Who You Need To See At Governor's Ball 2015
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is one of the crown jewels of New York City festivals, and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever. The first Governor’s Ball took place in 2011, and despite its young age it has made a name for itself as one of the premier city festivals in the country with heavy hitting lineups that satisfy a wide variety tastes, and well organized production. The three day festival[DT1] [DT2] [DT3] takes place on Randall’s Island in New York City and is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015. With a lineup filled with underground gems and well-known names, here is an overview of three of our favorite biggest names taking the stage this year.
Bjork is an the iconic singer/songwriter and occasional actress from Iceland. Her newest album Vulcanaria just released on January 20th to critical acclaim. This is not the only event Bjork has planned in New York City, in fact, the New York Museum of Modern Art is preparing a retrospective exhibition that will chronicle her entire career from her Debut album to her previous release Biophilia. Her set is already generating much anticipation from fans, and that is probably in big part due to the fact that she has not performed in New York City since 2012. The Governor’s Ball team has confirmed that she will be playing on Saturday via Reddit.
Lana Del Rey
Lana’s rise to fame was about as quick as any in this modern age. The American singer/songwriter describes herself as a “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and she fits the bill well. Her music is noted for its cinematic sound and 50’s and 60’s pop culture references. She has been described as a “Lolita lost in the hood” and has even been called the “anti-gaga.” Following her 2010 debut with Born to Die, the amount of fame and followers she has amassed seems almost unreal. Lana Del Rey also has not played a show in New York City since 2012. Her forthcoming album Honeymoon is due to release later this year, and you can surely expect to hear some of these tracks at Governor’s Ball 2015. The Governor’s Ball team has said on Reddit that she will be performing on Sunday.
EDM’s most vocal troll is back again. Deadmau5 is set to bring his personal brand of progressive house to Governor’s Ball this year, and the whole city better be ready for some surprises. After some Reddit confirmation from the Gov Ball team that he will be using a new stage, huge excitement and speculation hit the scene. Several months ago Deadmau5 announced that he is building a 360 arena stage setup for his new ‘Entropy’ tour. The confirmation of a new stage at The Governor’s Ball had many people losing their minds to see the 360 setup along with rumors that this could be the first date of the tour. So much speculation came of this that Deadmau5 himself had to take to twitter to quell the hysteria of the masses. Even if we have to wait a while longer for his tour, you can be sure minds will be blown in New York City. Chairman Mau5 will be closing the main stage on Saturday, as confirmed by the Governor’s Ball team on Reddit.
Hailing from Minneapolis, rapper Sean Daley and DJ/producer Anthony Davis go by Slug and Ant respectively. Together they make up the Hip-Hop duo Atmosphere. Certainly these men can be considered veterans of the rap scene, having spent the last eighteen years transforming the city of Minneapolis into an underground rap paradise. In that time Atmosphere has released seven studio albums, and ten extended plays. Slug is known for his very introspective style of rapping, and frequently delves into his own issues with women and drugs and alcohol. Governor’s Ballers should look forward to the liquid lyrics of Slug and the chill beats of Ant in the sun on Randall’s Island.
David "Dave 1" Macklovitch and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel are the faces and talent behind Chromeo. Originating from Montreal, Chromeo has been making music since 2004 with their debut album She’s in Control. A track from that album, “Needy Girl” rocketed Chromeo to fame as it became a worldwide club hit. Chromeo has an eclectic funky sound that is reminiscent of 80’s funk bands like Hall and Oates. This funky sound has become increasingly popular over the last few years, it’s almost as if Chromeo predicted this would happen 10 years ago. Two fun facts about the tight pants wearing front man, David Macklovitch: his younger brother is named Alain Macklovitch which probably doesn’t mean anything until you hear his stage name: A-Trak. Talented family for sure! Macklovitch not only holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University but he is currently a lecturer in French at Barnard College.
Well there you have it, a quick rundown of five Governor’s Ball artists that are sure to put on a great show. If you want more information check out the Q&A session that the Governor’s Ball team did here. There will be something for absolutely everyone at this year’s Governor’s Ball, and it is sure to be an unforgettable weekend. Artists always like to do something special for New York City, and they always bring their best to festivals. That combination is definitely going to make for some amazing memories. See you at the Governor’s Ball!
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By Dominic Thomas