The Strokes stage festival comeback at Governors Ball in New York

The band play the Main stage on the Saturday of the three day event ahead of Jack White

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: The Strokes

The Strokes played their first festival show since 2011 yesterday (June 7) at Governors Ball on Randall's Island in New York.

The band took to the main GovBallNYC Stage of the event at 6.45pm local time, ahead of the evening's headline artist Jack White. Playing in the sunshine, frontman Julian Casablancas, who had performed with his solo band The Voidz the previous day - where he reportedly said his new solo album was due out in September - was sporting a blue Hawaiian shirt for the show.

On a bill that also included Chance The Rapper, Disclosure, Skrillex and Spoon, the five piece band opened their set with 'Barely Legal' from their 2001 debut album 'Is This It', before playing a career-spanning set, that also featured a host of tracks from last year's 'Comedown Machine' - which they did not tour at the time - including 'Welcome To Japan', 'One Way Trigger' and 'Happy Ending', which all received their live debut on May 31 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the band's first gig since November 2011.

Yesterday's set also featured 'Take It Or Leave It', 'Hard To Explain' and 'Last Nite' from the band's debut, as well as 'New York City Cops', which closed their set.

The Strokes last played the UK at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2011.

The Strokes played:

'Barely Legal'
'Welcome to Japan'
'Automatic Stop'
'Machu Picchu'
'Reptilia'
'Razorblade'
'Take It or Leave It'
'One Way Trigger'
'Under Control'
'Heart in a Cage'
'Hard to Explain'
'12:51'
'Someday'
'Happy Ending'
'The End Has No End'
'You Only Live Once'
'Last Nite'
'New York City Cops'


Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again.

The guitarist said: "I know that when The Strokes tour again, it will be because we put something out – even though we didn't tour the last one. Doing a few festivals before you put something out is kind of gearing up the big machine, it just kind of helps everyone get ready, mentally, financially and it brings you back to your audience. You can see the audience's reaction to your music and you just 'feel' again."


Read More On This Artist

More News
Mark Ronson tops both the UK's Official Singles and Official Albums Chart
Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams appear on TV show 'Austin City Limits' – watch
Korn and Slipknot cover Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' live in London – watch
A$AP Rocky opens up about the death of A$AP Yams for the first time
Courtney Love attends premiere of Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
Run The Jewels preview feline remix album 'Meow The Jewels' featuring Lil Bub the cat
Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM unveil grindhouse cinema-themed 'Ray Gun' video – watch
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney unveil collaboration track 'FourFiveSeconds' –...
Jay Z commends New York Governor's plan to improve police relations
Ryan Adams performs acoustic version of 'Gimme Something Good' on US TV
Alt-J play biggest headline show of their career at London's O2 Arena
Groove Armada lead latest Isle Of Wight Festival line-up additions
Lil Wayne reportedly set to sue Cash Money boss Birdman for $8m
Guitar owned by Johnny Ramone sells at auction for £47,950
Pond reveal epic 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' video - watch
Noel Gallagher says Oasis will only ever reform 'for the money'
Arca says working with Bjork on 'Vulnicura' was 'everything an artistic...
Aphex Twin streams 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT2' EP - listen
Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore separate after five years of marriage
Fall Out Boy team up with Wiz Khalifa on 'Uma Thurman' remix - listen
Danny Brown, Big Sean feature in Eminem's 'Detroit Vs Everybody' video - watch
Bob Dylan to gift new album to 50,000 senior citizens

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM