If you’ve watched any music videos on YouTube in the past month or so, you’ve probably seen an ad for The Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC hovering over the bottom third of the video, promoting Beck, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, Modest Mouse, and others. This festival is normally held on, surprise, Governors Island, but due to construction and general accessibility issues, this year it will be on Randalls Island June 23 & 24. Probably for the best, as now no one has to worry about trying to compete with hundreds of adrenaline-pumped ravers high on Phantagram (who are back again this year) and Caribou all trying to board a ferry at once to get back to the mainland. Really though, it’s a fun festival, with a lineup almost entirely of bands who command serious dance parties.
As this festival features “some of the biggest and best acts in live music,” there aren’t as many bands you haven’t already heard of yet, but there are a couple of noteworthy new emergers:
Turf War: Modern rock music for drinking from Atlanta, GA.
Alberta Cross – Could fit right in with your collection of favorite 90s alternative British bands, but with a Swedish accent.
And we can’t pretend we didn’t notice the recent re-amergence of Fiona Apple, who is still as mischievous, poetically confessional, and slightly unsettling as ever.
Tickets are still available, including all kinds of transportation, here.