15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Axwell & Ingrosso, Vampire Weekend, Interpol Run Day 3
Governors Ball 2014's three days of music came to a close Sunday (June 8) with a fun set from Jack Antonoff's new project Bleachers, a member of Capital Cities onstage with Foster the People, Vampire Weekend's sound system battling a neighboring DJ's, Interpol rocking a member of MS MR attending in the audience, and erstwhile Swedish House Mafia guys Axwell & Ingrosso ending the weekend, literally, with fireworks over New York's Randall's Island.
These are 15 of the coolest moments from Governors Ball Sunday:
1:44pm: "How's it going? How's it going???" Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff yells before letting out a large scream into the mic, trying to amp up the still sleepy crowd. "Thank you so much for watching a band that has released two songs," Antonoff, also known for being in the band fun., laughs. "The good news is we have a lot of new ones. This song is called "Break Me," as he launches into the catchy tune with the hook "I can't believe I captured your heart" over and over to the amped up crowd.
2:45pm: "Every woman is a goddess and every man is a fucking God," Banks declared. Then she treated the packed Gotham tent to "Goddess," a cut from her forthcoming debut album, before breaking out her cover of Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" and using the word "buttery" to describe the R&B classic, the same adjective she dropped while introducing the song at Coachella in April.
4:04pm: "I think you might know this one," AlunaGeorge said just before launching into "White Noise." When the track's synths began, screams confirmed that the audience did, indeed, know that one.
5:47pm: The first real bass drop of the Bloody Beetroots' set hits the Gotham Tent, causing a mass jump-along that would make House of Pain proud. Later, after hammering ears with relentless four-on-the-floor techno, Bloody Beetroots throw a curveball and break into some rockabilly, and then segue into thrash. The crowd doesn't seem to mind.
6:21pm: A loud drone blares aggressively from the stage as the Kills launch into standout “Black Balloon,” beginning with a clapping drum sample, as frontwoman Alison Mosshart sets into the chilling line “I wanna waste your time, black balloon,” the tune ending in hand claps once again. Guitarist Jamie Hince then yells into the crowd, which was waning, “Thank youuuu, my favorite place in the world!!” before hitting back to the thumping bass. He brushes a steady rhythm with one finger, no pick, on “No Wow,” a standout in the otherwise strange set, singing “This ain’t no wow now, they all been put down.”
7:20pm: Though the sound cuts out for a brief millisecond early in Foster the People's set, the band rocks on. Soon, Mark Foster brings out "a friend of mine," Spencer Ludwig, the trumpet player from Capital Cities for a few songs. A few minutes later, the inevitable arrives: Foster the People play "Pumped Up Kicks" and everyone goes crazy.
8:18pm: Spotted in the Interpol crowd is MS MR singer Lizzy Plapinger, who tweeted about not being able to wait to sing the band's "Take You on a Cruise" at the top of her lungs earlier in the day.
8:31pm: Interpol frontman Paul Banks can’t help but crack a smile while singing the line, “Subway is a porno” during the moody hometown anthem “NYC.”
8:50pm: "This is the greatest city on the earth," yelled Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele before performing crowd favorite "Walking On a Dream." He said it as if he was visiting from another planet. And the way he and his crew of eccentric, spacey dancers were dressed, it's hard to argue otherwise.
9:01pm: Don’t tell Interpol festival sets can’t have encores. After a killer performance of “Slow Hands,” the band returns to the stage to rock out “Lights,” “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down” and “Obstacle 1” before giving the hometown crowd the goodbye salute.
9:40pm: Axwell & Ingrosso drop “This Time,” the first of seven new songs they’d unveil tonight — their first post Swedish House Mafia. “I see the dawn of a new beginning,” the sung vocals promise, before a surprise Pusha T verse drops.
9:55pm: Fireworks set off behind Axwell & Ingrosso, the first of many during their high-octane set at the Honda Stage. Early leavers crossing the RFK bridge in the distance stop and watch regretfully.
10:14 PM: Headliner distractions, part I: While Vampire Weekend is sinking its teeth into "Oxford Comma," a DJ in the artist area keeps the hip-hop hits coming, dropping French Montana's "Pop That" after Rich Homie Quan's "Type of Way."
10:41 PM: Headliner distractions, part II: A loud eruption comes from one of the Miller kiosks, which is airing the NBA Finals on its flat-screen TVs. Vampire Weekend might be playing "Hannah Hunt," but Chris Bosh just drained a three!
10:55pm: Axwell & Ingrosso drop their closing song, Swedish House Mafia fan favorite “Don’t You Worry Child,” with confetti and even more fireworks, ending Governor’s Ball with a literal bang.