Governors Ball Graces Randall’s Island With Tunes, Toasts, And Takeout

Travis Scott at Governors Ball. 
Photo@rohofoto Travis Scott at Governors Ball. Photo@rohofoto Governors Ball took place this year on Randall’s Island on June 1- 3. Eminem, Halsey, Jack White, and Travis Scott had the biggest crowds, but fans of all ages were enthralled by the nonstop food and music. Rain did not put a damper on fans’ fun, but it did make the fields quite muddy. The Governors Ball also included non-musical entertainment, including engaging with the yearly art installations, and grassroots activism like registering to vote with HeadCount and learning about gun safety with Everytown.

Eminem was this writer’s personal favorite performance. Eminem’s fireworks and guest performances with 50 Cent and Skyler Gray delighted fans. Marshall Mathers even gave a “shout out to wifey… Nicki Minaj,” referencing their dating rumors. He claimed they “go together.”

Randall’s Island’s next musical event will be the Panorama Festival at the end of July. The Weeknd is headlining, along with Janet Jackson and the Killers.

A huge crowd turned up for Governors Ball. 
Photo@alivecoverage A huge crowd turned up for Governors Ball. Photo@alivecoverage The Bacardi Stage hosted Silk City’s debut festival performance, while Bacardi Bay served up an enviable menu of delicious cocktails. Bacardi once again brought the #SoundofRum to the festival. Over the weekend, Bacardi opened its doors to Bacardi Bay, an exclusive island-inspired event space featuring surprise performances, refreshing cocktails, hammocks, day boats, and a two-story bar with the best views in Governors Ball. Many a tired or drunk festival goer could be seen swinging on the hammocks or passed out in day boat “cuddle puddles.”

For the fourth year in a row, Tequila Don Julio took over Governors Ball as the exclusive tequila with the following activations: An Agave and EEEEEats pop-up in partnership with Infatuation located in the Best Kept Secret area equipped with a picture perfect swing set and the classic Tequila Don Julio vintage pick up truck. Craft cocktails were served from the 1967 vintage Airstream Speakeasy in both the GA liquor lounge, and in the exclusive Freeloaders Lounge. Festival-goers over the age of 21 headed to the GA liquor lounge to escape the influx of 17-year-olds who were not old enough to be smoking the cigarettes that Randall’s Island banned.

Governors Ball cuties. 
PhotoTommyLundberg Governors Ball cuties. PhotoTommyLundberg —Nicollette Barsamian

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