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The Best And Worst Of Governors Ball 2014

Joyce Jude Lee |
June 12, 2014 | 6:52 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Governors Ball 2014 was leagues better than it was last year (when the weather got so bad that headliner Kings of Leon had to cancel their Friday performance). Luckily, for attendees, the sun shone all three days as the festival gods gifted New York with perfect setting. The weather was as beautiful as the festival itself--art installations throughout the site were as impressive as the food and music lineup. Here are some bests and worsts of the weekend if you couldn't make it out to the festival yourself. 


FOOD: The food lineup was almost as exciting as the music lineup this year at Governors Ball. Vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Pok Pok, Numpang, and Cafe Habana set up stations around the festival, providing music lovers with some delicious food to re-energize themselves between sets. With minimial price increases, it really made the festival experience all the more special. It's nice to have choices outside of pizzas and pretzels. 

PERFORMANCE: Best set of the weekend, for me, definitely belonged to Vampire Weekend. The quartet played through so much of their catalogue and kept the audience hyped the entire time. You can see and feel how beloved this band is in their hometown of New York City--incessant cheers fueled this last set of the festival.  In an unsual turn of events, lead singer Ezra Koenig even ran into the crowd with loads of two dollar bills, throwing them at people for "good luck." 


PERFORMANCE: On Friday, I saw a set from the hip-hop group, Run The Jewels. Though their music was loud, they didn't really maintain the audience's attention throughout the set. Perhaps it was because they're set was pretty early on in the festival, but I feel that this was one of the weaker sets I saw at the festival. 

CROWD: Bastille put on fantastic shows at festivals (I've seen them at both Hangout Festival and Boston Calling), but for some reason, the crowd at Governors Ball was not as into their music as I had hoped. Even through their fast paced and fun songs, most of those who were around me just stood as if they were waiting for another act. Someone around me even left upon finding out the English quartet don't play their hit song "Pompeii" until the end of their set. I stood pretty far back from their set, and perhaps the energy was better at the front, but it's slightly disappointing when people don't pay attention to the music and decide to chat throughout a set (whilst standing in the crowd). 

If you are in town next year and the lineup is decent, I would definitely recommend going to Governors Ball. It's undoubtedly bound to improve from this year's success, which makes it something to look forward to.

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