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Festival Preview, Music

5 Must-See Artists at The Meadows 2016

By: Staff –

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The inaugural edition of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will be held this coming October 1st & 2nd at the Citi Field complex in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the storied borough of Queens, New York.

Featuring performances from Kanye West, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Kygo, Grimes, The 1975, Bryson Tiller, Savages, Metric, Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Kamasi Washington, Sylvan Esso, and many many more, the Meadows Music and Arts Festival will play host to 42+ artists across four stages, showcase a world’s fair of cuisine from around the globe, and feature a tour de force in craft cocktails from some of the finest mixologists around. The performance from The Weeknd will mark his only NYC area show in 2016, and the booking of Kanye West was born out of his weather-related cancelled appearance at Governors Ball 2016.

Tickets are now on-sale.

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Empire of the Sun  

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Alt/Electronic pioneers Empire of The Sun have been making waves across the world with their phenomenal live shows. Across multiple countries, touching over 80 cities in the last two years, Empire of The Sun’s dynamic performances are like nothing else on earth.

Empire of The Sun have sold over 2 million copies of their albums Walking On A Dream and Ice On The Dune, and have reached Multi-Platinum selling status with global singles Alive, We Are The People and Walking On A Dream.

“Walking on A Dream” single was recently the most Shazamed song in the US resulting in an unprecedented breakthrough at Alt and Pop radio. The track currently has over 80 million Spotify streams and 40 million youtube plays.

The last two years have been huge for Empire Of The Sun with standout performances at the likes of Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Governors Ball. A recently-completed US West Coast tour culminated in a spectacular sold-out headline performance at the legendary Hollywood Bowl venue in front of over 17,000 fans.

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Savages

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The all-female post-punk four-piece Savages recall the tenacity and more artistic movements of London’s punk heyday with their blistering sound and noisy guitars.

Hailing from the English capital, they formed at the end of 2011 after guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier — known as Jehnny Beth — had procrastinated over a name and starting a band until they eventually settled on Savages and set to work writing songs.

Soon after, Ayse Hassan joined on bass and Fay Milton completed the lineup on drums. Soon after their formation, Savages performed their first show in January 2012, supporting rock outfit British Sea Power. They were then picked up by Sigur Rós manager John Best and released a double-A-side single, “Flying to Berlin/Husbands”, through indie label Pop Noir. The single attracted attention from various music publications, where they were favorably compared to luminaries Public Image Ltd., Siouxsie and the Banshees, and PJ Harvey.

Further raucous live performances ignited the band’s rise, with a successful appearance at the New York-based CMJ Music Marathon and on Later…With Jools Holland in the U.K. A whirlwind year was capped off with the quartet’s nomination for the BBC Sound of 2013 award. Another single, “I Am Here”, was also released in 2012, and Savages partnered with Matador Records to release their debut album, Silence Yourself, in May 2013. The band followed it up with their new album, Adore Life, which drew comparison to Swans, Soundgarden, and once again, PJ Harvey.

Don’t miss their intense live show at The Meadows 2016!

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Kygo
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Since blowing up on the electronic music scene, tropical house maven, Kygo, has gone from bedroom producer to one of the most hyped artists on the planet in unprecedented time.

One of his most popular singles, “Stole the Show (feat. Parson James)”, was certified gold and platinum in sixteen countries. Kygo was also crowned Spotify’s Breakout Artist of 2015, as songs including “Firestone (feat. Conrad Sewell)” and “Stole the Show (feat. Parson James)” helped him become the fastest artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Don’t miss your chance to hear what all the hype is about!

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Metric
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Life is beautiful. The world is cruel. Music still matters. Metric have wrestled with these truths for 15 years, but their new album, Pagans in Vegas, takes them on in an entirely new way.

Irrepressible first single “The Shade” originated in one of Shaw’s daily synth jams and Haines wrote the lyrics during sessions at Oscilloscope Labs (the studio the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch built to record the group’s later albums). “All the stuff that sucks and is beautiful — that’s being alive,” Haines says of the joyous anthem. “You get the sunshine and the shade, and if you’re lucky you’re going to feel everything.”

In an effort to translate the gratifying experience of discovering an artist you love, Metric packed their new album with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld all the way back to Kraftwerk. Haines explains it was about finding “the romance of another time without falling into nostalgia.” (The concept is also perfectly captured on the album’s cover, which features a shot of Memphis’ Hotel Chisca, the spot where Elvis Presley did his first broadcast interview.) But despite a few glances in the rearview, Pagans in Vegas stitches together its acoustic and synthetic foundations with a crisp, unique now-ness that captures the quandaries of life in an age where bad news is unavoidable and great art is a life-saver.

Don’t miss Metric at The Meadows 2016!

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Frightened Rabbit
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Ever since Scott Hutchison started releasing music as Frightened Rabbit more than a decade ago, his emotionally honest and incisively worded lyrics have been among the project’s most beloved qualities. Over the course of five albums, including their new Painting of a Panic Attack, Frightened Rabbit’s frontman has made poetry of his misery, and still somehow managed to make it sound anthemic—like a triumphant rallying cry rather than a downer. In all of those respects, Painting of a Panic Attack – produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner – is the band’s most accomplished collection yet.

Don’t miss Frightened Rabbit at The Meadows 2016!

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