I Went to GovBall 2016!

I've wanted to see the Strokes for YEARS and finally I got a chance at Governors Ball. New York City is about four hours away so I took the bus up there alone, saw a play on Thursday and woke up on Friday, ready for a day of great music. 

This was my first ever music festival. I didn't know what to expect and I had only got a ticket for Friday so I knew I had to make the most of every moment. 

Admission wristband for Friday

Admission wristband for Friday

These wristbands were REALLY cool. You scanned them to enter the festival and you could hook up a credit card to them so you could pay for food and stuff by scanning your wristband and typing in a four digit code of your choosing. It could probably be an easy way to spend too much money but I was okay. I wasn't about to spend $12 on terrible beer so it didn't get too crazy for me.

The gates to enter the festival grounds

The gates to enter the festival grounds

They pat you down and check your bags when you enter which was fine. I wasn't planning on drinking and I didn't have any alcohol on me so it was whatever. One thing I will say is I saw a girl walking past me chugging Captain Morgans and a guy drinking alcohol out of a cleaned out sunscreen bottle so I guess security wasn't that attentive but who knows.

One of the art installations

One of the art installations

Transviolet

Transviolet

When I got there I wandered for a bit but I made sure to get to the first set of the day. I like the band Transviolet a lot so I got right to the front for their set. I've liked them for a while but they are SO GOOD live. Really cool vibes and great music. Everyone in the band looks like someone I dated in college.

Elle King

Elle King

Elle King was so good. I only knew the song "Ex's and Ohs" going in so I wasn't sure what to expect but she's so talented and absolutely hilarious too. So good at commanding a crowd. Plus her cover of "My Neck, My Back" was so good and really unexpected.

I also got a chance to meet up with Christine, a friend from Tumblr who I've known for ages but had never met in person. So we took a polaroid together.

I also got a chance to meet up with Christine, a friend from Tumblr who I've known for ages but had never met in person. So we took a polaroid together.

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

The Strokes

The Strokes

If you watch my GovBall video on my Youtube channel you can see what the crowd was like. If you haven't watched it then all I can say is it was WILD. Such a huge crowd and most people were happy and dancing and it was great.

Lots of people there hadn't seen my video on concert etiquette and were acting like amateurs the whole time. One girl threw up on my shoes and her boyfriend wouldn't take her out of the crowd to get water and fresh air because he wanted to see the Strokes up close. He was such a jerk. She deserves better. A bunch of girls kept pushing past me like "I need to meet my friends up there," and sure, I get it. But if you want to be close to the stage, you get there early. Thats it. That's how it works. People kept trying to fight each other and were generally being boring. Anyone who has been to shows before knows not to do these things. 

But when the Strokes came on I literally didn't care about anyone else in the crowd who was being annoying. The Strokes were brilliant. Julian seemed like he was in a great mood and they all sounded so good. It was magical and although I honestly couldn't breathe with how pushy the crowd was, I was mostly fine with it. It was a borderline religious experience and I feel whole now.

So I loved my time at GovBall and I wish I could have stayed the whole time even though I heard today (Sunday) got rained out which would suck. I want to go next year and I definitely want to go to more music festivals.

Anyone have any east coast music festival recommendations? Let me know in the comments. And let me know what your music festival experiences are!

Life, MusicSangeeta Ranade