The Governors Ball Music Festival is returning as New York City’s hottest summer festival next weekend, June 10-12, after briefly switching to a September date last year. The festival will be held at Citi Field and has a stacked lineup, including headliners Kid Cudi, Halsey, and J. Cole. Here are some of the other acts you won’t want to miss!
#1: PARIS TEXAS
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Friday, June 10 on the BACARDÍ STAGE from 1:30-2:15pm
LISTEN TO: “FORCE OF HABIT,” “BULLSEYE,” “HEAVY METAL”
First up we have Paris Texas, an LA-based duo that’s relatively new to the scene, having just released their debut project ‘BOY ANONYMOUS’ in May 2021. Paris Texas blends hip-hop, rock, and pop to create a distinct, versatile sound of their own. It’s difficult to compare their music to any of the other acts, They’ve recently cleared their Instagram feed, which may hint at new releases coming soon.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Saturday, June 11 on the GOPUFF STAGE from 8:30-9:45pm
LISTEN TO: “You & Me,” “Never Be Like You (ft. Kai),” “Say Nothing (ft. MAY-A)”
Next up is Flume, a Gov Ball legend whose music just screams summer. For hyperpop, EDM, and experimental music lovers, this one’s for you. His new album, Palaces, which features artists like MAY-A and Caroline Polachek, was just released in mid-May. Flume last played Governors Ball on Randalls Island in 2017, overlapping with headliner Chance the Rapper. His transcendent set was absolutely packed, with just as many people there to see him as there were for Chance. If anything, it’s worth stopping by his set just to see the iconic “You & Me” music video across the screen (pointing to you, 2014 Tumblr girlies).
Tove Lo joined Flume onstage during Governors Ball 2017 for their song “Say It.” Considering she’ll be performing at the festival on Saturday as well (from 3:30-4:30pm on the GOVBALLNYC Stage), we can hope for another surprise appearance this year!
#3: STILL WOOZY
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Saturday, June 11 on the GOVBALLNYC STAGE from 5:00-6:00pm
LISTEN TO: “Goodie Bag,” “Lava,” “Window”
Sven Gamsky, better known as Still Woozy, transcends across genres with electrifying pop, soul, and funk influences. The alt/indie act is also a Governors Ball alum, but he’s moved up in the lineup this year, landing himself a Saturday evening spot on the main GOVBALLNYC Stage. His 2022 festival run follows the release of his debut album If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is (2021), which he took on a completely sold out tour this past winter. His set is a must-see for anyone looking for an energizing pick-me-up and all-around good time. Come prepared to dance!
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Sunday, June 12 on the GOPUFF STAGE from 3:50-4:50pm
LISTEN TO: “Talk Too Much,” “Crash My Car,” “Malibu 1992”
COIN – Governors Ball newbies – released a new album, Uncanny Valley, earlier this year, which was received with high praise from fans. Their NYC performance is long-awaited as they had to cancel their Webster Hall show in December due to Covid safety precautions. The classic pop rock band is sweetly reminiscent of early 2010s boy bands, and the group always brings high energy to their performances.
If you like COIN, you should also check out the Toronto-based indie pop group VALLEY on Saturday at the Bud Light Seltzer Sessions from 6:05-6:30pm or on the GOPUFF Stage from 1:10-1:55pm.
#5: BLACK PUMAS
WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Friday, June 10 on the GOVBALLNYC STAGE from 5:00-6:00pm
LISTEN TO: “Colors,” “Black Moon Rising,” “Fire”
The mystical, Austin-based duo channels psychedelic soul and R&B influences to create encaptivating tracks, all backed by the strong vocals of singer/songwriter Eric Burton. Along with guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada, the duo will bring some passion and vitality to Governors Ball.