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The 8 Best Performances Of Governors Ball 2015 Friday

For being the biggest city in America, it took a hell of a long time for New York to lock down a festival. Sure, we have CMJ and Northside and venues booked tight throughout the year, but recreating the traditional “field day out” experience that’s become the norm across the rest of the country is a logistical nightmare in a locale as densely packed as this one. But Governors Ball, now entering its fifth year, seems destined to last, and it felt like the biggest one yet, with larger crowds than we’ve ever seen before in attendance. And even though the weather threatened to turn the festival into another rain-soaked, grounds-destroying mess like it was two years ago, it held out and all was fine. And thank the skies for that because Friday was the day to be there, with a lineup stacked with a diverse range of artists from Drake to My Morning Jacket and Charli XCX to Benjamin Booker. A bunch of Stereogum staffers were on site — check out our favorite performances from day one above (unranked, in chronological order).