If you know me, you know that I always try to attend as many concerts and festivals as I can, especially if the opportunity comes along. This time I really wanted to go to Governors Ball, not only because I loved its lineup but because it’s based in New York (my favorite city). One of the reasons why I was mostly excited to go to this festival was because Rüfüs Du Sol was playing and I’ve never had the chance to see them live; they don’t usually come to Texas (which sucks).
However, everything about the festival was perfect! I dislike when festivals are too crowded or when it’s too hot outside, but Governors Ball had awesome weather (aside from the rain on Sunday) and the right amount of people. From the ferry rides that took you to Randall’s Island, to having access to lounges where delicious drinks were available as you enjoyed good music and other fun activities. Also, the food was amazing! There were numerous options to choose from, from milk tea to matcha everything! I’m still thinking of those sriracha nuggets with OG ranch I had on Saturday from The Nugget Spot (must try!).
Anyways, going back to music… although I enjoyed all of the performances this past weekend, I do have my favorites and I’ll start with Michael Kiwanuka, who’s mainly known as the beautiful vocals of the theme song of the HBO hit series, Big Little Lies. The crowd around me got excited when Kiwanuka began to play it, and you could hear the whispers saying that it was the Big Little Lies song. Michael Kiwanuka’s performance was awesome, it was a unique and soothing set.
Next on my list would have to be Saint Motel’s performance which was full of vibrant vibes. I couldn’t stop dancing to all of their songs, especially when they played ‘My Type’, a song that brings back a lot of fun memories with my friends. I also loved AJ Jackson’s enthusiasm on stage and his outfit was very cool. Saint Motel’s performance had everything in one: fun music, fashion and art.
Third favorite performance goes to Phoenix, who I had never seen live even though I’ve been listening to their music for years. I was dragged by my best friend to the GovBallNYC stage where Phoenix would be closing on Saturday, making me miss Mark Ronson (who I really wanted to see). However, after seeing Phoenix perform I don’t regret anything. They really do know how to put a hell of a show; their visuals, their creativity, and their awesomeness had me mesmerized. Phoenix’s set was crazy good, beautiful, and unforgettable.
And last but obviously not least, my ultimate favorite set of Governors Ball was from one of my favorite Aussie bands, Rüfüs Du Sol. I’ve been dying to see them live for years now and never had any luck, but the wait was worth it. Their performance at this fest was eclectic; each member of the band was unique in their own style and they kept giving each other these looks while performing that you could feel and see the connection between the three of them and how good they are together. I’m just a little disappointed they didn’t play more songs (including my favorite,‘Tell Me’), but I’ll let it slide this time. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I’ll be seeing them perform.