It is a breath of fresh air to say these magical words: The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City is back for 2021, and for their 10th anniversary at that. While many music venues across the world took a massive hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, Governors Ball’s team clearly used their hiatus wisely and have come back with one of the strongest festival plans we’ve seen all year. It’s really no surprise, though, seeing as the GovBall team has always been able to overcome adversities with prestige, making the festival even safer and more fun each year.
Although the original 10th-anniversary lineup for summer 2020 was one of the best that we’ve seen (I mean, Tame Impala AND Stevie Nicks?), somehow the festival managed to outdo themselves with this one. Headlining this year’s festival will be Billie Eilish, A$ap Rocky, and Post Malone, but we want to highlight some artists that you cannot miss this weekend.
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Future Islands: See them on Friday from 5:30-6:30 pm on the Honda Stage
Amine: See him on Saturday from 6:30-7:30 pm on the Grubhub Stage
Meg Thee Stallion: See her on Saturday from 5:30-6:30 pm on the GOVBALLNYC Main Stage
Young Thug: See him on Sunday from 7-8 pm on the BACARDI Stage
Carly Rae Jepsen: See her on Sunday from 6-7 pm on the Honda Stage
What You Should Know
COVID-19 Policy: To keep festival-goers and artists as safe as possible, GovBall is requiring proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within three days of each festival day you are attending.
Safety: Only small, clear bags and clutch bags are allowed into the festival grounds this year. For a full list of items that can and cannot be brought into the festival and stadium, see the GovBall official website. GovBall also removed the age restriction policy they had in place after the 2019 festival, which required minors to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Now, they’ve stated all ages are welcome, and children 5 years old and younger can attend for free.
New Location: This year boasts a whole new “360” experience as the festival grounds have moved from the classic island paradise with a city view (from Governors Island and Randall’s Island) to Citi Field Athletic Complex in Queens, NY. The festival team shared that the location of stages makes them not only easier to get from one to another, but that festival-goers can expect much less sound bleed.
Tips for First-Timers
1. Make a detailed list of your must-see artists with their set times and stage locations. Better yet, download the GovBall App to favorite your artists and curate your own personal setlist.
2. Drink water. Just because the festival falls after the autumnal equinox this year doesn’t mean the sun exposure and long days won’t get you! GovBall will have free water stations all throughout the festival grounds, so bring your empty refillable water bottles and party on!
3. Whether you feel like it or not, you gotta eat (a lot). GovBall will have a sea of food trucks and vendors from high-quality restaurants throughout NYC. If you want sweets, savory, or spicy, GovBall will have it all.
4. Make time for the festival magic! GovBall is known for their influencer-worthy art installations and selfie-scenes throughout the festival, including the ever-infamous Statue of Lady Liberty which will now stand tall in the center of the grounds.
Governors Ball Music Festival runs from Friday, September 24th to Sunday, September 26th from 11:45 – 10pm each day. Check out the festival playlist below and get ready to celebrate this weekend. We hope to see you there!