Its officially fall now, and that sucks, so what better way to continue to deny the impending arrival of winter than to head to an outdoor music festival? That was a rhetorical question, there is no better way. Thankfully weve got one last festival on our radar before festival season comes to a close and we all shut ourselves in our apartments for the winter: The Meadows Music & Arts Festival, happening next weekend in Queens.
For those of you who attended Gov Ball, The Meadows is run by the same people so you know its going to be good. And if youre one of the Pablo stans who cried themselves to sleep because Kanye got rained out at Gov Ball this year, youre in luck because hes one of the headliners, along with J. Cole, Kygo, Pretty Lights, and my future husband, Chance The Rapper.
This will not be one of those heres why you should attend The Meadows-type posts because honestly, I dont care what you do with your life, and if the above headliners didnt convince you to buy a ticket already, IDK what to tell you. Dont get me wrong, you will def be missing out on a great time if you dont gobut like, its not my problem that you make poor life decisions.
What this post IS is a Meadows survival guide. This is its first year so were all going in a little bit blind, but Im confident that with the obscene amount of festivals I have under my belt, I can provide a little bit of guidance on things you absolutely need to have going in.
Not because your nose will be running, but because anytime you get together thousands of people + portapotties, youre bound to run out of toilet paper in like, 2 hours. Also because you might cry because the music’s so goodI’m already planning for this tbh. I totally understand not wanting to be that girl toting around an entire roll of toilet paper, so keep a few packs of those little tissue packets instead. In a similar vein, bring hand sanitizer. I have never once been wrong about this.
I dont mean to bring an actual coloring book. Im saying that if you havent listened to Chances album , you are really fucking up. And Im not just saying that because Im in love with himokay, maybe I am. But seriously, I think itll be one of the best performances of the entire festival and given the sheer amount of guest verses on the albumeveryone from Future to Justin Bieber to Lil Wayne and Ye himself and back againI would honestly be shocked if there any surprise appearances during his set.
3. Comfortable shoes
Yeah yeah, I know inappropriate footwear is an item on the Betch List, but dont be that idiot who tries to wear wedges to a fucking festival. You will hate yourself and no one will feel sorry for you. Kanye had enough models falling on his runwayhe doesn’t need any more betches tumbling over at his live show.
4. Gum/Cigarettes/Temporary tattoos
All are highly coveted items; all can be used as excellent bartering tools/in exchange for immediate friendship.
Great news! As far as I can tell, The Meadows isnt one of those festivals that tries to scam you out of all your money with those bullshit cashless festival bucks systems. Why should you care about buying shit? Because youll want to buy food and drinksthere will be a curated selection of food vendors and craft cocktails that you wont want to miss out on. Gov Balls food lineup was hailed by magazine and , among others, so you can expect the same level of greatness from The Meadows.
P.S. Chance call me