The Governors Ball

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Posted August 24, 2012 by in East Coast
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North America: ,
 
When: June 23rd-24th
 
Where: Randall's Island, NYC
 
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Hip Hop, EDM
 
Cost: $105 (Single Day Ticket) $195 (2 Day Pass)
 
Camping: No
 
Attendance: 30,000+
 

Pros:

Unique Location, Excellent Lineup
 

Cons:

No camping, expensive accommodation the NYC, can difficult to get to the island
 
The Bottom Line

The Governors Ball The Governors Ball Music festival is held on Randall’s Island off the coast of Manhattan Island. The Music festival is held annually during the latter part of June. The Governors Ball hosts multi-genre musical acts, spanning the genres of Indie, Rock, EDM, and Hip Hop. The backdrop of The Governors Ball’s location is […]

by Riley Hilliard
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The Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music festival is held on Randall’s Island off the coast of Manhattan Island. The Music festival is held annually during the latter part of June. The Governors Ball hosts multi-genre musical acts, spanning the genres of Indie, Rock, EDM, and Hip Hop. The backdrop of The Governors Ball’s location is the NYC skyline, which is an amazing picturesque backdrop for a music festival. There is no camping at the Governors Ball, and accommodation can be pricy in NYC, so plan your stay in advance in order to best tackel your hostel or hotel costs. For more information on the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, you can check out the official Governors Ball website, or their facebook fanpage.

Times

  • 11:00AM – Shuttle Buses and Ferries Start Running to Island
  • 11:00AM – Box Office Opens
  • 11:30AM – Festival gates open
  • 10:00PM – Box Office Closes

Box Office Hours

The box office, located at the entrance to the festival at the Harlem River Event Area on Randall’s Island, will be open for will call pick up and ticket purchases (if still available) from 11:00am until 10pm on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24.

Words of Wisdom

Don’t litter! There will be waste reclamation stations located throughout the site for waste, compostables and recyclables. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as Dancing + NYC summer heat = lots of sweating. Please keep all valuables with you at all times. There will be a Lost & Found available at the general information tent, which will be close to the entrance. For your safety, absolutely no weapons or illegal substances will be permitted. Be kind to one another, pace yourselves, and feel free to give a random stranger a high five.

Refund Policy

There will be no refunds. Festival is Rain or Shine. Artists subject to change.

Re-Entry Policy

There will be no re-entry into the festival.

ADA Info

There are ADA Access Viewing Platforms located at each of the two stages. Please note that they have limited capacity and are available on a first come, first served basis. ADA accessible restrooms are available at the ends of each row of restrooms and behind the Access Viewing Platforms.

Children

Children under 2 years old admitted free. Strollers are allowed.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • Soft sided, collapsible chair
  • (2) Factory sealed bottles of water (non-glass containers)
  • Small backpacks or bags
  • Blankets or beach towels
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
  • Dancing shoes
  • A good attitude

What NOT to Bring

  • Weapons of ANY kind
  • Fireworks/explosives
  • Illegal Substances
  • Large coolers
  • Hard sided coolers
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Pets
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the Festival)
  • Instruments
  • Chains/Chain Wallets
  • Large backpacks
  • Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • Audio/video recording equipment
  • No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.
  • Nunchucks

Medical & Well Being

For those requiring medical assistance, there will be clearly marked medical tents available on site. Anyone bringing medication or a syringe for medical purposes will need to show your medication, prescription and a photo ID.

Food & Drinks

We are putting a big emphasis on food and drink this year, and we are working with local food trucks, caterers, and vendors to provide top notch food, drink, and deliciousness for all. The complete list of food vendors and items will be posted in the coming weeks. A variety of beverages (including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be served all over the festival grounds, and there will be enclosed Liquor Lounges in both the General and VIP areas, for those of you who prefer the sauce.

ATM

There will be a number of ATMs on the festival grounds.

FAQ

What is The Governors Ball Music Festival?
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a two-day, two-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music. The event will be one big party, so bring your foot spray – it will get funky.

When and where is it held?
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012
Where: Randall’s Island, NYC, USA, Earth

Why the change from Governors Island?
With more ways to access Randall’s Island Park (public transpo, ferry, car, shuttle/party bus, bike, and by foot), the overall festival experience will be improved and y’all will have an easier time getting to and from the venue each day. In addition, Governors Island is undergoing some pretty serious construction during the 2012 summer season, so returning there was not a possible option.

When is the performance schedule released?
The schedule will be released in the early spring…but have no fear – THERE WON’T BE ANY OVERLAPPING SETS! You will be able to see each and every act on the lineup. If you want to be notified right away once the schedule is released, be sure to sign up for our mailing list.

When do tickets go on-sale?
Pre Sale is happening now!  All other tickets will be on sale at 10am on Fri, Feb 24th.  CLICK HERE

How much do tickets cost?
CLICK HERE for all ticketing info

How do I get to the Island?
Randall’s Island is accessible by Public Transportation, Ferries, Festival Shuttles, Car, and Bike/Foot. For more info and detailed direction click HERE.

Can I swim or parachute to the island?
Please harness the Michael Phelps and Point Break in you. Swimming/Parachuting to the island is unfortunately not allowed, but we love your enthusiasm.

If I choose to take the ferry to and from the festival, how long is the ride?
The ferry ride to and from the island takes about 15-20 minutes. With views of the picturesque NYC skyline, the ride goes by quickly, and those views simply can’t be beat. It’s also a good opportunity to hi-five a stranger and compare scrabble strategies.

