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Festival Preview, Governors Ball 2014, Music

Festival Preview: Aesthetic Magazine’s Governors Ball 2014 Guide

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) –  From June 6 to 8 thousands of avid music fans will be shuttled by ferry to The Governor’s Ball on New York City’s Randall’s Island.

The sold out music festival, celebrating its fourth year, features a roster of major headliners, art installations and hipster food.

Radio-favourites Outkast and Bastille are performing on June 6, alongside opening night slots are Grimes, Neko Case, and Haerts.

Fresh eats will be available at many stands, and the festival has taken consideration for any dietary restrictions with gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

Lawn games, scout art installations and complimentary water refills at the Camelbak station offer a unique respite for guests seeking variety from the music crowds.

Enjoy classic Italian pizza from Pizza Vita or enjoy lighter food options from the Taco Tent. They will be serving strawberry lemonade with their hand crafted fresh tacos. Four Boys Concessions, Melt, King of Pops, and others will offer sweet cold treats to fight the heat.

Electronic acts RJD2 (arranger of Mad Men’s “A Beautiful Mine”), Disclosure, and Skrillex will hit the stage on day two, flanked by indie performers PAPA, rapper Childish Gambino, Spoon (ahead of their NXNE 2014 headlining slot), Jack White, and The Naked and Famous.

Rain gear is a suggested investment, as last year’s heavy rain caused ferry delays and show cancellations (including headlining act Kings of Leon) as dirt grounds in front of the stages turned into mud pits. At night, Brooklyn will be home to after parties where several acts (including Damon Albarn, Kurt Vile, Disclosure, and more) will perform exclusive live shows, or spinning DJ set.

Slow burning solo acts Meg Meyers, BANKS and James Blake will stir up the grooves for day three with Vampire Weekend, Interpol, Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell and Ingrosso, Tyler the Creator, The Bloody Beetroots and The Kills to close out the festival.

Not a huge music fan? There are still tons of other activities to check out during the festival. Have you ever been to a silent disco? Imagine hundreds of people dancing their asses off while having a live DJ performance pumped directly into their ears via wireless headphones!

Love making GIFs and taking photos with your friends? This year, organizers are providing multiple state-of-the-art photo booths that allow you to transform your roll of photos into a GIF that is sure go viral! (Check out the 2013 photobooth here).

Need a brake from the heat and the crowd? Try Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, Bocce Ball, and Life-size Connect Four and rekindle your inner child as everyone else waits in line to grab a beer.  

Follow along with Aesthetic Magazine for our coverage at Governor’s Ball 2014, including photos, reviews, and exclusive interviews all next week. Buy your tickets before they all disappear here.


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