How I Would Plan It: Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2015

Governor’s Ball is staged on Randall’s Island in NYC. It started in 2011 and while this year’s lineup isn’t as impressive as the past few years, it’s still one of the major US festivals. Another one with staggered sets, Governor’s Ball has only 4 stages, so uh, here goes.

Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2015
Friday, Jun 5
12:15-12:45 the Districts (Honda Stage)

Their album was kinda ‘meh’, but there are some solid tracks on it, should be a good set to jam to. Especially, seeing as the day’s just starting.
12:45-1:30 DIIV (Big Apple Stage)
Here’s another cool indie band I haven’t seen live.
1:30-2:15 Rae Sremmurd (GovBallNYC Stage)
The rap group that name their band the way Nomar Garciaparra’s dad names his kid.
2:15-3:00 Benjamin Booker (Big Apple Stage)
This guy required a stage move for week 2 at ACL. Hopefully, he won’t surprise any one with the massive crowds this year.
3:00-3:45 Charli XCX (Honda Stage)
Hey, it’s my favorite emerging pop princess.
3:45-4:45 MØ (Ponce De Leon)
And here’s another one of those.
4:45-5:15 Chromeo (GovBallNYC Stage)
These guys always put on a fun show
5:15-5:45 Vance Joy (Honda Stage)
Currently touring with Taylor Swift, but you wanna go see “Riptide”, right?
5:45-6:45 Death From Above 1979 (Big Apple Stage)
These guys had a high energy set when we saw them at ACL
6:45-7:30 the Decemberists (Honda Stage)
I’m a nerd, and I’ve been to a lot of shows, so the Decemberists are further up my list of bands I need to go see for the first time than they probably ought to be.
7:30-8:00 Florence + the Machine (GovBallNYC Stage)
Florence was better than expected when we saw her live a few years back.
8:00-9:15 St Vincent (Big Apple Stage)
Given the oppurtunity, I’ll usually see Annie Clark.
9:15-11:00 My Morning Jacket (Honda Stage)
Another indie group with a pretty renowned live show. The first time I saw them was a little too gimmicky and a little more “meh?”, but the last couple times, they were pretty legit.

Saturday, Jun 6
12:15-12:45 Holychild (GovBallNYC Stage)

the next big brat pop band from LA.
12:45-1:30 Kate Tempest (Big Apple Stage)
British poet/rapper. Those words make sense together, right?
1:30-2:15 Clean Bandit (GovBallNYC Stage)
Hot emerging dance group
2:15-3:00 J Roddy Walston and the Business (Big Apple Stage)
If you like your rock dirty and bluesy, these guys are right up your alley. They put on a SHOW.
3:00-3:45 Marina and the Diamonds (GovBallNYC Stage)
Another emerging indie pop group.
3:45-4:45 Sharon Van Etten (Big Apple Stage)
the beloved Brooklyn singer-songwriter, another one I haven’t seen
4:45-5:45 Angus and Julia Stone (Honda Stage)
Australian brother-sister folk duo.
5:45-6:45 Future Islands (Gotham Stage)
the band that wowed Dave and went viral had a huge 2014
6:45-8:00 Bjork (GovBallNYC Stage)
If only to see what kinda weird shit she’ll pull.
8:00-9:15 Flume (Big Apple Stage)
23 year-old Aussie producer is one of electronic music’s hottest names.
9:15-11:00 Ryan Adams (Honda Stage)
I picked Ryan because he’s been killing it on the festival circuit this year, but if you were digging Flume, you’re probably gonna want to stroll over to Deadmau5, at least for a little bit, right?

Sunday, Jun 7
12:15-12:45 the Picturebooks (Honda Stage)
To be honest, no idea, but I like to get there early and discover things, so I’d check it out.
12:45-1:30 Bishop Nehru (Gotham Tent)
18 year old emerging NY rapper.
1:30-2:15 Strand of Oaks (Honda Stage)
And if the hip hop got you pumped up, the chilled folk sounds of Strand of Oaks should cool you back down.
2:15-3:00 Hermitude (Gotham Tent)
Emerging electronic duo from Australia.
3:00-3:45 Sturgill Simpson (GovBallNYC Stage)
Like Future Islands, Sturgill is a guy who bounce around a while before blowing up in 2014.
3:45-4:45 Royal Blood (Big Apple Stage)
The next big thing in Britain is trying to take over in the US as well.
4:45-5:45 Tame Impala (GovBallNYC Stage)
And these Australians just may do it first. One of my faves.
5:45-6:45 the War on Drugs (Big Apple Stage)
Probably released my favorite album of 2014.
6:45-8:00 Big Gigantic (Honda Stage)
I hear their shows are pretty spectacular
8:00-9:15 Flying Lotus (Gotham Stage)
LA electronic artist draws more acclaim with every new release
9:15-10:30 Lana Del Rey (Honda Stage)
the fest is almost over and the Summertime Sadness begins.
10:30-11:00 the Black Keys (GovBallNYC Stage)
I haven’t seen Lana before and the Keys were disappointing last time I saw them, but I love them, and if you do too, you might want to catch more of this set before you go back home.
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.


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