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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

(Tool)

The third final day of Governors Ball (Day 1 coverage, Day 2 coverage) had the strongest chance of rain out of the entire weekend, but aside from some light drizzle early on in the day, the weather held out. Based on the acts that I caught on Sunday, this was the “rock day” of the festival, featuring a heavy dose of bands with guitars. There was still of course plenty to see in other genres, but it’s safe to say that any day that is headlined by Tool is probably heavy on the rock.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017

(Childish Gambino)

After an exhausting but fun first day of Governors Ball, I grabbed my usual pregame fuel of a bacon egg and cheese and iced coffee and descended backed to the hollow grounds of Randalls Island for Day 2 of the festival.

(Car Seat Headrest)

What better way to start than to see a midday set from Car Seat Headrest. I saw them quite a few times over the past year (Bowery Ballroom in September ’16 being the last time) yet I’m still not tired of seeing Will Toledo and the rest of the band rock out.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2017 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2017 — with 1 comment

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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Preview: Governors Balls 2017

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

Believe it or not, the Governors Ball Music Festival is just around the corner, as in, one week away. While we are terribly excited and eager to get back onto the familiar stomping grounds of Randall’s Island, there also comes some preparation about who to see, especially with the set times for the festival shared.

Sure there are some real tough conflicts (Phoenix vs. Childish Gambino being the most brutal of them) but on the whole, I have most of my schedule made up and am ready to stick to it. That’s not to say that things can’t change, as that’s part of the fun of a festival, but for the most part I got a plan ready to go.

You don’t need me to tell you which headliner to see, as I’m sure your mind has been long made up since you hit “purchase tickets.” But the beauty of a music festival is the insane number of acts conveniently placed in one location. A lot of the best acts you’ll see may be the ones who you never heard of playing early in the day. Don’t be lazy and get there after a hard morning of pre-gaming. Instead, make the trip in early to catch some of these artists playing when the sun is still out and about.

I wanted to do my preview a little differently this year and take the time to highlight some artists playing earlier in the day that I think are worth the early trip in. Find the list posted below, along with a song from each artists embedded right after.
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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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Beck

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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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Governors Ball 2016 Day 2 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016 — with 1 comment

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M83 at Governors Ball 2016

After a great day 1 of Governors Ball 2016, we arrived bright an early with a whole day ahead of us. Although we lucked out with minimal rain on day 1, our luck ran dry on day 2 with the 2nd half of the day plagued by some heavy rainfall that would go on to be a bad omen for the final day of the festival, which would eventually get cancelled altogether.

We started the day off with an early set from Holly Miranda whose band eased us into the day with a graceful set full of different stylings. Things got a little bit harder with punk rockers Nothing, who weren’t too happy with Miranda’s set time somewhat leaking into theirs. I could’ve down without the aggressive comment about her set, as there’s not much to be done with so many sets happening so close to one another. Things got back on track right after with a typically powerful performance from New York’s very own Torres, who always leaves me in awe with her raw intensity that is second to none.
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Governors Ball 2016 Day 1 Recap

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2016 — with 2 comments

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The Strokes at Governors Ball

For me, summer is officially in full swing with the arrival of the Governors Ball Music Festival, a staple of our summer here for the last few summers, although it’s hard to imagine a time without the festival. This year the festival was once again plagued by the ominous threat of rain and storms (with day 3 unfortunately being cancelled altogether), but we still made the best of the two great days that the festival gave us, and saw many different bands and artists across all genres.

We kicked off Friday, Day 1, with a set from young New York rockers Public Access T.V., who are definitely ones to watch, along with hot rising pop singer Meg Mac who performed right after.
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