Gov Ball 2022: New York City’s iconic music festival returns in full swing

Over 100,000 people flocked to New York City’s iconic Governor’s Ball Music Festival, the annual 3day festival experience filled with musical artists spanning diverse genres, from pop to rap to EDM.

Located in the parking lot of Queen’s Citi Field, the event was headlined by platinum artists Kid Cudi, Halsey and J. Cole. The festival ran from June 10 to June 12 and attendees experienced over 60 artists across four stages, as well as different cuisines and pop-ups from the festival’s sponsors.

This was the second year Gov Ball was held at Citi Field in the festival’s 11-year history. In previous years, Gov Ball was held at Randall’s Island. The Citi Field location allows festival-goers the option to travel to and from the festival via the 7 train or the Long Island Rail Road.

Attendees consisted mainly of young adults and some teenagers.Clad in colorful outfits and smeared in body glitter, they sang along to new hits, like “First Class” during Jack Harlow’s set on Friday and old bops such as “Shower” by Becky G on Saturday. Others formed mosh pits at performances of 100 Gecs and Glass Animals.

Initially, Migos were set to perform on the festival’s first day, but three days before the festival, was replaced by Lil Wayne, fueling rumors that the group broke up. Lil Wayne could not make it to his performance due to flight disruptions and was then replaced by A$AP Ferg.

Halsey gave an electrifying performance on her headline show on June 11. Her set included a cover of the ‘80s classic and  now Tik Tok popular song “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and the first ever live performance of her recently released song “So Good.” As she finished her last song, fireworks lit up the Queens’ sky.

“Nah I’m legit still not over that amazing experience @halsey at @GovBallNYC probably gonna be talking about it for a while. Super annoying. Heads up guys,” a user said on Twitter.

The final day included anticipated performances from Playboi Carti and J. Cole. Fans rushed between the overlapping performances and Playboi Carti’s fans moshed as he performed on top of a large pyramid, causing the parking lot to shake, while J. Cole sang his throwback hit “No Role Modelz” and gave a shout-out to Jamaica, Queens.

While this year’s Gov Ball featured popular artists like Joji and Flume, it was also the perfect opportunity for newer artists to present their songs and for attendees to hear new music.

“It’s been a whirlwind, it’s been really overwhelming and fun,” Savannah Hudson, one half of the indiepop duo BETWEEN FRIENDS, said about performing at their first Gov Ball and releasing their EP “Cutie” on the same day. Hudson continued saying that besides being Halsey’s opener a few days before the festival, this was her and her brother Brandon Hudson’s first real performance as the band.

Festival-goers were also treated to a culinary experience with more than 40 food vendors on the premises. Some options included Destination Dumpling, which offered a variety of dumplings and Big Mozz, an Instagram famous company known for its mozzarella sticks.

Besides a few hiccups, including some rain in the beginning of the final day and performer Roddy Rich getting arrested for having guns in his vehicle while trying to enter Citi Field, Gov Ball 2022 was a memorable weekend.