Photos by Vickey Ford of SneakShot for Okayplayer
Day two of Governors Ball was a celebration of the old school and new, in perfect harmony. With the weather predicted to be in the high 70s and sunny, spirits were high amongst concertgoers.
The earlier sets began around noon, including the likes of Marian Hill and The Knocks. Thundercat hit the Bacardi House Stage at 3:45 PM with a funkadafied set, donning star-shaped shades reminiscent of Bootsy Collins. Mac Miller played the Honda Stage at 4:45 PM to an eager crowd of fans who hung onto and sang along to all of his words. He ended his set with an unlikely Prince tribute of “Purple Rain,” sparking a immense sing-a-long throughout the crowd.
Peep the gallery up top for photos of performances by Thundercat, Mac Miller, De La Soul, Miguel, and Miike Snow.
De La Soul rocked the Big Apple Stage at 5:45 PM, urging the generationally mixed crowd to put down their phones, put their hands up, and just bounce to the music. They performed an hour set going through their hits over the decades, including “Oooh,” “Potholes in my Lawn,” and crowd favorites “Saturday,” “Me, Myself & I,” and “Buddy.” Although we were unable to snag a moment with the guys to talk Hip Hop, they spoke with Bacardi, siting some of their favorite artists right now as Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, and Chance the Rapper.
Another notable performance of the evening was that of Miguel Jontel Pimentel, also known as Miguel. The California boy hit the Honda Stage at 6:45 PM directly after De La Soul. Dressed in a woven poncho and white jeans, backed by his band dressed in all white, he began his set in rockstar fashion, performing Kaleidoscope Dream cuts “Don’t Look Back” and “The Thrill.” The energy stayed high with “Sure Thing” and “Do You…” when Mother Nature kicked in with a torrential downpour. This didn’t phase many fans, including myself, and the set continued with a spirited cover of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up,” “Hollywood Dreams” and “Coffee.”
In true Miguel fashion, the shirt came off during “Simple Things” and pelvic thrusts ensued. He made sure to perform on the edges of the stage to get drenched and proclaimed how much we should all love the rain. His set started to wind down with a cover of 2Pac’s “I Get Around” blended into “Quickie” (genius), followed by “Adorn”, and concluded with “How Many Drinks?” performed over Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools.”
Unfortunately, day three of the festival has been cancelled due to severe weather conditions including rain and possible lighting in the area. Governors Ball organizers stated in email that “the safety of fans, artists and crew always comes first.” Scheduled to perform today were Joey Bada$$, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, Gary Clark Jr., special guest Prophets of Rage, and headliner Kanye West. A bit of a bummer, but there is always next year!