Posted in music | tour dates on January 25, 2013

by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis

Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

As mentioned, NYC music festival Governors Ball keeps growing and its returning this year for it's largest and most exciting festival yet on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Early bird 3-day passes go on sale today (1/25) at noon at $190, and once they sell out, they become $205 and then $220. According to the festival's website, single day tickets may or may not become available so if you'd like to go, they advise you purchase a 3-day pass.

The lineup has tons of great names this year and if you're going, we're sure you've got a bunch of stuff lined up to see already, and while you're making your wish list, here's our list of ten bands that we're excited to see at the festival, that you might not want to miss.

Kanye West is one of the headliners, and any chance to catch him in the NYC area is one to take advantage of. It's pretty amazing how far he's come and with seven albums under his belt (including Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer), he's got more than enough material for a hits-filled set, which he tends to do. And there's no telling what else he might do, like break out some snow monster masks or something.

A newer, but no less exciting rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will be there too. He turned the rap world on its head with last year's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and us New Yorkers only got our chance to see him before its release. So now that we know all the words to his record, we pretty much can't wait to see him perform songs off of it at Governors Ball.

The term "supergroup" doesn't always mean the group is "super," just that the members are all known for other projects. But in the case of Divine Fits, featuring the songwriting talents of Spoon's Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, it was two great tastes that taste great together. And as a band, Divine Fits were pretty much amazing live right out of the gate, and their danceable vibe is festival-ready.

Deerhunter have been promising a new album for 2013 and while they haven't revealed any formal plans for it, we're hoping to hear some of the new material at Governors Ball. Plus, though we've seen side projects like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, and Moon Diagrams in NYC recently, we haven't gotten an actual Deerhunter show since 2011.

Death from Above 1979 have played NYC a couple of times since reuniting in 2011, and whether you've caught them or not, it's a treat that they have another one on the horizon.

UK art rockers Alt-J became infinitely bigger since first coming to the US last May, and they've got the kind of songs that would sound great on a big outdoor stage. The band have been on tour constantly and we've seen their onstage confidence grow leaps over the visits they've already had here. They should be primed and ready for big crowds by the summer.

Japandroids have already come to NYC a few times in the past year (and those liars said it'd be a while before they came back!) and anyone who has seen them knows every Japandroids show is destined to be a wild time. The band is always nuts on stage and so is the crowd, so it's the kind of thing that will be a killer time at an outdoor festival.

Another band, like Alt-J, that have also had a pretty significant and quick rise since first catching our attention, is Polica, who will be at this year's Governors Ball. Their mix of indie pop and R&B is endlessly catchy and the dueling drummers are a thrill to watch live. Whether you're already a fan or not, they'd be a great band to catch.

Unlike many of the bands on the Governors Ball line-up, it's been a couple years since Australia's Cut Copy have played North America and absence makes the heart grow fonder. CC seem to write their songs with giant crowds in mind and show no shame in working the crowd into a frenzy.

Most of the artists on this list are artists we've been fans of for a while, but festivals are also always good places to discover new artists, and one new group we're excited to see at Governors Ball is Vancouver's Bear Mountain. Last year, they released their debut album, XO, which combined club-ready dance tracks, arena sized atmospherics, and an indie pop sensibility in the songwriting. It's a pretty great mix and sounds like it will be totally fun live. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

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Bear Mountain - XO


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Comments (86)

how much advertising $$ did governor's ball have to spend on the BV site to get this post written?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:51 AM

this why every "good" band from 70s/80s is reuniting. all this new garbage ain't worth shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:52 AM

Wow, and I could've seen these bands already do full sets in smaller venues with better sightlines and cheaper booze.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:52 AM

@11:52 - Exactly!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:55 AM

11:51 and 11:52(2) are both spot on. Please tell me that the guys who wrote this post were laughing hysterically while doing it. If they were serious, then they need to have their head examined.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:57 AM

BV is excited to see Kanye?

Really????

His "rapping" at the 12/12/12 sandy benefit was ABYSMAL. He sucks really really bad. Did you see it?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:58 AM

there is no need to refresh

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:01 PM

lol......................just lol

i cannot imagine whomever paid for this nonsense actually let bv write it

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:02 PM

@1152 and pay 10x as much.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:02 PM

10 Reasons Not to go to Governors Ball:

1 - Lines for Ferry there
2 - Pricetag
3 - Pitchfork approved
4 - Investment Bankers dressed like Hipsters
5 - British headphone bands audio windloss
6 - Disneylandesque food & drink gouging
7 - Frohawk
8 - Bands 'worth' seeing bc of the 70s
9 - Kanye West
10 - Lines for Ferry home

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:02 PM

Early bird sold out? BOWERY CONSPIRACY!?!!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:02 PM

wow you are all a miserable bunch in here

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:03 PM

"how much advertising $$ did governor's ball have to spend on the BV site to get this post written?"

