The 2016 edition of Governors Ball got underway from Randall’s Island in New York City on Friday and despite the rainy forecast, the weather was mostly cooperative for the first day of the festival, which featured headlining performances from Beck, The Strokes and Robyn.
However with four stages, headliners are hardly the only draw at Govs Ball. The new supergroup Big Grams (Outkast’s Big Boi and Phantogram) drew wild cheers with their mashup of “Ms. Jackson” and “Mouthful of Diamonds.” Father John Misty was typically caustic and charismatic throughout his set at the Big Apple Stage. And Matt & Kim proved as irresistible ever with their high-energy performance in front of their hometown crowd.
The headliners also delivered. Keeping with the tributes that have been pouring in throughout festival season, Beck folded in strains of Prince’s “1999” and David Bowie’s “China Girl” while performing “Where It’s At.” He also hit the crowd with an amazing rendition of “Raspberry Beret.” And taking their cues from the title of their a new EP Future Present Past, The Strokes touched on both their classics and selections from the new record.
All told, it was a strong start to the three-day festival, which continues Saturday with performances from M83, Purity Ring and The Killers. Check out a slideshow of day one pictures by photographer Lorraine Schwartz above and keep it here on AXS.com for more coverage of Governor’s Ball.