Governors Ball Day 1

My Morning Jacket + Florence and the Machine + The Decemberists (Photos)

by Sachyn Mital

10 June 2015

A photo gallery from the first day of Governors Ball, featuring Florence and the Machine, MMJ, The Decemberists, St. Vincent and more.
My Morning Jacket 

Governors Ball

5 Jun 2015: Randall's Island — New York

The first day of the 2015 Governors Ball hit hard with strong performance from The Decemberists, Florence and the Machine and My Morning Jacket. I did make a poor scheduling decision however. MØ was a bit underwhelming in the Gotham Tent though. When I went over to the Big Apple Stage, I was impressed by how much of a blast Rudimental were having. It was probably just as much fun as people had during fellow UK-artist Charli XCX’s set but unfortunately, I hadn’t arrived in time to see most of it.

Otherwise, everything else had me on a high. I was singing along to every Decemberists song for the second time this year, as I still believe their newest album What a Terrible World.. is one of 2015’s best. Florence was dancing all across the stage, noting that it was the first time performing standing since she hurt her foot. Her live set was outstanding, drawing upon her newest release, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, though unfortunately she didn’t play my favorite from it, “Third Eye”. My Morning Jacket also had a strong release this year with The Waterfall but I haven’t given it as much time as releases from those other two. Their set was an impressive show and included several older favorites like “Wordless Chorus” and “Evil Urges”. The other major rocker I got to see, St. Vincent was as impressive as always having seen her twice last year.

Stay tuned for photos and recaps of the second and third days of Governors Ball and also check out our separate coverage of “Weird Al”, which was so awesome it merited a separate piece.

Charli XCX:



Vance Joy:

Death from Above 1979:

The Decemberists:

Florence and the Machine:

St. Vincent:

My Morning Jacket:

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