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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2018 — with 1 comment

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Two days into Governors Ball 2018 and we were only hit with a brief bit of rain during the tail end of Day 2 during The Gaslight Anthem’s headlining performance. Considering how dour the original forecast was, this was a huge surprise and good news for the festival that was so long overdue.

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We began the day with British rockers The Struts who I have heard so many good things about from fellow photographers. Their style of rock and roll takes from many of the classics but it made for a fun midday set for sure, one that I hope to catch whenever they return back here for a show of their own. I mellowed out a bit following their set with some of the alt-country from the super-talented Margo Price who sounded delightful. From there it was the artrock of Dirty Projectors who sported a very different lineup from their appearance at Governors Ball 2013, somehow the last time I saw them.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018 — with 1 comment

The Gaslight Anthem

Just like how Day 1 of Governors Ball 2018 began in epic fashion with an in your face finale by Slaves, Jay Electronica started of Day 2 with an equally thrilling bang. Beginning his set he found that he didn’t like how far away he was from the crowd and soon jumped into the front row, performing a few tracks there to the astonishing delight of all those in the front rows. Eventually he went even deeper into the crowd, before returning to the stage and inviting a good portion of those in the front row up there with him. This isn’t the sort of thing you normally see at a major festival, which made me applaud the hell out of Jay Electronica. Now, if we could only get that damn album already….
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018 — with 2 comments

Yet another Governors Ball is in the books. Naturally, rain threatened to dampen the weekend but the ever-shifting forecast kept changing and thankfully, aside from a few brief late-night showers, the weather held out.

Slaves

I began my entire weekend and Day 1 by catching the tail end of British punk rockers Slaves’ set, who finished off the set and hopped the railing and ran off well past their crowd to go grab a bottle of water at the nearest food stand, all which guitarist Laurie Vincent was bleeding after cutting his hand. That was quite a way to start off not only the day but the entire festival. I kept the good vibes going strong following their performance with a set from the always trippy psych-rock proggers Pond, who has only gotten better and more confident every time that I’ve seen them perform.
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Governors Ball 2018 Releases Lineup Clues

By Will Oliver, December 1st 2017

The Governors Ball Music Festival will return to Randall’s Island Park on June 1st-3rd for its eight year. Today the festival is celebrating the Christmas spirit with the “12 Days of Gov Ball,” where they will reveal a different lineup clue on their site, all leading up to a 48-hour holiday presale on 12/12 at noon following the release of the final clue. This will be the lowest price that GA / VIP tickets will be available.

The first clue has been revealed below and already has fans guessing on social media. Any guesses as to who it may be? Let us know who you think it is as well as who’d you like to see at the festival this year.

Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2017 — with 2 comments

When I think of summer coming into bloom, I think of the Governors Ball Music Festival. At least for me, it’s usually the first music festival of the summer I’ll attend, and having it so close to home makes it special. After attending this year’s edition, I have now attended all six editions of the fest since it moved to its not permanent home of Randalls Island, watching it gradually grow in size each year. Although rain once again threatened in the days ahead of the festival, we lucked out with some great weather, with only a few light drizzles throughout the weekend.
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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017

We may be only a few days into the new year but that means it’s time for all the music festivals to reveal their 2017 lineups. Here in New York there’s quite a few festivals starting to emerge, but there’s only one that we have relied on year in and year out: Governors Ball.

They’ve announced this year’s edition of the festival (at Randall’s Island as usual), and it’s as varied and eclectic of a mix as ever. Headlining the festival is Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. Then you got Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cafe The Elephant, and Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker. From there, highlights include Beach House, Schoolboy Q, Air, The Avalanches, Franz Ferdinand, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Banks, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Danny Brown, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, The Range, The Orwells, Ron Gallo, and even former BBC radio host Zane Lowe.

We’ve been covering Governors Ball every year since the second edition, and are excited to hopefully return this year to see what new memories this years edition of the festival brings. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at noon, with early bird pricing starting at $275.

See you at Randall’s Island this summer!
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Governors Ball 2016: Not a Total Washout

By Anthony Bauer, September 13th 2016 — with 1 comment

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When you’re a music festival organizer/promoter, you’re hoping & praying that the chosen weekend will zero chance of rain or severe weather. It’s a huge risk, and as we’ve seen in the past… it can literally go either way. This years Governors Ball Music Festival literally had its fair share of both good and bad weather, but that didn’t stop it from still being a memorable weekend at all.

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M83

Day 1 and day 2 were chock full of outstanding performances, and the standouts for me were Black Pistol Fire, Christine and the Queens, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Beck, Block Party, The Strokes, Torres, Lord Huron, De La Soul, Miguel, Miike Snow, The Killers and M83. Were things started to get a little complicated was during Haim’s set on the main stage when the weather decided to finally turn from questionable to dreadful in literally a split second.
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