Grimes premieres three new tracks at Governors Ball festival in New York

One of the trio of songs was written for Rihanna but was rejected by the star

Grimes premiered three new tracks live at Governors Ball festival in New York yesterday (June 7).

The electronic musician performed ‘David’, ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Go’, according to Stereogum, at the event on Randall’s Island off Manhattan. Grimes had previously told fans that one of the songs she would be playing was written for Rihanna with LA producer Blood Diamonds but was rejected.

Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, revealed she’d be playing three new songs at the event, saying the last one, ‘Go’ – which you can watch fan-shot footage of below – was “special & top secret”. Grimes wrote on Twitter: “for those at gov ball, u should stick around for my final song because its special & top secret & new, actually im playin 3 new songs…”.


Both Rihanna and Grimes are signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation management. When Grimes signed up in 2013, she said she felt like she had “joined the X-Men”.

The Canadian artist recently hinted that her new album will be released in September. The singer, who released her latest album ‘Visions’ in 2012, is due to release a follow-up this year. Grimes has suggested that her new album will come out on September 9 to fans on Twitter. In a further tweet sent last week, Grimes said she has re-recorded and re-produced all the songs from her breakthrough album, ‘Visions’, “so they are much better now”.

Grimes played:

‘Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)’
‘Be A Body’
‘Phone Sex’