With a line-up that includes hip-hop powerhouse Kanye West, 80’s rockers Guns N Roses, and indie darlings Alt-J, this weekend’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival on New York’s Randall Island has something for everyone. Our Governor’s Ball guide has you covered from what to wear, where to be seen, and what to do while you’re in the city that never sleeps.
What to Wear
Ashley Benson‘s outfit from Napa’s recent BottleRock Festival is great inspiration for your Governor’s Ball look. She rocked the AE Festival Shortie paired with a simple tank and added a pop of color with her Aerie Festival Bandeau. Finish the look with a pair of booties and you’ll be ready to dance all day long.
Who to See
One of the best things about music festivals is the chance to check out some of your favorite bands while also having the opportunity to explore new sounds. We recommend seeing the bands that you love but also listening to groups that you may not normally see on a regular basis. Not many things can beat the feeling of falling in love with a new song or artist so don’t be shy and shimmy your way from one concert to the next!
Below are the bands that made our must see list:
Pretty Lights – Also known as Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty Lights spits out an electronic beat that keeps the crowd dancing while providing an awesomely good light show to compliment his songs
Guns-N-Roses – Oh, the notorious Guns-N-Roses! This iconic band has been reigning in fans since 1985. Known for their hit songs like Paradise City, and November Rain, Axl Rose and his band are guaranteed to rock you and the night away.
Yeasayer – A band Native to New York (Brooklyn, to be exact) this band offers a unique sound that will keep you beep-bopping all night long. We recommend listening to Fingers Never Bleed, O.N.E and Madder Red.
Kanye West - End the festival with rap superstar Kanye West. Known for his powerful performances and crafty lyrics, this concert is bound to blow you away. Check out All Of The Lights, Jesus Walks and Through The Wire.
What to Do
Don’t put on your dancing shoes without warming up first. Pop Up Yoga is offering an hour of free yoga every morning starting at 12:30. Not a yogi at heart? Head over to the Silent Disco to listen to a live DJ streaming through wireless headphones to get your groove on. If you need a break from the music, there are lawn games from bocce ball to ping pong to corn hole. And don’t worry if your iPhone dies – capture the moment with your friends at the photo booth provided by Onomonomedia and have the pictures e-mailed directly to you so you can Instagram them when you get home.
Where to Eat
You don’t have to leave Randall’s Island to try some of the best and m0st-talked about food New York has to offer. Grab a bahn-mi from Vietnamese sandwich shop Num Pang, trace your lobster roll back to the harbor it swam in with Luke’s, then cool down with an ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus.