Posted in music | pictures on June 10, 2013

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Nas / Kendrick Lamar / people in mud
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Governors Ball continued on Saturday (6/8) for its second of three days. The weather was much better than day 1, but Friday's storm kept the entire place a mud swamp. Of course, that made for some interesting things like the muddy mosh pit during Fucked Up's set, but it also made walking from stage to stage kind of a drag. That said, it really wasn't that bad, and it was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch the music in the sun than in Friday's rain.

I got there just as Japandroids were going on (or, as they jokingly referred to themselves throughout their entire set, Guns N' Roses). They're an excellent festival band and were a great start to my day, though it was hard to get their usual crowd energy going on the large Governors Ball main stage. I'm sure that wasn't a problem at their afterparty at MHOW though, which I sadly missed. Did anyone catch that?

Maybe the most surprising thing I saw on Saturday was the size of Alt-J's crowd. I knew they were getting bigger, but I must not have fully realized to what extent. It was one of the largest crowds for a non-headliner I saw that day, and pretty impossible to move through it too. And it wasn't even people trying to get a good spot for Kendrick Lamar, who was on next, because a lot of them cleared out after Alt-J. Of course, Kendrick did bring his own huge crowd, and if I had to say, Kendrick worked a festival crowd better than any other act I saw this weekend.

For the Saturday night headliner, it was between Guns N' Roses on the Governors Ball Stage and Nas on the Honda Stage. I chose Nas. It was an excellent set from the legendary rapper, which included a good amount of Illmatic, some highlights of his new album (like "Daughters"), and backing by a killer live band. If you chose GNR, how were they?

Pictures of day 1 are HERE and HERE. Videos and setlist of Kanye's day 3 set are HERE, and more coverage is still on the way. More pictures of day 2 below...

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Comments (23)

No GNR pics?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:31 AM

Alt-J crowd was huge. What's even more confusing is why The Lumineers weren't on the main stage. That crowd was enormous for the small stage.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:38 AM

Still no hot girls to be found anywhere at Govs Ball.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:42 AM

Did Nas actually finish his verses? Or did he stop half way so the crowd could finish them for him because he was out of breathe like he always does?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:43 AM

1038 this is what happens when you have a bunch of 20 year olds running a festival. I hope this festival never comes back to nyc.

bring back all points west. at least it was more organized and it didn't take 2 to 3 hours for the ferry service.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:44 AM

The separate VIP section was a complete joke. The railings essentially boxed in "normal paying customers" and completely hampered the normal ebb and flow of a festival crowd. Just let there be one big open area in front of the stage, and put the VIPs stageside or something like that. Such a big sacrifice to make for an obvious money grab.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:47 AM

Alt-J crowd was huge and their perfomance was so boring. The Lumineers was even worse (both in the size of the crowd and the boredom inducement level). They really should have swapped Grizzly Bear's mainstage slot with The Lumineers spot on the Honda Stage.

Also, wtf was with The Lumineers playing such a short version of Ho Hey and having a poorly mic'd up kids choir sing the whole first verse? That's your big hit and your playing to a massive 10-15,000+ at a festival and you just phone that shit in?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:48 AM

WTF ia with anyone giving two shits about the Lumineers on this site. Don't they sell their CD at Starbucks?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:11 AM

Icona Pop show and crowd were surprisingly fucking awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:11 AM

@10:44 after friday the ferry was fine and everything was organized. Walked on both directions each day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:16 AM

Percentage of professed environmentalists in attendance: 98%. Environmental destruction of Randall's Island achieved: 98%.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:46 AM

who gives a shit about this fucking festival tho?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:51 AM

It's a fucking driving range and a big empty field next to a track & field stadium. It's not like people went into a protected nesting habitat for endangered birds and destroyed the place.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:52 AM

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Alt-J crowd was huge and their perfomance was so boring. The Lumineers was even worse (both in the size of the crowd and the boredom inducement level). They really should have swapped Grizzly Bear's mainstage slot with The Lumineers spot on the Honda Stage.

Also, wtf was with The Lumineers playing such a short version of Ho Hey and having a poorly mic'd up kids choir sing the whole first verse? That's your big hit and your playing to a massive 10-15,000+ at a festival and you just phone that shit in?!"

I don't know, I enjoyed it with the kids. I imagine they put Grizzly Bear on the Main stage of Lumineers out of respect (Grizzly Bear being a NYC band with 4 albums out).

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:56 AM

At Least Nas is wearing a Mets hat

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:58 AM

Lumineers suck , why is anyone even talking about them? Grizzly Bear were amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 12:11 PM

Thievery killed it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 12:14 PM

Thievery never kill it - cheeseballs

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 2:04 PM

Who decides what Kendrick Lamar gets to wear.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 2:14 PM

I like this festival. There were no cops, an open fence, and we got in fo free Saturday. yeayuh.

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | June 10, 2013 3:20 PM

Lamar Kendrick

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 10:12 PM

this fest needed more SWANS

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 4:45 PM

this is what we may call good music, nas was the best at this time till lil wayne took his spot

Posted by Michelle | September 20, 2013 11:13 AM

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