SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: Acts To See and Acts To Skip at Meadows
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek

Remember when Governor's Ball had to cancel the last day due to "severe weather" and all the Kanye fans ended the weekend with broken hearts? Well, Founders Entertainment (who organizes Governor's Ball) are bringing you the first Meadows Festival this weekend and the headliners include Kanye West, J.Cole, The Weeknd, Kygo, and Chance The Rapper. We know how hard it is to decide between two acts when there's a clash in the time schedule so we've made it a little easier for you. And Meadows happened to release a time schedule full of hard decision and anxiety with more clashes than we've seen in awhile. So here's a comparison of acts that clash and who you should see.

Saturday

Yeasayer vs. Kamasi Washington
Who you should see: Yeasayer

As much as we love Kamasi Washington, Yeasayer's sets often includes strange props, crazy lights and experimental sounds. Yeasayer came out with their fourth album, Amen & Goodbye this year and it's one of their best albums yet. Yeasayer puts on a pretty mesmerizing show and you definitely don't want to miss it.

Sylvan Esso vs. Chromeo
Who you should see: Sylvan Esso

While Chromeo's set will be a non-stop dance party, Sylvan Esso wins this one. Amelia Meath's vocals with Nick Sanborn's production is exactly what you need to hear in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday. Sylvan Esso's newest track, "Radio," is one of our favorites and I wouldn't be surprised if they premiered a few more new tracks during their set.

Zhu vs. Savages
Who you should see: Zhu

After releasing multiple singles and EPs, Zhu released his debut full-length album, Generationwhy, this year and its a pretty incredible album from start to finish. Its a series of dreamlike soundscapes with a unique, melancholy style and Zhu's set is bound to get you groovin' and I heard he puts on quite the production.

Pretty Lights vs. J.Cole
Who you should see: J.Cole

Pretty Lights is amazing but you cant get any better than J.Cole's Forest Hills Drive album. You can listen to it on repeat and still never get sick of it. J.Cole is also one hell of a performer. His energy is high, he gets the crowd into it and he works the entire stage. He's definitely high up on the list of must-see acts.

Sunday

Zella Day vs. Coast Modern
Who you should see: Coast Modern

This one is extremely close but we have to go with Coast Modern. Zella Day has an extremely amazing voice but her pace might be a little too slow for being one of the first acts to see on your Sunday. Coast Modern has released a few singles this year - all of which are SO good - and I'm thinking that they will debut a few more new songs during their set at Meadows.

Robert Delong vs. The Temper Trap
Who you should see: The Temper Trap

If you haven't heard The Temper Trap's newest album, Thick as Thieves, go listen to it right now. Although it steers away from The Temper Trap's older sound, the new one is working extremely well for the Australian rock band. And you know they wouldn't go an entire set without playing the crowd favorite, "Sweet Disposition."

Jack Garratt vs. Pusha T
Who you should see: Jack Garratt

The British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Garratt, is having one hell of a year. His debut-album, Phase has a total of 19 songs so you know his set wont be cut short. Plus, who wouldn't want to see a man a one man band killin' it on stage. I'm sure it'll be nothing short of a mind-blowing performance and you definitely want to be there.

Metric vs. Bryson Tiller
Who you should see: Metric

I think everyone needs to see Metric at least once in their lives. With so many studio albums under their belt, I'm curious to see what their setlist will be on Sunday. Metric is full of synth-pop and electronica goodness and you'll want to be there to be serenaded by Emilie Haines perfectly pitched vocals.

Borns vs. Mac Miller
Who you should see: Borns

As Mac Miller's set will probably be raunchy, energetic and ridiculous, he wasn't that great at Panorama Music Festival this summer. We have to go with Borns on this one. Borns' dreamy, dance-worthy are very falsetto-driven and he weaves just the right amount of folk to them. You might be the eye-heart emoji the entire time over this Michigan-native singer-songwriter.

Cage The Elephant vs. Chance The Rapper
Who you should see: Chance The Rapper

This is, by far, the hardest decision of the weekend. Why did Meadows have to put this anxiety on us? Two completely different genres but equally f---ing incredible to see live. Unless you've seen Chance The Rapper live already, you cannot miss his set. Chance bounces all over the stage with his contagious energy and his charismatic charm and I wouldn't doubt he throws in a surprise or two at Meadows.

Twin Shadow vs. The 1975
Who you should see: Twin Shadow

We love The 1975 at Baeble but Twin Shadow is a "can't miss." Not only is George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow extremely talented (he's a singer-songwriter, actor, producer and author) but he's known to put on an incredible live performance as well. His newest music is deeply rooted in 80s pop radio with clapping drum machines and vocal overdubs. Plus, Im curious about to see if he only performs "Purple Rain" as stated on the line-up or if he does a whole Prince tribute.

Kygo vs. Kanye West
Who you should see: Kanye

We love you, Kygo. But you cant miss Kanye this weekend.
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