Governors Ball made its return in full force with a successful Day 1 and Day 2, featuring good vibes, great weather, and overall a great atmosphere in terms of feeling safe during the lingering pandemic that is Covid. The festival did the best that it could given the unusual unique circumstances and provided a well-needed bit of fun for all of us after living without music festivals for the past 18 months or so.
Kicking off our Day 3 was Faye Webster, whose album I Know I’m Funny haha has remained a highlight of the year and her live performance was a perfect match for the lovely weather that complimented her. We turned to a different hear with performances from the lively Princess Nokia, who gave a fiery and showy performance that mixed the worlds of hip hop and pop with relative ease.
UMI provided a much different experiencing, asking fans to meditate within, providing a very free-spirited old-school folk and r & b element that was a nice change of pace. This was much different from the house and dance-inspired set from Duck Sauce, who we haven’t seen since Governors Ball 2012. Next up was Dominic Fike, who based on the young crowd’s mass hysteria, is definitely an artist quickly on the rise.
Then it was time for Carly Rae Jepsen, who I had never caught live before. While I don’t need to tell you that pop music isn’t exactly my thing, Jepsen put on a stellar show that was impossible not to watch with a smile. It was a revelatory performance that made it clear why she is so beloved by many. From there we got swept up into proper house vibes from Jamie xx whose set was a complete brilliant set of style and substance.
From there we caught performances from Ellie Goulding and Post Malone, both artists who need no introduction and commanded the stage with the confidence and rabid reaction from the packed crowds which made it clear why they are billed where they are on the festival lineup.
It was great to be back at Governors Ball once again and we hope to be back next year to see what surprises the festival will bring this time around.
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