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The dust has settled at Governors Ball where a whole bunch of artists performed over three days at Randall's Island. (Have you seen our pics?) Among those on the scene was media consultant Janessa Slater (a dead ringer for SNL's Vanessa Bayer) who interviews the likes of Interpol, Tanlines, Frank Turner, and others...as well as random Governors Ball attendees. It's vaguely Ali G and, though most bands seem in on the joke, she definitely gets in some good digs. Watch it over two parts below.
In related news, if you were at Governors Ball and lost anything (like maybe your keys or sunglasses), there's a Lost & Found posted to GovBall's Facebook that you can check.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous drone that echoed over the crowd. The noise pop group Sleigh Bells took the stage, as drum beats began the show, Alexis Krauss taking the stage last in her signature look of black leather jacket, white tee, and jean shorts. She moved her hands in the air and two stepped with her hair dangling below, her signature dance move. [Billboard]Our final set of Governors Ball pictures, of a few of the artists from Saturday including Sleigh Bells, are in this post.
Vampire Weekend / Interpol / James Blake / Pikachu
"New York cares." That's what the audience sang with Interpol's Paul Banks during the city indie anthem "NYC" as Governors Ball 2014 neared its close on Sunday. Throughout the weekend some of the city's finest bands had made a return to festival stages, secured headliner statuses and played the most memorable sets of the fest for home crowds. For Interpol, it has just announced a new album, played two excellent new tracks and Sunday's show at Governors Ball was the band's "First home show for us in a long time." A set heavy on the classics, Interpol played through "Obstacle 1," "Slow Hands," "Narc," "Evil" and "Stella Was a Driver and She Was Always Down." [Reverb]The 2014 Governors Ball music festival wrapped up yesterday (6/8) after two other days of music on NYC's Randall's Island. The third and final day had sets from Vampire Weekend, Interpol (who along with The Strokes and Jack White's set featuring White Stripes songs, brought us back over a decade), James Blake, The Kills, J. Cole, The Head and the Heart, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Luckily, with today's rain and Thursday's, the weather held out for GovBall all weekend (unlike last year). Pictures of day 3 are in this post.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
It was 2001 all over again at Governors Ball this weekend as Jack White played White Stripes songs on Saturday, the same day The Strokes co-headlined and one day before Interpol played. Another set of pictures and the setlist from Jack's performance are in this post.
Meanwhile, Newport Folk Festival is already sold out, but the July Rhode Island fest announced today that they've added Jack White to the 2014 lineup! Newport's Jay Sweet writes:
When George Wein asked me to come aboard I immediately compiled my list of every artist that for some reason or another has not played Newport Folk but should. It's always a pleasure to cross off a name, especially as there are so few left on the original list. In fact the elusive handful remaining have become known around the office as the "White Whales".We also just caught Jack, whose new album Lazaretto is out this week, at Free Press Summer Fest.
During that same first meeting, George also asked me what we could do to help bring the blues back to Newport in a meaningful and explosive way, something that would tie Newport's history with Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Skip James and of course Son House to the present. I circled a name atop the list and answered, "Jack White".
It was an easy answer as I had just seen the great film "It Might Get Loud" in which Mr. White sits alone listening to a Son House record.
Listening to the haunting "Grinnin' In Your Face", Mr. White muses, "By the time I was about 18 somebody played me Son House, that was it for me. This spoke to me in 1,000 different ways. I didn't know that you could do that just singing and clapping and it meant everything, it meant everything about rock and roll, everything about expression, creativity and art. One man against the world, and one song. That's my favorite song, still is too. I heard everything disappearing, it didn't matter that he was clapping off time, it didn't matter that there was no instruments being played, all that mattered was the attitude of the song."
I knew right then he was the answer and he had to come to Newport Folk.
It's only taken six years, but it is my distinct pleasure to cross another "White Whale" off our list. In 1967 at Newport, Son House brought his version of the B-L-U-S-E; now 47 years later, we can't wait to bring some explosive blues back to the festival. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Jack White.
