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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 3]

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

Eminem

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.

N.E.R.D

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 1 comment

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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Preview: Who To See Early At Governors Ball 2018

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2018

It’s hard to believe how fast 2018 has gone and that it’s nearly June. This means one thing, Governors Ball is right around the corner. I’m confident that you guys are already sure of a few big-time headlining acts that you are locked in to see. I don’t need to tell you to see Eminem or Jack White. But what I can do is highlight a few bands of various style and degrees of success who are playing earlier in the day that I recommended you ignore your hangover and get to Randall’s Island Park a little bit earlier in the day to make your festival experience that much fuller.

Here are a few of those artists that we hope you get to the grounds a little bit earlier to catch next weekend:
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Governors Ball Announces 2018 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

2018 may only be a few hours in but it’s already festival season folks. That is, festival announcement season. Today Governors Ball announced the lineup for this year’s festival (now running eight years straight), which will take place from June 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.

Headliners are Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who we just saw at Kings Theatre). Then there’s N.E.R.D., Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, and The Gaslight Anthem performing their debut album The ’59 Sound in full. Not to mention a mysterious headliner whose name is blocked out, set-up for an unveiling later.

The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lil Uzi Vert, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, The Glitch Mom, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors and Russ. Other highlights include Manchester Orchestra, Margo Price, Japandroids, Third Eye Blind, Brockhampton, Alvvays, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, Jay Electronica, Belly, Moses Sumney, The Struts, Middle Kids, Pond, Slaves and The Regrettes.

Tickets went on sale along with the album announcement and are currently at a limited “announce day” pricing of $275 for a 3-Day Pass. After 11:59pm tonight, it will then go up to $305. So if you’re planning to go, today is the day to grab your passes.

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 3]

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2017 — with 1 comment

(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 — with 1 comment

(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 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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