Posted in music on January 23, 2014

Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Governors Ball

The promoters and producers of NYC festival Governors Ball chatted with Reddit users yesterday. People could ask anything and everything, and they answered as best they could.

Did the drug related deaths at Electric Zoo affect their festival which also takes place on Randall's Island?

The tragic events that occurred at Electric Zoo have lead to new protocols and additional oversight from the City of NYC and the Parks department. More city agencies (and more folks from each agency) are involved in our planning meetings, and we are required to do many additional things, mostly safety related. That being said, the city has been a pleasure to deal with and they have been very professional and practical about things. Safety is their number 1 priority, and we feel the same way, so our interests are aligned there. - T
What about all that rain and mud last year?
When we first heard about Tropical Storm Andrea it was 8 days out from the first day of the fest. By that time we have a Meterologist on call 24/7 to give us updates on the storms track, it's potential impact, etc. and we used that data to prep the site as much as we could for the coming rain. Unfortunately everything we did to prep the grounds was entirely negated by the massive amounts of rain we received. It was the most rainfall NYC has gotten in a 36 hour period EVER. That being said, during our repairs we did add in a new drainage line to help deal with rainfall, and we have had many convos with all city departments about how to address expected rainfall in the safest and best way possible. We have a new Weather plan which the City of NY have helped with, and we are better suited to deal with rain in 2014. That being said, and just being totally honest here, if we get 6 inches of rain in 36 hours again it will be another crazy year. However, let's think positive - it's gonna be beautiful and sunny and awesome! - T
What day are vampire weekend and disclosure playing??
Bold question. VW on Sunday. Disclosure on Saturday. -YR
Any after-shows?
TONS! And they're gonna rule. Info coming soon! -JW
How did they land the Strokes?
We have tried to book The Strokes every single year that Gov Ball has existed. They essentially have had an open invite to play when they wanted. We got a call from their agent at the very last minute, saying that they wanted to reunite and play at the festival. Dream come true for us. We're New York City kids, and they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM -JW
Read much more at Reddit. Check out the whole 2014 lineup and get tickets too.

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Comments (21)

probably worth pointing out that they said they have outkast's only show in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:13 AM

HEY,
MAYBE IF WE SING REAL HARD
MAYBE WE CAN STOP THIS RAIN

NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN NO RAIN

fucking hippies

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:28 AM

Why did Coachella sell more tickets than Governors Ball???

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:31 AM

I not going if there won't be any molly there

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 9:58 AM

@931 - Because Coachella can accommodate over double what Gov's can.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 10:05 AM

"convos" ?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 10:13 AM

This a-hole REALLY likes "that being said..."

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 10:28 AM

stroke its broke up?


outkast / deafheaven afterparty!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 10:41 AM

Also worth noting they said "We might (repeat Might) be giving 3-day ticket holds wristbands and those can't be taken off and shared unfortunately. -T" Something to think about.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 10:41 AM

Great news for the morons that are willing to pay for that crappy line up

Posted by Dave | January 23, 2014 10:52 AM

They revealed a lot about who is playing what day (but not everybody) throughout the chat:

Friday: Outkast, Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case, Damien Marley, Damon Albarn, Julian Casablancas, LaRoux, Haerts, Run the Jewels, Grimes, Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Bastille, Drowners, Ratking.

Saturday: The Strokes, Jack White (implied), Empire of the Sun, Spoon, Broken Bells, Skrillex, Disclosure, The Naked & the Famous, Classix, Deafheaven, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Tanlines, Fitz and the Tantrums

Sunday: Vampire Weekend, Interpol, Foster the People, James Blake, Banks, Tourist, AlunaGeorge, The Head and the Heart, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, The Kills, Frank Turner

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 11:07 AM

I hope "safer" doesn't mean more thorough searches for drugs on the way in : )

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 12:24 PM

I hope it means full cavity searches, I'm glistening in anticipation

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 2:08 PM

Why is "landing" the Strokes a big deal? Most overrated band in the history of overrated bands in the universe.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 4:31 PM

Re: The Strokes "they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM "
I thought Friends was the greatest NYC rock band of our generation?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 4:42 PM

This is the greatest generation of your generation.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2014 7:47 PM

Let SLIPKNOT headline...they will tear up all those pussies with shades.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 12:06 AM

I can't stop listening to these musics!!!!

Posted by Scarbrough | February 26, 2014 5:20 AM

Damn - The Strokes and Jack White on the same day!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 2:12 PM

They sound great! Impressed with One Way Trigger, nice! Julian actually sounds pretty good, I thought he'd struggle with those high notes!

Posted by Syndal | November 3, 2014 10:47 AM

I really love the visuals in the background and I also really love this song too! Thanks for the upload :3

Posted by Aensley | November 3, 2014 10:48 AM

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