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The Roots Picnic in Bryant Park to feat. Sets by Questlove & John Mayer; Cheap Passes Here

by Emma Gaedeke   Jul 15, 2016 02:34 AM EDT

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The weekend of Oct. 1 will feature two major music festivals in New York City -- The Roots Picnic in Bryant Park, and the newly announced Meadows Music Festival at Citi Field. Luckily for festival goers based in the Big Apple, the lineups are diverse enough that the decision on which weekend pass to buy shouldn't be too hard.

The Roots Picnic, a nine-year-old annual music event, will expand from its original Philadelphia festival weekend to a second weekend in New York City. Its inaugural NYC debut will feature a stacked lineup with John Mayer, D'Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, Nile Rodgers, Swizz Beatz, X Ambassadors and many more. The event is curated entirely by the Roots, who will also perform on both nights of the festival. DJ Questlove will perform a solo performance on Oct. 1, and Black Thought (also of the Roots) will also perform a solo set the second night. Additional surprise guests are expected to take that stage during the weekend.

Two-day passes are going for $195 on the primary market, but tickets aren't expected to last much longer. On the resale market, 2-day passes to The Roots Picnic are currently averaging $340, but the cheapest passes, starting at just $158, are more than $30 cheaper than the face-value listing, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ.

Questlove's passion for food and culinary innovation will influence The Roots Picnic tremendously, as chefs and pop-up food stalls will be featured in the park throughout the weekend, rounding out the festival's name perfectly.

The festival's event in Philadelphia on June 4 featured sets by Future, Usher, Leon Bridges, DMX and Willow Smith. Tickets were a bit cheaper, averaging $113, with the cheapest pass up for grabs for just $100. In Queens, The Meadows Music Festival at Citi Field will feature Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd. Passes are currently on sale, starting at $343 for the two-day event.

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