The Meadows' Inaugural Weekend Was Nothing Short Of Shaky

The Meadows' Inaugural Weekend Was Nothing Short Of Shaky

The poorly executed event doesn't seem to be a mainstay in the NYC festival scene.
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The first weekend of October is an exciting time - for some of us, it marks the beginning of the Halloween season. For others, it truly marks the beginning of fall. For Queens, this particular weekend marked the inaugural installment of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival.

Produced by Founders Entertainment, the same company that has been bringing Governor's Ball to NYC for years, The Meadows was a stab at expanding and solidifying Founders' hold on the festival scene in the city (since AEG Live attempted to touch ground on the East Coast this summer with Panorama). Unfortunately for Founders, they did not do a well enough job to turn this event into a staple.

Firstly - the festival took place entirely in the parking lots of Citi Field. Yes, it was held next to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but not an inch of the festival took place on a meadow, or even a blade of grass. Concrete is not exactly the surface one normally lounges on for a break during a long day of running around and dancing to live music. I only saw one seating area the entire weekend - what kind of planning is that?

Secondly, the festival grounds themselves were quite small. All four stages backed up to one another, and attendees walked incircles around them in a very confined space. The amount of festival goers felt like far too many for the available square footage, and was filled primarily by kids who looked under 21. Not my ideal company for a large scale event.

Maybe I'm just getting old? Maybe I'm no longer thrilled by the idea of seeing so many artists I like in such a short span of time? Maybe I would rather spend $250 on decent seats to comfortably see Kanye at Madison Square Garden than to spend two days standing outside in rainy weather squashed like sardines by dozens of bros who are rolling face?

Regardless of the myriad of reasons, The Meadows did not provide a great festival experience. I did have a few highlights though:

Chairlift crushed it at 1pm in the afternoon - which is no easy feat as a vocalist. Caroline Polachek's vocals soared with ease and hit the highest of highs, layered atop groovy arrangements. The band's energy was infectious and maintained throughout their set.

The 1975 played to an incredibly eager audience full of screaming fan girls (myself included). Frontman Matty Healy looked as though he were fronting The Cure, but it absolutely works for the band's pseudo new wave sound. The set was bathed in pale pink and purple lights, and included dance inducing hits and heartfelt favorites, such as "Paris" and "If I Believe You".

And last but not least, Kanye. The pop culture phenomenon closed out the festival. He took to the stage 40 minutes later than his scheduled start time - but who would expect any less from him at this point? The set began with fireworks and the infamous floating stage from the Saint Pablo Tour lowered down to the festival main stage. Kanye stepped out and pummeled the audience with hit after hit after hit. The set was incredibly well delivered, and the crowd was eating up every second of it.

Unfortunately - the set got cut short after 45 minutes. As you've probably heard by now, Kim Kardashian West was held at gunpoint and robbed in her Paris hotel. Kanye was informed during his set, a few bars into "Heartless", and apologized saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry.... there's a family emergency, I need to stop the show".

It was an abrupt ending that left the audience baffled, but the brief performance we did experience was top notch.

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlyn Mills

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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