Governors Ball was brimming with energy as for many it was the first time really out since the pandemic. The energy was palpable as the performers brought out their best and the crowd responded in kind!
Starting with Modesta, California’s own Bankrol Hayden, he came out swinging with one of his big hits Cabo, and though it was many’s first show since, by the second track he had everyone jumping along to his energy. So much so that he crowd surfed and the audience met him with open arms!
He felt comfortable enough to perform more personal tracks like “Brothers” and to play his day of release song “Come Through” with Lil Tecca, and an unreleased song that the crowd met with warm and loud reception!
With little known about RMR the person, his music speaks for hisself and when he started with a live band of keys, full set of drum and an accompanying guitar playing “WELFARE” off of his first full length album, straight in to “DEALER”, his hip hop side was showing. While showing love back to NYC wearing a NY Islanders jersey, he switched gears and did an all band cover of Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” that surprised everyone as he sang her part. After the initial flooring, the crowd was behind him singing. After doing a lesser known song ” That Was Therapeutic”, he immediately went in to his hit song RASCAL, his own interpolation of the Rascal Flatts song ” These Days”, and when his big message was sung he had his signature balaclavas sent in to the crowd. The band had its own jam session and he would go from dancing in an comfortable funny way then immedately go in to aggressive motions, moving betweeen sung pre-chorus and chorus, to tough verse rapping. Looking towards starting intently at the crowd. Moving between intense intent to relaxed playful motions. All before having the entire crowd singing his cover of the Goo Goo dolls classic “Iris”.
This was all within the first few hours of the show, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist controlled half of the festivals sound space with Alfredo with Freddie rapping not skipping a beat. The Crowd in a frenzy when “God is Perfect”, “Scottie Beam” and “Something to Rap About” came on. That was history and it was everything you thought it’d be.
People wonder why 24kgoldn is so far up the line up, when onlookers saw the crowd, the live band, and the ground shaking beneath them, they understood why. It felit like a mini earthquake, with his guitarmate playing solos as he misses not a single lyric. He looked like he was having the more fun on stage than the crowd, being flexible with his vocals and his raps, going in to more Emo driven (his words not mine) “Butterflies”, taking his shirt off “for the ladies” before turning it back up with “Cut it Off” and an unreleased song called Prada. moving from turn-ups to Ballads, as the night showed, he asked the crowd to turn on all our camera lights before the song “Yellow Lights” and finishing on the fan- favorite company.
Billie Eilish headlined and anyone could understand why, opening with “bury a friend” the crowd was singing the entire song word for word for her so loudly she didn’t have to say a word in her messy pigtails and awesome t-shirt. She couldnt even get a word in because the crowd knew it word for word and even at the back of the crowd you felt the earth sway. Dipping in and out of her two albums “Happier than ever” and “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO” the crowd was here for it.
That’s a day 1 wrap up, the next 2 days are sure to bring that energy, and keep the momentum going! For visuals, check out the Glasse Factory instagram stories @glassefactory, and listen to the Glasse Factory Governors Ball Playlist below!
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