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LL Cool J, De La Soul to play The Meadows Music and Arts Festival

LL Cool J will be taking time

LL Cool J will be taking time from his busy screen schedule to take part in the Meadows music festival. Credit: Invision / Scott Roth

One of the oddities of the Long Island music scene is that there are so many great hip-hop acts from the area that rarely, if ever, get to play here.

The recently announced lineup of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Flushing in September makes this point clearly.

Amityville’s De La Soul, who will spend most of the summer playing festivals across Europe, will return to play The Meadows, likely on the same day Gorillaz are headliners, considering how many collaborations the two groups have had.

Bay Shore native LL Cool J, who lives in Manhasset when he’s not filming “NCIS: Los Angeles” or “Lip Sync Battle,” will also appear at the festival with his pal DJ Z-Trip, one of the rare concert appearances he will make this year around his busy TV schedule.

Swet Shop Boys — featuring Hicksville’s Heems and Riz Ahmed, from that little indie film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — are also on The Meadows’ bill, where they will likely play music from their upcoming “Sufi La” EP, due out Friday.

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival takes place in the parking lots outside Citi Field Sept. 15-17. Tickets are $305 for all three days through

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