I was about to post the same thing. There should be a disclaimer that this article is advertorial.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:04 PM

Pending ???

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:04 PM

12:03 is Bill Pearis

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:04 PM

how the fuck is it pending?!!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:05 PM

Did Governors Ball provide you with the above copy when they paid you to write about GB, or did you write it yourself? This article is a press release.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:06 PM

"was about to post the same thing. There should be a disclaimer that this article is advertorial."

only problem is it's not advertorial!

I mean we could have just posted "Governors Ball Early Bird going on sale" but we thought, "let's actually write about some of the sets that will be probably be good". Sorry if that was too much positivity for you!

Posted by brooklynvegan | January 25, 2013 12:09 PM

yeah the 'early bird' is 'pending' and now it is instantly 'advance' for more money. i am in some sort of waiting room for 'advance' tix. anyone else having the same thing?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:10 PM

now it is only showing $220 tickets. talk about a bait and switch with the price..

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:13 PM

Who the fuck wants to go all 3 days? Wait for a schedule and buy a single day pass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:13 PM

people will be giving these tix away like tic tacs come june, promise

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:17 PM

12:09 is Bill Pearis

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:20 PM

im still in line-anyone else?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:25 PM

I'm still in line too, but not sure if I care at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:32 PM

$190 tickets are sold out, $205 are pending, and there are plenty of $220 available. They must have had a very small amount at lower prices.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:35 PM

" Folks - this is simply what happens when more people are trying to buy a ticket than there is supply. Eventbrite's servers are working great and everything is in order. There was simply more demand than supply for certain ticket types. Thanks for your patience here!"


Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:39 PM

Well...at least they provide some clarity! those dickels...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:43 PM

i cant even pull a regular 220 ticket-just puts me in another never ending line

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:43 PM

What an intriguing guide to must-see bands! I had never heard of this "Kanye West" fellow.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:45 PM

Have been "in line" for the Advance tickets for the last 40 minutes. Thinking about closing my browser window, but don't wanna let "the man" win.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:47 PM

Who the fuck wrote this?? Kanye West is my number one reason to leave New York that weekend. Waste of life that fucking guy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:48 PM

will kanye's big butt ho be there?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:54 PM

BV speaks! BV is the gossip girl of the indie scene!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:55 PM

"Sorry if that was too much positivity for you!"

Perhaps I am jaded and wrong. The post seemed too positive in context of all the other posts on BV. Perhaps more need to be written like this one and less like 90% of the others.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:59 PM

if you are stuck in line for regular tickets - there is no line for the 'payment plan' tickets which cost exactly the same amount.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:08 PM

fuck this shit, I'm going to Googa Mooga Two-ga

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:21 PM

This is a very good fest if you are like me Bs don't get to catch many shows throughout the year. I can't even imagine what it would take for you babies to be uniformly happy about something.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:23 PM

Haters gonna hate, but there are plenty of acts I look forward to seeing on this bill.

Deerhunter!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:25 PM

makes me wonder why some of these commenters even read this blog if they think this is a bad lineup. though sometimes people get too old for festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:25 PM

i am too old for festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:34 PM

What a bunch of pretentious twats. Quit hating, don't go if you don't want to. Overpriced? Sure. Like every other fest EVER (lines, expensive drinks, blah blah)? You bet. This lineup is pretty killer if you like new music, so quit bitching and start your own all-encompassing festival if you're so inclined.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:35 PM

"What a bunch of pretentious twats"

More like what a bunch of people who actually know music and go to see music on a regular basis. Who know what is crap and how bad these festivals are for MUSIC. Standing in a big open field with shitty sound, which Randall's Island is, and no connection to the bands playing at all. If that is being pretentious and grumpy I will take it in a heartbeat.

Why don't you, 1:35, go take your non discerning ass somewhere else. Like maybe the WPLJ or Z100 forums and hangout with like minded idiots like yourself who think this is a killer lineup.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:48 PM

Hey 148, the blog your posting on also thinks this is a good lineup. Maybe its you thats in the wrong place?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 1:56 PM

1:48, I hope you know how much that made me smile. You dug yourself a deeper hole. I'm not even going to the goddamn thing. Yes, the sound will be shitty. Shocking. Yes, you'll be too far away to see anything. Mind-blowing. I'm guessing you're the kind of person who is never satisfied with anything going on in music. If you're expecting to have an intimate concert experience at one of these things you're full of shit, but at least the Dirty Projectors and bands like them are getting recognized.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:01 PM

1:48, I hope you know how much that made me smile. You dug yourself a deeper hole. I'm not even going to the goddamn thing. Yes, the sound will be shitty. Shocking. Yes, you'll be too far away to see anything. Mind-blowing. I'm guessing you're the kind of person who is never satisfied with anything going on in music. If you're expecting to have an intimate concert experience at one of these things you're full of shit, but at least the Dirty Projectors and bands like them are getting recognized.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:06 PM

RIP 1:48

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:08 PM

^toy

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:11 PM

I made the comment at 1:48 and it is very nice to see I made 1:35 so delirious and livid that he had to comment at 1:56, 2:01, 2:06 and 2:08. Job well done and you are still an idiot.

