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New York's 2018 Music Festival Season Begins with Governors Ball Lineup Reveal

New York's 2018 Music Festival Season Begins with Governors Ball Lineup Reveal

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Music Editor
Updated: 3 January 2018

Returning for its eighth consecutive year, New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival is set to take place on Randall’s Island Park from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, and it’s coming with more than a few names worth getting excited for.

Much like Gov Ball’s west coast competitor Coachella, Eminem, who dropped his ninth studio album Revival back in December, tops the festival’s bill, marking his first headline performance in NYC since 2010. Jack Whitehis first confirmed live gig since 2015—Travis Scott, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs round out the 2018 top names, with the Pharrell Williams’ led N.E.R.D. also making its long-awaited eight-year return to the Big Apple, and New Jersey punk-rock outfit The Gaslight Anthem are reuniting to celebrate a decade of their sophomore album The ’59 Album by playing it in full.

Other standout acts among the over 65 artists revealed include the worldwide debut of Silk City (a new project from Diplo and Mark Ronson), Moses Sumney, Halsey, Khalid, Chvrches, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Damien Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors, Manchester Orchestra, DRAM, 2 Chaniz, Japandroids, Kelela, Vic Mensa, Third Eye Blind (fingers crossed for their self-titled debut in full), Tash Sultana, Brockhampton, Aminé, Goldlink, The Menzingers, Flight Facilities, Jay Electronica, Knox Fortune, and A$AP Twelvyy.

Three-day GA and VIP tickets (including payment plan options) are available now via the Gov Ball website at special “Announce Day” pricing until 11:59:59 pm EST. Regular pricing begins January 4 at 12:00 am EST.

Check out the official poster below for the full list of announced names.

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© Governors Ball

Last year, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Tool, Lorde, and Phoenix headlined Gov Ball’s 2017 iteration. While Childish Gambino’s James Brown-invoking performance was easily the festival’s best moment, it was a number of names slotted lower in the lineup, including Stormzy, The Avalanches, Lo Moon, and the late Charles Bradley, that distinguished it as one of the program’s best to date.

Time will tell if 2018 can live up to or exceed the bar set in 2017. And let’s hope it’s another year sans downpours and mud pits.