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J. Cole Replaces the Weeknd as Meadows Music and Arts Festival Headliner

Update: The Weeknd revealed that he’s still performing at the Meadows Festival, but at an earlier time slot. The festival’s twitter account originally announced that he would “no longer be performing.”


The change is due to the Weeknd’s just-announced gig as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s season premiere on October 1, the same day as his Meadows set.

The crowd’s at next weekend’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival won’t witness a live performance of “Starboy.” Organizers for the Queens festival have announced that the Weeknd will no longer be headlining the inaugural event due to “unforeseen scheduling conflicts.” This news comes on the heels of the Weeknd announcing his upcoming third studio album, Starboy, which is slated for a November 25 release.

The Weeknd has been replaced by the rapping sigh known as J. Cole, who has nothing to promote—well, nothing officially announced anyway—other than the platitude “Being true to yourself.” (Cole’s most recent LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, dropped back in late 2014.) He’s now headlining the first day of Meadows fest, joining a lineup that also features Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Grimes, the 1975, Chromeo, Sylvan Esso, Kamasi Washington, Pusha T, and more.

Meadows Music and Arts Festival takes place on October 1 and 2, at Citi Field in Queens. For ticketing info, head to the festival’s official site.