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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2018

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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The National Homecoming 2018 Recap – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2018

The National returned home to Cincinnati with Homecoming, a festival of their own that is quite representative of their career. While its a big next step for a band that increasingly gets bigger on their own terms, they too constructed the festival on their own terms, booking a well-rounded and solid festival lineup at Smale Park featuring many of their peers that provided a more intimate festival experience than your typical summer festival.

Both days of the weekend festival featured two special headlining performances from the band themselves, with night one featuring a unique set that mixed their newest tracks and old fan favorites with a few rare treats and surprises thrown in to mark their return to their roots.
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Boston Calling kicked off night 1 of the festival tonight and it featured a late night performance from The National. They were joined by fellow festival performer Maggie Rogers during “I Need My Girl,” who offered some great duel vocals with Matt Berninger to the crowds clear delight.

Our very own Ross Bernhardt is at the festival and captured a video of the moment for us. Find a video of the performance posted below.
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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.

Photos: OctFest 2017 (September 9, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2017

On September 9 Pitchfork and October came together to put on the first OctFest, a one-day craft beer and music festival that took place at the Brooklyn Hanger in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The festival featured live performances from Guided By Voices, Okkervil River, The Sadies, Built To Spill, Kio Kish and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.

Our photographer Leah Runyon was there to capture photos of the event which you can find posted below.
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Photos: Emerging Music Festival 2017

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2017 — with 1 comment

(Breanna Barbara)

This year saw the Emerging Music Festival return to Bryant Park for it’s second year. The festival serves to showcase some of the best young talent for two days of free music in the city.

Day one was cancelled due to rain but we made it out to day two on August 19 and caught sets from talented artists such as Breanna Barbara, Super Yamba Band, Cassandra Jenkins, RIPS, Space Captain and Maybird.

Find a gallery of photos from the festival posted below.
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