Governors Ball 2017: Childish Gambino Delivers Rare Performance, Wu-Tang Clan Celebrates 20 Years of 'Wu-Tang Forever' & More Day 2 Highlights
The second day of Governors Ball 2017 has officially wrapped, with Saturday (June 3) bringing a number of memorable performances from early acts like Dua Lipa all the way to the day's closers, Childish Gambino and Phoenix. Check out the highlights from Day 2 below.
1:34 p.m. After taking the stage to Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" -- which frontman Zach Hannah said is the "best damn song to come out to" -- A R I Z O N A delivered a set that had a respectably sized crowd for 1:30 on a Saturday dancing from start to finish. While the band made the audience plenty satisfied by singing most of the songs off their new full-length debut Gallery, one of the most thriling parts of their set was when a crew member came out to toss Pop Tarts in the crowd. "That was actually kind of amazing," one festivalgoer said. -- Taylor Weatherby
2 p.m. Dua Lipa delivered a set full of loose and fresh energy signaling an artist on the rise. She ends with her biggest hit to date -- off her self-titled debut -- but not before making clear that "this is the first show I've done since the album came out." And even though she's an artist with just one (very) new full-length record under her belt, one would never know judging by the crowd. -- Lyndsey Havens
3:10 p.m. "This is our first fest in New York, so we're going to turn up different... We do something called grime music," a revved up Stormzy alerts the large midday crowd. Along with #Merkey -- Stomzy's on-stage DJ -- the two carry on with infectious, hard-hitting energy, serving as a perfect transition into the hip-hop heavy evening ahead. -- L.H.
3:22 p.m. Working a tepid main stage crowd during the midday sun, Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson decides to take matters into his own hands. During "Sweet Talk," he jumps the barricade and joins the masses, jolting the front row into its most excited outbursts so far. -- Chris Payne
3:58 p.m. DJ Vision warmed up the crowd with hype anthems from Kodak Black, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Uzi Vert before YG emerged 15 minutes after his slated set time. The Big Apple stage turned into Bompton in what the West Coast rhymer called "New York Bitty" for his F--k Donald Trump tour stop. Noting that his Gov Ball performance was the the first time he's been in NY in two years where it wasn't raining, he offered, "We came to have a motherf--kin' party. It's only right I'll take y'all to the block real quick." Mr. 4Hunnid then fired up "Bring It Back," "Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)," "Twist My Fingaz," and "My N---a." It also turned into a "show them titties" fest as he called out two women sitting on top of shoulders during his set and initiated a chant (the women did not lift their shirts). YG also cranked out "Toot It & Boot It," "B-tches Ain't Sh-it" and his featured verse on Jeremih's "Don't Tell Em." "I got hits, I can do this all day," said YG, who continued with "Who Do You Love" and "Why You Always Hatin" before wrapping his set 15 minutes early at 4:30 p.m. -- Adelle Platon
4:12 p.m. The dense crowd for Rae Sremmurd spills out of the packed tent covering the Bacardi Stage -- kids are evening hanging from rafters for a better view. The high turn out mirrors the hip hop duo's incredible growth by way of hits like "Look Alive" and their "Black Beatles" viral challenge, which the two later introduced by stating, "Let's do that rockstar s--t." -- L.H.
4:46 p.m. After a wildly packed Bacardi Stage Rae Sremmurd show that saw crowd members climbing baracades, The Head and the Heart provided a chiller vibe for the post-Sremmurd madness. But while the vibes were entirely different, those who ran over to catch them right after the rap duo's set were seemingly just as excited to see the indie-folk band as they were to hear "Black Beatles" live. And with the acoustic jam-along kind of music The Head and the Heart makes, it was perfectly fitting for the beautiful sunny weather. -- T.W.
4:58 p.m. Fans mobbed to the Honda stage to watch the Harlemite's homecoming set in New York City (he's currently on the Nobody's Safe with Future). After his DJ TJ Mizell brought the energy up, A$AP Ferg spazzed with hit after hit. "We about to get into some disrespectful sh-t," said Fergenstein as he raced into "Dump Dump." He also dedicated a moment to the late A$AP Mob co-founder: "If it wasn't for A$AP Yams, I wouldn't be here performing on this stage." He even hopped into the crowd for a mosh pit, noting, "I'm not a bougie a-- superstar" and later brought out Flatbush Zombies. He also performed his latest track "East Coast" and closed out with a medley of his beloved bangers that included "Shabba Ranks," "Work" and "New Level." -- A.P.
5:45 p.m. Local Natives dive into what they later say will be their "last show in a long time," and they acted like it. Running through a balance of songs off their debut and latest albums -- though relying far less on their more somber sophomore album -- the indie-rockers were intent on keeping spirits high (especially when frontman Taylor Rice mentions Trump's pulling out of the Paris Agreement before performing their cultural call-to-action "Fountain of Youth. Later in the set, the Los Angeles outfit performs a haunting cover of Kanye Wests's "Ultralight Beam," in which they flawlessly demonstrate their three-part harmonies. -- L.H.
6:46 p.m. Wu-Tang Clan celebrated the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, 1997's Wu-Tang Forever with a career-spanning set at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 3) filled with '90s hip-hop nostalgia and champagne popping. Kicking off their 75-minute show on the Gov Ball NYC stage with the 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' cut "Bring da Ruckus" and closing with an aca pella version of "Protect Ya Neck," the Staten Island hip-hop group -- RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God and even Young Dirty Bastard (son of late Wu member Ol' Dirty Bastard) -- proudly represented Shaolin on Randall's Island. Redman also appeared for a welcome reunion with Meth. -- A.P.
7:07 p.m. Getting the crowd hyped with remixed hits by other artists before playing his own crowd pleaser "Alone," Marshmello brought out "Mini Marshmello," whose identity he kept as secret as his own -- but there's nothing quite like seeing a baby version of Marshmello's smiley signature hat. -- T.W.
8:30 p.m. While Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker and musician/producer Mark Ronson duke it out over dual DJ sets, while standing shoulder-to-shoulder, Ronson takes a moment to reflect: "This is where I used to play softball as a 12-year-old boy, and now this is my first time playing a festival." -- L.H.
9:19 p.m. While Donald Glover may be juggling movies and TV IRL, the man behind Childish Gambino made a very rare appearance for Governors Ball. Clad in a white ensemble with a bandana, the headliner glided all over the Honda stage and catered to his day-ones et al by playing his funk-infused Awaken, My Love! album combined with earlier jams like "Sober," "3005," "Telegraph Ave," and "Worldstar." The 90-minute set was full of other surprises: He slipped in a snippet of his Tamia "So Into You" cover, revealed that the name of his son is Legend and acted out what could have been an 'Atlanta' sketch of a house party that led into his pristine rendition of "Redbone," which capped off what he says will be his only performance of 2017. -- A.P.
10:37 p.m. To close out a rousing set of feel-good tunes, Phoenix sang their biggest hit "1901" before lead singer Thomas Mars ran into the crowd to say his farewells. But just standing up in the middle of the crowd wasn't going to do for the frontman, who made his way back to the stage by crowdsurfing, then taking his microphone and breaking it into pieces as to tell the crowd "the show really is over." -- T.W.