Over 100,000 people flocked to New York’s iconic Governor’s Ball Music Festival, the annual 3-day festival experience filled with musical artists spanning various genres, from pop to rap to EDM.
Located in the parking lot of Queen’s Citi Field, the event was presented by platinum artists Kid Cudi, Halsey and J. Cole. The festival ran from June 10-12 and attendees were able to experience over 60 artists on four stages, as well as different cuisines and pop-ups from festival sponsors.
It was the second year the Gov Ball was held at Citi Field in the festival’s 11-year history. In previous years, Gov Ball was held at Randall’s Island. Citi Field’s location allows festival goers to travel to and from the festival via the 7 train or the Long Island Rail Road.
Attendees were mostly young adults and a few teens. Dressed in colorful outfits and smeared in body glitter, they sang new hits, like “First Class” during Jack Harlow’s Friday set and old bops such as “Shower” from Becky G on Saturday. Others formed mosh pits during performances by 100 Gecs and Glass Animals.
Initially, Migos was scheduled to perform on the first day of the festival, but three days before the festival he was replaced by Lil Wayne, fueling rumors that the band had split up. Lil Wayne couldn’t make it to his performance due to flight disruptions and was later replaced by A$AP Ferg.
Halsey gave an electrifying performance on her flagship show on June 11. Her set included a cover of the 80s classic and now popular Tik Tok song “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and the first-ever live performance of her recently released song “So Good.” As she finished her last song, fireworks lit up the Queens sky.
The final day included expected performances from Playboi Carti and J. Cole. Fans rushed between overlapping performances and Playboi Carti fans scoffed as he performed atop a large pyramid, rocking the parking lot, while J. Cole sang his hit ‘No Role Modelz” and shouted out Jamaica, Queens.
While this year’s Gov Ball featured popular artists like Joji and Flume, it was also the perfect opportunity for new artists to showcase their songs and for attendees to hear new music.
“It was a whirlwind, it was really overwhelming and fun,” Savannah Hudson, half of indiepop duo BETWEEN FRIENDS, said of their first Gov Ball and the release of their EP “Cutie” on the same day. Hudson went on to say that in addition to being Halsey’s opening days before the festival, it was her and her brother Brandon Hudson’s first real performance as a band.
Festival-goers were also treated to a culinary experience with more than 40 food vendors ohn the premises. Some options included Destination Dumpling, which offered a variety of dumplings, and Big Mozz, an Instagram-famous company known for its mozzarella sticks.
Aside from a few setbacks, including rain at the start of the final day and entertainer Roddy Rich being arrested for having a gun in his vehicle while attempting to enter Citi Field, Gov Ball 2022 was a weekend. -memorable end.