Posted in music | pictures on June 7, 2010

photos by Ryan Muir

Governors Island

Yeasayer, Keepaway and Delicate Steve kicked off the "Gone to Governors" series of free shows on the Beach @ Governors Island Saturday night (6/5). The capacity of The Beach is 3500 and that number was hit by 7pm, a full hour before the first band went on. Any one who showed up for the ferry after that, or who was on line already when that number was hit, was unfortunately turned away (though I heard that maybe at some point some people may have been able to get on when others left early)... that system is going to hopefully be improved in the future with the help of Twitter and more experience. Ultimately though, capacity is capacity and it's a free show (ticketed shows are more straightforward - anyone with a ticket gets on the boat).

People that did make it on the island experienced a unique outdoor NYC concert venue with sand, amazing views of the Manhattan skyline, lit-up colorful palm trees, and lots of people dancing. Ease of getting food, and of getting home, were common complaints that the promoters hope to improve as the summer goes on. That said, it's inevitable that there will be some waiting when the only way to leave a "sold out", 3500-capacity concert is on a ferry. A full review and more pictures from the free show are coming soon. In the meantime, check out this photo set by Ryan from the event...

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Comments (29)

this looks cool, wish there was a better reason to go than yeasayer

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:03 PM

looks like some i am legend shit..

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:10 PM

what the hell is this? a photo album from lastnightsparty.com??

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:12 PM

only one pic of yeasayer?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:13 PM

Stayed home and ate a can of Dinty Moore beef stew...totally worth it!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM

Wait? Is this where Local Natives are playing as well? I'm thinking for Grizzly Bear and MIA, it will be at a different location......

What's the capacity at the other place in Governor's island?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:23 PM

Anyone who wasn't there by like 530 wasn't getting on the ferry. Fuck that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM

you need to edit down your pics dude

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:31 PM

these pics are awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:33 PM

Looks like most of the free shows and Grizzly Bear/Local Natives shows are at "the Beach" but.

for MIA, its at South Island Field...Capacity? 10000?

for Passion Pit, its at Colonels Row....Capacity? 7000?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM

why'd they steal MIA's props?

Posted by jan jansson | June 7, 2010 1:36 PM

Agreed 1:31. Seriously, did we really need to see pics of a line to the portable toliets? WTH?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:39 PM

hope they work out some of the logistics, cause the pics on the Island, of 'venue' skyline, etc were amazing, views of tremendously long lines to get to and from, not so much! i know, you can't REALLY bitch about free summer shows in NYC, but if you really had to be on a ferry line by 5:30 to get into a show where openers didn't even start until 8:00, then I can safely say my 40-year old ass will be passing on these!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:40 PM

mehsayer?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:42 PM

The whole event was shitty. Over an hour each way to get there, security were meat heads, and the sound sucked

Never again

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:45 PM

no lines at all from the brooklyn side earlier in the day--just go over early and find a nice spot, and leave everyone else standing in line in manhattan.

Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:46 PM

wonder if the chairs inside the water taxi are the same color as those on top

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:51 PM

this seems like way more effort than what its worth

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:56 PM

I agree with others above: too many useless pictures. A picture or two to demonstrate the capacity of the crowd is great, but the others? Nope.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM

I for one appreciate the portapotty photos, gives me a sense of the line and if i'll be drinking a lot!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:02 PM

roasted pepper humus @ ferry on bklyn side

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:03 PM

Its first show at a new location. Why not show the atmosphere to give an idea of what it will be like for the rest of the summer? There are other pictures of Yeasayer shows online. I'm sure this show looked a lot like those.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:06 PM

2:06 There were shows at Govenors Island in years past....

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:12 PM

Glad for the pics, I almost went, in fact argued with my boyfriend about whether or not to go. Neither of us like the band, but we had a guest in town, thought they might like it. Really glad we didn't go!!! I super want to visit the island when there's no band, or at least not a crappy one. This would have been such an epic fail.

Posted by Anon | June 7, 2010 4:35 PM

^Your boyfriend is gay.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 5:05 PM

what was security like?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:00 PM

this whole thing reminds me of APW and not in a good way

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 8:21 PM

Stop bitching, this is what summer is about. SOOO much negativity heard in the line to the ferry. YEAH! it's a friggin island, swim your asses over there if you cant take the line. I was only in line for an hour.

Here's my 2 cents, they close the rest of the island off when there are shows, NOT COOL! theres so much sweet grass and places to explore and bike, it was a shame to be confined to the crowded "beach" area.

Delicate Steve was amazing and certainly didn't get much credit. refreshingly positive floating beats perfect for a beach party wind-down from ferry madness. their set was my fav part of the night. oh yeah and watching the sunset, with some sweet grass of my own.

Posted by Ava | June 15, 2010 12:39 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 7:50 AM

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