Directed by Zack Snyder
by William Maurillo
Staff Family Emergency
Kim’s robbers, how could you be so heartless? Coming into The Meadows I expected a fall Coachella vibe filled with a full range of music fans, instead I got Kanye merch shoved down my throat and a whole lot of 15-year-old pot smoking, teenage angst, Upper West Side, and mosh pits. My main reason for going to The Meadows was to see Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, and Kanye West. Having never attended a music festival before, I allowed my mind to wander on what to expect in the weeks prior to the festival. I thought that music festivals consisted of a hippie flower child vibe filled with love, happiness, and J passing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. People at The Meadows were so triggered and hostile for such bonding. The musicians were bomb, singing to the masses on what seemed like a crappy schedule put together by people who specifically wanted you to miss out. To start my day, I went to Mac Miller to “find a big butt bitch, somewhere get my nuts kissed”. Miller was in my opinion too focused on Divine Feminine and didn’t pay enough credit to his older songs, specifically, “Donald Trump”.
Leaving the Ariana Grande lovey dovey filled Mac Miller stage I went to see Chance. Chance the Rapper’s performance was better than expected. It filled my paralleled love for Coloring Book, as well as a weird Bob Ross ZOOM vibe that I didn’t know could be combined or possessed. Chance brought my mental age down to what seemed like a fetal stage which allowed for an amazing performance, filled with puppets and straight bangers from an assortment of all of his albums. Kanye will always act like Kanye. Other than showing up 30 minutes late and leaving early for a family emergency, Kanye lived up to the hype. Playing fire song after fire song, he was the god that he knows he is. With a stage setup that made me hate him and love him at the same time, Kanye West’s music will never sound as good as it did to fireworks and artsy lights creating trippy shadows and hype. Overall, The Meadows… “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Family emergency, I have to stop the show,”.
Global Citizens Festival
by Nicholas Peters
On September 24th, 2016, in Central Park, thousands upon thousands of people crowded around each other to enjoy a collection of various talented artists and various influential speakers for the Global Citizens festival. Global Citizens is an organization run with the intent to help make the world a better place with a bevy of goals in order to accomplish it. It brings together politicians, celebrities, and everyday people together in order to accomplish this. The festival is a celebration of Global Citizens, as to go you have to have helped out with the organization in a bunch of ways, including tweeting at world leaders. You could also go by knowing someone who did this and had an extra ticket, or buy it off of someone who did this.
The lineup was headlined by Rihanna, and included Kendrick Lamar, Metallica, Major Lazer, Cat Stevens, Ellie Goulding, Usher, Demi Lovato, and many others. Each set ran for various amounts of time, with some like Kendrick, Metallica, and Rihanna running for a lot longer than others. Kendrick especially went through a bevy of his big songs as well as two songs from his friend Schoolboy Q. It was awesome.
I was happy though, not just that I saw my favorite artist in concert (Kendrick Lamar), but because as a whole it was really fun. Okay also because I saw Kendrick in concert. But all the performers were so good. It made me a fan of groups that I thought I wouldn’t be fan of (Metallica). Despite the 50,000 people, the fact that I could barely see the artist, or the lines for everything, it was just a good time. Being at a concert with such a large amount of people gives an amazing energy.