Staff writers Carly and Megan will make their way to Randall’s Island for the fifth annual installment of Governors Ball where they will be entertained by up and comers and a few legends (I mean Weird Al, COME ON), eat some of New York’s finest foodstuffs and boogie their butts off. With the wide array of acts, vendors and activities on the island though, there’s no way their schedules are going to overlap completely, which is why they had to have a chat about their top priorities each day. Here’s how it went:
Megan: So on Friday, I’m planning on meeting up with some friends for brunch so I can get good and mimosa’d before I walk the bridge from Queens. You want to come, Carly? Once we get to the island though, my first stop is Gorgon City. I’ve been wanting to see this house duo for A WHILE, plus they are playing a live set! I’ll admit, I left Disclosure last year because it felt weird seeing them in the daytime at Gov Ball, but I know for sure I want to start my day off with some dance vibes, so I’m just going to commit. It always feels like night time when you’re wearing sunglasses, right? Then I’ll probably head over to see MØ (see pic below) because that new Major Lazer collab Lean On is my summer jam. What about you?
Carly: Thank you for the invite to brunch but I may just be rolling out of bed and shoving a bagel and coffee in my mouth to get up there nice and early. I do agree about starting the day off with dance vibes, but it’ll be over at the main stage for a different duo: Rae Sremmurd. These two are #bound2 get my energy up with their fun singalong raps and at the very least warm me up to my first beer of the day. Maybe I will join your for Gorgon City afterword though, since I have time before Charli XCX (pic below) rocks out Honda Stage with her grunge pop and don’t-give-a fuck bubblegum attitude. Then it’s Rudimental for me. Who’s next?
Megan: Actually, come to think about it, I’m going to be dancing my D off on Friday. Chromeo is playing which means I should probably go ahead and throw an extra pair of underwear in my Camelbak that day. Too much? Whatever. We can work it Night by Night. Dave 1 is so damn sexy, and their live shows really bring the fire. I’ve got to swing by Odesza who I keep hearing is a must see. This duo has some of the best DJ names I’ve seen in awhile – Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches. So good. Then I’m going to count on you to remind me to eat something. Can you do that for me? The Decemberists should be a good time to sit down, shove a Ramen Burger down my throat and take a walk down memory lane. I used to love that Engine Driver song, and The Crane Wife was my shit in college, when I had an affinity for just about anything sad or artistic. Typical.
Carly: Definitely will be seeing you at Odesza as I’ve heard the same – nothing but good reviews. And while I might skip on Decemberists for Florence & the Machine, I could probably sit down for that too. Not a huge fan but interested enough to check out her live set. Her voice is certainly powerful enough to reach me even if I’m chilling in the back with a taco or 2. Then it’s St. Vincent o’clock. I’ve seen her handfuls of times (and very recently) and yet her live act never gets old. She is one of a kind and hyper-talented. Always impressed.
Megan: I’ll also digest while St. Vincent shreds. I want to be her. Annie Clark, like ohmahgah, how do you do it? Dancing pants will be pulled up to completion for Ratatat, who I’m super stoked for seeing for the first time. I want to fight video game zombies. That’s how I feel when I listen to their rockin’ dance beats. Just me? And I heard Drake really brought it at Coachella, so I’m gonna swing by. I honestly don’t even think I know a Drake song. Started from the Bottom, Now I’m Here? Is that him? Electronic music has melted my brain.
Carly: I’ll be missing Ratatat (who I also have never seen, unfortunately) because I need to get to Drake A$AP. I might even leave St. Vincent early. Do we need to have words about Drake? Do I need to make you a playlist? Of all the people on this year’s lineup that I love, I am still most excited to see the 6 God. I saw him on the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour this time last year and he rode a goddamn stripper pole into the crowd. Will he top that? His Energy is unstoppable, and the hits will just keep coming; I’m hoping for a few surprises. Hard to express in words how excited I am to see Drake *with my woes* in such a setting. I am a fangirl.
Megan: I’m definitely going to be sore on Saturday, but I still want to get over there early enough to catch Clean Bandit (pic below). That Rather Be song reminds me of my trip to Vegas, which you can imagine was totally cool and tame. Then I’m gonna get front and center for Moon Taxi because those are my homies. I’ve known them since college because they used to play at this shitty bar in Bowling Green, KY on penny beer night, which you can also imagine was totally cool and tame. I loved their last album, Mountains Beaches Cities and their transition from jam to rock. I really think they’ve come into their own, plus they put on a great show and almost always throw in a badass Rage Against the Machine cover. Trev better let me buy him a beer after the show.
Carly: I definitely agree about being sore but we must power through! It’s still early on. Fresh off my Drake hangover, I’m aiming to get there super early again to see punks White Lung. They’ll be intense enough to increase the required energy levels for Rustie. And then, while I know you’ll be bouncing around at Kiesza, I can take a break and lay down/chill out for Sharon Van Etten, who I’ve been wanting to see for some time now. Her last album Are We There? was an amazing and affecting breakup album and I’m excited to see the passion she puts into a live performance. Then I’ll join ya for Little Dragon, who we both have seen and know will be a good time.
