The Governors Ball Music Festival (commonly known as Governors Ball or Gov Ball) is a multi-day music festival held on Randalls Island in New York City. Launched in 2011, the festival features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, folk, and more. It is produced by Founders Entertainment, a festival promotion company based in New York City, which also produces The Meadows Music & Arts Festival. Aside from the wide variety of music, the festival features a multitude of popular New York restaurants and food trucks, as well as activities and games.



The inaugural Governors Ball was held on June 18, 2011, on Governors Island in New York City. The one-day festival was headlined by Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, and Empire of the Sun. Governors Ball 2011 amassed the highest attendance of any event in the history of Governors Island, outselling Dave Matthews Band Caravan and Bassnectar's Bass Island in 2011. Reviews for the 2011 festival were positive, with Flavorwire reporting, "As many area festival attempts often fall flat due to poor execution, the Governors Ball was a pleasant exception to the rule, leaving us looking forward to its return next year," and Gothamist reporting, "A gorgeous day at Governors Island...everyone seemed to leave sunburned and happy." The 2011 lineup, ordered as on the poster, was as follows: *Girl Talk *Pretty Lights *Empire of the Sun *Big Boi (of Outkast) *Neon Indian *People Under the Stairs *Passion Pit (DJ Set) *Mac Miller *Das Racist *Miami Horror *Outasight *Reptar Original Founders of Festival: Jordan Wolowitz, Tom Russell, Yoni Resiman and Robert Spratlen


Governors Ball 2012, the second year of the festival, was held June 23–24, 2012, on Randall's Island in New York City. Expanding to a two-day event, the festival featured many more acts in order to fill both days. The 2012 version of the festival was headlined by Beck, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, and Modest Mouse. Randall's Island was chosen as the new venue of the festival due to the event's growth. Food offerings at the 2012 event included Coolhaus ice cream, Luke's Lobster, Waffles & Dinges, Mexicue, Food Freaks, Philz Steaks, Ports Coffee, and Pie for the People. Activities at the event included lawn games such as cornhole, ladder golf, and croquet (sponsored by Zog Sports), ping pong (sponsored by SPiN New York), and silent disco. Reviews of the 2012 festival were positive, with ''Time Out NY'' saying: "overnors Ballhas all the necessities of a first-class music fest," and ''Vogue'' noting, "The summer music festival New Yorkers can finally call their own." ;Line-up *Beck *Passion Pit *Kid Cudi *Modest Mouse *Fiona Apple *Duck Sauce *Explosions in the Sky *Chromeo *Atmosphere *Devendra Banhart *Built to Spill *Major Lazer *Cage the Elephant *Santigold *Cults *Special Disco Version Featuring: James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem and DFA Records) & Pat Mahoney (of LCD Soundsystem) *Phantogram *Big Gigantic *Freelance Whales *Alberta Cross *Penguin Prison *Walk the Moon *The Jezabels *Art vs. Science *K.Flay *Nobody Beats the Drum *Turf War


Shortly after the 2012 festival, Founders Entertainment announced that the 2013 festival would take place on June 7–9 on Randall's Island. It rained heavily on the Friday, June 7, the opening day of the festival, which caused massive transportation delays to and from the island. The festival was also forced to shut down early on Friday evening due to weather-related safety concerns, and several performers were cancelled, including headliner Kings of Leon. Much of the surface of the green lawns in the festival grounds had become mud by Saturday morning, thus there were extremely muddy conditions for most of the festival. ;Line-up *Kanye West *Guns N' Roses *Kings of Leon *Nas *Pretty Lights *The Avett Brothers *Grizzly Bear *The xx *Feist *Beach House *Kendrick Lamar *The Lumineers *Thievery Corporation *Animal Collective *Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros *Young The Giant *Cut Copy *Erykah Badu *Bloc Party *Beirut *Of Monsters and Men *Foals *Crystal Castles *Local Natives *Azealia Banks *Yeasayer *Gary Clark, Jr. *Best Coast *Dirty Projectors *Portugal. The Man *Cold War Kids *Dinosaur Jr. *Holy Ghost! *Japandroids *Twin Shadow *Divine Fits *Alt-J *Deerhunter *The Vaccines *Poliça *Steel Pulse *Dillon Francis *Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs *Paper Diamond *Fucked Up *Wild Nothing *Icona Pop *Foals *The Knocks *Haim *St. Lucia *Freddie Gibbs *Robert DeLong *GRiZ *Ms Mr *Reignwolf *Solid Gold *Bear Mountain *Swear and Shake *Cherub *Pacific Air *The Rubens *The Revivalists *Roadkill Ghost Choir *Moon Hooch *Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics *ON AN ON


