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Preview: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2015

Gov Ball

Today, Governors Ball returns to New York City to take over Randall’s Island Park for another edition of the annual festival. It’s hard to believe that it’s June, let alone time for another edition of NYC’s beloved festival.

By now, you should (probably) have a good idea of who you’ll be seeing tomorrow, as well as the rest of the weekend. But if not, I’ve compiled a list of artists who I plan to catch throughout the weekend, if that will help sway your decision.
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Gov Ball After Dark

Believe it or not, Governors Ball is right around the corner, less than a month away. Along with the festival comes a great series of more intimate afterpartys at venues across the city. Irving Plaza are hosting a bunch of great “After Dark” shows which include Benjamin Booker (Thu, 6/4), Atmosphere (Fri, 6/5), and Chronixx & the Zinfence Redemption (Sat, 6/6).

We got a pair of tickets to give out to all three of the shows. To enter to win a pair of tickets, Read the rest of this entry »

Governors Ball Single Day
Governors Ball Music Festival announced the 2015 lineup last month, and today they’ve announced the single day lineups for the three days of the festival, set to go down from June 5-7 at Randall’s Islands Park.

We still have to see the set times each day, but at least now you can plan out if you want to go to just one day, or even plan out who you’re going to see each day.

Single days tickets are on presale now, with the regular sale happening Friday noon. 3-day tickets are still on sale.

Find the single day lineup posted below:
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Governors Ball 2014 Best Photos and Recap

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2014


Governors Ball 2014 came and went, and it was a great one for the books. How could you not love it this year? The weekend was completely free of rain and you could actually walk without your feet sinking into a dark muddy abyss. It was perfect.

Musically, the lineup was great. From top to bottom, Governors showcased a balanced lineup that featured something for everyone. 2000s rock fans especially, as we saw great performances from The Strokes, Interpol, Spoon, and TV On The Radio. There were also classic sets from legends such as Jack White, Damon Albarn, and of course, Outkast.

It’s about time that New York City has a major music festival that fans can rely on, year in, and year out. They’ve proven that they know how to book their lineups and can be trusted to deliver a great 3-day weekend each year. It’s become a major player in the festival circuit, and looks to only get bigger over time. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for it.

Below, I’ve ranked the top 10 sets I saw at Governors Ball, in addition to a day by day link catch-up style recap where you can check out the individual posts and photos. I’ve also shared my favorite photos that I took from the weekend. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Interpol at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 17th 2014 — with 1 comment


The last time I saw Interpol was at Radio City, way back in March 2005. It’s hard to believe, I know, considering that they’re one of my favorite bands. Back as a teenager, they were one of the first bands I found an interest in outside of commercial rock opening a lot of news doors for me musically. That Radio City show was one of my first rock concert experiences, and I still remember it very vividly.

As it always does, life eventually got in the way, and I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time whenever they would come back to play. It’s hard to believe its been nearly a decade since that show. So, their set at Governors Ball was something I was looking forward to with rabid anticipation ever since the lineup was announced months ago. I’m glad to say that it lived up to all my expectations, and then some.
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The Kills at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 17th 2014


The duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, who you know better as The Kills is always a treat live. The two of them can create quite a ruckus on stage, a garage rock assault on the ears. These days their backed up by two pairs of stand up drummers who keep their sticks held above their heads in an X formation when they’re not pounding away.
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