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Concert Photography, Governors Ball 2014, Music

Photos: Governors Ball 2014 – Day 2 (Childish Gambino, The Naked and Famous + More)

By: Elaisha Green (@elaishajade) –

Childish Gambino. (Photo: Ashley Gheerawo/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Childish Gambino. (Photo: Ashley Gheerawo/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Day two of Governors Ball at Randall’s Island saw a crowded and hot day with temperatures stretching to at least 32 degrees Celsius. Rocking dark shades, duo Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines faced the audience. Heads nodded along to synth powered “Brothers” as the group opened their performance. ‘Wouldn’t it be easier if it were named Randall’s ball?’ Cohen called out to the chuckling group. The pair faced unfortunate technical difficulties toward the final leg of their relaxed set. Luckily their devoted crowd cheered them on and stayed to watch the show as they dealt with an overheating computer.

In practiced unison, Lucius frontwomen Jesse Wolfe and Holly Laessig started the day with “Tempest” as they stood on the mainstage wearing identical two pieced sequined outfits and sunglasses. Gradually people trickled in to listen to the next melancolie song from their 2013 release Wildewoman, “Don’t Just Sit There”. Next track “Nothing Ordinary” switched the mood when Wolfe and Laessig both jammed out and swung their matching blonde bobs. Across the park, Chancellor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett filled the Gotham tent with a live band and fans that spilled out of the shade of the tent and onto the grass. The highlight of the performance was his cover of the Arthur theme song “Believe in Yourself” by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Tunes like “Everybody Loves My Ass” and “Lost” raged through the tent and was met with a flurry of raised arms and head nodding.

Sibling-duo Disclosure performed for an audience who danced in the heat of the sun to tunes “F for You” and “You and Me”. Focused on their craft, the brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence remained in set places as they played live percussions and bass-guitar, which isolated the crowd a bit from their performance. Three squares lined the stage and projected Disclosure’s popular album artwork from Settle of a contour-drawn face. Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge performed “White Noise” on stage with the group and got the crowd going before the act ended with everyone jumping and screaming the lyrics to the 2012 tune, “Latch”.

The Naked and Famous opened with an instrumental before launching into “Punching in a Dream”. Favourites “Young Blood” and “I Kill Giants” were performed as the New Zealand act’s front woman Alisa Xayalithnew travelled between members of the band on stage. Between evening sets, Governors Ball attendees hung out in the Silent Disco and danced to tunes spun live by a DJ and played into the bluetooth Sennheiser headphones.

In his usual uniform of a white t-shirt and shorts, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover rocked the Honda stage with a performance filled with pyrotechnics and a live band. As Outkast’s Andre 3000 looked on, the New York-based rapper dropped the microphone at the end of “Sweatpants”, and was later joined on stage by Chance the Rapper, for “Favourite Song”, after 10 minutes of freestyle rapping. Playing favourites “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat” complete with a shower of sparkles and burning pyrotechnics, which affirmed some crowd members’ decision to skip The Strokes. The New York band played the mainstage across the park to the biggest crowd of the two days. While classics like “Reptilia”, “Barely Legal” and “Someday” received a roar of cheers from the mass of fans, tracks from their 2013 album, Comedown Machine, including “Welcome to Japan” and “Happy Ending”, also received audience participation.

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Childish Gambino
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The Naked and Famous
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Disclosure
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Chance The Rapper
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Lucius
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Tanlines
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