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Governors Ball was oversold, there’s no question about it; that, or the festival grounds shrunk significantly this year. Either way, we had a great time and Sunday felt way less hectic in comparison with the rest of the weekend. Maybe everyone was burned out or hungover or half-dead, but it seemed like fewer people chose… More »

Following up a set from Drake would be a tough job for anyone, and the bill for Saturday’s Governors Ball did seem a little sparse for the second full day. Still, New Yorkers and others who had trekked to the city specifically for the festival came out in droves on Saturday — at least the… More »

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… More »

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Now Governors Ball Wants To Do A Festival In Queens, Too

At the end of September, we reported that AEG, the production company behind Coachella and Firefly, was in talks with the city of New York…
Peter Helman | November 14, 2015 - 11:54 am

MSG Wants To Throw A Music Festival In The Same Queens Park Targeted By Coachella Organizers

In late September, news surfaced that AEG, the production company behind the Coachella and Firefly music festivals, was aiming to bring a similar festival to…
Michael Nelson | November 2, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Governors Ball Petitions Mayor To Block “NYC Coachella”

A couple weeks back we reported on rumors that AEG Live (the production company behind both Coachella and Firefly) was in talks with the city…
Michael Nelson | October 15, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Watch Bands Share Their Least Favorite Interview Questions At GovBall

Last weekend was New York's own annual music festival Governors Ball, and in the true festival spirit of complaining about everything, Funny Or Die was…
Caitlin White | June 9, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Artist Portraits From Governors Ball 2015

New York City hosted the annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island this past weekend. Our local staff attended the three-day event, and you…
Stereogum | June 8, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Ryan Adams Dissed Deadmau5 At Gov Ball So Don’t Hold Your Breath For Their Unreleased Collaboration

Ryan Adams doesn't appreciate interruptions, be they Bryan Adams-obsessed hecklers or flash-happy amateur photographers. And crowded music festivals can be stressful places for everyone --…
Peter Helman | June 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Watch Ezra Koenig Join Chromeo At Governors Ball

During Chromeo's set at Governors Ball yesterday, Dave 1 announced "There's this guitar riff I like to play sometimes, it's like..." and played the unmistakable…
Peter Helman | June 6, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jimmy Badly Hurt After Falling Off A Speaker At Governor’s Ball

The Governor's Ball festival got underway this afternoon in New York, and there's already been a casualty. Slim Jimmy, half of the Mississippi rap duo…
Tom Breihan | June 5, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Coachella Vs. Governors Ball: The 2015 Lineup War

In the past 24 hours, the Coachella and Governors Ball festivals both announced their lineups, which means summer-festival lineup-unveiling season is in full swing. For…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2015 - 10:46 am

Governors Ball 2015 Lineup

The Coachella lineup was unveiled yesterday, and now it's time for Governor's Ball to step up to the plate and show us what they've got…
James Rettig | January 7, 2015 - 7:00 am

Watch Vanessa Bayer Insult Interpol, Tanlines, And Frank Turner At Governors Ball

Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer has a fun sideline going with her Sound Advice video series, in which she plays a media coach…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2014 - 11:53 am

Neko Case Explains Her Unique Festival Style To NY Times

Yesterday, Neko Case's band, the New Pornographers, announced their new album, Brill Bruisers, and shared its fantastically catchy title track. That coincides with a recent…
Peter Helman | June 11, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Watch James Blake Cover Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier” At Governors Ball

During his Sunday afternoon set at Governors Ball, James Blake performed a cover of Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier," with a few bits of…
Miles Bowe | June 10, 2014 - 11:42 am

Artists Portraits From Governors Ball 2014

This past weekend, New York City hosted the annual Governors Ball, whose 10 Best Sets we counted down for you right here. Photographer Luis Ruiz
Stereogum | June 9, 2014 - 2:53 pm

The 10 Best Sets At Governors Ball 2014

I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two…
Ryan Leas | June 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Watch Damon Albarn Sing “Clint Eastwood” With Vic Mensa (On His 21st Birthday) At Governors Ball

Up until now, the fast-rising Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has been known for a few things: Doing some songs with Chance The Rapper, showing up…
Tom Breihan | June 9, 2014 - 11:50 am

Watch Chance The Rapper Join Childish Gambino At Governors Ball

During his Governors Ball set on Saturday, Childish Gambino was joined onstage by his friend and frequent collaborator Chance The Rapper. They performed two songs…
Peter Helman | June 9, 2014 - 11:29 am