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5 Must-See Artists at Governors Ball 2017

By: Staff –

Governors Ball Music Festival

This June, live music fans will experience the best Governors Ball yet, as the once upstart music festival celebrates its seventh consecutive year as New York City’s premiere live music event, and by acclamation, one of the top music festivals in North America.

With a lineup that includes Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Logic, Wiz Khalifa, Beach House, Air, The Avalanches, The Head And The Heart, Tove Lo, and many more, Governors Ball 2017 will feature redesigned VIP amenities and locations, a signature lineup of the best food NYC has to offer curated by The Infatuation, an expanded selection of craft beer options, and the lawn games, mini golf (two unique 18 hole courses), street art, After Dark concert series, and that “only in New York” concrete jungle vibe Gov Ball has become known and loved for.

Need help creating your perfect Gov Ball schedule? Check out our picks for the five must-see artists at Governors Ball this summer!

Tickets are now available here.



One of the leading American metal acts of the ’90s, Tool uses a sophisticated art rock approach marked by unrelenting aggression and focused intensity.

Tool’s greatest breakthrough was to meld dark underground metal with the ambition of art rock. Although bands like Metallica wrote their multi-sectioned, layered songs as if they were composers, they kept their musical attack ferociously at street level. Tool didn’t. They embraced the artsy, bohemian preoccupations of Jane’s Addiction while they simultaneously paid musical homage to the relentlessly bleak visions of grindcore, death metal, and thrash. Even with their post-punk influences, they execute their music with the aesthetic of prog rock, alternating between long, detailed instrumental interludes and lyrical rants in their songs.

After the obligatory several-year sabbatical to pursue other projects, the group returned with chart-topper, and their newest album to date, 10,000 Days, in 2006 to critical acclaim. And with a new album set to be released sometime this year, the quartet are set to reclaim their seat on the rock and roll throne.

The Strumbellas

A Juno award-winning sextet from Toronto who generate a spirited blend of folk, pop, alt-country, and indie rock that they dub “folk popgrass,” head songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Simon Ward, keyboardist/vocalist David Ritter, lead guitarist Jon Hembrey, violinist Isabel Ritchie, bass player Darryl James, and drummer Jeremy Drur founded The Strumbellas in 2008.

Invoking names like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the group issued their eponymous debut EP in 2009, followed by a series of high-profile shows and festival gigs. Their first full-length outing, 2013’s My Father and the Hunter, landed them a Juno nomination in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year category, and their Six Shooter Records-issued sophomore long player, We Still Move on Dance Floors, earned a second nomination in the category, as well as their first win. Led by the Billboard Alternative Songs chart-topper “Spirits”, and a JUNO win in 2017, their third LP, Hope, arrived in spring of 2016, and made them one of the most talked about bands in Canadian music.

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan is a sprawling group of hip-hop revolutionaries who brought their sparse, dark funk and bracingly violent martial-arts imagery to the rap mainstream.

Emerging in 1993, when Dr. Dre’s G-funk had overtaken the hip-hop world, the Staten Island, New York-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-’90s — and only partially because of their music. Turning the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs, almost as a support group. Instead of releasing one album after another, the Clan were designed to overtake the record industry in as profitable a fashion as possible — the idea was to establish the Wu-Tang as a force with their debut album and then spin off into as many side projects as possible. In the process, the members would all become individual stars as well as receive individual royalty checks.

Surprisingly, the plan worked, and with the release of their 2015 double album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was limited to a single copy purchased by controversial pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli for two million dollars, the group has their fans hungry for new music.

Don’t miss them at Gov Ball 2017!

The Head And The Heart

Formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, The Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop.

Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), the band’s newest album, Signs Of Light (out Sept. 2016), crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart’s finest work. Lead single “All We Ever Knew,” which was written during the “Let’s Be Still” era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while “Turn It Around” seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.


Since the release of their 2014 album Voices, Phantogram have trekked across the globe playing live shows and festival dates, contributed features to everyone from A-Trak to Miley Cyrus and been sampled by Kanye West, The Game and A$AP Rocky, as well as releasing their debut BIG GRAMS LP with good friend and musical partner in crime, Big Boi of Outkast.

The New York bred duo made writing stops at home and in Atlanta before picking back up in Los Angeles to record their newest album, Three. Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) shared duties on production and vocals, melding elements of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic. The resulting sound leans darker and more psychedelic yet with some of the brightest and most introspective pop melodies they’ve delivered to date, truly making them genre-defying artists for the 21st century.


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