The Only Governors Ball 2017 Preview Guide You Need

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Written by Emilee Lindner • June 1, 2017

Heading to Governors Ball in New York City this weekend? No way! So are we. Before we make plans to meet up at the festival, we need to get the run-down of the shindig, which goes down June 2 to 4. Any good festival-goer knows that you need to do as much research about the event before crossing the opening gates, because once you get in, you don't know where your friends are going to go or if reception is going to get spotty or if you're going to lose your phone. It's better to have a plan.

Let's go through the most imporant info of Governors Ball 2017:

The Lineup

Governors Ball lineup poster 2017First off, we have got to talk about this lineup. The headliners include Tool, Phoenix and Chance the Rapper. Getting Tool is a major coup since the band haven't played the Big Apple since 2006. Plus, Tool has new music on the way, supposedly out this summer. Other heavy hitters at Governors Ball include Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino and Cage the Elephant -- all fan favorites. Browse this lineup at your leisure, or scroll down to see four acts that we're especially pumped about.

The Locale


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Governors Ball is infiltrating Randall's Island Park once again this year . The island is situated in the middle of the East River, with Manhattan to the West and Queens to the East. It's a tranquil spot of greenery among a metropolitan setting.

The Food


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The most important part! Just kidding: this is a music festival, ain't it? In all seriousness, the food is going to be incredible -- and it's all because food site The Infatuation curated the restaurants. Everything is New York-based. Here are a few of my favorites: Roberta's for pizza (my friend works there and even she can't get sick of it); Dō for cookie dough (you've probably seen their cookie dough video go viral on Facebook); VanLeeuwen for ice cream (it's vegan but so so good); Momofuku Milk Bar for all types of sweet goodies (basically everything dessert-related will be amazing at Governors Ball). Bring your bib.

The Style


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If you're in the middle of New York City, you better believe that you need to bring your style A-game. After all, this is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Of course, you can adorn yourself in flowing robes and flower crowns, but there's so much more than the bohemian at Gov Ball. You'll see ripped jeans, crazy overalls, rainbow-colored hair, boxy tops, structured jackets and boots that can conquer both grassy fields and the rough concrete of the urban landscape. Rethink your festival attire when you visit this event, and take a chance with your clothes.

The Tickets


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You can nab one-day passes to festival for $105 or three-day passes for $305, depending on how much fun you want to have. There are also VIP options available if you're into that. Just go to here to purchase!

Who To See Beyond the Bigger Names



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Setting their sights to become the royals of dark pop, the Cali trio are sure to make a splash at Gov Ball, just as they did at SXSW this year. And despite being placed on the more twisted side of electronic pop, you won't regret getting their songs stuck in your head.



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Dua Lipa is quickly rising up the ranks as a British pop star. She's got some musical majors on her side, including Miguel and Sean Paul. Her collaboration with Martin Garrix is a contender for song of the summer -- and it's no wonder; her strong vocals are perfect for any singalong sesh.


Ready to dance but not exactly down with some of the overhyped electronic acts? Check out Rüfus Dü Sol, a trio that mixes more natural sounds into their electric set. They're injecting something new into dance music that'll make the beat drop seem more fresh.


You know him as a Beats 1 DJ for Apple Music, but Zane Lowe will be spinning records for a live festival audience when he gets his own Gov Ball set. And since Lowe is an ace interviewer, we wouldn't be surprised if he brough a few friends along...

The After Parties


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Gov Ball is sponsoring a ton of after-parties this year in venues around Brooklyn. If you didn't get enough music throughout the day, make sure to check out these shows. Lucky for you, there's a shuttle that takes you to Brooklyn Bowl, where MUNA, The Avalanches and Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires will be playing.

The Transportation

There's a ferry for $55 that takes you to Manhattan and a shuttle for $65 that brings you from Brooklyn. Check out all options on the website (or just walk across the bridge from Manhattan if you've got good sneakers).

What To Bring

You know this by now, but 1) stay hydrated, 2) wear layers, 3) bring sunscreen and 4) make sure you check the Gov Ball site before so you know which items are prohibited.

Now go have fun!