Chromeo's Dave 1 and P-Thugg mug for the camera with manager Kevin Kocher. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
For its second year, New York City's Governors Ball took place from June 23-24 not on its namesake island, but the significantly bigger and more northward Randall's Island. Fortunately, the location switch didn't seem to change anything about the attendance or the lineup, which featured headliners Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, and Kid Cudi; up-and-coming acts like The Jezabels, Nobody Beats the Drum, and Art Vs. Science; and celebrity side projects like Diplo's Major Lazer and Special Disco Version, the DJ duo of LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney and James Murphy.
With no overlapping sets between two stages over the course of two days, not to mention plenty of space and water and food trucks -- and free Crumbs cupcakes and cocktails for those who snagged VIP passes -- the festival ran smooth enough to hopefully ensure a third installation next year.
(L-R): Big Hassle Media's Shira Knishkowy, Bright Young Things' Shauna Alexander, and Solid Gold's Dave Halstead pose with a friend (wearing sunglasses) before parting ways to catch the rest of the festival. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
When they weren't on stage, the festival's performers and their handlers/publicists/ managers/admirers could be found anywhere between the press tent, backstage, or the grounds themselves. Rene Ramirez of Soul Dynamic reported seeing Freelance Whales' Judah Dadone wandering around after his set early Sunday afternoon, and freelance photographer Samer Fouad said he told Sarah Barthel of Phantogram upon seeing her in the Freeloader's Lounge that she looked just like "that chick from Phantogram," whereupon she informed him she was, in fact, that chick from Phantogram.
Field Report manager Dave Godowsky poses with singer-songwriter Blake Mills. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
Chromeo's Dave Macklovitch, a.k.a. Dave 1, and Patrick Gemayel, or P-Thugg, stopped by the press tent for garrulous interviews on Saturday afternoon, stopping only to pluck a stray leaf from this reporter's hair (who somehow managed to maintain her composure) and pose for pictures with manager Kevin Kocher, who also manages Datarock and Fan Death. Montreal's La Presse journalist Emilie Cote also stopped by to interview Chromeo in the duo's native French, even though both are currently based in Manhattan while they work on their new album.
La Presse journalist Emilie Cote. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
On Saturday evening, Katskill Production's Alex Joffe made the rounds with Utrecht-based electronic outfit Nobody Beats the Drum, who had played the festival early Saturday afternoon, DJ'ed the Silent Disco, and were to headline the official Governors Ball afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl, co-sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy.
Preceded by Cubic Zirconia, XXXChange, and Brenmar, NBTD's rager drew such luminaries as Macklovitch's younger brother, Alain, a.k.a. A-Trak, coming down from a highly anticipated and bumpin' festival set as Duck Sauce with partner Armand Van Helden. There to witness the evening's festivities until the more-than-wee hours of the morning were an eclectic group of press including Joffe's younger brother, Mixify.com's Jon Joffe; Hearst Digital's Matt Berman; and moustachioed photographer-about-town Nicky Digital.
A-Trak, a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch, takes a break from bowling to pose with his lovely lady friend. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
Sunday's schedule proved to more low-key, dominated by Fiona Apple, Devendra Banhart, Built to Spill, and indie sweethearts Cults. Singer-songwriter Blake Mills stopped by the press tent for interviews about his solo career and his stint as Apple's guitarist, where he was joined by his publicist, Big Hassle Media's Shira Knishkowy, and label good friend Dave Godowsky, who manages Field Report. Also present were artist development agency Solid Gold's Dave Halstead, who was trying to wrangle the Jezabels for an interview with Shauna Alexander from Washington, DC-based PR firm Brightest Young Things.
(L-R): Hearst Digital's Matt Berman agrees to a headshot with Mixify.com's Jon Joffe. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
After shooting Apple's set at the Hype Machine Stage, I made my way to the area's local VIP area to hang with Warner Brothers' VP Adam Herzog, who was there with partner Joffe to promote Atlanta, GA garage-rock sensations Turf War (whose 2011 debut, Years of Living Dangerously, was produced by Black Lips and Diamond Rugs' Ian Saint Pe).
(L-R): Nobody Beats the Drum's Jori Collignon, Rogier van der Zwaag, and Sjam Sjamsoedin. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)
Katskill Productions' Alex Joffe and his partner, Warner Bros.' Adam Herzog, don some Wayfarers for a Cool Hand Luke-style shot. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown)