This weekend marks the fifth Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. Last year’s festival was one of the best lineups, and best run festivals we had the pleasure to attend. Last year featured amazing sets from Jack White, TV on the Radio, Interpol, Diarrhea Planet, and many others. This year, the lineup is even better, featuring a wide assortment of acts from established pop stars like Florence & The Machine and young upstarts like The Districts. Today we’ll take a look at five of the smaller acts you can’t miss Governors Ball 2015. Tickets, and the lineup are available here.
The Districts (Friday, 12:15 – Honda Stage)
It’s never easy being the first band on at a long music festival, however The Districts will set the pace for what’s sure to be one hell of a weekend. The Districts rock hard, and we love them here at The Revue, so if you’re heading to the ball, get there early and don’t miss The Districts.
ASTR (Saturday, 12:45, Gotham Tent)
ASTR are a really fun two-piece electronic outfit from New York. Their sound ranges from 80’s pop to disco to more modern electronic music. The genius of Adam Pallin’s producing is matched by the powerful voice of their singer Zoe Silverman.
Roddy Walston and the Business (Saturday 2:15, Big Apple Stage)
Roddy Walston may be one of the best live performers out there today. His energy is infectious, and Rich once compared his live show to Elton John, stating “J. Roddy takes the keys and makes Elton John seem like grandma trying to remember how to play chopsticks.” He’s still not exactly sure what that meant, but you’re guaranteed to have a great time. And be sure to stick around the Big Apple Stage for Sharon Van Etten.
Future Islands (Saturday, 5:45, Gotham Tent)
Future Islands may or may not be a lesser known act, but they’re definitely a can’t miss one. They released one of the finest tracks of 2014, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” and have become known for their incredible live shows. Future Islands used to roll into the smaller venues in NY, but recently played the huge Terminal 5. This may be a great opportunity to see them in a smaller crowd, as the Gotham tent is the smallest of the Governors Ball Stages, and they play before some heavy hitters in Bjork and Conor Oberst.
Strand of Oaks (Sunday, 1:30. Honda Stage)
Strand of Oaks released one of our favorite albums of 2014, and continues to tour in support of that wonderful record. Timothy Showalter’s shows have become incredibly passionate and intense events, with heartfelt performances of truly personal music. Showalter has really grown into an incredible live musician, so don’t miss out at Governors Ball.
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