Continuing with our series on the best US music festivals to watch this summer, we move from Las Vegas to New York and its three-day music spectacle, Governors Ball.
31st May to 2nd June 2019
Randall’s Island Park, New York, USA
The Governors Ball Music Festival (commonly known as Governors Ball or Gov Ball) was launched in 2011. Within a few years the festival started attracting big names like Kanye West, Guns N’ Roses, and Kings of Leon. This year Governors Ball will celebrate its ninth consecutive running as “New York’s biggest summer bash” (Rolling Stone), and one of the premier live music events on the planet.
Last June, over 10 million worldwide viewers tuned in to the live broadcast of the internationally renowned festival, which was praised by performers and press alike. Pharrell proclaimed it “one of the best shows N.E.R.D had ever had in New York City,” and Vic Mensa was enamored by the “really special” and “uniquely strong” energy brought by the crowd.
Governor’s Ball Festival 2019 features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, folk, and more. Florence + The Machine, Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes, Lil Wayne, SZA, NAS, The 1975, Kacey Musgraves, Major Lazer, Brockhampton, Louis The Child and Mitski top the bill for this year’s festival. Governors Ball is the first 2019 U.S. gig confirmed for The Strokes thus far. The Internet, Hippo Campus, Lord Huron, Sunflower Bean, Lily Allen and Bob Moses are also among the 70+ acts set to play Governors Ball 2019.
The ninth annual Governor’s Ball 2019 will be held on Randall’s Island in New York City, just a short bus, ferry, or subway ride or even walk away from other boroughs. This makes transportation a breeze compared to other festivals located in the middle of nowhere that force the majority of attendees to sleep in tents all weekend. Let your hair down on the grounds of Randall’s Park for three days of music, food and bonhomie in one of the world’s greatest cities!
Aside from a ton of music, you’ll dig some of the most eclectic, amazing art you’ll ever see. You can also participate in fun activities like mini golf, sober ball and various other lawn games. And the food …. Past Ball-goers have enjoyed authentic NY pizza, ice cream trucks, burgers & fries, mozzarella sticks, donuts, Godiva chocolate, lobster, barbeque, and so much more. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available, too.
At the time of purchase, Gov Ball ticket buyers will have the option to add a limited edition, festival branded phone charger to their order. Attendees can thus ensure that their mobile remains juiced from the first note played at the festival until the rideshare home from an epic Gov Ball After Dark show later that night.