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Rap concert set for Forest Hills Stadium

Hip-hop superstars Drake and Lil Wayne to play venue on August 19

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:06 am, Thu Jun 26, 2014.

Fans from all over the city will converge on Forest Hills later this summer to see two of the biggest names in hip-hop take the stage at the iconic Forest Hills Stadium.

Grammy Award-winning rappers Drake and Lil Wayne will embark on a co-headlining world tour in early August, entitled “Drake vs. Lil Wayne,” with the stop at the Queens tennis stadium scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Some neighboring Forest Hills residents expressed worries over rap concerts or weeknight shows at the venue at a public hearing in April, with one resident even asking “What’s next, Jay-Z?”

Both Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Luba, the president of concert promotion company Madison House Presents, said they would love to have Jay-Z perform in Forest Hills.

Last summer, a concert by Grammy Award-winning folk-rock band Mumford & Sons drew around 17,000 people to the venue, the stadium’s first show in over two decades.

While Koslowitz and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio heralded the show as a success, numerous residents at April’s hearing described some of the difficulties they faced the day of the show.

Some said concert attendees urinated on their lawns while others smoked marijuana outside the stadium. Alex Tola, a business owner in Forest Hills, said the influx of people into the area was too much to handle.

“I can’t tell you what torture it was that day, getting back and forth,” Tola told Koslowitz and Luba.

Luba responded by saying there were no arrests made by 112th Precinct that day and Koslowitz noted the civility of attendees making their way to the subway after the show.

“It was very orderly,” Koslowitz said. “Whether we like the concerts or not, you can’t bash something that didn’t happen.”

The two rap icons are not the only concerts scheduled for the former tennis stadium this summer.

Rock bands Modest Mouse and Brand New will play a show 10 days earlier, on Aug. 9.

Like the rap concert, announced this week was a show by The Replacements, considered one of the pioneers of alternative rock, on Sept. 19.

Tickets for the Drake and Lil Wayne concert, which will begin at 7 p.m., are on sale now at ticketfly.com and range between $69 and $400.

Tickets for The Replacements show go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. on ticketfly.com and are $59.50.

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