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Kanye West, the Weeknd Lead Queens, NY’s Meadows Fest

Chance the Rapper, the 1975, Cage the Elephant, Grimes, Metric, Pusha T and more booked for inaugural fest in October

Kanye West and the Weeknd will headline the inaugural The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, which storms Queens, New York’s Citi Field complex on October 1st and 2nd.

Chance the Rapper, the 1975, Cage the Elephant, Grimes, Metric, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller and Empire of the Sun are among the artists who will perform at the two-day fest, which was borne out of the desire to bring West back to New York after his Governors Ball headlining set was canceled on June 5th.

Other Meadows acts include Kygo, Kamasi Washington, Mac Miller, Chromeo, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Twin Shadow performing Prince’s Purple Rain, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley as well as two mystery acts yet to be announced.

General on-sale for Meadows tickets begins June 23rd at the fest’s site. However, Governors Ball attendees who missed out on seeing West will receive a promo code granting them access to a special pre-sale starting Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. Visit the Meadows’ site for full ticket and packages information.

The Meadows comes from the same organizers as Governors Ball, and in a statement, they said that the cancellation of the festival, which included a West headlining gig, was the catalyst for his new booking. After Governors Ball was cancelled, West attempted to stage impromptu concerts throughout New York City, but large crowds and safety concerns prevented those concerts from taking root.

Following the scuttled pop-up shows, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted to West that “great block parties are planned.” Organizers for the new festival revealed that the two-day fest was given approval by the mayor’s administration.

“We are so grateful to the de Blasio Administration and Metropolitan Hospitality for giving us this opportunity and to all the artists who have enthusiastically agreed to take this inaugural ride with us,” organizer Tom Russell said in a statement.

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