- JAY SWEET
Producer, Newport Folk Festival
More tour dates, pictures and the setlist from Randall's Island, and the new video for the new album's title track, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Such was not the case for the Strokes, the hometown boys who drew what looked like the biggest crowd of Governors Ball so far. (Childish Gambino, who was performing a set during the same time slot across Randall's Island Park, must have felt a little lonely, though his audience did include Andre 3000, with his son in tow.) I had completely forgotten that the Strokes had released a new album called Comedown Machine last year, right up until the moment they busted out "Welcome To Japan" early in their evening performance.The Strokes, after a warm up show at Capitol Theater, returned the the big stage to co-headline Day 2 of Governors Ball on Saturday night (6/7). Some pictures from all of Saturday are HERE, but the Strokes photos are in this post. They continue along with some videos and their setlist, below...
The big secret about the Strokes is that they've never been that good live, and there were moments that lacked focus during their 90 minutes on stage. But they seemed to feed off the energy of their neighbors, and by the set-closing one-two punch of "You Only Live Once" (from 2006's deeply underrated First Impressions of Earth) and the watershed single "Last Nite," they had discovered their inner rock gods. Props to them too for performing "New York City Cops" as their encore, as it is by far the best song in the band's entire catalog, and there's always self-conscious concern about playing that tune within the city limits.)
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Spoon / Jack White / crowd
NYC's 2014 Governors Ball music festival continued on Randall's Island yesterday (6/7) after kicking off on Friday. Saturday included sets from Jack White, Skrillex, Spoon, The Strokes (including Comedown Machine material for their second time and an encore of "New York City Cops"), Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Lucius, Deafheaven, Tanlines, RJD2, Diarrhea Planet and more. A set of day 2 pictures are in this post (plus more coming soon). Strokes pictures are HERE.
Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.
Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.
GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.
More pictures from day 1 below...
Honor Titus & Julian Casablancas
Proceeds from this auction support The Capitol Community Fund. The Capitol Community Fund sends local teachers to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for curriculum training - keeping rock n' roll in the classroom! HeadCount.org is a non-profit organization that uses the power of music to foster community and democratic participation. There is a sense of community felt in the heart of the music scene. It's a feeling that can't be described but you know you are part of something bigger. Together we can make a change and a difference!Cerebral Ballzy, who are signed to Julian's Cult Records, open the Port Chester, NY show. Less than a week later you can catch that band's frontman Honor Titus reading and hosting poetry at Niagara in the East Village. CB's album "Jaded & Faded" will be released June 17. They'll be in Europe at the time touring with Fucked Up. They return to Europe to tour with OFF! in October. Their only other US dates at the moment are both Riot Fests. Everything is listed below.
The Strokes are also playing FYF Fest in LA in August.
Stroke Albert Hammond Jr. plays a few dates with Phoenix in June before headlining a Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 13. The Strokes-influenced Drowners open that show. Tickets are still available.
Tour dates below...
Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NYC festival Governors Ball returns to Randall's Island from June 6-8, and if you're going this year you can now start making your schedule. You can check out the schedule on Governors Ball' site or on the fest's mobile app.
There's a few tough conflicts on there like TV on the Radio vs Grimes, Outkast vs Damon Albarn, Disclosure vs Broken Bells, Spoon vs Sleigh Bells, and Tyler the Creator vs AlunaGeorge.
AlunaGeorge at Laneway Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
UK R&B/pop duo and Disclosure collaborators AlunaGeorge will be coming to NYC soon for the three-day Governors Ball festival on Randall's Island, which they play on Sunday, June 8. However, you can catch them in a more intimate NYC location that same weekend at the GovBall-presented Irving Plaza show on June 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today (5/16) at noon.
All AlunaGeorge dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Strokes at MSG in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Strokes are making their return to the stage with a relatively intimate NY show on May 31 at Capitol Theater before their Governors Ball appearance on NYC's Randall's Island a few days later. Tickets went on fan club presale yesterday and sold right out, but you'll have another chance in the Citi bank presale which starts today (5/15) at noon. The general on-sale begins Friday (5/16) at noon.
Meanwhile, we're also still giving away a pair of of VIP tickets to Governors Ball 2014 in our contest with DoNYC. If you haven't entered yet, you can enter via the form below...
UPDATE: the just announced list of food vendors at Governors Ball, is also below...
