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Five reasons not to miss The Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC this June

New York City has a slew of great festivals, but Governors Ball continues to impress with it’s stellar line-ups, gourmet eats and top-notch production. Even with weather-issues plaguing the Randall’s Island fest in past years, it remains a stellar fest to consider if you’re deciding where to flock to this summer.

From samplings of the city’s best food to unexpected lineup appearances, here are five of our top reasons to attend.

1. The hometown return of Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers at Osheaga Festival. Photo by Brian Benton.

NYU-grad Maggie Rogers has taken a bit of time off from touring this past year, after making the festival rounds in 2017. Each time we saw her last year her show was more polished and memorable than the time before, and Gov Ball this year is sure to raise that bar even higher.

In addition to “Dog Days” and “Alaska,” count on Maggie to break out new music and possibly even some debuts. She’s climbing her way up festival bills, but her Friday performance will hopefully be right at sunset when things cool down, crowds grow, and dance parties are meant to begin.

2. Roberta’s, Arancini Bros, MatchaBar and more NYC eats

Even the best festival line-ups have some downtime, and what better way to spend that time than chowing down on some of the best food New York has to offer. Some of the spots on the 2018 food line-up are tough to even get a table at during a regular weekend, so it’s a special treat to have exclusive access to them on the festival grounds.

Whether you want to treat yourself to Stuffed Ice Cream, energize with Juice Press or close out your night with Melt Shop, there’s something for everyone this year.

3. Cool kid Billie Eilish on her biggest NYC stage yet

At SXSW this year, Billie Eilish’s name was thrown around left and right. She’s played a few New York City shows, including dates at the Bowery Ballroom last month that quickly sold out, but this will be the first time for a lot of New York City fans to see her. Billie’s as good of a reason as any to get there early on Sunday.

Billie Eilish at SXSW. Photo by Brian Benton.

4. The fricking Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing

Listen, we know that by your second or third festival there are sure to be some repeats, but we’d bet good money that you haven’t seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs yet. The band played a handful of shows in 2017, but hasn’t really been on the festival circuit since 2013.

The band was scheduled to play Sound on Sound in Austin, but that festival was cancelled meaning Governors Ball will be the band’s first festival gig in a while. Expect edgy dancefloor-friendly rock music, wild stage antics from Karen O and hopefully, new music.

Karen O in New York City in 2012

5. That beautiful Randall’s Island setting

Whether you choose to arrive by subway, foot or ferry, Randall’s Island is a beautiful place to see music. As more and more festivals pop up, everything from dirt fields to concrete lots have been enlisted to host music. Randall’s Island is a cool oasis in New York City, with plenty of grass and tress and hopefully not too much mud.

Even with attendance averaging 150,000 people, it is fairly easy to get to compared to some other New York area events. The grounds themselves will feature art installations, sponsored activities and other soon to be announced experiences.

Governors Ball on Randall’s Island. Photo by Brian Benton.

For tickets, the full line-up and more information visit www.governorsballmusicfestival.com.

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Five reasons not to miss The Governors Ball Music Festival in NYC this June

New York City has a slew of great festivals, but Governors Ball continues to impress with it’s stellar line-ups, gourmet eats and top-notch production. Even with weather-issues plaguing the Randall’s Island fest in past years, it remains a stellar fest to consider if you’re deciding where to flock to this summer.

From samplings of the city’s best food to unexpected lineup appearances, here are five of our top reasons to attend.

1. The hometown return of Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers at Osheaga Festival. Photo by Brian Benton.

NYU-grad Maggie Rogers has taken a bit of time off from touring this past year, after making the festival rounds in 2017. Each time we saw her last year her show was more polished and memorable than the time before, and Gov Ball this year is sure to raise that bar even higher.

In addition to “Dog Days” and “Alaska,” count on Maggie to break out new music and possibly even some debuts. She’s climbing her way up festival bills, but her Friday performance will hopefully be right at sunset when things cool down, crowds grow, and dance parties are meant to begin.

2. Roberta’s, Arancini Bros, MatchaBar and more NYC eats

Even the best festival line-ups have some downtime, and what better way to spend that time than chowing down on some of the best food New York has to offer. Some of the spots on the 2018 food line-up are tough to even get a table at during a regular weekend, so it’s a special treat to have exclusive access to them on the festival grounds.

Whether you want to treat yourself to Stuffed Ice Cream, energize with Juice Press or close out your night with Melt Shop, there’s something for everyone this year.

3. Cool kid Billie Eilish on her biggest NYC stage yet

At SXSW this year, Billie Eilish’s name was thrown around left and right. She’s played a few New York City shows, including dates at the Bowery Ballroom last month that quickly sold out, but this will be the first time for a lot of New York City fans to see her. Billie’s as good of a reason as any to get there early on Sunday.

Billie Eilish at SXSW. Photo by Brian Benton.

4. The fricking Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing

Listen, we know that by your second or third festival there are sure to be some repeats, but we’d bet good money that you haven’t seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs yet. The band played a handful of shows in 2017, but hasn’t really been on the festival circuit since 2013.

The band was scheduled to play Sound on Sound in Austin, but that festival was cancelled meaning Governors Ball will be the band’s first festival gig in a while. Expect edgy dancefloor-friendly rock music, wild stage antics from Karen O and hopefully, new music.

Karen O in New York City in 2012

5. That beautiful Randall’s Island setting

Whether you choose to arrive by subway, foot or ferry, Randall’s Island is a beautiful place to see music. As more and more festivals pop up, everything from dirt fields to concrete lots have been enlisted to host music. Randall’s Island is a cool oasis in New York City, with plenty of grass and tress and hopefully not too much mud.

Even with attendance averaging 150,000 people, it is fairly easy to get to compared to some other New York area events. The grounds themselves will feature art installations, sponsored activities and other soon to be announced experiences.

Governors Ball on Randall’s Island. Photo by Brian Benton.

For tickets, the full line-up and more information visit www.governorsballmusicfestival.com.

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