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Governors Ball day 1 pics (Strokes, Robyn, Beck, Father John Misty, Jamie xx & more)

photos by Amanda Hatfield, Mimi Hong & Gretchen Robinette

For her first run of American shows in two years, Robyn treated the stage as if she were throwing her own little basement disco and closed out Day One of Governors Ball with the day’s sweatiest dance party. The Swedish pop star—along with backup from singers Zhala and Maluca—eschewed playing proven crowd favorites like “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Show Me Love” and opted for hot remixes of her most beloved tunes. And her set design involved an array of moveable floor-length mirrors, which she’d use to shimmy and shake in front of; sometimes, she’d disappear behind them and allow her guests to take center stage. Sure, she’s never been an easy artist to peg but it was a thrill to see the singer chase her muse with new iterations of her best material: “With Every Heartbeat” was transformed from a club-wrecker into a gorgeous ballad, punctuated with ghostly vocal samples; “Don’t F—ing Tell Me What To Do” thumped harder than it ever has before. Robyn also unleashed new songs like “Right Time” and “I’m In Love,” which found her going deeper into club-music tropes. [Entertainment Weekly]

Governors Ball 2016 is underway on NYC’s Randall’s Island, with day 2 going on as we speak. (If you’re not there, are you watching the stream?) The first day, yesterday (6/3), was co-headlined by The Strokes and Robyn. The Strokes played some of their new EP (but not all of it, like they did at their pre-GovBall show at the Capitol Theatre), and they broke out their cover of The Clash’s “Clampdown” for the first time since 2004. As the review above points out, Robyn did another of her remix sets, like the one at her performance at MoMA’s Party in the Garden earlier this week.

Day 1 also had Beck, Father John Misty, Bloc Party, Big Grams, Christine & the Queens, Jamie xx, Action Bronson, Duke Dumont, Bully and more. Pictures of day 1 are in the gallery above.

Stay tuned for more, and follow BrooklynVegan on Instagram for even more up-to-date coverage as the fest goes on.

UPDATE: Check out pictures of day 2 HERE, and more pictures of both days HERE. Day 3 was CANCELLED.

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