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Jay-Z, LL Cool J, more Meadows Music and Arts Festival must-see acts

Jay-Z headlines Friday.

Jay-Z headlines Friday. Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival’s debut last year will always be unforgettable.

It ended on the shocking note of Kanye West dramatically walking off mid-set, saying there had been a family emergency, which we later learned was his wife, Kim Kardashian West, being robbed at gunpoint in Paris. But before that had been two days of great music on four stages, intriguing art installations and eclectic food offerings to create yet another unique festival experience.

This year, however, they may even top it.

The second edition of The Meadows — in Citi Field’s parking lot — has expanded to three days and features the first major area appearance of Jay-Z since the release of his “4:44” album. The Feastival of Queens will return, this year featuring Vietnamese banh mis from JoJu, Indian puri from Kurry Qulture and Thai noodle soup from Pata Paplean. There will also be a variety of photo experiences designed to impress your Instagram followers.

Here’s a look at some of the must-see musicians:


JAY-Z (8:15 p.m., Meadows Stage) His “4:44” album is one of his best, as he reveals more about his personal life than ever before, while also offering some of his most political and uplifting rhymes. How does that work into Jay’s live show? Meadows fans will be among the first to find out.

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LL COOL J (4 p.m., Queens Blvd. Stage) The Bay Shore native will show off some of the skills that will make him the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Center Honor, the nation’s highest award for performers, later this year.

DE LA SOUL (5 p.m., American Eagle Stage) We haven’t seen much of Amityville’s De La Soul since they unveiled last year’s stand out album “And the Anonymous Nobody,” so this appearance will give them a chance to take a victory lap. And who knows, maybe they will stick around for the Gorillaz headlining set to appear on “Feel Good Inc.” and the recent hit “Momentz.”


WEEZER (6 p.m., Queens Blvd. Stage): What better way to close out the summer than to check out Rivers Cuomo and pals do their recent rock hit “Feels Like Summer” and their new single “Mexican Fender” from the band’s upcoming “Pacific Daydream” album.

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival

WHEN | WHERE Noon, Friday through Sunday, Citi Field parking lot, Flushing

INFO $115 daily, $305 for 3-day pass; 888-512-7469;


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