beach at governors island

"The Highline Ballroom, along with Liberty Event Management & Water Taxi Beach, is proud to announce the Beach on Governors Island. This unique venue will quickly become New York's premier live outdoor venue, resting on the coast of the New York Harbor, providing stunning views of Lower Manhattan. In addition to the concert area, the Beach will feature a café, several bars, and a shaded courtyard beer garden. The Beach isn't just a concert venue; it's an experience.

Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. The Beach @ Governor's Island, will operate in conjunction with NY Water Taxi, who will be providing continuous ferry service to the island for ticket holders on their fleet of boats." [The Beach on Governors Island]

The beach, which is currently a parking lot (I heard they drop the sand around July 4th), will be operating a lot like Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City. You can take a water taxi there and hang on the beach, and drink and eat. Most days will be deejays, and AEG and Highline Ballroom are working with Water Taxi to also bring bands there. The stage will be set up at the end of the beach, and you'll watch from the sand (or at least some people will... I think there will be some non-sand places to watch from too). The first big beach show announced is The B-52's...

Rock LobsterThe Highline Ballroom is proud to announce the addition of The B-52s to our second annual Governors Island Concert Series: The Beach on Governors Island. The B-52s on The Beach will be a rain-or-shine, all-ages performance scheduled for August 18th on beautiful Governors Island, located only 800 yards off of Lower Manhattan.

To add to the fun, the fifty-two girls (and "girls") attending the show dressed in the most creative beach or nautical attire (sailor suits, bikinis, marine uniforms, mermaid costumes, etc) attending the concert will be given free tickets to a future show at The Highline Ballroom.

Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale. General sale starts Monday, June 29th. Girls, ready your nautical attire. Guys leave it at home?

Other acts at the Beach this summer include Erykah Badu on August 4th, and a free show with Tragedy, an "All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees". Many more shows TBA, but you can see the full lineup for now, below. Some shows are free. $52 tickets for Erykah Badu go on sale Saturday, June 27th at noon.

The Highline/AEG-produced shows aren't the only music events on Governors Island this summer, though not all events there happen on the beach. Folks on the Island will happen on the island, and, Punk Island, a Make Music NY event in its second year, took place there on Sunday, June 21st. How did that show go? It looks like, despite the rain, headliner Reagan Youth drew a pretty sizeable crowd. Videos below.

The B-52s performing "Love Shack" with country act Sugarland at the CMT Awards on June 26th, is also below, along with with the full Beach at Governors Island schedule with all upcoming B-52s tour dates...

Reagan Youth - Degenerated @ Punk Island (6/21/09)

SHIRAGIRL - I Wanna Be Sedated

Punk Island - Governer's Island NYC 6.21.09

Punk Island - Governer's Island NYC 6.21.09

B-52s & Sugarland - Love Shack @ CMT Awards 2009


More B-52s Gov Island info

Come early... stay late... DJ dance party before and after the show!

Access to the island is available as of 5:00pm; The B-52s are scheduled to start at 8:00pm. Beer, liquor, non-alcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase on Governors Island. Ticket price to all shows will include round-trip ferry passage from Battery Park Maritime Building to the island. For more information about the ferry schedule, the series, artists and performances, general restrictions and rules and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit The Beach at Governors Island website at


The Beach at Governors Island - 2009 Schedule (more TBA)

July 11 6:30PM
Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
Dark Star Orchestra plus Keller Williams
Pete Francis (of Dispatch)

July 12 4PM

July 18 2PM
DJ Erik the Red

July 19 2PM
All Metal Tribute to the BEE GEES
The School of Rock All-Stars / The Rodney Speed Experience

July 25 2PM
The Beatards

July 26 3PM
Turntables on the Hudson
Full lineup/tickets TBA

August 4 8PM
Erykah Badu

August 15 2PM
Hip Hop Karaoke BBQ

August 18 8PM
The Ultimate Summer Beach Party
The B-52s

August 23 3PM
Turntables on the Hudson
Full lineup/tickets TBA

September 06 3PM
Turntables on the Hudson
Full lineup/tickets TBA

September 20 1PM
Children's Author Series:Shel Silverstein Birthday Celebration
Jack Grace
The Beach Puppeteers and Special guests read a selection of Shel's beloved poems followed by a set of Shel's most famous songs (the Unicorn, Boy Named Sue, etc) performed by Jack Grace.

September 26 8PM

B-52s - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 24 Centennial Hall Tucson, Arizona
Jun 25 San Diego County Fair - Grandstand Del Mar, California
Jun 26 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, California
Jun 27 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley, California
Jun 30 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, California
Jul 02 Wente Vineyards Livermore, California
Jul 04 Isleta Casino Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 18 Pure Nightclub at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Nevada
Jul 19 Pacific Amphitheatre Costa Mesa, California
Aug 01 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, Massachusetts
Aug 02 South Shore Music Circus Cohasset, Massachusetts
Aug 04 Altoona Railroaders Memorial Altoona, Pennsylvania
Aug 05 Bethlehem Musikfest Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Aug 07 Twin River Casino Lincoln, Rhode Island
Aug 08 The Filene Center Vienna, Virginia
Aug 09 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach, New York
Aug 12 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen, Virginia
Aug 14 Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre Mableton, Georgia
Aug 15 Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida
Aug 18 Governors Island New York, New York
Aug 20 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, Michigan
Aug 21 House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Aug 22 Odawa Casino Petoskey, Michigan
Aug 24 Oneida Casino Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sep 18 Tempe Beach Park Tempe, Arizona
Nov 21 A Day on the Green - Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley
Nov 22 A Day on the Green - Sirromet Wines Mt. Cotton
Nov 25 Enmore Theatre Sydney
Nov 28 A Day on the Green - Rochford Wines Yarra Valley
Nov 29 A Day on the Green - Centennial Vineyards Bowral
Dec 02 Costa Hall Geelong
Dec 03 Forum Theatre Melbourne
Dec 05 A Day on the Green - Peter Lehmann Wines Barossa Valley
Dec 06 A Day on the Green - Sandalford Wines Caversham
Dec 09 The Edgar Centre Dunedin
Dec 11 A Day on the Green - Mudhouse Winery Christchurch
Dec 12 A Day on the Green - Alana Estate Winery Wellington
Dec 13 A Day on the Green - Villa Maria Estate Winery Auckland

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