We’re on the edge of our seats hoping Governors Ball NYC will ring in their tenth anniversary with some real rock-and-roll headliners on Randall’s Island next year. While we were crossing our fingers for that, the first tidbits of news from Founders Entertainment surfaced this morning hinting at the kind of experience one can expect for the June 5-7, 2020 festivities. Artists are still to be announced, but some interesting changes have already been implemented based upon customer feedback from last year – ones that will likely improve the vibe for all.
After an extensive Reddit AMA with the festival founders, perhaps the best enhancements to come in 2020 are additional water stations “to significantly reduce wait time for water refills,” and “a larger focus on general site cleanliness,” according to the press release. “The latter includes more trash and recycling areas, easier to find receptacles, and engaging sustainability initiatives that spur action.” Another modification is poised to improve safety and reduce irresponsibility at the annual NYC festival: Governors Ball will now enforce an 18+ age limit with ID required. Those aged 17 and under must now attend with an adult who is 21 or older. Each adult must have a valid form of ID and may accompany up to two ticket holders aged 17 or younger. There are more details on this change here and we think it’s a prudent one – as do others reacting positively to the news on social media.
If you’re living the sweet life, or planning to this summer, you’ll also be happy to hear that the Gov Ball VIP areas are being upgraded. New features for those treating themselves to VIP include: air-conditioned, flushable bathrooms with dedicated attendants, a private wi-fi network available at two of the four VIP viewing areas, a separate fast lane at ferry docks and shuttle pick-up points, free water at all VIP areas, and free shipping on tickets. Still not luxurious enough? Fear not, because they’re also launching VIP Luxe – a new ticket level that provides access to “a very exclusive, elevated luxury suite with truly epic views of the main stage and the main stage field,” plus “all-inclusive beverages, delicious festival eats, an exclusive email concierge and more.” That is, mathematically, too many “exclusive”s for it to be anything less than rad.
There will be plenty more information coming about Gov Ball 2020, and we’ll keep you posted here on P&W. In the meantime, you’ve got to appreciate a fest that sneaks a “random bad joke” into their information page, where more early details can be found. You can also creep on Gov Ball NYC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates. Check out our extensive coverage from 2017, the glorious year that featured true icon Charles Bradley on day one, may he rest in peace. Other memorable acts included Wu-Tang Clan on day two, followed by Tool, Royal Blood, Cage The Elephant, and Franz Ferdinand on day three.
Article: Olivia Isenhart