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Beck, The Strokes, Miguel + More At Stormy Governors Ball

All it took was a bit of a downpour, a cancelled third day, and a flood of fans descending upon Webster Hall for a surprise 2AM Kanye West concert (that ultimately got shut down) to confirm that this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival will go down in history. Even before a cancelled third day led to a number of artists doing last-minute sets throughout the city and a near riot cancelled Kanye’s show, an electric energy on Randall’s Island matched the thunderous rumblings of bad weather. The dreaded rain only served to stoke the excitement that washed over the field as people crossed the East River to rock, dance, and sing along to all their favorite artists.

The overcast weather provided the ideal conditions to hop between sets, and there was no shortage of acts to check out. Girl power was in full effect as Christine and the Queens and Bully played through dance hits and mosh-ready shreds. Beck‘s set confirmed his legendary rock status, Father John Misty made us want to join his svelte cult of rock n’ roll mysticism, and then The Strokes proved why they were picked to headline the first night. Julian Casablancas led the crowd through sing-alongs accompanied by fiery guitar riffs for a perfect nightcap.

If you’d have told the crowd that by the time Miguel took the stage for his crooning set, there would be a downpour so intense that it would turn Randall’s Island into a Turkish mudwrestling festival, nobody would’ve believe you. During the day, the skies churned out a sunbaked heat as the crowd let loose and blazed for Action Bronson, jammed alongside Catfish and the Bottlemen, and got hip-hop history lessons from the legendary De La Soul. The kids were even alright with the jazzy soul of Thundercat. It was a jam packed day of lyrical jams and synth sounds that made up for the fact that, by Sunday afternoon, the festival was cancelled because of extreme weather.

The electrifying performances may have been so intense that they produced the actual lightning that cut Gov Ball’s final day short, but the memories and mud stained shoes will live on forever. Slide through the gallery to check out the Milk fav Andrew Boyle’s best shots from this year’s festival.

Images shot exclusively for Milk by Andrew Boyle. 

Stay tuned to Milk for more music festival news. 

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