Outkast, Jack White, The Strokes & Vampire Week Rock Gov Ball in NYC
Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex and more rolled through New York City over the weekend for the Governors Ball Music Festival. While most of the shows were solid, the festival was fairly short on surprises, as most artists more or less stuck to the script.
Outkast held things down on Friday night with what was by far the most crowded set of the festival. The hip-hop legends worked there way through a set that featured plenty of fan favorites like â€śAquemini,â€ť â€śSpottieOttieDopalicious,â€ť â€śMs. Jackson,â€ť â€śRosesâ€ť and â€śSo Fresh, So Clean,â€ť while Sleepy Brown helped Big Boi with â€śThe Way You Move,â€ť Janelle Monae joined in for â€śHey Yaâ€ť and Killer Mike took the stage for a â€śThe Whole Worldâ€ť finale.
Meanwhile, Daman Albarn treated fans to a genuinely special set that saw two-thirds of De La Soul sit in for â€śFeel Good Inc.â€ť before Chicago rapper Vic Mensa did a verse on â€śClint Eastwood.â€ť Albarn then surprised fans with his first-ever solo rendition of the Blur classic â€śSong 2.â€ť Phoenix and Janelle Monae also played stand out sets on the main stage earlier in the day. Particularly Monae, whose high energy, 45-minute set left many clamoring for more.
Jack White was the big headliner for Saturday night. The rock iconâ€™s set conflicted with Skrillex, which kept the crowd a bit older and more subdued. White delivered a career-spanning set that included material by The White Stripes (â€śHotel Yorba,â€ť â€śIcky Thump,â€ť â€śWeâ€™re Going to Be Friends,â€ť â€śThe Hardest Button to Buttonâ€ť and â€śSeven Nation Armyâ€ť) and The Raconteurs (â€śTop Yourselfâ€ť and â€śSteady, As She Goesâ€ť), as well as his solo material, including tracks from his new album Lazaretto, which was released today.
The Strokes drew a massive crowd for their show earlier in the evening. Though the band was not technically a headliner, the anticipation for their set was as palpable as any of the acts that closed the main stage. Despite having only played two shows in the past three years, they seemed polished as they sent the crowd into a frenzy with songs like â€śBarely Legal,â€ť â€śReptilia,â€ť â€śSomedayâ€ť and â€śLast Nite.â€ť The Strokes then returned for a raucous and very much appropriate â€śNew York City Copsâ€ť encore that reminded everyone that this is a hometown band. Other notable Saturday acts included Broken Bells, Disclosure (who got a serious turnout for their afternoon set at the Honda Stage) and Spoon.
Vampire Weekend closed things out on the Main Stage on Sunday with an all around enjoyable set that featured material from their latest album, Modern Vampires of The City, such as â€śHannah Hunt,â€ť â€śYa Hey,â€ť â€śUnbelievers,â€ť â€śDiane Young,â€ť â€śObvious Bicycleâ€ť and â€śEverlasting Arms,â€ť as well as older hits like the crowd-pleasing â€śA-Punk.â€ť Interpol also drew a decent-sized audience for their set, which saw takes on hits like â€śEvil,â€ť â€śCâ€™Mereâ€ť and â€śLights.â€ť James Blake once again proved that the electronica and singer-songwriter thing can mix quite nicely, while even finding a way to put his own spin on Bill Withersâ€™ â€śHope Sheâ€™ll Be Happier.â€ť
You can check out a gallery of photos from throughout the weekend here.