Governors Ball Music Festival

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Governors Ball Music Festival
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Genre Indie rock, Alternative rock, Hip hop, Electronica
Dates June 6–8, 2014
Location(s) Randall's Island, New York City, USA
Years active 2011–present

The Governors Ball Music Festival (commonly known as Governors Ball, Gov Ball or Gov Ball NYC) is a multi day music festival held on Randall's Island in New York City. Launched in 2011, the festival features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, americana, pop, folk, and more. It is produced by Founders Entertainment, an independent festival promotion company based in New York City. Aside from the wide variety of music, the festival features a multitude of popular NYC restaurants and food trucks, as well as a slew of activities, such as a Silent Disco, ping pong, photo booths, and lawn games.

Governors Ball 2011[edit]

Governors Ball 2011 was the inaugural year of the festival, and was held on June 18, 2011 on Governors Island in New York City. The one-day lineup featured Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, People Under The Stairs, Mac Miller, Das Racist, Passion Pit (DJ Set), Miami Horror, Outasight, and Reptar. Governors Ball 2011 amassed the highest attendance for any other event in the history of Governors Island, outselling Dave Matthews Band Caravan, and Bassnectar's Bass Island in 2011. Reviews for the 2011 festival were positive, with Flavorwire saying "As many area festival attempts often fall flat due to poor execution, the Governors Ball was a pleasant exception to the rule, leaving us looking forward to its return next year [1] " and Gothamist saying "A gorgeous day at Governors Island...everyone seemed to leave sunburned and happy [2] "

Governors Ball 2012[edit]

Governors Ball 2012 was the 2nd year of the festival, and was held on June 23–24, 2012 on Randall's Island in New York City. Expanding to a two-day event, the festival featured a more diverse array of acts, including Beck, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, Modest Mouse, Explosions In The Sky, Fiona Apple, Chromeo, Major Lazer, Phantogram, James Murphy, Atmosphere, Cults, among others. The festival moved to Randall's Island from Governors Island, due to the event's growth, and Randalls Island looks to be long term home to the festival. Food offerings at the 2012 event included Luke's Lobster, Waffles & Dinges, Mexicue, Food Freaks, Philz Steaks, Coolhaus, Ports Coffee, Pie For The People, and more. Activities at the event included Lawn games such as Cornhole, Ladder Golf, and Croquet (sponsored by Zog Sports), Ping-Pong (sponsored by SPiN New York), Silent Disco, among others. Reviews of the 2012 festival were positive, with Time Out NY saying that "[Governors Ball] has all the necessities of a first-class music fest[3] " and Vogue saying "The summer music festival New Yorkers can finally call their own.[4] "

Governors Ball 2013[edit]

Kanye West headlined the festival in 2013

Shortly after the 2012 festival, Founders Entertainment announced that the 2013 festival would take place on June 7, 8 & 9 on Randall's Island.[5]

It rained heavily on the Friday June 7th, the opening day of the festival, which caused massive delays with transportation to and from the island. The festival was also forced to shut down early on Friday evening for safety's sake due to the weather, and several performers were cancelled including the headliner Kings of Leon.[6] Much of the green lawns sprawled throughout the grounds for the festival had been mushed to mud by Saturday morning, leading to extreme muddy conditions throughout most of the festival.

Lineup: Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, Kings of Leon, Nas, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Feist, Beach House, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Thievery Corporation, Animal Collective, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Young The Giant, Cut Copy, Erykah Badu, Bloc Party, Beirut, Of Monsters and Men, Foals, Crystal Castles, Local Natives, Azealia Banks, Yeasayer, Gary Clark, Jr., Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Portugal. The Man, Cold War Kids, Dinosaur Jr., Holy Ghost!, Japandroids, Twin Shadow, Divine Fits, Alt-J, Deerhunter, The Vaccines, Poliça, Steel Pulse, Dillon Francis, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Paper Diamond, Fucked Up, Wild Nothing, Icona Pop, Foals, The Knocks, Haim, St. Lucia, Freddie Gibbs, Robert DeLong, GRiZ, Ms Mr, Reignwolf, Solid Gold, Bear Mountain, Swear and Shake, Cherub, Pacific Air, The Rubens, The Revivalists, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Moon Hooch, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, ON AN ON.

Governors Ball 2014[edit]

On January 8th 2014, the dates were announced for the 2014 edition of the festival. The festival took place once again over three days on Randall's Island from June 6th to June 8th. On January 9th, Rolling Stone announced that Outkast would be one of the headliners for the 2014 festival. The lineup included The Strokes, Disclosure, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Skrillex, and Interpol, in addition to others.[7]



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