The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was already announced that The Strokes would play their first hometown show since MSG in 2011 at this year's Governors Ball (the NYC festival that Julian Casablancas also plays with his band The Voidz), but if you don't want to brave a huge three-day festival to see them (or even one day of a three-day fest), you're in luck. The NYC cool kids of the early aughts will now preface GovBall with a headlining festival pre-show in the area at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on May 31, a far more intimate location than Madison Square Garden.
Tickets for the Cap show go on Strokes Fan Club presale Wednesday (5/14) at 10 AM, followed by Governors Ball/Citi bank presales on Thursday (5/15) at noon and the general on-sale Friday (5/16) at noon at this link.
Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Governors Ball, which also includes Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Disclosure, Damon Albarn, and more. But if you'd like to go for free, we've teamed up with DoNYC to give away a pair of VIP tickets to Governors Ball 2014. Enter our contest via the form below...
Damon Albarn at SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Governors Ball hit's NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and like in past years, a few of the artists playing will play afterparties in various NYC venues. This year's afterparties include:
Kurt Vile and the Violators on June 5 at Brooklyn Bowl.Tickets for all afterparties go on sale Friday (5/2) with a presale beginning Tuesday (4/29) at 10 AM (password: govballnyc). The Kurt Vile, Washed Out, and Damon Albarn shows are especially intimate and will likely go pretty fast.
Tourist on June 5 at Westway.
Washed Out at Brooklyn Bowl on June 6.
Earlwolf (aka Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator) at Irving Plaza on June 7.
Classixx at Brooklyn Bowl on June 7.
The Chain Gang of 1974 with Black Taxi at Knitting Factory on June 7.
Caycuas with Little Comets at Glasslands on June 7.
Diarrhea Planet with Total Slacker and LVL UP on June 8.
Damon Albarn at Irving Plaza on June 8.
Check out the day-by-day GovBall lineups HERE.
Afterparties flyer below...
Phoenix @ Barclays Center, 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As you may know, the 2014 Governors Ball happens at Randall's Island from June 6-8. Individual day line-ups have been announced with Outkast, Phoenix and TV on the Radio headlining Friday (6/6), Jack White, The Strokes and Skrillex headlining Saturday (6/7), and Vampire Weekend and Axwell ^ Ingrosso headining Sunday (6/8). You can check each day's full line-up (though set times are still TBA) below.
Additionally, individual day tickets go on sale this Friday (4/4) at noon, with a limited Citi cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM.
Daily Governors Ball 2014 lineups below...
Conor Oberst w/ Desaparecidos at Voodoo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst recently announced that his new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, will be out on May 20 via Nonesuch, and he's just released a new single from it, titled "Governor's Ball." Hear Nebraska points out that it's a song about a kid getting lost at a music festival," but if he's talking about NYC festival Governors Ball, he should take out that apostrophe! Though, he wouldn't be the only one who added it. It's a very common misspelling of the Randall's Island festival named after its original location "Governors Island" (governor plural). Listen to the new song below.
Conor's tour with Dawes brings him to the NYC-area for shows on May 22 at The Space at Westbury and July 29 at Central Park Summerstage (tickets), and he also plays Ggistock at NYC's Greene Space on April 10 (sold out).
Stream "Governor's Ball" below...
Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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. - TWhat 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! - TWhat day are vampire weekend and disclosure playing??
Bold question. VW on Sunday. Disclosure on Saturday. -YRAny after-shows?
TONS! And they're gonna rule. Info coming soon! -JWHow 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 -JWRead much more at Reddit. Check out the whole 2014 lineup and get tickets too.
The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The lineup for NYC music festival Governors Ball was just announced, and included a solo set from Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, but it's now just been confirmed that The Strokes themselves will perform too! It will be The Strokes' first hometown show since playing MSG in 2011.
Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already knew that Outkast would be headlining this year's Governors Ball music festival, which goes down on NYC's Randall's Island from June 6-8, and now, one day after the lineup of Firefly Fest was announced, and a few days after we found out who was playing Coachella, the full lineup has been announced. It includes Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, Disclosure, Spoon, Broken Bells, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Neko Case, The Kills, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Run the Jewels and many more.
UPDATE: The Strokes are playing too!
Tickets go on sale today (1/15) at 3 PM. Full lineup and flyer below...