In response to this "the blog your posting on also thinks this is a good lineup. Maybe its you thats in the wrong place?"

They actually don't. It just happens to be big news for this area and they have to keep the "machine" running.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:17 PM

1:48 knows everything and also does not approve of justin timberlake

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:24 PM

Goofs Mooga was a perfect run festival with no problems at all. Anyone who disagrees was not there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:27 PM

Seems to me that 2:01/2:06 made the perfect case for those of us who have no desire to go, even though we may really like some of the bands in the lineup.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:35 PM

there are a bunch of bands on there i wouldn't mind seeing, but i'm not buying a 3 day pass to do it, nor am i particularly interested in going to randall's island.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:36 PM

2:24 knows nothing and has shitty taste in music. He will be upfront at Gov Ball all three days and then come on here that monday after to tell everyone how it killed and the sound was "ahmazing"

Then he will spend the rest of the day sucking off his dog.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:44 PM

Hey guys,

Question for people who have been to Randalls Island. I have serious Chrohn's disease which means I take A LOT of dumps. What is the dumping scenario like at Randalls Island? Is it dumping-friendly or will I have to be doing a lot squatting.

Also, in case you are interested, Hammerstein is usually the best venue to dump at, Roseland the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:47 PM

Seems people forget that everyone is entitled to an opinion. If you wanna go, go. If you don't, then don't.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:48 PM

The Bowery acoustics are better for dumping.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:50 PM

2:47, Plenty of Johns.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:58 PM

2:47 should poop at the Wellmont. Not only have I never waited, but they provide decent toilet paper. Consistently one of the best venue pooping experiences available in the tri-state area.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 3:01 PM

3:01,

Yes, I mean, I rarely go to shows there but I've found the dumping experience in that room to be amazing. In fact, sometimes I go take dumps there even when I don't erally have to. Case in point, when I saw Bloc Party and they played "Flux"...man, definitely time for a dump when that song comes on.

Terminal 5 also isn't bad for dumping because you can use the private rooms. It's bad for everything else though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 4:27 PM

I would like to know which bands on the Governors Ball lineup are played on WPLJ or Z100? I guess Kanye??? Kings of Leon maybe?

Maybe I'm behind the times, but I thought top-40 stations didn't play music such as Grizzly Bear, The Xx, Dirty Projectors, Divine Fits, Deerhunter, Beach House, etc. In fact, other than WNYE (91.5), from 6:00 am to noon, I don't think any radio station in NYC plays current indie music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 4:38 PM

^You are behind the times

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 4:54 PM

Remember when these tix cost $190? Yea, me neither.

Posted by Venkman | January 25, 2013 5:09 PM

jah cuzzi boys

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 5:12 PM

This is a good line up, if coming here and reading these comments deterred you from biting tickets today, let me be the first to ask you how your flight was, how the weather in Akron has been, and here's your complimentary MTA map.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 5:15 PM

stop whining, $220 for that lineup is a steal. just wait till this thing sells out after the coachella-set realizes their festival is gonna blow hard - then you'll gladly buy a ticket for $220.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 5:20 PM

5:15-Actually that is what i would say to the people that did buy tickets today.

5:20-There will be plenty of under face tickets for this come the week of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 5:29 PM

this is a free concert. if you paid for tickets your just a sucker.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 7:50 PM

iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2013 10:26 PM

yaaaaasssssss!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2013 4:01 PM

^You are behind the times

Posted by Dubizzle | January 29, 2013 11:55 AM

needs to be updated for GNR

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2013 2:11 PM

iPods

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2013 5:04 AM

?

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 3:11 AM

love these festivals! and the best, speak the truth, have much beautiful woman! I love it all!

Posted by Casa de Massagem | March 6, 2013 9:48 AM

need it :D :D :D

Posted by mega fm | March 12, 2013 1:35 PM

:P and <3 the woman in Daisy Dukes bending forward with her legs straight spread apart.

I would eat her spread like an ice cream cone.

Posted by D | March 13, 2013 9:32 AM

Wow, and I could've seen these bands already do full sets in smaller venues with better sightlines and cheaper booze.

Posted by Bumba | March 18, 2013 1:14 PM

yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Posted by technology news | March 19, 2013 7:37 AM

Yea, i love! how the weather in Akron has been, and here's your complimentary mta map...Thank you!

Posted by Higienização | March 21, 2013 10:01 AM

Jesus Spiritualized sounds like ass with Kid on drums. You'd think he'd bother to learn the fucking songs

Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:32 PM

love it more than myseld

Posted by girls games | April 30, 2013 4:13 AM

I like bear mountain more then my girlfriend.

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