Governors Ball 2016 Leads NYC's Rock Festival Season

While Live Nation may take a stake in the fest next year, the 2016 GovBall remains independent and features a strong lineup.

The 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival returns to Randall's Island in New York City this year from June 3rd to June 5th. It is not the first festival of the season in NYC (that might be Electric Daisy Carnival) and it is no longer the only major rock festival for the city. With Golden Voice's first Panorama Festival set to arrive in July, New York now has an abundance of music, which puts GovBall on risky footing given the Coachella organizer's deep pockets. But it may get a leg up though, if the rumors of Live Nation taking a stake are true. In any case, at least the 2016 edition of GovBall is happening and with it comes a strong lineup of festival performers.

This year's lineup includes NYC faves The Strokes, Anthem rockers The Killers and the ever puzzling but very talented Kanye West as the headliners on each festival night. But the slate of talent runs deep. On the Friday, we're looking forward to Robyn, Father John Misty, Christine and the Queens, and Big Grams. Saturday might have the most to offer with M83 (sadly as a second billing so they won't be doing their "Shot at the Night" collaboration with The Killers), Miguel, Against Me!, Thundercat, Eliot Sumner, and Haim as many of the must sees. Sunday features Courtney Barnett, Chvrches, Eagles of Death Metal and Death Cab for Cutie creating a rounded rock schedule.

Check out the lineup by day for the festival below and then head to the official site to purchase tickets. Three day VIP are sold out but GA and single day ticket options are available.


The Strokes



Of Monsters and Men

Jaime xx

Matt And Kim

Bloc Party

Father John Misty

Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram)

De La Soul

Duke Dumont

Years & Years

Christine and the Queens

Bob Moses

Elle King


Meg Mac


The London Souls

Black Pistol Fire

Public Access T.V.



The Killers



Miike Snow


Purity Ring

Action Bronson

Lord Huron

Mac Miller

Against Me!

Catfish and the Bottlemen


Albert Hammond Jr.


Jon Bellion

Marian Hill


The Knocks

Louis the Child


Holly Miranda

Eliot Sumner


Kanye West

Death Cab for Cutie


Two Door Cinema Club

Chet Faker

Gary Clark Jr.

Joey Bada$$

Courtney Barnett

Eagles of Death Metal

Thomas Jack

Cold War Kids

Vince Staples


Vic Mensa

Bat for Lashes

Betty Who


Circa Waves

Whilk & Misky

Day Wave

Blank Range

Tor Miller

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