On January 8, 2014, the dates for the 2014 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival were announced. It again took place over three days on Randall's Island, from June 6 to June 8. On January 9, 2014 ''Rolling Stone'' announced that Outkast would be one of the headliners; headlining alongside Jack White, Vampire Weekend and The Strokes. ;Line-up *Outkast *Jack White *Vampire Weekend *The Strokes *Skrillex *Axwell Λ Ingrosso *Phoenix *Interpol *Disclosure *Foster the People *TV on the Radio *Julian Casablancas & The Voidz *J. Cole *Spoon *Broken Bells *Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley *Neko Case *Damon Albarn *Empire of the Sun *James Blake *Childish Gambino *The Kills *Sleigh Bells *Grimes *The Head and the Heart *Janelle Monáe *The Naked and Famous *Jenny Lewis *Fitz and the Tantrums *The 1975 *Tyler, the Creator *La Roux *Washed Out *The Glitch Mob *The Bloody Beetroots *Earl Sweatshirt *Kurt Vile and the Violators *Bastille *Frank Turner *Chance the Rapper *Lucius *Wild Belle *AlunaGeorge *Jason Isbell *RJD2 *Tanlines *Deafheaven *Run the Jewels *Skaters *Bleachers *Half Moon Run *Banks *Classixx *Ratking *Papa *Haerts *Diarrhea Planet *Drowners *Hunter Hunted *Little Comets *Tourist *The Internet *Meg Myers *Cayucas *Catfish and the Bottlemen *Cris Cab *Ben Cameron *The Chain Gang of 1974


Governor's Ball 2015 took place June 5–7, 2015. It rained during the second day, but, unlike previous years, the festival was not cancelled. Ponchos and umbrellas were sold, at the festival carried on, albeit a bit delayed. ;Line-up *Drake *The Black Keys *Deadmau5 *Florence + The Machine *Lana Del Rey *My Morning Jacket *Björk *Ryan Adams *Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds *Chromeo *Flume *Tame Impala *Ratatat *The Decemberists *St. Vincent *The War on Drugs *Hot Chip *Death From Above 1979 *SBTRKT *Charli XCX *Flying Lotus *Rudimental *Royal Blood *Conor Oberst *Atmosphere *Little Dragon *Vance Joy *A-Trak *Big Gigantic *Weird Al Yankovic *Future Islands *Marina and The Diamonds *Sturgill Simpson *Angus & Julia Stone *Sharon Van Etten *Twin Shadow *Odesza *Mayer Hawthorne *Moon Taxi * *Kiesza *Labrinth *Gorgon City *J. Roddy Walston & The Business *Clean Bandit *DIIV *Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption *Kaytranada *Logic *Benjamin Booker *People Under The Stairs *Rustie *White Lung *Strand of Oaks *Priory *Echosmith *Holychild *ASTR *The Districts *Hermitude *Bishop Behru *Streets of Laredo *Charlotte OC *Kate Tempest *DMA's *The Picturebooks


