Meet NYC’s New Summer Festival: The Governors Ball


For those of you who are still getting over the death of All Points West, here’s some news that might cheer you up: This morning we got a press release about the first-ever Governors Ball Music Festival, “a massive mid-summer dance party of epic proportions” which is set to take place at Governors Island on June 18th. So far the confirmed lineup includes Girl Talk, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Pretty Lights, People Under the Stairs, Miami Horror, Reptar, Outasight, MAC Miller, and Passion Pit (DJ set). Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

As our friends at Consequence of Sound point out, “New York City and music festivals have never really mixed… The reasons for this reality are many, ranging from transportation options to location to 1,400 other venues all competing for a limited pool of acts.” Agreed, but we’re rooting for this one to work out. With the exception of MIA’s HARD NYC Fest (which was arguably totally fine, except for MIA’s performance), we’ve always had a really good experience at concerts on the island.

Early bird tickets (which are $75) go on sale this Thursday at 10 am at