Governors Ball NYC Photo Gallery: Day One
Governors Ball kicked on Friday (June 5) at Randall's Island Park in New York City and, despite misty rain throughout the early part of the day, it didn't stop the performances from going on without a hitch.
Priory embraced the rain and brought their new single, "Put Em Up," which not only got the crowd jumping but also paid homage to Pride Month. Meanwhile MØ started her own party at the Gotham Tent. Dressed like she was about to hit the gym, the Danish singer showed off her dance moves and even jumped off the stage to get closer to the audience. Chromeo brought everyone back to old school disco with their electrifying funk music and surprised everyone by bringing Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend out for an Afropunk rendition of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," off Vampire Weekend's 2008 self-titled album. Koenig also joined the Montreal duo on their hit, "Bonafied Lovin'."
Vance Joy was one of the few artists to take things down to the acoustic level. His effortless falsetto, storytelling lyrics and that Australian charm brought large crowds to his set. Dressed casually in all black, he revealed the stories behinds his songs including "Winds of Change," which he said was "the first song I ever wrote" as well as "Mess Is Mine." U.K. drum and bass act Rudimental made their set feel like they were one of the festival's headliners. While they've been known for their more electronic-inspired music, the group show off the musicianship by also using instruments during their set. Even if their sound isn't your thing, their stage antics will quickly draw you in. And Death From Above 1979 proved you don't need a legion of musicians onstage to make an impact as Jesse F. Keeler played his bass like a guitar and Sebastien Grainger sang and drummed without losing a breath.
Londoners Florence + the Machine were one of Friday's must-see acts, especially because Florence Welch was in as close to top form as she's been since breaking her foot at Coachella. The Decemberists looked spiffy in their suits while they performed "Anti-Summersong," which seemed fitting as temperatures started to drop in the early evening.
Although St. Vincent was not an official headliner, her performance belied that. Looking like a robotic pixie, she commanded the stage with her voice and fun choreography. My Morning Jacket closed out the first night of Governors Ball with songs from The Waterfall, as well as some old classics. And even if the crowd didn't know all the words to the new material, nobody could take their eyes off frontman Jim James, who not only put everything (including his hair) into the performance, but also even sported a cape and threw a rose into the crowd during "Wordless Chorus."