If there's anything summer's especially good for, it's music festivals. Earlier this week we brought you news of Coachella's lineup, and while that's a perfectly fine festival to go to, it's all the way out in California.
Sure, we can always count on amazing indoor concerts in New York City come cold weather, but there's nothing so undeniably-- dare we say... quintessential --summer than sweating up a stank at an outdoor summer music festival.
Across the board, the U.S. is pretty stocked with good times up until August, but there's one in particular that every New Yorker gets especially stoked for (namely, because we don't have to leave the state for it), and that's Governors Ball on Randall's Island Park.
Well, New Yorkers, rejoice! The lineup has been announced, and it's sick. Yeah, June 3rd-5th might be the best days of 2016.
Major headliners include the ever-polarizing Kanye West who will more than likely just take the stage looking like something straight outta galaxy far, far away and doing Kanye things (it should be noted, of course, that his new track, co-produced by Sia, is pretty, pretty alright).
The lineup is a pretty solid mix of some of the best things out of 2015, and that's maybe what you want out of an expensive festival. You want artists who gave you some of the best music of the year before so it'll hold you over until they drop something new.
So, for that, you get some pretty delightful sets by CHVRCHES, Father John Misty, Jamie XX, and, the artist who released arguably the best, hardest hitting rap album of 2015, Vince Staples. Seriously. Those four acts put out some of the absolute best music of 2015.
Then you get into a bunch of fun little indie hipster jams of the last decade (absolutely nothing wrong with that) by Two Door Cinema Club, Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, to name a few.
But the most exciting part of this year's lineup might be the few acts that found their way onto road trip mix tapes (Spring Break '08, anybody?) nearly a decade ago, continued killing it with critical acclaim (or made waves depending on how you felt about Beck's grammy win last year), or are just generally pleasant surprises.
The Strokes. The Killers. Beck. Death Cab for Cutie. Like, really? Is it 2007? Nope. It's just. Awesome.
Of course, the whole lineup is stacked with something for everyone: Against Me!, Action Bronson, Big Grams, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, De La (MOTHER EFFING) Soul, Chet Faker-- it's all good. It's almost too good... Nope. It's just good enough, and that's more than good enough for us.
It's going down June 3-5, so get your tickets now, and get them here.
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