The third annual Governors Ball Music Festival took place the weekend of June 7-9, on Randall’s Island Park in the East River. The festival hosted 60 acts spanning a range of genres such as electronica, hip-hop and Americana. Kings of Leon, whose performance was postponed a day due to the rain, made their first performance in the city since 2010. The festival closed on Sunday with Kanye West who debuted songs from his upcoming album, “Yeezus,” out June 18.


Kanye West


Guns N’ Roses

Festivalgoers buzzed not only about the incredible lineup including Guns N’ Roses, The Avett Brothers, Icona Pop and Feist, but about the overall experience that unfolded with Friday’s violent downpour. There was disappointment with the cancellation of Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon on Friday, due to the storm, although Kings of Leon came back on Saturday to perform their set. Despite the effects and aftermath of a storm that flooded ferry engines, knocked over tents, and damaged performance venues, attendees rallied to embrace the unparalleled festival experience.  Aside from the stage performances there were activities including a silent disco, photo/gif booths, En Masse art installations, warm up yoga, face and body paintings, and lawn games such as Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, Bocce Ball, and Life-size Connect Four to keep revelers entertained throughout the three day event.


Feist performing during Friday’s storm.


Icona Pop performed on Saturday to an enthusiastic crowd.

Governor’s Ball 2013 Lineup:

Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Guns N’ Roses, Nas, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, The Xx, Feist, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, The Lumineers, Thievery Corporation, Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Erykah Badu & The Cannabinoids, Young The Giant, Bloc Party, Beirut, Of Monsters And Men, Local Natives, Crystal Castles, Azealia Banks, Yeasayer, Gary Clark Jr., Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Foals, Portugal. The Man, Cold War Kids, Dinosaur Jr., Holy Ghost!, Japandroids, Twin Shadow, Divine Fits, Alt-J, Deerhunter, The Vaccines, Polica, Steel Pulse, Dillon Francis, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Paper Diamond, Fucked Up, Wild Nothing, Icona Pop, The Knocks, Haim, St. Lucia, Freddie Gibbs, Griz, Robert Delong, Ms Mr, Reignwolf, Solid Gold, Bear Mountain, Swear And Shake, Cherub, Pacific Air, The Revivalists, Roadkill Ghost Choir, On An On, The Rubens, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, and Moon Hooch.


Storm “Andrea” brought record breaking rainfall to the Northeast area, although festivalgoers stayed optimistic.

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