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25 Best Things We Saw at Governors Ball 2015

Drake, the Black Keys, Dead Mau5, Lana Del Rey and more highlights from the Northeast’s premiere music festival

My Morning Jacket and Florence and the Machine

My Morning Jacket and Florence and the Machine

Kyle Dean Reinford; Nicole Fara Silver

The fifth annual Governors Ball was a triumphant riposte to the long-held belief that you can’t hold a successful summer festival in New York City. Sure it was technically late spring, but huge acts like Drake, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine and Björk emerged and fans ferried into Randall's Island for a weekend of music, sun and lawn games. Here are the 25 best things we experienced.


Andrew Bailey & Zachary Cole Smith

Kyle Dean Reinford

Best Rain Remedy: DIIV

With an early set plagued by rain showers, DIIV's dreamy, bass-heavy songs and relaxed performance were actually well suited for the weather and perfect fare for festivalgoers easing into Governors Ball. Sometimes the band's laid-back posture may have been too laid-back, particularly in how the band played over a handful of new songs yet named none. "This is 'Untitled. . . Five'?" Zachary Cole-Smith mumbled into the microphone. Still, for the fans just getting hyped for a long day at the grounds, the smooth, melancholy sounds of DIIV were perfect.

White Lung

Mish Way of White Lung performs at the Honda Stage during the second day of Governors Ball in New York on June 6th, 2015

Nicole Fara Silver

Best Pet Peeves: White Lung

After a few technical hiccups during her furious punk band's set, White Lung lead singer Mish Way took a brief break to vent. "The music sounds fucked," she said before requesting different levels for vocals and guitar. She then took general issue with multi-day mega-concerts like Governors Ball: "See, this is always what happens at festivals," Way proclaimed. "Now we're exposing it!" But that wasn't the only topic on the frontwoman's agenda: She also jokingly (or maybe not) commented how much she dislikes seeing bare legs in the summer, especially those of men. This is a woman with standards.


a-trak performs his second set of the day at the samsung lounge at governors ball on june 7th, 2015

Nicole Fara Silver

Best Secret Show: A-Trak at the Samsung Space

Just a couple of hours after playing in front of thousands at the Honda stage, A-Trak set up shop for a few dozen in the Samsung stage. "I already played a dance set. . . Who wants to hear a hip-hop set?" the Fool's Gold general asked, then led off with Kanye's "All Day," which bled into "My Way" and "Flicka Da Wrist." The fans in the crowd – the 40 or so who weren't professional photographers, publicists or Samsung employees – danced like festivalgoers do, waving their Miller Lite cans around. Security practically tackled anyone who tried to sneak in, including a poor girl with dirty knees and a "That Shirt Cray" tee.