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.
The two sides of Sylvan Esso: killer poise and a ton of fun.
Rising pop Billie Eilish comes back down to Earth after an incredible performance on the American Eagle stage.
Sombre, relief, happiness, exhaustion: Wolf Alice model the four stages of wrapping up your North American tour.
He might have chopped off his dreadlocks, but the punk as fuck Vic Mensa hasn’t lost any of his power.
Derby’s The Struts before donning their incredibly glam stage outfits.
Slaves take some time to be at one with nature after opening Gov Ball with a bang.
Chvrches’ Iain Cook didn’t get the memo about looking moodily to your left for this one.
Janet Planet uses bandmate Sugar Bones’ to get her post-performance stretches done.
Aussies Cut Copy head into the bushes.
Kelela, here, showing how to master a simple pose full of attitude.
And here’s Margo Price effortlessly picking up her lead.
Shawn Mendes lighting up (or should we say illuminating) an otherwise drab bit of backstage.