Governors Ball 2016 was set to be a great time for thousands of locals and out-of-towners, with three full days of music that were to feature a variety of acts representing all genres of music. Included on the bill were The Strokes, Beck, Matt And Kim, Bloc Party, Father John Misty, Miguel, Mac Miller, Gary Clark Jr., Against Me!, and Kanye West. However, Mother Nature had other ideas.
Though it stormed on and off towards the end of Saturday's festivities and didn't result in an early shutdown, Sunday's forecast showed a major storm system on the horizon and caused enough concern that the decision was made to cancel the entirety of Sunday. Naturally, many were devastated, including fans who flew in from far away cities along with vendors who stood to make fantastic profits on the day one of the biggest names in music was to headline (Kanye). But after yesterday's injuries occurring on the grounds of Rock Am Ring in Germany, it's better to be sulking at home than in danger.
But on the bright side, those who came out on Friday and Saturday were able to enjoy what the festival had to offer. Besides great music, there were plenty of activities and food to enjoy if you found yourself waiting for the next band to play. There was the Sennheiser Silent Disco, where you could put on a pair of headphones and dance to music that Disco tent-outsiders were none the wiser to; MTV's Noise Floor, which let you control a light show with your limbs; plenty of selfie opportunities including the Coca Cola "Share A Coke, Share A Song" booth that included a DJ spinning party tunes like "Ice, Ice Baby" and "Billie Jean"; and the newest addition to Governors Ball, a Mini Golf course.
Music was the main draw, of course. Fans packed themselves in at every one of the four stages to catch their favorite act, or even one that they'd never even heard of. One of the biggest troopers of the weekend had to have been Miguel, who performed through a flash storm on Saturday evening, leaving him and his fans completely soaked. While he put on an epic show during the watery assault, many festgoers unprepared for the rain fled the open fields in hopes of finding shelter under patches of thick foliage scattered throughout the grounds.
Though Sunday left many disappointed with the surprise day off, a few of the artists scheduled last minute shows for Sunday night. At the time of this posting, surprise Sunday guest Prophets Of Rage announced a gig at the Warsaw in Brooklyn; Vic Mensa at Webster Hall; Courtney Barnett at Rough Trade; and Two Door Cinema Club at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. All the shows have been announced via their Twitter accounts, making the social media platform a valuable asset for days like today.
Check out my photos of the highlights from Day 1 and Day 2 in the slideshow!