A SXSW Review of Governors Ball 2014

Written by Cristina Fisher | June 13, 2014
Phoenix at Governors Ball 2014

There's something about commuting via ferry to an island-based music festival that makes Jack White and Disclosure's set that much sweeter.

Four stages, 68 acts and approximately 750 flower crowns. New York's Governors Ball celebrated it's fourth year anniversary last weekend with what was basically the most epic summer forecast yet. Weather gods must have felt supremely guilty after last year's torrential downpour, which actually seemed to deter a few festival-goers from returning.

The diverse three-day lineup had a little something for everyone. Friday kicked off with buzzy synth pop newcomers, Haerts. Kinda sound familiar? These guys made some waves at SXSW this past year with their debut EP, Hemiplegia. Actually, there were quite a few acts that visited Austin this past March, including Julian Casablancas, Damon Albarn, The 1975, Kurt Vile, Banks and Diarrhea Planet, among others.

TV On The Radio transitioned nicely in to the nighttime followed by the highly anticipated Outkast reunion. I'd be lying if I said they weren't my favorite of the weekend (though it was big time bummer missing Damon Albarn on the competing stage). Two hours of every hit that was ever important in high school, a surprise appearance by Janelle Monae AND Andre 3000 in a feathery white wig and full body "Art is Fart" jumpsuit.

PAPA, Disclosure, and Austin's very own Spoon brought loads of energy on Saturday and the all stars who lasted through all day Sunday had the opportunity to disco down with Empire Of The Sun and close with crowd faves, Vampire Weekend.

Music aside, there were some delicious local eateries (Asia Dog, Cemitas and Momofuku Milk Bar), eye-catching art installations and most importantly, really, really plush grass for napping. Snaps for Gov Ball 2014, we're looking forward to next year!

Phoenix photo by Jason Tongen