Sunday, June 3, 2018

Governors Ball 2018 at Randall's Island Park, Day 3

Founders Entertainment gathered 65 music artists and tens of thousands of revelers to the eighth annual Governors Ball Music Festival (commonly known as Governors Ball or Gov Ball) on Randall's Island Park in New York City on June 1-3, 2018. The major draws this year included Jack White, Travis Scott, Eminem, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, Khalid, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert and Chvrches.

Once again, the festival was light on rock and top-heavy with pop, rap and EDM artists. The park featured four stages, with two usually active at any given moment. Timing was very strict, such that the moment one artist finished another artist was starting at a nearby stage. Rappers consistently drew the largest crowds, such that rock fans were able to get closer to their musicians because the rivaling pop artists drew bigger numbers. A string quartet and a brass band also circulated among the crowd away from the live stages.

Between stages, attendees purchased dozens of food and drink vendors and visited many corporate booths. New Yorkers love free, and so attendees took advantage of free caramel M&Ms, four flavors of Lays potato chips and various La Croix beverages, as well as free face painting, hair braiding, tote bags, and Governors Ball temporary tattoos. Love, Tito’s Festival Experience allowed attendees to record a time capsule video that the outfit will send to the participant in a year. Multiple murals allowed for photo opportunities and supersized Jenga, Count 4 and other games attracted competitors.

Day Three Headlines:
  • Eminem name-dropped Nicki Minaj as "wifey" amidst a rumor mill that the two may be in some kind of relationship: "I'm gonna tell you something about Nicki that she don't even know: we go together." During his festival-closing set, Eminem brought out several guest performers, including 50 Cent, Skylar Grey, and Royce Da 5'9'.
  • Lil Uzi Vert seemed unfazed by his altercations with Rich the Kid the day before at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Third Eye Blind vocalist Stephen Jenkins told his audience that he was performing despite being diagnosed with walking pneumonia.
  • Sixteen-year-old pop singer Billie Eilish brought out Khalid to perform their recent collaboration, "Lovely."
  • During his own set, Khalid congratulated and dedicated a song to the class of 2018, reminding the audience that he graduated high school only two years earlier.
  • Mosh pits, normally the staple at punk and metal shows, resumed during the set by rap group N.E.R.D.
  • Although rain was predicted for much of the three-day event, fans on Sunday only scurried for cover during the evening-closing set by Eminem.
Margo Price
Kali Uchis
Third Eye Blind
Vic Mensa
Dirty Projectors
Sylvan Esso
Lil Uzi Vert

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