If I choose to take the ferry to and from the festival, is the ferry free?
Unfortunately the ferry is not free, but you can purchase tickets for them via our website. Info will be posted shortly!

Are there any travel packages available?
There sure are. CLICK HERE for more info.

Where should I stay in NYC?
We suggest using Airbnb to find accommodations in NYC. This website allows individuals to rent out part or all of their apartments on a nightly basis, often at more affordable rates for more comfortable accommodations.

I lost/forgot my ticket, what do I do?
Please direct all questions regarding lost or forgotten tickets to [email protected]

What can I bring to the Fest?

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • Soft sided, Collapsible chair
  • (2) Factory sealed bottles of water (non-glass containers)
  • Small backpacks or bags (any bag within reasonable size will be allowed in as well as non-framed backpacks)
  • Blankets or beach towels
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
  • Dancing shoes
  • A good attitude

Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?
Absolutely! There will be ADA Access Viewing Platforms located at each of the two stages. Please note that they have limited capacity and are available on a first come, first served basis. ADA accessible restrooms are available at the ends of each row of restrooms and behind the Access Viewing Platforms.

Any tips on preparation for a day at the Governors Ball?
Summer in the city can be hot, and with 11 hours of non-stop music each day, you will definitely be exposed to that sweet summer sun. That being said, we suggest preparing for the event as follows:

  • Dress in cool, unrestrictive, lightweight clothing (i.e. Leather jumpsuit is probably not a good idea)
  • Bring those sunglasses (for the sun and that bright future of yours…)
  • Lather up in sunscreen and bring some extra in case needed
  • Bring a hat (sombreros are encouraged)
  • Wear comfy shoes – After all, it is a dance party…
  • Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get to the event, enjoy the free water available at the festival, and enjoy the beverage offerings of the many vendors at the festival.

Are there ATMs available if I run low on cash?
There sure are! ATMs will be located by the festival box office, festival merch stand, food and beverage stands, and other select locations.

What will be available in the food areas?
Delicious food, of course! There will be a wide array of offerings, including American staples (e.g. burgers, fries, etc.), Mediterranean treats (e.g. falafels, schwarma, etc.), Asian goodies (e.g. dumplings, noodles, etc.), Sweets (e.g. ice cream, shaved ice, etc.), and many others. Be on the look out for a few popular NYC food trucks that will be at the festival – more info coming soon!  Please do not bring your own food, it will be taken away at the gate.

What about vegetarian/kosher items?
We love vegetarians and vegetarian food, so there will absolutely be vegetarian options! Many food vendors will feature a vegetarian option, and more exact dishes will be posted here in the coming weeks! Please do not bring your own food, it will be taken away at the gate.

Will you have merch for sale?
You better believe it. Festival t-shirts for men and women, a limited edition festival poster, hats, and many other items will be sold at the main merch stand which is located right by the entrance of festival. Artist merch will also be available there. Merch is also available for purchase online here.

Important Note! Governors Ball staff LOVE festival merch, and we LOVE comfortable festival merch even more. All event merch items will be printed on super soft items from a variety of suppliers, and we have chosen each piece with the comfort level of the consumer and the wearability of the item in mind.

Who do I contact about working / volunteering at the Governors Ball?
If your interested in working at the event, please email [email protected] and let us know what positions you are interested in possibly filling. Please also be sure to send your resume and your best contact information. Someone will be in touch soon after!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] with your full name, contact info, and any previous volunteer experience you have. Someone will be in touch soon after!

How can I apply to perform at Governors Ball?
We love that you want to play our festival. In fact, we would probably make out with you if you told us this in person. Unfortunately, all slots for the festival have been filled and we won’t be accepting artist submissions for the event…Sorry!

How can I apply for a crafts booth?
Please contact [email protected] with your company/business name, full contact and company information, detailed information on the items you would like to sell, and a resume on other events you have been a craft vendor at. Someone will be in touch soon after!

How can I apply for a food booth?
We generally will not be accepting food vendor applications for the event, as we are seeking out specific food vendors, food trucks, and other purveyors in the food scene, but if you are interested in being considered, please contact [email protected] with your company/business name, full contact and company information, and detailed information on the food items and dishes you would like to sell. Also include a resume on other events you have been a food vendor at. Someone will be in touch soon after!

How can I apply for press credentials?
Send an email to [email protected] with your full info and someone from our team will be in touch soon after!

How can my company become a Sponsor?
Sponsors are cool, and if your company would like to be a festival sponsor, you can reach us at [email protected]. Please list as much info as possible on your company, as well as your contact info, and one of our sponsorship reps will be in touch soon after!

The Governors Ball 2012 Artist Lineup

  • ALBERTA CROSS
  • ART VS. SCIENCE
  • ATMOSPHERE
  • BECK
  • BIG GIGANTIC
  • BUILT TO SPILL
  • CAGE THE ELEPHANT
  • CHROMEO
  • CULTS
  • DEVENDRA BANHART
  • DUCK SAUCE
  • EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
  • FIONA APPLE
  • FREELANCE WHALES
  • JAMES MURPHY & PAT MAHONEY (DFA/LCD SOUNDSYTEM)
  • K. FLAY
  • KID CUDI
  • MAJOR LAZER
  • MODEST MOUSE
  • NOBODY BEATS THE DRUM
  • PASSION PIT
  • PENGUIN PRISON
  • PHANTOGRAM
  • SANTIGOLD
  • THE JEZABELS
  • TURF WAR
  • WALK THE MOON

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