The festival admit trying to book the band every year since its inception in 2011
The promoters and producers of New York festival The Governors Ball have said that The Strokes – who will be staging their live comeback at the event this summer – had an “open invite” the play the festival.
Speaking in a Reddit AMA, ‘TeamGovBall’ said that the band’s agent contacted them at the last minute, saying they wanted the band to “reunite” at the 2014 festival. They commented:
We have tried to book The Strokes every single year that Gov Ball has existed . They essentially have had an open invite to play when they wanted. We got a call from their agent at the very last minute, saying that they wanted to reunite and play at the festival. Dream come true for us. We’re New York City kids, and they are the greatest NYC rock band of our generation. BOOM
The Strokes will make their live return at the Governors Ball in New York this June. The three-day event will take place on Randall’s Island between June 6 and 8. Outkast were announced as the headliner alongside Jack White and Vampire Weekend.
As well as performing with The Strokes, frontman Julian Casablancas will also perform as a solo artist on a bill that also includes, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Skrillex, Phoenix, Tyler, the Creator, La Roux, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile, Deafheaven, Jenny Lewis, Interpol, TV On The Radio, The Kills, Grimes, James Blake, Broken Bells, Neko Case, Spoon, Janelle Monáe, Washed Out, NME cover star Chance The Rapper and AlunaGeorge among others.
The Strokes’ last live show came in November 2011 when they performed live at the Planeta Terror festival in Brazil. The group have not played in the US since September of the same year. Meanwhile, the band have not performed in the UK since they headlined Reading & Leeds Festival in August 2011. The band were joined by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker for a rendition of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ during their Reading performance.
Last summer’s Governors Ball saw Kanye West premiering material from ‘Yeezus’ after the first day of the event was suspended due to unsafe weather conditions, meaning Kings Of Leon had to rearrange their opening night headline set. Guns N’ Roses also performed.
The Strokes released their fifth album ‘Comedown Machine’ last year but didn’t tour or do any interviews. Speculation remains about their future, though, speaking to NME recently, the band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr said: “There might be times when we’re not doing things but I don’t feel like we’ll ever stop,” he said. “We’ve come to the point where we’ve been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we’re doing? We’re just together.”