The Governors Ball Makes a Comeback


Gabrielle Wiener

Behind graphic art on multiple cargo crates, fireworks from the Grubhub stage close J Balvin’s performance.

Gabrielle Wiener

After the 2020 cancellation of the Governors Ball, people from all around the world gathered together for the all-day long music festival this past weekend, September 24-26, at Citi Field in New York City. Previously held at Randall’s Island in New York City, the new location changed to Citi Field’s parking lot to offer more space and social distancing. Each day, over 50,000 attended the musical festival, which had four stages with over seventy acts. Innovative technology included a wristband with a built-in chip that connected to a credit card and completed every necessary purchase.

The concert not only offered music but also a wide variety of food and beverages sold from stands and food trucks alike. Art was also an attraction, as it was portrayed throughout the festival through mural towers, statues, and high-flying inflatables.

This year, the lineup included many popular artists such as Billie Eilish, 24kGoldn, A$AP Rocky, J Balvin, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and many more. Multiple performances took place at the same time on different stages. “The energy during A$AP Rocky’s performance was inexplicable and like nothing I’ve seen before. The exhilarating feeling of being so close to the stage and in the crowd in mosh-pits showed the happiness that everyone felt watching his amazing performance,” said Mia Isaacs, ‘24.

Overall, the Governors Ball music festival was a massive success and great step towards normalcy!