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THE MEADOWS Music and Arts Festival enjoyed a feel-good vibe after two nights of stellar hip-hop at Citi Field.
The annual show, which runs through Sunday and has so far been highlighted by several New York City-based rap acts, on Saturday night had the real-life members of virtual band Gorillaz perform before a screen of their animations.
The “Feels Good Inc.” group was joined by Long Island trio De La Soul on one of the four stages in the stadium’s parking lot in Queens.
Bedford-Stuyvesant’s own JAY-Z got things rolling Friday night in a lengthy set during which he got political, dedicating his song “The Story of O.J.,” off his latest album “4:44,” to activist NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
Saturday kicked off with a performance from Brooklyn-based rap trio Flatbush Zombies on the main stage, followed by Queens’ LL Cool J and a special guest appearance from Hollis native Darryl (D.M.C.) McDaniels.
Saturday night also featured a set from Mos Def, of Bed-Stuy, and the Bronx’s Pusha T.
Before Gorillaz stepped on the mainstage, trap rapper Future had a surprise assist from Nicki Minaj.
The music continues Sunday with performances from Queens’ Nas and Action Bronson, plus Staten Island’s Ghostface Killah.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will close out the the festival, which is now in its second year.
Erykah Badu British “virtual band” Gorillaz appears onscreen at Meadows Music and Arts festival. Their reallife counterparts are playing the screen. A festivalgoer spins and sparkles at Citi Field.
Killer Mike and EI-P of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. JAY-Z (l.) and Damian Marley (r.) thrill crowd on at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival Friday. M.I.A. (inset, r.) performs during day two. The festival at Citi Field is in its second year. Spencer Dukoff and Amy Rowe