Gov Ball: The Coachella of the East coast

If you went to Gov Ball and didn't take a picture, did you really go to Gov Ball?

If you went to Gov Ball and didn't take a picture, did you really go to Gov Ball?

Hannah McCrone

Hannah McCrone

If you went to Gov Ball and didn't take a picture, did you really go to Gov Ball?

By Giuliana Calix, Arts and Culture Editor

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Governors Ball Music Festival is a three day, multi stage music festival held in Randall’s Island, New York City. It’s taking place this weekend, and students all around the school are asking “Are you going to Gov Ball?”

When the festival started back in 2011, produced by Founders Entertainment, it was just a one-day thing. Two years later, Founders Entertainment announced that the 2013 festival would be three days long. Ever since then Gov Ball has been the Coachella of the East Coast. The day starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 11 p.m., rain or shine, and music is the primary focus with over 60 artists of all genres getting ready to perform.

Governors Ball attracts talent from all around the world, but mainly pays tribute to the tri-state area. It’s difficult to describe the Gov Ball lineup as a singular vibe. There is a huge diversity of music which makes the festival so popular in recent years. Students are looking forward to attending the event and seeing their favorite artists perform live on stage.

“I’m so excited for Gov Ball,” sophomore Abbey Pierce said. “I can’t wait to see Lil Uzi perform.”

Students are buzzing about the festival and most agree that the Sunday lineup rocks the hardest:  Eminem, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and Billie Eilish are just a few of the top selling artists slated to take the main stage.

And what’s a daylong music fest without delicious food? Gov Ball offers a wide variety of select restaurants, food trucks and the best eats in town. Throughout the whole island there will be food stands, merchandise being sold, henna tattoos and many trendy shops.

Gov Ball is an all day thing, so the fashion has to be comfy, but still cute. Fashion is extremely important when going to a music festival and a lot of planning goes into finding the perfect outfit.

“I went last year, and I wore flip flops,” sophomore Natalia Colon said. “Instantly regretted it because my feet killed by the end of the day.”

When walking around the festival there is so much to do. Festivalgoers love to take trendy photos in the festival’s tricked-out lounges and spread them across Snapchat and Instagram. Gov Ball also features the creativity and inspiration that New York’s best street artists bring. Statement pieces such as wall murals and sculptures are everywhere around the park, inviting visitors to snap pics and take selfies.

“I’m going on Sunday, and beside the music I’m really going for the pictures,” freshman Hannah Kimble said . “I’m gonna take pictures everywhere I go.”

The eighth annual music, art, food and entertainment event is looking to draw over 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island. From calm lounges to crazy concerts on each ends of the park, Gov Ball’s got it all. Students can’t wait to take Snap stories with their festival hair, makeup and clothes.


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Giuliana Calix, Arts & Culture Editor
Giuliana Calix is the 2018-2019 Arts & Culture editor for The Wessex Wire. She is a competitive dancer and when she is not dancing she is either doing her school work, eating, or in the shower. She is a 4 foot 11 inch girl who loves sushi an is obsessed with slime videos.
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Gov Ball: The Coachella of the East coast