This coming weekend, the sold out Governors Ball returns to New York City, bringing music and joy to thousands of people who will convene on Randall's Island June 6th-June 8th to rock out to the likes of Jack White, Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Bastille, Janelle Monae, The Strokes, Fitz and The Tantrums, Frank Turner, Phoenix, Childish Gambino and more! Here are a few things you should know before you go:
Decide how you're going to get there.
Apparently, construction is rampant on the Island this year. This means that public parking is not going to be available. Check the festival's site here to see transportation options (some of which require tickets you can purchase in advance). For additional descriptions of these options, visit the official site for Randall's Island. Options include walking, shuttle buses and a ferry to get you there. Be sure to allow plenty of time, as there is a chance you may encounter a wait if you're boarding any type of public transportation, though the fest's site mentioned they have done their best to increase the frequency of shuttles to meet attendance demands. For those heading over on foot, the Manhattan and Queens walkways reportedly take 20-30 minutes to cross, along with any additional walking to get to the actual festival grounds (look for signs pointing the way to the festival which will be held in the Harlem River Event/Icahn Stadium/Golf Center Area).
Keep an eye on the weather.
I don't imagine conditions can get much worse than last year (my wrap-up here), which saw Friday cut short due to a massive thunderstorm. The property wreckage that occurred was enough that a few upcoming planned events at the Island had to be canceled due to much restorative work that needed to be done. Right now the weather doesn't look incredibly threatening, but just in case the weather gods turn on Governors Ball again, your best bet is to come prepared.
--Check out places like CVS or DSW for affordable galoshes and ponchos to help brave the elements. Also, wear comfortable clothes that you can stand seeing doused in mud. Last year's attendees often found themselves shin-deep in random unexpected mud pits located around the field.
--Cover up any electronic valuables with a secure plastic bag. Because as this Examiner found out the hard way, gadgets can be destroyed through your clothing/purse if it's raining enough to soak through.
Have a schedule on you at all times for reference.
Download the Official Governors Ball app or print a copy of the schedule from their site here, where you can also create a customized schedule so you don't miss your favorites. There are so many acts, it would be impossible to memorize all the stage times and locations.
Utilize the festival map to find what you need.
To help plan your day, Time Out NY has provided a handy map here. It tells you where to find the stages, food, restrooms, charging stations and where you can refill your water bottles for free.
Have fun and take care of yourself!
Don't forget to hydrate and eat. Festival days are long. Even if you're afraid of missing any of the stage action, take breaks to grab a snack or some water. Passing out and ending up in the medical tent is way less fun than missing a few minutes of a band's set. If you're unexpectedly short on cash, 13 food vendors will be accepting PayPal on site. Download the PayPal app, redeem a $5 offer and "check in" to pay. This technology will also be employed at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands later this year. Vendors accepting PayPal: Arancini Bros, Asia Dog, Brindle Room, Brooklyn Soda Works, Candy Rox, Coolhaus, Jack’s Sliders & Sushi, Jalapeño Corn Dog Concessions, Mayhem & Stout, Melt, Momofuku Milk Bar, Pommes Frites, and Ports Coffee. You can find links to their websites here.
For any other questions regarding the festival, such as what you're allowed to bring, a list of food offerings, and what to do if you lose your ticket, visit the festival's official site!