Governors Ball 2016: The Show Must Go On

It wasn’t easy going for festival goers at Governors Ball this year, but there was certainly no shortage of great performances to check out.

With showers on Friday, a downpour Saturday night, and an all-out cancellation of Sunday’s show, it would seem at first glance that things didn’t really work out for the best. But all was not lost – there was still a lot of fun to be had, and plenty of great music to experience.
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The place to be Friday afternoon was in front of Action Bronson’s stage, as he lit the crowd on fire with his high energy, not give a f%#* attitude. Of course he played the hits, but also sprinkled in a few tracks off his latest mix tape Blue Chips 7. The crowd was totally into it as Action trounced around the stage, doing everything from spitting lyrics, to eating some type of mystery meal, to keeping his smoke piece lit the entire time. The man never disappoints.

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Big Grams was another awesome Friday afternoon performance. This rather new outfit, comprised of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram and Big Boi of Outkast, have been making their way around the festival circuit this season. They bring a great energy to the stage and nicely compliment each other’s talents. Sarah with her beautiful airy vocals, Big Boi always keeps it classy with his verses, and Josh engineers the songs with outmatched precision. Plus, who isn’t going to love it when they play “Sorry Miss Jackson” and “Mouth Full of Diamonds” to close it all out!

Saturday on the other hand, was a tough one.

haim2It wasn’t more than 10 minutes after the three lovely ladies of Haim took to the stage that the rain started rumbling down. Everyone ran for cover immediately – some under trees, some under tents, and others in port-o-potty’s. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any cover close enough to the stage to really hear the show, but the sisters played through the rain anyway and made their presence felt on Randall’s Island in a way that only they could.  

The same went for Miike Snow – you could hear fleeting notes from some of their hits like “Animal” and their new single “Genghis Kahn”, but that was about it. The rain was too strong for anyone to get close to the stage.

killersFinally, after about two hours of rain, the clouds parted and the rain was gone – just in time for the Killers to finish sound check and climb on stage. They played a great set and hit all the crowd favorites – “Bright Side”, “Somebody Told Me”, “When You Were Young.” Amidst the still whirling wind and the turbulence stuck in everyone’s head from the rain, Brandon flowers voice was like the North Star, and left everyone with a smile as they walked out of the festival gates.