The Governors Ball Music Festival 2017


The Governors Ball Music Festival (commonly known as Governors Ball, Gov Ball or Gov Ball NYC) is a multi-day music festival held on Randall’s Island in New York City. Launched in 2011, the festival features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, americana, pop, folk, and more. It is produced by Founders Entertainment, an independent festival promotion company based in New York City. Aside from the wide variety of music, the festival features a multitude of popular NYC restaurants and food trucks, as well as a slew of activities, such as a Silent Disco, ping pong, photo booths, and lawn games.

Governors Ball 2011 was the inaugural year of the festival and was held on June 18, 2011, on Governors Island in New York City. The one-day lineup featured Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, People Under The Stairs, Mac Miller, Das Racist, Passion Pit (DJ set), Miami Horror, Outasight, and Reptar. Governors Ball 2011 amassed the highest attendance of any event in the history of Governors Island, outselling Dave Matthews Band Caravan, and Bassnectar’s Bass Island in 2011. Reviews for the 2011 festival were positive, with Flavorwire saying, “As many area festival attempts often fall flat due to poor execution, the Governors Ball was a pleasant exception to the rule, leaving us looking forward to its return next year,” and Gothamist saying, “A gorgeous day at Governors Island…everyone seemed to leave sunburned and happy.”


Location:Randall’s Island New York City

Dates: June 2-4, 2017

Years Active- 2011 to present

Genres- Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Electronica