Governors Ball is back in New York City, this year staking its claim in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens and bringing along with it some of the hottest acts of 2023.
The Big Apple’s brightest fest runs from June 9 to June 11, and Emilio Herce was there to capture all of the backstage and onstage highlights from the weekend for NME. Here’s your all-access pass to NYC’s signature festival.
Suki Waterhouse serenaded the New York City crowd with her angelic voice.
aespa taught us the art of tight choreography and fantastic fashion choices.
Finneas bringing all his hits to a packed Saturday crowd during a sunset set.
The Bronx’s very own Ice Spice had one of the biggest crowds of Gov Ball performing her biggest songs and getting everyone to sing along to her verse on ‘Boys A Liar Part 2’.
Which was more hype? The crowd-watching Kenny Beats or the crowd hanging with him on stage? It’s impossible to tell.
KennyHoopla giving Governors Ball the exact right amount of pop-punk energy.
Kim Petras leaving it all on the stage and bringing us all along for the ride.
Lil Baby performed with an army of dancers backing him up.
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert spent more time in the crowd than the stage during his set, and judging by the audience’s reaction, they preferred it that way.
If there was an award for best vocals of the festival, Lizzo definitely would have one with her rendition of ‘Cuz I Love You’.
New York City’s own Michelle showing us the art of pop and choreography.
Odesza lit up New York City on Saturday night with pyro, strobes, a drum line and killer beats.
Oliver Tree has jokes, but when it comes to giving a stellar performance, he doesn’t play around.
Saba had the hard task of warming up the stage early Friday before the rest of the weekend’s acts, but of course, he succeeded.
TikTok favourite and viral hitmaker PinkPantheress brought big songs and big 2000s energy to NYC.
Giveon may get his peaches down in Georgia, but he gets his vibes off in New York City.
UK hitmaker Central Cee gave the NYC crowd a taste of his London charm.
Not many people could get away with bringing a huge snow globe full of cash out on stage. But not many people are Pusha T.
Remi Wolf onstage and backstage showing us the proper attire for an NYC festival.
If you could take New York City summer and put it into a duo, what you’re going to end up with (thankfully) is Sofi Tukker.
Alexander 23 being cool, calm, collected and charming.
Gale gives us a tutorial on big energy and even higher kicks.
Haiku Hands sporting the best fits and poses of the weekend.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X may have had to restart his set due to tech difficulties but you’d never know judging by the way he overtook the stage.
Kendrick Lamar closes out Governors Ball with the most packed set of the weekend, and with the energy, tracks and pyro he brought that makes perfect sense.