Björk, Florence, St Vincent + Other Ladies Who Crushed Gov Ball 15
Unpredictable summer weather, lack of open space and plenty of concrete aren’t as accommodating or desirable for festival organizers than, say, Coachella Valley, but the New York summer gets a nice kick start each year from the Governors Ball. Day 1 was peppered with some light rain that prematurely set off fears of the foul smelling mud pit that swallowed the festival whole a couple of years back.
But some sloppy patches here and there did little to dampen the glorious weekend sun and breezy conditions as headliners Drake, Björk, Deadmau5 (whose set crashed multiple times), Ryan Adams (furious at aforementioned producer’s bass spilling into his set), Black Keys and Lana Del Rey mixed it up with mainstay favorites, hip hop in the form of, among others, Atmosphere, Drake and Logic and some much needed thrashing from Death From Above 1979 and Royal Blood. EDM blew up on Saturday by way of Flume and SBTRKT, and even America’s most beloved parody recording artist Weird Al Yankovic drew a massive assembly on late Sunday.
But who truly delivered this weekend was the indomitable force of the females, with most all of the standout performances belonging to the ladies. Florence and The Machine‘s sound was colossally epic, St Vincent opened her set, brilliantly, as a rigid fem-bot, Denmark native MØ probably sent several people Spotify’s way after Friday’s show to look for her tunes, while Marina and The Diamonds brought a comsos inspired degree of goofy fun to the main stage. And of course, the godmother of them all was Björk, who took festivalgoers to church in a pulsating, butterfly outfit, full orchestra in tow.
No doubt many were happy to feel that all familiar sting of festival sunburn once more, and perhaps a few beer induced headaches were worth the trouble to celebrate the commencement of a much needed summer.
Photography by Andrew Boyle