By: Anna Glinski//
Ahhh…festival season is in full swing and we love it! Let’s talk about Governor’s Ball, which took place on Randall’s Island this past weekend. This music festival has a unique New York City charm to it. By that I am specifically pointing to diversity of the audience, music, and food. What I love about Gov Ball is that it attracts fans of all ages, people that all have different music tastes. If I had to break down the types of people at Gov Ball it would be: people who are die hard Kanye fans, people that are too cool to be Kanye fans, and people who like Kanye just because Kanye is Kanye. Let’s not even talk about how long the line was for Kanye merch.
Although the festival was cut short due to unfavorable weather, we enjoyed the time we had on Randall’s Island. One of our favorites was the Icelandic folk band Of Monsters and Men. Most known for songs like ‘Little Talks’ and ‘Mountain Sound’, they showed us that Iceland knows how to bring the sing-a-long all the way to NYC. What makes this band stand out is the way they tell fantastical stories through their lyrics. The contrast of the female singer, Nanna, and male singer, Ragnar’s voices brings these stories about pet dragonflies, bees, kings, howling ghosts, and lionhearts to life.
Of course, we also have to talk about the girl group Haim. These girls know how to ROCK. We loved singing along to their catchy pop tunes, as well as listening to them shred guitar solos in the rain. They rocked us with songs like “Falling” and “Forever”, but also gave us a sneak peek into the future with some new music. (We can’t wait girls!) Not to mention, your super chic boho outfits inspire our style.
The Killers closed out Saturday and Gov Ball (sorry Kanye). They opened with their most powerful, “Mr. Brightside”, leaving an endless sea of festival-goers singing / screaming along. Yes, the screaming refers to myself. This band knows how to put on a show, and even without new music, they keep the audience interested. Why is that? It definitely has something to do with the musical statements they make with their greatest hits like “Somebody Told Me” and “When You Were Young”. The band also brought back other artists’ greatest hits, as they covered Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Interpol’s “Obstacle 1”. Brandon Flowers explained that while recording the band’s first album, “Hot Fuss”, Interpol’s first album was kept on replay. We love to see musicians inspire each other, and from there inspire us.
Gov Ball, we had a great time seeing some of our favorite artists, eating some delicious burgers (yes, looking at you Black Tap), and drinking your very much overpriced alcohol. Can’t wait to see you again next year!