After its 2020 cancellation, the Governors Ball is finally back with a star-studded lineup.
Although the festival typically takes place in early June on Randall’s Island, New York City, this year's performances will be taking place at Citi Field in Queens, New York from Sept. 24 through Sept. 26.
The three-day affair features a mix of top hitmakers like Megan Thee Stallion and 21 Savage, as well as indie acts like Phoebe Bridgers and Sasha Sloan.
Whether you’re looking for the latest rap hits or a more acoustic set, there’s definitely something for you at Governors Ball. Here’s who else to anticipate:
Friday, Sept. 24
The first day will kick off with multiple indie acts, including Leon Bridges and Tate Mcrae, the latter of whom is the youngest musician to be on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2020. She has worked with headliner Billie Eilish, and gone viral for her smash-hit “you broke me first.”
Bridges will be sure to impress, especially considering his festival appearance comes right off a performance for the “In Memoriam” section of the Emmys, making for an eventful week for this soulful singer.
Headliner Eilish will close out Friday with an act that might be hard to follow, considering her chart-topping songs after both albums she’s released, from the TikTok famous “Happier Than Ever” to the cultural phenomenon “bad guy.”
Saturday, Sept. 25
Saturday is packed with impressive acts from start to finish. If “WAP” was the soundtrack to your “hot girl summer," the ever-amazing Megan Thee Stallion is the person to see as the festival hits its midpoint.
If indie artists are your jam, Saturday still has concerts for you — Bridgers is making the New York stop of her tour at Governors Ball, where the slowed down “Moon Song” will be sure to somber the crowd, while her pop hit feature with MUNA, “Silk Chiffon,” will hype it up again.
Bleachers, the band of famed producer Jack Antonoff, will also perform, and I hope for everyone there that older hits like “I Wanna Get Better” and “Don’t Take The Money” will make appearances, as they’re sure to get everyone moving.
Also in chart-topping news: A$AP Rocky will be the final act of the night, and even if he’s been in the news most often recently for dating Rihanna, he’s still pumping out enough hits to get a crowd moving in a great Saturday performance.
Sunday, Sept. 26
Post Malone and 21 Savage are two of the most recognizable names for Sunday’s closing lineup. 21 Savage had a recent 2020 release, and Post Malone only a year before with a 2019 release, meaning some songs will likely be played for the first time ever on a live stage. While older hits like Malone’s “Circles” will surely be played, fans of these two artists can look forward to hearing new music from both musicians.
If you think Carly Rae Jepsen is just “Call Me Maybe," think again. The pop singer was anticipated to make her debut in 2020 until it was canceled, and she’ll surely impress at her actual debut in 2021. Her 2015 album, "Emotion," features many of my favorites, so I’m rooting for a performance of the eponymous song and “Run Away With Me” but hits from 2019’s “Dedicated” and 2020’s “Dedicated Side B” are a guarantee.
There are dozens of additional acts performing at Governors Ball this year: Friday features performances from Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Portugal. The Man and RÜFÜS DU SOL, Saturday features acts King Princess and MUNA and Sunday’s lineup will be rounded out with Young Thug, Dominic Fike and Caroline Polachek.
One thing is certain, no matter your taste — it’s sure to be a weekend chock full of talented artists and an eclectic collection of songs.