If you don't know by now, Governors Ball is the musical festival of the season here in NYC. Who says the East Coast can't do music fests?
Hosted on Randall's Island Park June 2nd through the 4th, you can catch amazing musical acts on the stage this year like Chance the Rapper, Lorde (praise be), The Head and the Heart and SO many more.
But what you might not be so familiar with is Governors Ball After Dark, which starts Thursday night and continues all the way into the following Wednesday, June 7th.
Basically, the party definitely doesn't stop when the sun goes down.
These are essentially additional acts entertaining after parties at different venues throughout the city! The party lives on with acts such as Tove Lo and Warpaint, just to name a few.
Thursday, June 1st
1. Charles Bradley & His Extroadinares @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn)
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. with the promise of a whole lot of funk, soul and R&B. Bradley's newest hit, "Changes" is out now if you haven't already given it a listen. And tickets for this show are only $25! Be aware this show is 21+ (sorry, kids).
2. Tove Lo @ Irving Plaza (17 Irving Plaza, Manhattan)
Check out this rockin' lady take the stage on Friday, open to everyone 16 and up! You've definitely heard her hit song "Habits" on the radio by now, better known as "Stay High." Don't miss the chance to hear it performed live! The show starts at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 2nd
1. Rüfüs Du Sol (DJ set) @ Schimanski (54 N 11th St., Brooklyn)
These guys are coming all the way from Sydney, Australia to New York as part of their Northern Soul Tour. The show starts at 10 p.m. and is only for those peeps who are 21 and up. Dance the night away what's sure to be a sick DJ set.
2. Roosevelt @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn)
He's a German singer, song writer and producer...and he's not bad on the eyes either. His self-titled debut album just dropped this past summer. This show is for my night owls, with a very specific starting time of 11:59 p.m. Admission is 21 and up, and the tickets range from $16 to a mere $20!
3. Car Seat Headrest @ Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., Manhattan)
This indie rock band is a sure pick for anyone tryna keep it hipster. They even have a Tumblr! Doors open at 10 p.m. and the show starts shortly after at 10:30. Tickets range from $30 to $35.
4. Welles @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn)
Another late night show, the door open at 11 p.m., and Welles will take the stage at 11:30 p.m. rocking locks more beautiful than any of us. Seriously, have you seen his hair? Also, his debut EP "Codeine" drops this Friday!
5. MUNA @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn)
It's going down at the Brooklyn Bowl...once again only if you're 21 and up. Wanna see some badass ladies shred the guitar? We thought so. Doors open at 11 p.m., and the show starts at 11:30 p.m. MUNA's debut album "about u" is available now to listen. Hailing from LA, this dark pop group is killin' the game.
Saturday, June 3rd
1. The Avalanches @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn)
Once again, this is a 21+ show staring at 11:30 p.m. (I think we're starting to see a pattern here...). The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group that started way back in '97. With two very successful studio albums, they're still killin' the game and released music as recently as 2016.
2. Parquet Courts @ Villain (307 Kent Ave., Manhattan)
Support your local music scene! This American rock band, also known as Parkay Quarts, hail from right here in NYC. Their album Light Up Gold (2012), received critical acclaim from both the underground and mainstream punk scenes. The show runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tickets are only $20 to $25.
3. Royal Blood @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn)
This English rock duo is coming to NYC. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 11:59 p.m. These guys are a dope mashup of blues rock, garage rock, stoner rock and psychedelic rock. Sounds pretty 'effin sweet. This show is also open to all ages!
4. Warpaint @ Irving Plaza (17 Irving Plaza, Manhattan)
Presenting you with another group of dope ladies. This indie rock band formed in Cali way back in 2004. Tickets available for anyone 16 and up, and the show starts at 11:30. They just graced the stage at Coachella, and now they're comin' at ya.
5. Zane Lowe presents YG, Charli XCX & Anik Khan @ Schimnski (54 N 11th St., Brooklyn)
Looks like Zane Lowe has a lot of friends, and we're not mad about it. Catch all these amazing acts at one venue, starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are just $25 to $30 and are only available for those 21 and over.
6. Gryffin with Kaiydo @ Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., Manhattan)
What are we, Toronto? The age requirement for this one is 19 and up...but we digress. Check out these two dope acts in one show: Gryffin on the sound board and Kaiydo with the bars. If you're a fan of hip-hop, you're gonna wanna make your way to this one for sure.
7. The Orwells @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn)
Yet another midnight showing! Excuse us, we mean 11:59 p.m. Check out this American rock band coming out of a small, western suburb of Chi-Town. These guys formed their band when they were all back in high school...don't miss their legacy live on!
Monday, June 5th
1. Franz Ferdinand @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn)
This Scottish rock band formed back in 2002 and are known for being one of the most popular post-punk revival bands. They've scored many a top 20 hit in the UK and have sold over 3 million albums world wide. I think it's safe to safe they deserve our presence at their show. This one starts early: 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7th
1. Skepta @ Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., Manhattan)
So like, this guy is super fancy and don't have a public Instagram. Just sayin'. Anyway, if you're 16 or older, you can pay to see them as the very last act of Governors Ball After Dark, starting at 9 p.m. that evening. Skepta is an English grime artist, songwriter and record producer. He released his fourth album this past year...pretty impressive, if you ask us.
There you have it! Pre-sale tickets for all of these shows are available starting today for exclusive Citi Cardmembers; general sales will begin Thursday the 27th at noon. Set that Google alert now.
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