We knew Outkast would be reuniting for Coachella (which was just confirmed in the 2014 lineup announcement last night) and other shows this year, and one of those shows is a headlining slot at NYC music festival Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island from June 6-8. Their appearance was confirmed by a GovBall representative to Rolling Stone.
Watch an Outkast video below...
Back in June, the people behind Governors Ball said they'd be helping to restore Randall's Island, which was left as a giant mudpie after the festival. The restoration (as you can see above) is complete, and the following statement has been given:
The Governors Ball Music Festival is proud to announce the completion of restoration efforts at Randall's Island Park's Event Site to repair the grounds. Governors Ball is making good on their stated goal of leaving the park's event site in even better condition than it was before this year's sold-out festival, which was hit by record rains at the start of the June 7th-9th event.--
Governors Ball is honored to call Randall's Island Park home, and as New Yorkers themselves, the festival promoters at Founders Entertainment are especially dedicated to preserving and maintaining New York City's cherished public spaces. At the conclusion of this year's festival they immediately assumed responsibility for the cost of the restoration work, which included fully scraping, rototilling and then sodding the event site with 9 acres of hearty Kentucky Bluegrass. No time was wasted in this effort, and as soon as turf conditions were dry enough for restoration to go forward, work began. Founders contracted with DeLea Sod Farms, one of the most prestigious local sod and grass companies, for the project. Their long list of esteemed clients include the New York Yankees, among others.
In addition to field restoration, Governors Ball has invested in infrastructure improvements to the Randall's Island Park Event Site that will prevent future flooding and event site damage, including the installation of a drainage system on the west side of the event site. The investment will make the site more functional and better protected from future weather events. The move demonstrates Governors Ball promoters Founders Entertainment's long-term commitment to the park New York City's premier live music event calls home, and their dedication to protecting and preserving the event site so that it is available for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come.
"Randall's Island Park is such a beautiful public space, and after this year's record rainfall resulted in lost grass and excessive mud in the event area, we knew immediately we had to restore the event site and leave it in even better condition than it was before Governors Ball took place. As New Yorkers who grew up going to Randall's Island often for sports, concerts, and other special events, the restoration wasn't just an ethical responsibility, it was a personal one. We have worked hand in hand with the Randall's Island Parks Alliance Turf Crew and the NYC Department of Parks to make sure all the work meets their professional standards. We are thrilled with the results, and we can't thank them enough for their support, and hard work throughout this process."
- Tom Russell, Yoni Reisman, and Jordan Wolowitz of Founders Entertainment
Governors (Beach) Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Governors Ball says:
The Governors Ball Music Festival is honored to call Randall's Island Park home and is working closely with the New York City Department of Parks and the Randall's Island Park Alliance to ensure it is in great condition for all New Yorkers to enjoy for the months and years to come. The Governors Ball aims to leave the Park in even better condition than it was before this year's Festival, which was hit by record rains earlier this month.Previously: Backyard Fest cancelled
Sodding work in the entire Harlem River event area will begin soon to the NYC Parks Department's specifications, following preparation work that has been done over the past few weeks. That prep work also was delayed by additional rain this month. Work is being done to make the land more durable in the future, including the installation of a drain to combat over saturation of the field. Governors Ball is working with RIPA and Parks to upgrade some other areas in the event space that were not damaged in this event.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Yeezus / Bloc Party / fans chillin' in a kiddie pool
Governors Ball concluded on Sunday (6/9). We've already posted one set of pictures from that day, in addition to pictures of The xx, Deerhunter, and Portugal. The Man. We also posted videos, the setlist, and talked a bit about Kanye West's set. Now we've got pictures of Yeezus, in addition to Bloc Party, Beirut, Foals, Freddie Gibbs, and more in this post.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Portugal. The Man @ Governors Ball - 6/9/13
As mentioned, Portugal. The Man have a new Danger Mouse-produced LP out this year, and they've been on a tour in support of it which already hit NYC twice. First for an Irving Plaza show back in May, and then for the Governors Ball festival, which they played on Sunday (6/9). Pictures of their set at Govs Ball are in this post.
Like many other bands who just played that festival, Portugal. The Man have now added a headlining NYC show to their tour. That show happens on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (6/19) at noon, with a general on-sale beginning Friday (6/21) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with some videos, a stream of their new album, and more pictures from Governors Ball, below...