We’re back from Governors Ball, and boy what a weekend.
One, the weather. Because the sun was shining bright on the first two days. Sunday was wet, but we did not lose shoes in the mud as we have in Gov Balls past. We were doing great.
Second, we ate our faces off. Cheers to the Immaculate Infatuation peeps for their thoughtfully curated grubfest of Momofuku Milk Bar compost cookies, matcha green tea, Bao Shoppe buns and everything else NYC has to offer.
Third, our love for our favorite bands was amplified times one hundred by their Gov Ball sets.
These acts in particular were so good live.
Parquet Courts blew. us. away. Everywhere we looked, people were deep into their loud performance. Car Seat Headrest was humbled by the amount of people who came out so early. Air had us feeling so jazzed about their return as their electro tunes floated through the Bacardi tent. Phantogram‘s Sarah Barthel captivated the huge crowd before them and ended their set with banger “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.”
Local Natives before their set
Childish Gambino commanded the stage at his only 2017 performance. (Side note: comedian Eric Andre — where was Rosario Dawson? — was backstage.) Our boys, The Orwells, rocked their early set, drawing festival goers fresh off the ferry. We caught them later in the day with a look of mischief about them (we noted Kelly Osbourne was part of their crew). Local Natives sounded just gorgeous. They were a midday fave.
The Orwells hanging out
And of course, Wu-Tang. Every song took it back. It seemed like everyone in the crowd was singing it all word for word.
Finally, we couldn’t help marvel at the diverse crowds that came out each day. There was an undeniably younger audience on Saturday who flocked to acts like Marshmello and Stormzy. The older Sunday heads rolled deep for the return of Tool, with lead singer Maynard clad in a robocop-type outfit hidden in the shadows.
What really got us was that there seemed to be a mutual respect: An attitude of “you do you.” We all converged in the Big Apple to have a good time soundtracked by our favorite bands.
And a good time was had by all.