When I first attended the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island in 2013, I rode the ferry over from Manhattan and watched as tons of music-lovers boarded the boat to hear some of the greatest music currently relevant live. Girls in hot pink crop tops and flower crowns and hippy guys with greasy long hair and unbuttoned shirts all hopped on. No matter what age you were or who you were, everyone was in it for the same thing – to get drunk and stoned and listen to bands rock out on three different stages.
That year it rained and the entire festival became a mud-bath. My shoes were ruined and dried dirt was up to my knees. But I didn’t care. I danced in the rain to Young the Giant’s “My Body”, ate some of the best vendor food, and didn’t regret the soreness I felt in my muscles and the exhaustion that hit me at midnight when I waited to board the ferry home.
This isn’t the festival where you camp out and lose yourself to drugs – it’s the kind of festival you go to purely for the music and the good vibes. Governor’s Ball always reels in big names and varying kinds of sound – all of which fall under the indie umbrella of course. It’s not a rave or a techno disco party (except for the silent disco you can join in on under one of the white tents). You grab a beer, and go listen to Ratatat screech and strum their guitars in the best sound possible, or have your heartstrings plucked by Florence and the Machine at main stage.
The fun continues to rage on this year June 3rd-5th, where headliners like The Strokes, Kanye West, The Killers, Miike Snow, Death Cab For Cutie, and Matt and Kim take the stages. These are only a few names among other fantastic ones – and surely no one wants to miss out. If you aren’t able to pay for all three festival days (which I advise you do if you can, because one day just isn’t enough!) then you can buy single day tickets to see your favorites play.
The festival goes on rain or shine (be ready for possible mud) and they advise you to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a rain poncho, water bottle, and your best smile and energy to take on the day, for anything could happen.
As Gov’s Ball likes to say, “You’re Doing Great”, and believe me if you attend, you will be!