The Dream Summer Festival Has Arrived in New York: Here’s Your Complete Guide To Governor’s Ball

Crowds dance in the sunshine at 2014's GovernorsPhoto Credit: GovBall NYC

This article is like bottled water. While it doesn’t contain anything you can’t find elsewhere, putting it in all in one place makes it much more convenient (and cleaner) than the slurping it from the faucet. Now, prepare your palettes for an all-inclusive download of GovBall.

Here’s some questions we’ve all been asking:

When? June 1st – 3rd, 2018.

What? A killer festival with arguably one of the best lineups of the year.

How much coin? GA 1-day passes are $115, 3-day are $305. Check here for GovBall tickets. Also check stubhub as tickets are routinely below $240 before fees.

What is Kanye doing? No one knows, he’s the physical embodiment of an enigma.

Coachella has officially kicked off the summer music festival season and we are in store for an amazing season of live music. Though this festival is in the big apple and distinctly lacks an iconic ferris wheel, it has a stacked cross-genre lineup. 60+ artists are lined up to play across four stages across in New York’s Randall’s Island.

If last year’s progression holds, it looks like wristbands should be mailed this week. Be warned though that once you put that band on, it won’t come off as many poor festival-goers have realized the hard way after wristbands were mailed last May.

Now that you have your ticket on the way, let’s dive into the nitty gritty to give you the complete update on all things GovBall before you head to this soon-to-be-legendary fest in the city that never sleeps.

Getting There

It’s placement in Randall’s Island sets up a pretty idyllic location for experiencing live music. The river nearby and relative isolation from the hustle and bustle of the city makes this venue an excellent venue. It also adds an additional layer of complexity.


Take the Subway to 125th street stop. From there you can take the x80 bus to the festival entrance.


Ferries leave from East 35th St and run every 15 minutes the day of the festival and end once everyone is off of the island. 3 day tickets are $45 and one day is $18. As a repeated festival-goer, this is highly recommended for easy access to and from the festival. Ferry tickets can be found here.


Because parking isn’t allowed near the festival, this is also a good option for those far from the ferry.


For those who can’t get enough time on your feet during the festival, walking and biking is also an option. The Robert F. Kennedy bridge is accessible via a dedicated bike path.

The Festival’s Grounds

The festival is broken into four primary stages (GovBall NYC, Bacardi, American Eagle and Honda). GovBall NYC and Honda host the large headliners.

Funky art installations permeate the grounds and if you’re lucky, you can lounge on the grassy knoll near the famed GovBall letters. Among the many extra-musical activities offered is an available 36 hole mini golf course, lawn activities, lockers and water stations.

Like many of its peers, GovBall has gone cashless. Festival-goers can link their wristband with a credit card (only one though) and pay the day away at the myriad of beer gardens and food stands popping up around the festival.

Performance Schedule

Day 1

Headliner Highlights

Jack White begins his tour on the festival circuit with the Friday headlining gig. Coming off his 2018 album Boarding House Reach, he offers a rock-centric header that will please White Stripes and Jack White fans alike. Also notable in Friday’s lineup is the garage-rock sounds of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blake and a recently announced “special performance” by teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes.

Undercard Highlight


A growing indie favorite, Alvvays’s lead singer Molly Rankin is coming off an excellent showing at The National Homecoming Fest in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prepare for delectable indie-pop hits with “Archie, Marry Me” and “In Undertow” among their slew of jams.

Day 2

Headliner Highlights

Travis Scott takes the lead spot on Saturday. Well known for his iconic trap anthems that emanate from fraternity houses around the country, he’s sure to play a varied mix from his successful 2016 record Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight to the recent release, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho among his other rap-centric discography. Fan-favorite Halsey and Swedish electronic duo Galantis fill out the lineup as solid sub-headliners.

Undercard Highlight

GovBall showcases their mixed-genre lineup with the likes of Cut Copy and 2Chainz in the 5:00 time slot. Both stellar up & coming acts, they are sure to delight fans of their respective genres. Cut Copy’s aromatic, rock-synth sound is fully present on their 2017 record Haiku From Zero. 2Chainz ventures into the trap field with his recent album accurately entitled Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.

Day 3

Headliner Highlights

Eminem headlines the final day at GovBall as part of his tour of the summer festival circuit that includes the likes of Boston Calling, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. Sunday also features a solid series of sub-headliners with the inclusion of Lil Uzi Vert, Sylvan Esso, N.E.R.D., Chvrches and Khalid.

Undercard Highlight

Growing indie pop act Billie Eilish holds the early afternoon time slot on Sunday. Her diaphanous indie sound packs a strong punch and is set to please Eilish groupies and indie pop fans alike. Amine and Quinn XCII round out what is a packed day of strong acts on Sunday.

Late Night Lineup

Keep the tunes rolling with a packed lineup of evening performances from GovBall acts at clubs and bars around NYC in their After Dark Lineup. Acts include Cut Copy, Galantis, Vic Mensa and Amine among others. Tickets are a great deal – from $40 upwards. Get yours quick as many have already sold out.


Looking for that trendy cookie dough spot? Perhaps a ramen burger or uniquely flavored doughnut? GovBall is a foodie’s delight with over 56 vendors located throughout the park serving a myriad of food options. They include quirky food essentials like Ramen Burgers and jap-mex tacos to trendy favorites like dō and John’s Juice. There also is an on-site beer garden and available craft cocktails for those over 21 to take a break and imbibe some delectable libations.



The clock to GovBall is ticking down. Hope this guide has helped you prepare accordingly for one of the most highly sought after festivals this summer. If not, just like a bottle of water, you can take it and throw it in the nearest trash bin.

Until, June 1st, GovBall!

Interested in more FestivalPulse pieces? See our coverage of Cincinatti’s The National Homecoming Festival and breakdown of the spring festival season in our Spring Festival Roundup.

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