This weekend Randall’s Island hosted the music and mudfest known as Governors Ball, here’s a few notes and iPhone pics from my experience. As you probably heard torrential downpours ruined Friday and resulted in the cancelling of the last two acts of the night. Despite God’s best efforts Kings of Leon still got to perform as concert organizers were able to schedule them into Saturday night’s lineup. I saw many an angry tweet directed at Governors Ball on Friday night, but I really don’t understand why the people putting on music festivals get blamed for the weather. I give a lot of credit to their efforts reshuffling the lineup and even allowing all Friday ticket holders to come on Saturday.
Coming from Williamsburg I found it easy to take a cab either to the RFK bridge in Queens ($20, 20 minute walk) or straight to Randall’s Island ($40). Split with friends it ended up being cheaper and more flexible than taking one of the shuttles or ferries.
View from RFK bridge
On Saturday I searched twitter along with everyone else attending to figure out the appropriate footwear before heading down.
Governors Ball advised boots via their social media channels and most heeded the warning. The mud was deep, smelly and had the consistency of a melting tootsie roll. However, the weather above ground level was incredible.
My favorite performances from Saturday were Cut Copy who floated waves of positive vibes over the crowd and Kendrick Lamar who did the same in his own way.
Cut Copy from a distance
Spotted a young Jim Carrey watching Cut Copy.
There were a lot of bros wearing this Urban Outfitters cat tank top
This picture I took during Kendrick Lamar is so bad you can’t even see him
I have to say the crowds were very chill and well behaved aside from the one man who peed on another man’s leg during Kendrick Lamar which unsurprisingly almost resulted in a fight.
The staff was very friendly, and I respect the porta potty attendant who didn’t quit his job after a girl whined “This doesn’t seem like the best system, I could think of a million other systems.” The systems all seemed to work pretty well as I didn’t stand in line for the bathroom for more than 10 mins and there was hardly ever a wait to get beer. Beers were as cheap as $7 for a 16 oz Miller High Life, but most people went with the 24oz Fosters for $12. Food options were solid and I enjoyed Crif Dogs and Bareburger without a wait. The lawn games got a bit dirty, but I enjoyed a couple rounds of cornhole (‘bags’ if you’re from the midwest).
Sunday I caught Yeasayer and Grizzly Bear, who were both as excellent as ever and of course Kanye West. One benefit of Kanye’s infamously massive ego is his refusal to phone in a performance. He won’t allow you to see his show without being impressed by the effort. Kanye blazed though a 22 song set that included a few new songs as well as many many of his hits, but that’s been extensively covered elsewhere. Overall the festival was extremely well run despite mother nature’s attempts to ruin it, and I hope they decide to return in 2014. Here’s a few more pics:
One of the many cases of mud butt
Mud crutch warrior
Bros face painting bros