The sixth iteration of Governors Ball took place over June 3–5, 2016. All three days of the festival sold out. Saturday evening, the festival grounds were subject to heavy rains, but the event was not cancelled. However, Sunday was cancelled due to heavy rain and safety concerns, and fans received refunds; festival management wrote: "The safety of fans, artists and crew always comes first." The cancellation of Sunday's shows led to some bands' announcing pop-up shows. That night, Two Door Cinema Club played the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Courtney Barnett played a free show at Rough Trade, Prophets of Rage played at Warsaw Brooklyn, and Vic Mensa (tag-teaming with Galantis, who had a scheduled "After Dark" performance) played a sold-out Webster Hall. Late Sunday night, Kanye West announced he would hold a 2am show somewhere in Manhattan; anticipating this, crowds began to gather at venues across the city. Musician 2 Chainz posted that they would be at Webster Hall; over 4,000 fans rushed to the venue, blocking streets and triggering an NYPD response. Kanye arrived at the venue, but didn't perform. ;Line-up *Kanye West *The Strokes *The Killers *Beck *Robyn *Death Cab for Cutie *M83 *Haim *Of Monsters And Men *Chet Faker *Chvrches *Two Door Cinema Club *Miike Snow *Father John Misty *Jamie XX *Bloc Party *Gary Clark Jr *Miguel *BIG Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram) *Matt and Kim *Lord Huron *Action Bronson *Purity Ring *Mac Miller *Courtney Barnett *Joey Bada$$ *Thomas Jack *Eagles of Death Metal *Galantis *Duke Dumont *De La Soul *Cold War Kids *Years & Years *Vince Staples *Catfish and the Bottlemen *Misterwives *Against Me! *Christine and the Queens *Vic Mensa *Albert Hammond Jr *Betty Who *Bat for Lashes *Jon Bellion *Fidlar *Marian Hill *Bob Moses *Elle King *Thundercat *The Knocks *Torres *Bully *Boogie *Circa Waves *Meg Mac *Black Pistol Fire *Blank Range *The London Souls *Louis the Child *Public Access T.V. *Day Wave *Nothing (band) *Holly Miranda *Whilk & Misky *Eliot Sumner *Tor Miller *Transviolet


The seventh edition of Governors Ball took place at Randall's Island Park in New York City from June 2–4, 2017. Tickets for the festival went on sale January 6, 2017 and the lineup for the 2017 edition of Governors Ball was announced January 4, 2017. ;Line-up *Tool *Chance the Rapper *Phoenix *Childish Gambino *Lorde *Flume *Wu-Tang Clan *Wiz Khalifa *Logic *Cage the Elephant *Marshmello *Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker *Beach House *Schoolboy Q *Air *The Avalanches *Rae Sremmurd *The Head and the Heart *Tove Lo *Phantogram *Franz Ferdinand *Banks *A$AP Ferg *Local Natives *Majid Jordan *Mac DeMarco *Rüfüs du Sol *YG *Parquet Courts *Charli XCX *Bleachers *Royal Blood *Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires *Danny Brown *Kehlani *Michael Kiwanuka *Warpaint *Car Seat Headrest *Skepta *Saint Motel *The Strumbellas *Francis and the Lights *Stormzy *Gryffin *The Range *Dua Lipa *Eden *Zane Lowe *The Orwells *Judah & the Lion *MUNA *Arizona *Saint Jhn *Michael Blume *Jessie Reyez *Lo Moon *Kaiydo *Roosevelt *Barns Courtney *Blossoms *Ron Gallo *Welles *Mondo Cozmo *Tkay Maidza *Jenaux *VANT *Jack Martini


The eighth edition took place at Randall's Island Park in New York City from June 1–3, 2018. Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined the festival. ;Line-up *Eminem *Jack White *Travis Scott *Yeah Yeah Yeahs *Halsey *N.E.R.D *Shawn Mendes (Special performance) *Khalid *Chvrches *The Gaslight Anthem *Post Malone *Silk City *Lil Uzi Vert *Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley *Cut Copy *Sylvan Esso *Galantis *The Glitch Mob *Maggie Rogers *Dirty Projectors *Russ *Manchester Orchestra *6lack *DRAM *Margo Price *2 Chainz *Japandroids *Kelela *Vic Mensa *Third Eye Blind *Tash Sultana *Pusha T *Aminé *LANY *Kali Uchis *Alvvays *GoldLink *The Menzingers *Flight Facilities *Wolf Alice *Jay Electronica *Belly *Moses Sumney *Aurora *The Struts *Quinn XCII *Billie Eilish *Middle Kids *Loyle Carner *Pond *Two Feet *Knox Fortune *Sir Sly *Westside Gunn + Conway *Alice Merton *A$AP Twelvyy *Berhana *Cuco *Slaves *The Spencer Lee Band *Confidence Man *Lophiile *Mikky Ekko *Lou the Human *The Regrettes


