Eminem and Jack White Lead Bill for Governors Ball 2018
One of the most newly sought after festivals on the east coast has just announced its 2018 lineup. New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival will take place on Randall’s Island Park from June 1-3, hosting a super eclectic lineup of sounds.
Leading the way this year will be Eminem, a rapper many thought they’d never see take the stage again. The aptly named “Revival” is his latest effort and his first in four years; an album which brought the 45-year-old rapper back to prominence and featured a slew of A-list artists such as Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Pink. Jack White too will join Eminem as one of the premier artists to take the Gov Ball main stage. Between The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, his record label and his solo career, White has been a busy man. He recently announced an upcoming solo project, his third, which he described as “a bizarre one.” Travis Scott really needs no introduction, as the Houston rapper is everywhere these days. His latest venture, a joint project with Migos member Quavo, is called “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho” and features cover art by frequent Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs won’t have to travel far for their Gov Ball set, as the indie trio already call New York home. Late in 2017, the band released a deluxe remastering of their famed debut album “Fever to Tell,” but other than that, they’ve been quiet. This will make for an even more epic hometown performance come June. Halsey’s acclaimed “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” album came to fruition in 2017, marking her biggest jump to stardom yet. So too was up-and-coming R&B singer Khalid’s debut “American Teen.” The two will join the Gov Ball headlining lineup alongside the Pharrell-lead N.E.R.D. who made their comeback in 2017 with “No One Ever Really Dies,” an album which featured the Rihanna-enhanced single “Lemon.” Adding to the allure of this already eclectic bill will be a yet-to-be-announced mystery headliner.
Joining the artists mentioned above will be a reunion of the New Jersey-bred rock band The Gaslight Anthem who will perform their sophomore album “The ’59 Sound” in full. Plus, CHVRCHES, Post Malone, the live debut of Diplo and Mark Ronson’s joint project Silk City, Lil Uzi Vert, Damian Marley, Cut Copy, Sylvan Esso, Galantis, 2 Chainz, Dirty Projectors, Maggie Rogers, Margo Price, Vic Mensa, Manchester Orchestra, Russ, Kali Uchis, Dram and many more.
Governors Ball always manages to inject that which makes New York City special right into the festival itself. Top notch food trucks and select NYC restaurants will be on-site slinging delicious food while activities such as a silent disco, life-size board games and putt-putt golf will also be available. This, of course, alongside an underlying message of sustainability and plenty of art installations to boot. Lastly, Gov Ball does not offer camping so be sure to look into one of New York’s many hotel options.