Governors Ball brought New York City quite the party last weekend. The fourth annual music festival on Governors Island presented a wealth of big name musicians in the hot early June sun.
A youthful crowd packed the small island venue, which was equipped with four stages, large-scale balloon string installations, a downsized Statue of Liberty replica, a sports bar lounge and food trucks galore. In addition to the ideal atmosphere, the performances had just as much to offer.
The rap duo known as Outkast stopped by Governors Ball on the first night as part of their heavily anticipated reunion tour. Andre and Big Boi put on a show that satisfied the hopes of any knowledgeable fan, throwing out classics like ‘Hey Ya’ and ‘Spottieottiedopaliscious.’
The weekend moved forward to continue satisfying loyal and energetic festival attendees. Jack White headlined Saturday night and provided an absolutely stellar display of guitar playing skill and mastery. The Strokes were also another fan favorite, as they added to the rock facet of Governors Ball.
Sunday brought back some more Hip-Hop with some of the brash and bold members of rap group Odd Future— Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator. J-Cole took the stage shortly after, giving the late afternoon crowd an energetic and passionate show. Vampire Weekend and a bass thumping transcendental EDM experience by Axwell A Ingrosso capped off the final night of Governors Ball with two epic performances.
Sure, at times the sun was a bit strong for the perpetual dancing evoked by this onslaught of artistry and sound. This, however, did not hinder the fans, as they showed up to each set in full force. With crowds filling Governors Island from the first night to the last, it’s safe to say that Governors Ball was a top to bottom success.
So, without question as to whether or not Governors Ball is a desirable experience, we are left to wonder, who will play next year?