When and Where: June 7-9; Randall’s Island in New York City
Lineup Highlights: Guns N’ Roses, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, The xx
The Scoop: We are the first to admit that Governor’s Ball, once hosted at Governor’s Island, may be identity confused. (It also shares its title with an annual Oscars gala.) But that doesn’t matter. The lineup, which overlaps some with surrounding festivals (don’t they all a bit?), is nonetheless a quality mix of dance, hip-hop, indie and pop that will draw 40,000 attendees each day.
Insider Tip: Arrange transport to the festival now at GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com. From Manhattan, book a ferry that departs from 34th Street and FDR Drive ($15). From Brooklyn, book a shuttle bus that departs from a TBA location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ($20).
Escape From Your Escape: If you are traveling in, consider staying in one of NYC’s top fitness-friendly hotels, to help you stick to your workouts in the mornings and on non-festival days.
Unofficial Hashtag Prediction: #kanyezone
Tickets: Available at GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com ($95 for a one-day pass; $470 for a VIP three-day pass; sold out: three-day general admission pass)
Photo Credit: Governor's Ball