The Governors Ball Music Festival held Randall’s Island and thousands of concert goers hostage this past weekend (June 23/24) for two days full of music, games, food and more. For promoters and spectators sake, the weather proved to be some of the best of this young Summer with sunny skies and not a sign of rain (that is until a few drops fell while Beck brought a close to the weekend Sunday night).
The main attraction to Governors Ball is obviously the music, with Saturday’s lineup featuring electronica and hip hop from artists like Passion Pit, Santigold, Atmosphere and day one’s headliner Kid Cudi. Perhaps the only hiccup from the weekend was with Mr. Solo Dolo, whose set was cut short once the clock struck 11pm.
Sunday’s lineup was geared toward the rock enthusiast, with Beck closing the show after knockout performances from Built To Spill, Cage The Elephant (lead singer Matthew Shultz nearly crowd surfed his way out of the park entirely) and Modest Mouse. Sunday was a banner day for Fiona Apple as well. The native New Yorker wowed the crowd with a memorable set from the Hype Machine Stage and shed her typically cold demeanor toward audiences with a “festival hug” and smile.
Normally festival goers need to pick and choose who they will watch, but Governors Ball wisely utilized two stages for twenty-six artists over the weekend with none overlapping. It was entirely possible for one person to attend twenty-six “shows” in two days and not miss a single song.
Like many festivals, food was a big draw at Governors Ball, with not just food vendors provided by the promoters, but some of New York City’s famous food trucks, including Phil’s Steaks, The Taco Truck and Wafels & Dinges.
For those looking to take a break from the music, Gov Ball offered games and other activities. Catch a buzz with friends old and new with some beer pong, partake in some lawn games like cornhole and ladder ball, or dance like a fool in the silent disco (everyone gets their own headphones). You could also capture the moment with onsite photo and video booths.
With so much going on, it’s easy to miss exactly what you are looking for. If you were smart, you downloaded the Gov Ball app, which included a festival map of the grounds, the full lineup and schedule, a list of food vendors (which you could rate and review) and activities, and updated festival news. You could even link up your Facebook and Twitter accounts and socialize directly through the app.
One thing should also not be overlooked; free water. Dehydration is a huge problems at festivals and Gov Ball didn’t make your only resource for H20 the pricey bottles sold by vendors. Thanks to Camelbak, there were free water stations that would fill up your empty bottles with premium, filtered water.
With an amazing lineup, good food, fun activities and a crowd that didn’t have the urge to start any fires or resort to pillaging, the Governors Ball Music Festival proved to be the must-see festival in New York City during the Summer.
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