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It’s that time of the year again when music lovers hear about their favorite and much awaited Governors Ball Music Festival. 2018 will mark the 8th year of this incredible musical extravaganza that brings artists of various genres under one roof. Three days of eclectic music styles, best food from around the country and the craziest crowd, it can’t get better than this.

Returning to New York City’s Randall’s Island, Governors Ball 2018 will take place from June 1 – 3. The organizers have promised bigger and better attractions this season, offering the Governors Ball tickets holders triple entertainment and triple madness.

Governors Ball Music Festival Over the Years

New York City tried and tested many festivals over the years but nothing managed to stick – or resonate with its fun-loving residents. Until the Governors Ball Music Festival that was launched in 2011 by Founders Entertainment. The inaugural event nailed it completely, stacked with a star-studded lineup featuring Pretty Lights and Girl Talk, among others. Next year when the Governors Ball returned to the city, it had been promoted from a single day concert to a two-day festival.

In its 8th year, the festival has reached a level of cultural significance, becoming an intentionally renowned event. Against the backdrop of the city’s stunning skyline, the Governors Ball sticks to its patriotic theme using American flags and landmarks like the Statue of Liberty as part of the settings. Staying true to its original roots, the Governors Ball continues with diversity and presents a lineup that appeals to the masses. Rock, heavy metal, pop, hip-hop, EDM, electronic, indie and country music – the Governors Ball has something for everyone.

The 2017 event roped in more than 60 artists, all belonging to different genres. The Governors Ball has remained popular in all these years due to the dynamic vision of its founders. The co-founders Tom Russell and Jordan Wolowitz along with the other prominent members of the Founders Entertainment, pay special attention to who they are selecting as the headliners. While booking an artist they look at it from a fan’s perspective, mixing the most popular artists with those who haven’t performed in a while and in the end it’s the anticipation that draws in a lot of people. More than 150,000 people flock to the Randall’s Island every year to be a part of summer’s best music festival.

What to Expect at Governors Ball Music Festival

The Governors Ball sticks to its formula of something old and something new. 2017 event welcomed Tool for the first time and it was the rock band’s first performance in New York City in almost 10 years. Their hardcore fans were stoked.

Here’s a look at what the festival has to offer.

Non-Music Activities – Music is what drives the Governors Ball, but the festival has so much more for the attendees. The festivalgoers can take pictures at the photo booths set up all around the ground. Perfect for selfies and group pictures, the attendees not just have fun, but also get to take home wonderful memories.

Those looking for a breather away from the crowd can indulge in the exciting lawn games. Set up away from all the hustle and bustle, these include Life-size Connect Four, Ladder Ball, Corn Hole and Bocce Ball.

Silent Disco is another crowd favorite activity at the Governors Ball. A big space with unlimited supply of headphones, people can enjoy their personal preferences in solitude.

Mini Golf anyone? The organizers brought back the activity on popular demand in the 2017 event and it will be there for the 2018 festival as well. Four courses, rock formations, a cave and 36 holes, the activity is available for all and is located right behind the Honda stage, making it accessible for all.

Food – No festival is complete without food and the Governors Ball offers it manifold. Going way beyond the traditional festival offerings like corndogs and burgers, the Ball invites vendors from all over the city; some even fly in from other parts of the country. Local restaurants set up food stalls, offering variety to the vegetarians as well as the meat lovers. There are exotic drinks and plenty of beer brands to choose from.

Health buffs can choose from gluten-free cuisines and those with sweet tooth can enjoy delicious desserts and shakes. BBQ, fast-food, pizzas and scrumptious delights, you name it – all are available at the festival.

Music – As already established, the Governors Ball is a haven for music aficionados. A bevy of performances are scheduled throughout its three-day course and the options are so many that most of the people have a hard time deciding who to listen to. The sonic diversity and a wide-ranging artistic culture are present on all three days.

In every genre, the headliner is a world renowned name, but at the same time, rising stars and relatively newer names are also given the opportunity to showcase their talent. From Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Phoenix to Wiz Khalifa, The Avalanches and Local Natives, all have been a part of Governors Ball eclectic lineup.

Other big names like Kanye West, Beck, Elle King, Florence and the Machine, Drake and Guns N’ Roses have graced the festival previously, adding to its credibility. 2018 lineup is anticipated to be a huge one and many iconic names are expected to be on the guest list. Keep checking this space for the latest updates on the 2018 Governors Ball and exciting information on the music festivities.

Governors Ball Ticket Prices

Nothing but non-stop entertainment. Among the many things that make the Governors Ball one of the most attended festivals is its price. Governors Ball ticket prices are relatively cheaper as compared to its counterparts like Coachella and Bonnaroo Festival. The attendees get plenty of options as they can choose from a single day ticket as well as buy a three-day pass.

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