Front Row at Governors Ball 2014
Spared the mud apocalypse of the year before, conditions at this year’s Governors Ball couldn’t have been in greater contrast. In a city that is used to most music festivals being rained out by New York’s unpredictable summer weather, fans reveled in the fine conditions and a lineup of headliners including Outkast, The Strokes, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Disclosure and Interpol.
Notable performances came from Earl Sweathshirt, Foster The People, Chance The Rapper and Tyler The Creator who cartoonishly antagonized just about everyone including V.I.P lounge viewers ("rich kids who’s parents bought your ticket"). The photographers ("All your pictures suck") and the festival itself ("I’d never heard of this festival until about a month ago"). The Strokes, meanwhile, played what seemed like a victory lap in their own hometown, defying their reputation as an inconsistent live act, possibly helped by drawing the largest crowd of the festival. Most would agree that it felt like a perfect kick off to NYC’s long overdue summer.
Photos by Andrew Boyle.