The best backstage snaps from Governors Ball 2018, from Shawn Mendes to Billie Eilish

Hanging out with the stars of the New York festival

If you’ve ever wondered what backstage at a festival looks like, it’s usually a lot of white trailers, fancy drinks, and bands being coerced into standing in the shrubbery by¬†NME photographers. Governors Ball 2018 was no different, as these photos of everyone, from pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes to punk pair Slaves, will attest.

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Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso at Governors Ball 2018

The two sides of Sylvan Esso: killer poise and a ton of fun.

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Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish at Governors Ball 2018

Rising pop Billie Eilish comes back down to Earth after an incredible performance on the American Eagle stage.

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Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice at Governors Ball 2018

Sombre, relief, happiness, exhaustion: Wolf Alice model the four stages of wrapping up your North American tour.

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Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa at Governors Ball 2018

He might have chopped off his dreadlocks, but the punk as fuck Vic Mensa hasn’t lost any of his power.

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The Struts

The Struts at Governors Ball 2018

Derby’s The Struts before donning their incredibly glam stage outfits.

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Slaves

Slaves at Governors Ball 2018

Slaves take some time to be at one with nature after opening Gov Ball with a bang.

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Chvrches

Chvrches at Governors Ball 2018

Chvrches’ Iain Cook didn’t get the memo about looking moodily to your left for this one.

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Confidence Man

Confidence Man at Governors Ball 2018

Janet Planet uses bandmate Sugar Bones’ to get her post-performance stretches done.

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Cut Copy

Cut Copy at Governors Ball 2018

Aussies Cut Copy head into the bushes.

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Kelela

Kelela at Governors Ball 2018

Kelela, here, showing how to master a simple pose full of attitude.

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Margo Price

Margo Price at Governors Ball 2018

And here’s Margo Price effortlessly picking up her lead.

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Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes at Governors Ball 2018

Shawn Mendes lighting up (or should we say illuminating) an otherwise drab bit of backstage.

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