However, as we approach the annual New York City music festival’s fifth installment, we’ve gotten our bearings and selected five of the rock acts we’re most excited to see at Randall’s Island Park. If you’re still looking for help in planning your itinerary before the festival launches this Friday (June 5), then check out our picks below.
This year’s Governors Ball runs from June 5-7. There’s still time to buy tickets -- grab yours here.
Earlier this year, the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney sustained a dislocated shoulder, effectively putting him out of commission and forcing the Ohio duo to cancel a portion of their scheduled tour dates. Recently, however, Dan Auerbach announced that Carney is doing better and they’re ready to get back to it, and we couldn’t be more glad, because we can’t wait to see them bring their signature blues rock -- including their most recent LP, Turn Blue -- to this year’s Governors Ball.
Back in 2013 -- not long after reuniting on stage for the first time since their 2006 breakup -- Death From Above 1979 had to cancel their slot on the 2013 Governors Ball roster. Now, the Canadian dance-punk outfit is making it up to bummed fans by appearing at this year’s event, with their long-awaited comeback album, 2014’s The Physical World, in tow.
Royal Blood have been making the rounds at U.S. music festivals this year. The duo made a pair of appearances at Coachella back in April and played Sasquatch Festival in Quincy, Wash., last month, and we’re stoked to see the English garage-rockers bring their buzzed-about live set (and 2014 self-titled debut) from the West Coast to East at Governors Ball.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
All of the will-they-or-won’t-they Oasis reunion rumors going around have somewhat distracted from Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher’s excellent sophomore full-length with his High Flying Birds. While we certainly wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Noel and his brother Liam put their differences aside and resurrect their former Britpop outfit, we’re just as excited to see Noel solo in New York City later this week.
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Ever since we saw J. Roddy Walston and the Business’ captivating set during a split Austin City Limits episode with fellow Governors Ball act the Black Keys, we’ve been ever-so-patiently waiting for an opportunity to see them live. Now, we’ll get that chance when the Richmond, Va.-based quartet delivers its fiery brand of rock at Randall’s Island Park this weekend.