Governors Ball 2024 Recap – Day Two

Young & old & in-between came to Saturday at Gov Ball '24....
Governors Ball 2024 Recap - Day Two
Governors Ball 2024 Recap

Just under a decade-and-a-half ago, New York City ended its drought of music festivals with a small one-day electronic fest on Governors Island (QRO recap). The following year, it expanded to two days mixing electronica & indie on Randall’s Island (QRO recap). The next year in expanded to three days, though one was cancelled due to torrential rain (QRO recap). Since then, it’s shifted to a decidedly more pop-friendly line-up, as well as moving to the parking lot of CitiField after COVID (QRO recap), and finally to neighboring Flushing Meadow’s Park last year. And on June 7th-9th, Friday-Sunday, Governors Ball returned to Flushing Meadow’s for another big party.







Governors Ball 2024 Recap - Day Two

It was a diverse early part of the day on Saturday of Gov Ball. You had Quarters of Change covering “Don’t Fear the Reaper” because, “we all need more cowbell,” while Bakar challenged each side of his crowd to outdo the other. Claire Rosinkranz brought great active girl-pop, Jessie Murph had a strong soul mix with her dance, and Doechii went into the audience because she needed to be with her “tomboys.”

Sabrina Carpenter
Sabrina Carpenter

The middle of the day was dominated by female pop, as they’ve more than earned. Sabrina Carpenter played the main stage, but relatively early for the woman who’s already got the ‘Song of the Summer’ – probably she was scheduled then before the world got a shot of “Espresso”. And there was a massive crowd for her, including VIPers getting off their butts to pull their tables & chairs up closer (and super-VIPers trying to find their friends to get them backstage). And the time of day worked for her super-sunny pop, the Pennsylvania-to-NYCer expressing love for her new home – and giving her latest ‘Song of the Summer,’ “Please Please Please”, it’s live debut.

Sabrina Carpenter
Sexyy Red

It was unfortunately for d4vd over at the distant IHG Stage, with the unenviable job of playing against the ‘playing too early hit artist,’ but he gave it his all. Meanwhile, Sexyy Red had her giant red ‘Make America Sexyy Again’ stage piece hat out as she brought out mad amounts of booty-shaking.

Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen

Admittedly compared to Carpenter’s massive crowd, Carly Rae Jepsen’s at the main stage afterwards couldn’t match, but it was still big. What’s more, Jepsen showed how to be more than just a one-time ‘Song of a Summer,’ how to have an extended pop career (while also still looking like a teen pop star…). Of course a huge reaction to her breakout “Call Me Maybe”, which interestingly wasn’t her closer – that did mean some fans left after that.

Moving over to the gopuff Stage for 21 Savage. He did have his DJ/hype-man come out first, eating up time that was limited at a festival, but the crowd knew the songs they were asked to sing along with before the rapper even appeared. Indeed, he could be headlining his next festival circuit.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Headlining their umpteenth festival circuit was The Killers. At a festival as focused on contemporary music as Governors Ball ’24, the boys from Vegas were a bit of an outlier, given that only the day before was the twentieth anniversary of their hit breakthrough, Hot Fuss. But The Killers have somehow not only survived among the breakthrough ‘The’ aughts acts, but stayed at the top of festival bills, even when they’re the oldest act on those bills. Perhaps the anniversary inspired the band to play a number of Fuss songs early, opener “Somebody Told Me” (their first hit), “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine”, and “Smile Like You Mean It” – plus incorporating a cover of fellow aughts great Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ classic “Maps” into their “Runaways” (and full cover of Erasure’s “A Little Respect”). They even fulfilled the wish of a fan named Anthony to come up and play drums on “For Reasons Unknown”, the sort of thing singer Brandon Flowers noted that they hadn’t done in a long while (drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. got to play guitar while Flowers was on bass – but the singer didn’t seem ready to share his mike…). And, of course, they skill closed with “Mr. Brightside”, because their career started with it, and it ended up like this…





-words: Ted Chase
-photos: Joyce Lee





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