Two-day music festival mixes hip-hop, rock, dance and more
Beck, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, Duck Sauce and Passion Pit are set to headline the 2012 Governors Ball Music Festival June 23 and 24 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. The two-day, two-stage festival strives to feature “some of the biggest and best acts in live music,” says the event’s website, adding that “the event will be one big party, so bring your foot spray – it will get funky.”
The first day of the festival will bring in hip-hop, dance and electronic artists. Performers slated to play Saturday include Chromeo, Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem), Atmosphere, Major Lazer, Santigold, Big Gigantic, Penguin Prison, Walk the Moon, Art vs. Science, K.Flay and Nobody Beats the Drum, as well as Passion Pit and Duck Sauce. Sunday’s lineup is geared towards the alternative and rock crowd, toting sets by Cage the Elephant, Explosions in the Sky, Built to Spill, Devendra Banhart, Phantogram, Freelance Whales, Alberta Cross, the Jezabels, Cults and Turf War, as well as Beck, Fiona Apple and Modest Mouse.
Beck and Fiona Apple haven’t played New York City in years, making this a much-overdue stop. Beck last played the Big Apple in 2008 to promote “Modern Guilt,” while Fiona Apple’s most recent main Manhattan show was in 2006 in Central Park. Fiona Apple is also playing several headlining shows across the U.S. this spring, including a stop March 15 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Single day, two-day, and VIP tickets for the Governors Ball Music Festival are on-sale via the festival’s official site.