“Governors Ball is the music festival for people who don’t like music festivals. The financial investment and logistical planning involved in attending (and actually enjoying) one of the big three summer music fests (Bonaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza) or one of their lesser competitors (Washington state’s Sasquatch!, Gulf Shores’ Hangout Fest) is significant. Luckily, events like those create a demand for a mid-size festivals that can still boast a stacked line-up while providing an alternative experience for concert-goers who don’t want to camp for three days with 150,000 people.
New York City’s Governors Ball falls perfectly into the latter category. After only two years, the festival organizers seem to be embracing the fact that Gov Ball could eventually become the Big Apple’s signature summer indie music event by expanding the programming to include an entire weekend and solving many of the travel issues that plagued the inaugural run in 2011 by not placing the event on its namesake island (where you can only arrive, and depart, via ferry leading to transit lines nearly a quarter of a mile long). We at Prefix wanted to take a closer look at this young festival to see how it stacks up against the bigger events in the summer concert season. Here is our report card of the proceedings.” Read More Governors Ball 2012: Report Card – Prefix Magazine – 6/26/12