Festival season is coming right up this weekend and then we will jump right into it with events happening all over the world every weekend. New York will see one of its biggest festivals of the year, Governors Ball, which brings together all genres under one theoretical roof. The headlines will likely be dominated by a lineup with names like Eminem, Jack White, Halsey, Travis Scott, Chvrches, Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo Mark Ronson and N.E.R.D., but there is plenty of talent under those big names who will bring it like those headliners. We will recap a few of those who we think you should check out like Flight Facilities, Jay Electronica, VHS Collection, Pond and others.
1. Pond: Friday 1:30 – 2:15 @ Gov Ball NYC Stage
Pond has been touring pretty heavily since the release of their album The Weather last year. Led by the touring guitarist for Tame Impala, the group shares some of the same characteristics, with psychedelic, synth-heavy indie rock that makes for a perfect daytime set. Get there early on Friday to see the group.
2. Flight Facilities: Friday 3:45 - 4:30 @ American Eagle Stage
Flight Facilities toured extensively after their 2014 album Down To Earth. Then three years passed without new music. In the past nine months, we have gotten three new singles and there will be another this week before they take the stage at Gov Ball. They claim to have a full album’s worth of music ready to go, but are releasing them a single at a time, so maybe you will get a taste of their upcoming soothing, funky and melodic electronic music. Don’t miss out on these guys early on Friday.
3. Goldlink: Friday 3:45 – 4:30 @ Bacardi Stage
Goldlink isn’t the newest of customers, but he has had a huge 12 months. Since the release of his 2017 album At What Cost, he has been on the radio, playing big festivals all over the world and getting on some big collabs. The music isn’t stopping either, including hopping on a remix for Diplo & MØ’s “Get It Right.” We caught him last year at Greatest Day Ever and he was one of the standouts. Expect that same energy again this year.
4. The Glitch Mob: Friday 8:00 – 9:15 @ American Eagle Stage
This is kind of cheating because they are one of the biggest electronic acts on the bill, but there is added significance to seeing the trio now at Gov Ball. The Glitch Mob just released their new album See Without Eyes a few weeks ago and this will be the first time they play in New York City since the LP release. They won’t be back for some time and with a new edition of their signature Blade setup in tow, you would be foolish to miss this.
5. VHS Collection: Saturday 1:30 – 2:15 @ Honda Stage
There are few things better at summer festivals for a daytime set than synth-pop and indie pop. VHS Collection aren’t that well known yet, but they are on their way. They have a growing amount of material, including their new single “One,” which has more of rock groove than their other work, but still has the melodic sound you want from them. If you can make it early for a full day Saturday, get to the Honda Stage for something that sounds much better than your VHS Collection.
6. Aurora: Saturday 1:30 – 2:15 @ Gov Ball NYC Stage
Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer released her debut studio album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend in 2016 and became a darling of the festival circuit for a solid year. She has since receded from the public eye some to work on her second album, and is ready to share some of that material this summer. She released the first single “Queendom” in April, which brings a cheery pop record to her discography. Aurora has a new album coming in the fall, so this may be a chance to hear some new music from her. Yes she is at the same time as VHS Collection, so split the sets or choose what best suits you.
7. Jay Electronica: Saturday 2:15 – 3:00 @ Bacardi Stage
There is a sort of mythology that surrounds Jay Electronica. The revered rapper came up in the late 2000’s and became a cult icon in the underground and was signed to Roc Nation in 2010. An album was then supposed to be on the way, but since then it hasn’t been released for mysterious reasons. He has featured on projects, but this album remains as elusive as any. He rarely tours as a result, so this gig could be a peak into the future and that long-awaited album a decade in the making.
8. Kelela: Saturday 3:45 – 4:45 @ American Eagle Stage
Her album Take Me Apart was hailed by many as one of the best of 2017, combining r&b with club, electronic and soulful beats. She is a powerful performer ready to bring energy to your Saturday at Gov Ball. There is plenty of rock and hip-hop up and down the bill, but very little like her. Kelela is not only incredibly talented, but she will be a unique show you need to catch over the weekend.
9. Dirty Projectors: Sunday 5:45 – 6:45 @ Bacardi Stage
Dirty Projectors is another artist who is no stranger to the festival stage around the world, but this soothing music is just what you will need halfway through Sunday. His self-titled album was released last year, but it still feels fresh today after a five year releasing hiatus. Don’t miss the chance to see Dirty Projectors on Sunday.