Megan: Yep, I’ve seen both Keisza and Little Dragon before, but they should bring some nice Saturday afternoon vibes. I will hope and dream and cross my little fingers that Jack U will drop from the sky for Keisza but I’m older and wiser now, and I know that’s not going to happen. Sigh. I’ll get my grooves out before I head over to Future Islands for a hot minute. They are one of your favorites, right? I know it’s like BK blasphemy, but I’ve never seen them. First time for everything!
Carly: I wouldn’t exactly call it blasphemy but boy you are in for a TREAT. Future Islands have come a long way since I saw them in a weirdo broke-down church in Baltimore 6 (ew I’m old!) years ago during college. But just like back then, their live shows are so full of life. Expect a set of tracks from Singles and a handful of throwbacks, like Tin Man and Vireo’s Eye, plus a whole lot of intense dance moves from Sam T Herring, who might be the love of my life. And then it’s time for Bjork, who will surely mesmerize me to the point of stunned silence.
Megan: I’m going to get sufficiently weird for Bjork, but I’m going full blown maniac for Flume and Deadmau5. Flume plays an amazing set, and the whole Melbourne sound thing is so on point for sunset shows. I saw Deadmau5 at Made in America a few years ago, and he was OKAY. It was definitely fun, but it didn’t seem like he was doing much. I know. I’m probably not allowed to say that. Anyway, I just have a feeling he’s really going to bring it with this new tour. He seems energized after the release of At Play Vol. 5, which personally I thought was a little tedious. But live, I feel like it has some real potential.
Carly: I’m torn still between Flume and SBKTRKT, neither of whom I’ve seen live yet have heard great things about. We’ll see where my pendulum swings at game-time, although maybe I’ll just tag along your way. And definitely intrigued enough to check out Deadmau5 from afar. Ryan Adams was never my thing, so watching ravers freak out on my way out will be sufficiently fun.
Megan: Thank god Sunday is chill. I think I’m going to spend most of the morning eating food and exploring. Maybe hit a little silent disco, maybe play a little corn hole. Last year we did Sunday Funday and were perfectly sloshed by like 3 PM. I saw way more of that cocktail tent than I did music, but I think I’m going to try and keep my wits about me this time (famous last words). I’ll probably try and check out Sturgill Simpson because he’s from close to where I grew up, and Rolling Stone wrote a pretty intriguing article about him. Dude gets dark.
Carly: I was just going to say the same thing- Sunday is the day I will show up latest, as the first act I want to see (desperately) is Tame Impala (pic below). I would love to get there a bit early and play some games- ladder golf is my jam. And then at 4:45, Tame. The Aussie band has put out 2 incredible albums, soon to be followed by a third (by what I’ve heard so far). They will be perfect in the late afternoon sun.
Megan: I’m def gonna get my groove on for A-Trak. I just saw him at Mysteryland last weekend and his scratch is so good. I love that he and his brother are playing the same fest. So CUTE. Both of them. Like seriously, come home with me. I will massage you and feed you lasagna. That will totally work, right?
Carly: If they’re as delirious as us at this point, it sure will! Good luck on that front. After Tame Impala I am totally catching Weird Al. Like I love you War on Drugs, I really do, and you would be great in a festival setting, but when the hell else am I going to see Weird Al? This is going to be great. Someone pass me a J.
Megan: Dude, I saw Weird Al at Bonnaroo a few years ago and it was SO FUNNY. He had probably 9 costume changes. He’s the original Beyonce. I’m not a huge fan of his new songs, but he still brings it so hard and the nostalgia alone makes it worth seeing his show. He does a parody of T.I.’s You Can Have Whatever You Like about clipping White Castle coupons that gets me pretty weak, tho.
Then it’s over to Big Gigantic, one of my all-time favorites to see live! Saxophone + Drums + Dubstep = EFF YES. I was such a fan of 2014’s The Night is Young, and they are constantly busting out fun, new stuff. I hope they play that Bonfire cover, because it is fire. Dominic Lalli crushes it on the sax (pic below). It’s unreal.
Carly: That sounds great, but after Weird Al, I’ll be taking a much-needed beer break until THE HARDEST DECISION OF MY ENTIRE WEEKEND: Hot Chip vs. Flying Lotus. This is borderline impossible. Hot Chip’s fun, disco-style electronica vs. Flylo’s genre-bending jazz-infused electronica. What do I do?
Megan: I’m curious to see how he integrates You’re Dead! into a live show. It’s so avant garde and weird. You saw him play it at MHOW, yeah? How was it?
Carly: It was so fucking good. Perfectly integrated You’re Dead! with his normal (great) sets and incredible light show (check out the picture –>). That’s why I’m thinking: I saw him so recently and it was so amazing, do I just bail and see Hot Chip because they make a bit more sense at a festival? While that’s what I’m leaning toward, it’s gonna be tough. And LASTLY, they collaborate but are playing separately- the Black Keys and Lana Del Rey. Even though I’m not a fan of hers, I’m so intrigued to see what’s going on with her. Like why are people so obsessed? So I might be splitting my time. Especially since I haven’t been a fan of Black Keys since … Rubber Factory? Hoping for some Thickfreakness oldies from them.
Megan: I’m going to crush it out with The Black Keys, who I’ve also managed to miss at every festival. Might as well close it out with some good ol’ Americana. What the hell does Americana even mean? That’s a really generic term, right? I wonder if they’ll try and outdo Jack White’s 2014 Gov Ball Performance. Seems pretty on point with the fued those guys are running. I’m ready to watch them bring it.