So you’ve already secured your three-day passes and finalized transportation plans for Governors Ball, right? Awesome. Now it’s time to add more fun to summer festival pile. If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that a whole slew of pre and after parties announced in conjunction with this year’s festival, which is set to return to Randall’s Island June 3-5. We’ll tell you now, you’ve got plenty of reasons to keep the turn up real.
English rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen will be kicking off this year’s “After Dark” series with a very intimate show at Webster Hall’s studios. A number of other Governors Ball artists will be playing late night shows across the city for the rest of the weekend, until Galantis finally closes it out on Sunday night in Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom with their sparkly, electronic ballads and feel good anthems. Williamsburg-based venues like Output, Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl will also hosting a range of artists from house DJ Duke Dumont to bass virtuoso Thundercat, among others.
Since myself and editor Josh Morrissey will be covering Governors Ball this year, we sat down and had a little chat about which After Dark selections have convinced us to keep the party going even after the last ferry full of inebriated festival goers sets sail. Here are our top picks for getting down After Dark.