Governor’s Ball has done an excellent job of being reminiscent of the city in which it takes place. It’s eclectic, exciting, and unique, taking place on Randall’s Island between Manhattan and Queens. Last year it had rocking headliners such as Jack White, Vampire Weekend, and Outkast. It’s been growing at an exponential rate and this year has reeled in some heavy hitters all around.
For the festival’s 5th anniversary, the lineup features headliners Drake, My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys, Ryan Adams, and Deadmau5. It’s an interesting combination of those great, sure-to-be enjoyable rock bands, a lovable rapper, a little EDM, and then Lana. Though I would have appreciated a little more variety, there is something for everyone here, an important factor for the NYC crowd.
Other than the headliners, this lineup is strong. It’s got some incredible female artists who are known for their theatrics and musical prowess – Florence & the Machine, St. Vincent, BJORK. There’s also a strong presence of newbies making a huge impact like Marina & the Diamonds and The War on Drugs. However, there are some pretty strong scheduling conflicts. Festival goers are going to have to choose between Lana Del Rey and The Black Keys. A pretty big bummer considering Dan Auerbach produced her last album. Also, fans of the ever-growing electronic/indie rock crossover sound will have to choose between Flume and SBTRKT. Not good, Gov Ball, not good. And because of these conflicts, I’m going to have to give you a B.
Björk is one of the most influential, multi-media artists of our time. How many other musicians can say they had an exhibition at the MOMA this year? None, that’s how many. She is legendary, unique, and sure to put on a life changing performance. Also her new album Vulnicura has been getting awesome reviews. Check out her music video for “lionsong” just to get a glimpse of her sheer power.
They’re the 60s electro-psych band we’ve been craving for ages. But with a modern twist. Tame Impala has been rocking the house for their past two albums, but they’ve been delivering like no other with the singles released from their upcoming album, Currents. These guys have a lot up their sleeve and I am ecstatic to see their performance at Gov Ball.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
You know that Oasis guy? This is his separate project, but with all the Oasis-esque stuff you love. Noel performed at Webster Hall earlier this year and played plenty of old-school favorites in addition to his incredible solo work. This guy is a genius and definitely NOT a show you want to miss.
Annie Clark is a sexy, brilliant goddess. She is perhaps one of the most talented female guitarists of our time and her shows are heard around the world (figuratively). It is a privilege to see this artist in person, whose talent is often paired with David Byrne and David Bowie.
Future Islands have been making an extreme impact in the electro-pop world for quite a few years now and they’ve gained a cult-like following in the process. They have such a unique sound, you can’t help but appreciate them.
When I heard “Say My Name” I knew I was in love. This duo knows what’s up. This is going to be a show full of dancing and heavy beats, perfect for Friday night.
They’re the hard-rock band I’ve been craving. “Figure It Out” has been my jam for the past few days. This show is sure to be loud and heavy so come ready for some head-banging.
Similar to Odesza, MØ has that female vocal paired with pop beats that we all just need right now. She’s collaborated with Diplo and released a fantastically fun album. Don’t miss this show.
I seriously love these guys. I had the chance to see them open for Temples back in October and they put on an incredible show. Their new album A Flourish and a Spoil, released earlier this year, is all around awesome. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a jamming indie rock performance.
Kate Tempest is such a treasure. She’s the best crossover between poet, spoken word-artist, and Biggie-inspired rapper. She’s got words like they’re pumping through her veins. If you shed any existential tears at this festival, it will most likely be because of this incredible woman.