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Once again, New Yorkers are thrilled to have a festival they can call their own. Governor’s Ball had outgrown its roots on Governor’s Island after just its first year, having moved to Randall’s Island in 2012. It’s even outgrown daylight hours as several after parties are going on after the festival grounds close.


As the press release says, “Founders Entertainment have been overwhelmed with the support music fans have shown The Governors Ball Music Festival since its inception as a one day event three years ago in 2011. That support has allowed Governors Ball to grow and thrive in what is arguably one of the most challenging markets for music festivals in North America. Expanding to 3 days of Music, Art, and Entertainment, this year promises to be Governors Ball’s biggest and most successful outing yet.”


Although most tickets are sold out, the Governor’s Ball website still has some VIP spots for Friday. If you are already going, you should plan to buy transportation tickets (also available on the website). Go to governorsballmusicfestival.com for more information on the event. and see our coverage and photos from the 2012 event here.


Some of the artists performing this year:
Kanye West (First show as sole headliner in NYC since 2008)
Kings of Leon (First NYC show since end of 2010)
Guns N’ Roses
NAS
Pretty Lights
The Avett Brothers
Grizzly Bear
The xx
Cut Copy
Beach House
Kendrick Lamar
The Lumineers
Animal Collective
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Young the Giant
Feist
Thievery Corporation
Bloc Party
Beirut
Of Monsters and Men
DFA 1979
Crystal Castles
Azealia Banks
Yeasayer
Local Natives


Full Lineup:


Afterparties:

Sachyn Mital can be reached at mital () popmatters dot com. He is based in New York where he serves as a Contributing Editor and an events photographer for PopMatters. If you prefer to communicate in 140 characters or less, you can try @sachynsuch. Visit his site sachynmital.com while you're at it.


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