The new Queens-based music festival The Meadows has been a comedy of errors from the beginning, and now there’s a new foible to add to the list. Originally, the Weeknd was scheduled to headline Saturday night with Kanye West headlining Sunday, which at least marked The Meadows as a chance to see two of the world’s most compelling pop pioneers on back-to-back nights. But the festival announced today that the Weeknd had to drop off the bill due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts” — maybe related to finishing his suddenly imminent new album? — and that they’re replacing him with…
Jermaine. Lamarr. Cole.
Look, I understand that the Weeknd never went platinum with no features, but this seems like a significant downgrade to me. This festival once boasted a pair of true art stars. Now they’ve got Kanye West and a pre-808s Kanye West impersonator. At least Chance and Grimes are still playing!
UPDATE: It turns out the Weeknd pulled out due to a conflict with his appearance on Saturday Night Live’s season premiere. Thankfully for festivalgoers, The Meadows rearranged their schedule to allow for a Weeknd performance at 6:15. So they get all the benefits of Abel Tesfaye along with bonus J. Cole, which should please not only Weeknd fans but Cole’s fellow alums from nearby St. John’s University.
— The Meadows NYC (@themeadowsnyc) September 22, 2016
Good job by The Meadows turning an L into a W here.