The ninth edition was held at Randall's Island Park in New York City from May 31-June 2, 2019. The Strokes, Florence + the Machine, Tyler, the Creator and Nas headlined the festival. On Sunday, there was a delayed opening at 6:30pm, and an evacuation around 9:30pm because of severe thunderstorms. This resulted in the majority of the day's acts being cancelled or shortened. ;Line-up *The Strokes (cancelled) *Florence + the Machine *Tyler, the Creator *Nas *SZA (cancelled) *Major Lazer *The 1975 *Lil Wayne *Brockhampton *Gesaffelstein *Jorja Smith *Kacey Musgraves *Zhu *Vince Staples *Blood Orange *Lord Huron *Sheck Wes *Beast Coast (Joey Bada$$ + Flatbush Zombies) (cancelled) *Louis the Child *Kaytranada (cancelled) *Bazzi *The Internet *Playboi Carti *Mitski *Lily Allen * *Ty Dolla $ign *Noname *Charli XCX (cancelled) *Jessie Reyez *King Princess *Bob Moses *Denzel Curry *Clairo *Hippo Campus *Ravyn Lenae *Saba *Amber Mark *The Voidz *Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever *Cautious Clay *Jeremy Zucker *Chelsea Cutler (cancelled) *070 Shake *SOB X RBE (cancelled) *Parcels (cancelled) *Elohim *Sunflower Bean *U.S. Girls *Calpurnia *Taylor Bennett *Dennis Lloyd *Soccer Mommy (cancelled) *Miles Kane *Dreamerrs *Still Woozy *Hundredth *Njozma *Jack Harlow (cancelled) *Suzi Wu *Aaron Aye (cancelled) *Easy Life *Shaed *The Underachievers *Kirk Knight (cancelled) *Nyck Caution (cancelled) *Tobi Lou *Ric Wilson (cancelled) *Deal Casino *Mkultra (cancelled)

2020 (cancelled)

The tenth edition was to be held at Randall's Island Park in New York City from June 5-June 7, 2020, but was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Flume, Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding, Missy Elliott, Solange, Rüfüs Du Sol, and H.E.R. would have headlined the festival. ; Line-up *Tame Impala *Missy Elliott *Flume *Vampire Weekend *Stevie Nicks *Solange *Rüfüs Du Sol *H.E.R. *Portugal. The Man *Foals *Summer Walker *Jon Bellion *Khruangbin *Carly Rae Jepsen *Maren Morris *Of Monsters and Men *Milky Chance *Bleachers *Banks *Danny Brown *Gryffin *Steve Lacy *Madeon *Alessia Cara *Girl Talk *Swae Lee *Pink Sweat$ *Pinegrove *Snail Mail *A R I Z O N A *Dominic Fike *Dave *Oliver Tree *Earthgang *Alec Benjamin *Muna *Cuco *PUP *YBN Cordae *Charly Bliss *Princess Nokia *Tones and I *Fontaines D.C. *Nancy Whang *Sasha Sloan *Poolside *Slowthai *black midi *Frankie Cosmos *Jay Som *Charlotte Lawrence *Maxo Kream *Kota the Friend *Nasty Cherry *MAX *Chase Atlantic *99 Neighbors *Laundry Day *Johnny Utah *Chiiild *Yeek *Ryland James *Poppy Jean Crawford *Almost Monday *Hand Made House



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