Posted in music | pictures | venues on June 4, 2010

Yeasayer @ Webster Hall in May (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)

"All concerts are accessible via New York Water Taxi. The Water Taxi's will leave every 15 minutes from the Battery Maritime Building Slip 5 on the Southern Tip of Manhattan, located next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The first ferry will leave at the published show door time. Additional pickup locations may be added.

The closest subway stations to the Battery Maritime Building are: 1 at South Ferry, W at South Ferry, and 5 at Bowling Green. It is also a short walk from the Wall Street Area. Various city bus lines also service the Battery Park Area with stops near the ferry terminal.

Taxis and car may pull directly in front of the terminal for drop offs only. There is NO parking at the terminal.

Your Concert Ticket is your Roundtrip Ferry Pass, no additional tickets are needed.

See individual show pages for ferry times and schedules, as they are subject to change." [from the Governors Island concerts Directions]

Those are the official instructions posted on They're from the point of Water Taxi who runs Water Taxi Beach which is the same beach that becomes "The Beach at Governors Island" for concerts, including the free ones this summer. And for nighttime events (like most of the free "Gone to Governors" events), it may be the instructions you have to follow to and from the shows. But that's okay because as it points out, Water Taxi/ferry service is included in your concert ticket price which also means that, for the free shows, it is free. As it mentions, the first ferry leaves at the show's posted "doors" time (6pm for Yeasayer).

ALSO NOTE THOUGH: you can also get to and from Governors Island on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with the always-free ferry service from the same-or-close-to-same exact location (Battery Maritime Building @ 10 South Street), and from the new Brooklyn location at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The schedule for those is HERE. They start running MUCH earlier (and from Brooklyn!). Only problem is that they stop running by 7pm on the weekends, so you will need to take the Water Taxi that runs special for the concerts at that time (that isn't actually a problem though).

UPDATE: There's also show-specific ferry info posted on the left side of the beachconcerts site. Right now it says this:

For Yeasayer on Saturday June 5th:
Public ferries will be running from Slip 6 at the Battery Maritime Building when The Beach is open to the general public from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

Once doors open at 6:00pm, ferries to The Beach will be running continuously from Slip 7 at the Battery Maritime Building.

Currently, ferries will only be running between Manhattan and Governors Island. Our new ferry service between Brooklyn and Governors Island will be in place for our upcoming shows!

I think that clears up some of it, but to clarify, there is a Brooklyn ferry in the day, but not at night. You can go in during the day from Brooklyn, but still have to go back to Manhattan at night.

Don't be scared. Governors Island is an amazing place. Get there early and walk around. Saturday's free Yeasayer show is "doors at 6, bands at 8". There are two openers (Keepaway and Delicate Steve). Then late-night there's an afterparty with Chris Keating DJing at Tribeca Grand (free with RSVP). New Yeasayer tour dates below...

Yeasayer - 2010 Tour Dates
Sat 06/05/10 Governors Island, New York, NY (FREE)
Sun 06/20/10 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles CA w/ Baaba Maal + Playing For Change , Tinariwen
Fri 07/23/10 Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle WA
Tue 09/28/10 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
Wed 09/29/10 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
Thu 09/30/10 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington IN
Fri 10/01/10 Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN
Sat 10/02/10 Masquerade (Heaven Stage) Atlanta GA
Mon 10/04/10 State Theatre St. Petersburg FL
Tue 10/05/10 The FIllmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach FL
Thu 10/07/10 Club Firestone Orlando FL
Fri 10/08/10 Union Green Tallahassee FL
Sat 10/09/10 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans LA
Sun 10/10/10 Austin City Limits

Yeasayer - 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 1 - Heineken Open Air Festival Gdynia, PL
Jul 3 - Rock Werchter Pyramid Marquee Werchter, BE
Jul 4 - Main Square Festival (Main Stage) Arras, FR
Jul 5 - Junction Cambridge, UK
Jul 6 - Plug Sheffield, UK
Jul 8 - Exit Festival Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress, RS
Jul 10 - Oxegen Festival Punchestown, Kinross, IRELAND
Jul 11 - T in the Park Festival Kinross, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 12 - Concorde 2 Brighton, UK
Jul 14 - Voxhall Aahus, DK
Jul 15 - Arvikafestivalen (Apollo Stage) Arvika, SE
Jul 16 - Melt Festival Ferropolis, DE
Jul 17 - Lovebox Victoria Park (Gaymers Stage) London, GB
Jul 18 - Latitude Festival Suffolk, GB
Jul 28 - Metro Sydney, New South, AUSTRALIA
Jul 29 - Prince of Wales Melbourne, St Kilda V, AUSTRALIA
Jul 29 - Prince Of Wales Melbourne, Australia, AUSTRALIA
Jul 30 - Splendour in the Grass Brisbane, AU
Aug 1 - FujiRock Festival Niigata, JP
Aug 14 - Haldern Festival Haldern, DE
Aug 15 - SZIGET FESTIVAL Budapest, HU
Aug 16 - Lucerna Music Bar Prague, CZ
Aug 20 - Frequency Festival St. Polten Green Park, AT
Aug 21 - Pukkelpop Hasselt-Kiewit, BE
Aug 27 - Reading Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage) Reading, GB
Aug 29 - Leeds Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage) Leeds, GB
Oct 19 - Millenium Music Hall Cardiff, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 20 - Academy Manchester, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 21 - Roundhouse London, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 23 - Academy New Castle, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 24 - ABC Glasgow, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 26 - Bataclan Paris, FRANCE
Oct 28 - Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Oct 29 - Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands, NETHERLANDS



