Must See NYC Summer Music Festivals: The Governors Ball

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Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images

Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images

The music, food and fun of 2011’s inaugural Governors Ball Music Festival was too much to pack into one day that it will make its return in 2012 for two full days this Summer.

Setting up shop on Randall’s Island for the 23rd and 24th of June, New York City now has a music festival that rivals any from across the country. With a combination of big name acts mixed with up and coming artists, mouthwatering eats from the best food trucks in the Big Apple, and fun activities, the Governors Ball is a can’t miss event this summer.

Saturday’s lineup features artists that specialize in making your body move to the beat. Some of the acts on tap for the 23rd are electropop band Passion Pit, the Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo, and hip hop mainstays Atmosphere.

The DJ duo of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, known as Duck Sauce, will be there as well. You might remember them from their music video for “Big Bad Wolf,” which was probably the craziest video of 2011.

Sunday the 24th showcases longtime indie rockers Modest Mouse, New York City’s own Fiona Apple, and Cage The Elephant, who are always know for their high energy stage performances.

Headlining the festival on Sunday will be Beck, who came to prominence in the 1990s and hasn’t stopped “folking” around since. Just imagine yourself singing along to his iconic 90s anthem “Loser” as the sun goes down over New York City.


Check out the lineup for the entire weekend:

Saturday, June 23rd:

Passion Pit
Duck Sauce
Chromeo
Atmosphere
Major Lazer
Santigold
James Murhpy & Pat Mahoney (DFA/LCD Soundsystem)
Big Gigantic
Penguin Prison
Walk The Moon
Art Vs. Science
K. Flay
Nobody Beats The Drum

Sunday, June 24th:

Beck
Modest Mouse
Explosions In The Sky
Fiona Apple
Devendra Banhart
Cage The Elephant
Built To Spill
Cults
Phantogram
Freelance Whales
Alberta Cross
The Jezabels
Turf War


Music won’t be the only item on the agenda for the Governors Ball. You’ll need to fuel your engine for the long weekend, and there’s no better way to do that than by indulging in the many fine New York City food trucks that will be at your disposal.

Many variety’s of fine cuisine will be available, from the freshly made lobster rolls of Luke’s and the authentic Mexican from The Taco Truck to Brooklyn’s own all-natural, premium ice cream from Phin and Phebes.

To purchase tickets and get more info on the 2012 Governors Ball on head over to governorsballmusicfestival.com!


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