corona Park footprint, a New York City landmark where both AEG Live and Founders had been competing to host a major festival for months but until then, had not been able to secure permits from a public-private group that oversees the park.

Founders reps had said Live Nation-backed promoters were “partnering” with the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance and “hope to bring an economic impact and benefit to the area.”  The next day, a spokesperson for alliance member and New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras denied working with Founders, telling Amplify that she was not consulted, as the festival had claimed.

Founders Entertainment’s Tom Russell issued an apology, telling Amplify: “We are just starting to engage with local stakeholders, look forward to announcing these plans shortly and apologize if we misrepresented the status of those conversations previously.”

Despite her misgivings, Ferreras was unable to block the festival from getting a permit since it took place on the parking lot of the baseball stadium and her group did not have the authority to issue permits for property owned by Citi Field.

Even so, it was a misstep for Founders Entertainment, which had just announced Kanye West, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper among the festival’s headliners.

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival itself appeared to go off without a hitch, though, and organizers said last year’s event was hailed as one of the best festivals in the city. The 2017 activities aim to “build upon last year’s careful curation of a wide selection of featured food vendors and craft cocktails at the event,” a press release said. “The festival will continue to embrace the amazing culinary diversity of Queens and New York City in general with mouth-watering foodie experiences like the Infatuation Village, curated by The Infatuation, and an expansion of the Feastival of Queens, curated by Queens-based food writer and gastronomic adventurer Joe DiStefano (aka, “The Guy Who Ate Queens”), and dubbed “a gem” found amid “a sea of incredible food vendors,” by the Queens Ledger.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon Eastern. Pricing and VIP packages are available here.

TIDAL also plans to livestream the Meadows Music and Arts Festival, featuring performances from all four festival stages as they take place.

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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