Governors Ball Marks the Start of New York's Music Month and Summer Festival Season

The 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival promises fans the chance to hear new music from Phoenix, Lorde, and many more.

Governors Ball Music Festival

The 2017 Governors Ball Festival is almost upon New York. Though planned out long before, the festival now coincides with NYC's "Music Month" which includes Northside Festival in Williamsburg, numerous free shows, including ones at Summerstage in Central Park and the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn!, as well as more shows, conferences and other engaging activities for musicians.

Governors Ball will earn the most points though from any dedicated music fan. The fest offers 60-plus bands (more on that in a minute) out on Randall's Island over the course of three days (June 2nd to 4th) right at the beginning of the summer season, when City temperatures are tolerable. Fanciful local food and drink purveyors, like perennial favorites Luke's Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar and Mighty Quinn's, will be scattered throughout the grounds, possibly even in the "speciality area called The Infatuation Village". The grounds will also include "soberball", mini golf and other lawn games.

On the music front, GovBall offers a lot of artists to look forward to including the headliners, like Lorde (who will probably perform new material), Chance the Rapper, Tool (when was the last time they played NYC?), Phoenix (who also should have new material) and more. There are a ton of artists I'm personally excited to catch: Air (on their first American tour in seven years), The Avalanches (on their first North American tour ever), Charles Bradley (returning to the stage after an all-clear from stomach cancer), Dua Lipa (who will finally have released her debut album), and a Beach House performance (outdoors!). When Festival organizers explained the line up to CoS earlier this year, selecting artists with new music coming out was on the forefront of their mind. The rest of the line up is below.

There are still some three-day regular tickets available for Governors Ball. Visit the festival's site to get more info and purchase tickets. GovBall's sister festival, The Meadows is returning to Citi Field in September and tickets are on sale now. Please note, following the tragic event in Manchester, LiveNation related festivals are increasing security procedures and encourage allowing more time to enter the festival grounds.

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and Americana to rock and pop, 2017's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.

60. White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey)

White Hills epic '80s callback Stop Mute Defeat is a determined march against encroaching imperial darkness; their eyes boring into the shadows for danger but they're aware that blinding lights can kill and distort truth. From "Overlord's" dark stomp casting nets for totalitarian warnings to "Attack Mode", which roars in with the tribal certainty that we can survive the madness if we keep our wits, the record is a true and timely win for Dave W. and Ego Sensation. Martin Bisi and the poster band's mysterious but relevant cool make a great team and deliver one of their least psych yet most mind destroying records to date. Much like the first time you heard Joy Division or early Pigface, for example, you'll experience being startled at first before becoming addicted to the band's unique microcosm of dystopia that is simultaneously corrupting and seducing your ears. - Morgan Y. Evans

Keep reading... Show less

The year in song reflected the state of the world around us. Here are the 70 songs that spoke to us this year.

70. The Horrors - "Machine"

On their fifth album V, the Horrors expand on the bright, psychedelic territory they explored with Luminous, anchoring the ten new tracks with retro synths and guitar fuzz freakouts. "Machine" is the delicious outlier and the most vitriolic cut on the record, with Faris Badwan belting out accusations to the song's subject, who may even be us. The concept of alienation is nothing new, but here the Brits incorporate a beautiful metaphor of an insect trapped in amber as an illustration of the human caught within modernity. Whether our trappings are technological, psychological, or something else entirely makes the statement all the more chilling. - Tristan Kneschke

Keep reading... Show less

Net Neutrality and the Music Ecosystem: Defending the Last Mile

Still from Whiplash (2014) (Photo by Daniel McFadden - © Courtesy of Sundance Institute) (IMDB)

"...when the history books get written about this era, they'll show that the music community recognized the potential impacts and were strong leaders." An interview with Kevin Erickson of Future of Music Coalition.

Last week, the musician Phil Elverum, a.k.a. Mount Eerie, celebrated the fact that his album A Crow Looked at Me had been ranked #3 on the New York Times' Best of 2017 list. You might expect that high praise from the prestigious newspaper would result in a significant spike in album sales. In a tweet, Elverum divulged that since making the list, he'd sold…six. Six copies.

Keep reading... Show less

Forty years after its initial release, one of the defining albums of US punk rock finally gets the legacy treatment it deserves.

If you ever want to start a fistfight in a group of rock history know-it-alls, just pop this little question: "Was it the US or the UK who created punk rock?" Within five minutes, I guarantee there'll be chairs flying and dozens of bloodstained Guided By Voices T-shirts. One thing they'll all agree on is who gave punk rock its look. That person, ladies, and gentlemen is Richard Hell.

Keep reading... Show less

Tokyo Nights shines a light on the roots of vaporwave with a neon-lit collection of peak '80s dance music.

If Tokyo Nights sounds like a cheesy name for an album, it's only fitting. A collection of Japanese city pop from the daring vintage record collectors over at Cultures of Soul, this is an album coated in Pepto-Bismol pink, the peak of saccharine '80s dance music, a whole world of garish neon from which there is no respite.

Keep reading... Show less
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2017 All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.