The Governors Ball 2019 Recap: Everything That Happened on Saturday

The Governors Ball 2019 Recap: Everything That Happened on Saturday

Florence + The Machine, the 1975, Kacey Musgraves, and more performed for a prideful crowd at The Governors Ball.

Florence + The Machine, the 1975, Kacey Musgraves, and more performed for a prideful crowd at The Governors Ball.

Text: Erin McDowell

Festival-goers returned to Randall's Island on Saturday for day two of The Governors Ball 2019. The lineup for the day consisted of highly-anticipated performances by Florence + The Machine, Kacey Musgraves, the 1975, and more, along with sets by Major Lazer, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, and Playboi Carti. Saturday felt particularly high-spirited for many attendees, as the day also marked the first day of Pride season. One thing is for sure — watch out Coachella, because New York's Gov Ball is shaping up to be one of the summer's music festival highlights.

Pride was undeniably present for day two, from the Bud Light Dive Bar stage decked out in rainbow to the stage's lineup, which featured all LGBTQ+ artists. A neon sign reading "Open For All" set the tone for this area of the festival, and festival-attendees were proud to support the cause. What's more, a portion of proceeds from special edition rainbow Bud Light bottles go towards GLAAD, a LGBTQ+ support organization. Talk about a win-win.

@charles.reagan

Not only were attendees in high spirits, but the artists themselves were also similarly excited to play their sets under the New York sun. Kacey Musgraves delivered a high-energy performance, belting out hit tracks like  "Butterflies" and "High Time" along with the crowd. Keeping with the prideful mood, Musgraves ran across the stage during her set-closer "High Horse," a rainbow flag trailing behind the Texas-raised songstress.

@charles.reagan

Saturday's lineup continued with performances by the 1975, a pop-electronic band that has developed a cult-like following over the years, and King Princess, a fast-rising artist on the music scene. Playboi Carti and Ty Dolla $ign both delivered bop-worthy sets, while Vince Staples and Lord Huron brought a folk vibe to the festival's day of standout performances. However, all festival-goers waited with bated breath for the true highlight of the day's stacked schedule — Miss Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine.

Emerging onto the stage in her signature flowing, bohemian garb, Florence immediately transported audience members to her stylized dreamscape. A barefoot Florence belted out familiar tracks like “Dog Days Are Over,” which had everyone dancing along. Her exceptional vocals proved her spot as Saturday's lead headliner needs no explanation.

@katiatemkin

Major Lazer closed the day's lineup with a set stacked with summer favorites like Travis Scott's "Astroworld," as well as the artist's own hits. Overall, Saturday can be summed up as a culmination of LGBTQ+ pride and truly killer performances by the best of what the music industry has to offer.

Tune into V all weekend for recaps from Governors Ball 2019.

Credits: Header image via @govballnyc/@katiatemkin

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