Comments (31)

how big is the music space at gov island? would like to see yeasayer but not sure if i want to wait in a long ass line with the possibility of not getting in.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:17 PM

big it's like a giant park, atleast from the pictures they show

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:22 PM

Is Govs island rain or shine? They're calling for thunderstorms tomorrow...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:30 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:00 PM

Im going. Its free and I dont have shit else to do tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:28 PM

"Is Govs island rain or shine? "

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:32 PM

It's usually rain or shine and if you like rain, it's totally fun in thunderstorms since it cools you off and thins the crowd at the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:32 PM

Yeah. I love concerts in the rain... But nothing worse then wet hummus. I'm gonna bring mine in a Tupperware to this show!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:55 PM

I'm definitely gonna be palming asses at the show tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 6:03 PM

It takes forever to get to Gov Island and back. Once you are there, you have to wait at least half an hour for any ferry back.

No friggin way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 6:04 PM

"It takes forever to get to Gov Island and back. "

forever? Maybe you just have no friends or hate yourself, but getting there and back is not so bad. You get to go on a boat. You get to go to Governors Island.

"Once you are there, you have to wait at least half an hour for any ferry back."

No you don't, but even if you did, who cares? Once you're on the boat, you're back downtown in no time. It's fun

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 6:17 PM

god i hope this runs smoothly tomorrow cause there are some cool shows at Governors Island on tap, but this has disaster written all over it. Hope i'm proven wrong, hope everyone finds it painless and easy tomorrow. I'm sure we'll hear about it...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 8:44 PM

@6:03 *slow clap*

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 9:57 PM

please refrain from any whining or complaining. this is a FREE show, and odds are, you are unemployed and have shit to do anyways. show up and have a good time, stinky bastards.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 11:27 PM

The odds are certainly not in favor that most attendees are unemployed, you fucking garbage crotch.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 2:18 AM

I'm going to BJM tomorrow or I'd be at this show, can't wait to see Caribou at their free show in July, free show = I care less about waiting to get off some island.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 2:43 AM

wish I could get out to this, have fun y'all

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 8:42 AM

I'm gonna go... thanks so much for all the details about ferries from Brooklyn, I want to try the new Pier 6 stop there. Cheers

Posted by Bleetz | June 5, 2010 2:07 PM

the faq on the beach site is saying you can basically only bring a marked eyedrop container bottle and a sealed water bottle. no food, booze, or cabbage patch dolls allowed. lamers

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 3:40 PM

Well if I can't bring my dolls, I'm not going.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 3:56 PM

so the first opener starts at 8?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 6:49 PM

apparently theyre already at capacity..

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 7:30 PM

wish i would have read something online beforehand about limited capacity, or that the ferrys would stop running. waste of time. totally bummed we didn't get to go

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 9:03 AM

same. was so bummed. anyone who got in have a report?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 10:24 AM

As people have mentioned before, you're on an island and don't have the option to just leave the venue and hop on the subway. I've been to great shows there and the 20 - 30 minute wait to leave, coupled with that view/venue, make it the most enjoyable experience my impatient ass could hope for.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 11:41 AM

so in conclusion, this was an unmitigated disaster?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 1:13 PM

its tough to say this wasn't unexpected. I mean, Yeasayer is at the top of their game, selling out Webster Hall months in advance. That capacity is around 1500. Island's capacity was listed at 3000, less then McCarren and Prospect park. There is a pretty good chance they would have sold it out if they were charging so the fact that it went the way it did, Im not suprised at all.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 2:08 PM

The Yeasayer show was amazing. Number one it was free and also the venue is right along the water with Manhattan off in the near distance. Wasnt to big of a venue with sand and good views of the show. Very cool.

Me and my friends left before the last song to make sure we didnt get stuck on the island for too long, but we probably didnt have to do that. The crowd to get on the ferry looked intimidating, but we got right on and my friends who didnt leave early got on the next ferry. All in all, the wait is probably between 15 min - 1 hour to get off the island after a show.

Posted by Jeremy | June 6, 2010 3:08 PM

free = get to the venue real early to maybe get in and waste your afternoon if you don't.

id rather pay the $35 for a ticketed show any day over these "free" shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 4:12 PM

Amazing show. Yeasayers was totaly fantastic. We had a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 12:37 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 7:58 AM

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