Governors Ball 2017: Tool Rocks out, Wiz Lights Up & More Day Three Highlights
The third and final day of Governors Ball (June 4) brought gloomy skies and ongoing drizzle -- unlike the festival's first two days, which were filled with sunshine -- but hey, at least it wasn't canceled (last year, day three was called off due to severe weather).
Clouds aside, festival-goers warmly welcomed headliners Tool and Wiz Khalifa, and even packed the fields for early sets from indie rockers like Franz Ferdinand and Cage the Elephant. Read up on what went down on Day 3 below:
1:07 p.m. Despite having one of the earliest sets of the day, Mondo Cozmo — spelled with a z because “that’s the way my dog spells it,” Mondo (a.k.a. Joshua Ostrander) told the crowd -- brought plenty of energy to the Big Apple stage, enticing those who showed up early to engage in some serious head bopping to his alt-rock jams. In the middle of the set, Ostrander requested an audience member get him a beer in exchange for the $33 he had in his pocket, a wish that was granted and appreciated shortly after. “Thanks for the beer!” — Taylor Weatherby
1:44 p.m. “This feels like church. It’s Sunday, it’s appropriate!,” rapper Saint Jhn exclaimed after he got his Honda Stage audience to chant “Saint Jhn, Amen.” But with Saint Jhn sporting a floral silk getup and one of his crew members delivering champagne to the crowd via a squirt gun, this definitely wasn’t your conventional mass. — T.W.
2:28 p.m. Zane Lowe was up late Saturday night (June 3) DJ’ing a Brooklyn afterparty with Charli XCX, but that didn't stop the Beats 1 star from making the most of his afternoon set. Working against on-and-off showers and a tired third day crowd, Lowe lead the side stage masses through a rowdy set comprised mostly of hip-hop from fellow Gov Ball artists Stormzy and Skepta, as well as others like Drake and Missy Elliot. He’s especially vibrant around this time, dropping grime standouts like Skepta’s “That’s Not Me” -- U.K. hip-hop he’s clearly passionate about. — Chris Payne
3:00 p.m. Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts take the main stage in typically irreverent fashion, playing a few notes of an off-kilter, feedback heavy version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” After that, they’re off and running with a set opener sporting the immortal rock chorus, “Dust is everywhere… sweep!” But “Dust” sounds sneakily stellar. As the song winds down, guitarist Austin Brown kills two birds with one stone, strumming the outro licks while swinging the neck of his instrument to hit the appropriate notes on a keyboard to his side. — C.P.
3:27 p.m. Similar to his appearance at Coachella, GRYFFIN made sure his set was one those in attendance wouldn’t forget with the help of some special surprise guests. After handling the first 3/4 of his set on his own, the DJ enlisted Sigrid for a rendition of her hit “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” then finishing off his set -- during which toilet paper streams, french fries and water bottles went flying in the air -- by bringing out Daya for their hit, “Feel Good.” — T.W.
4:04 p.m. In what he said was one of his favorite parts of his set, British grime singer Skepta told his packed-house crowd “It ain’t time to be boujee, it ain’t time to be safe” before leading into his song “It Ain’t Safe.” Despite the rather intense message of the track, the fans were clearly into it too, as the song resulted in quite the impressive sing-along. — T.W.
4:33 p.m. Stylish L.A. psych-rockers Warpaint were winding down a proficient set over on the Big Apple Stage. For the next-to-last song, they broke out the catchiest song in their catalog, the infectious, harmony-drenched “New Song” from their 2016 album Heads Up. — C.P.
4:45 p.m. Mac DeMarco opened his late afternoon set with fan favorite "Salad Days," though he quickly transformed from a quirky goofball to a full-out crooner as he delivered songs such as "For the First Time" and "This Old Dog" (“I think that’s the record score for crowdsurfers during that song") off his latest album of the same name as the latter. His slow-jam vibe fit well with the weather, especially during the lengthy instrumental, synth-heavy interludes. Even though DeMarco was wearing a shirt with a picture of Earth on it that read "Home Sweet Home," when he and his band jam out, it's clear they're in a different world. — Lyndsey Havens
6:30 p.m. Franz Ferdinand brings a whole set of catchy dance-rock tracks to the Big Apple Stage, but there’s one highlight that's destined to rise above the rest. It’s their breakout 2004 hit “Take Me Out,” which -- along with frontman Alex Kapranos’ deft leaps -- gets the crowd moving the most. — C.P.
6:45 p.m. "Happy f--kin' rainy Sunday," said Phantogram's First Lady, Sarah Barthel -- decked out in a leather jacket, Van Halen shirt, thigh-high heeled boots and silver jewelry -- who rocked the Honda stage with her musical partner in crime, Josh Carter. Despite the gloomy weather, the poncho-clad audience sang along, eyes closed, to the New York duo's collection of unfiltered and chest-clutching tracks. "You're Mine," "Black Out Days," "Run Run Blood," and "Turning Into Stone" decorated the set list along with the fiery "Destroyer." "You guys are f--kin' beautiful, it's great to be home," added Carter before turning their set into a dance party with "Calling All," which repeats the line "We all got a little bit of ho in us." Barthel also told the crowd to listen up for her important message: "Whatever you do to get by, it's alright." The tandem then closed the set with the crowd favorite "You Don't Get Me High Anymore." — Adelle Platon
6:50 p.m. "Let's throw a party," Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Schultz said to the densely packed crowd at the main stage -- and so they did. True to form, Schultz moved around on stage more like a zumba class instructor (though is seemingly never out of breath) and ran his signature sprints back and forth throughout the set, even taking his shoes (and later his shirt) off at one point. The alt-rockers have amassed enough hits by now ("Ain't No Rest For the Wicked," "Mess Around," "Back Against the Wall," "Spiderhead") from their four studio albums that there are no sleepers in their set, allowing it to rage on full speed ahead -- just as Schultz prefers. As the performance comes to a close with "Come A Little Closer," the band walks off stage while Schultz swims over his fans, making it all the way to the back of the pack and enjoying every moment as much (if not more) than those holding him up. — L.H.
7:59 p.m. The RattPack was in full effect for Logic's Sunday night turn-up. In a black "Everybody" sweatshirt, the rapper opened with "Fade Away" before reminiscing on his last Gov Ball performance in 2015. "Last time I was here, I was on at 3 o'clock and now I'm f--kin' headlinin'," he said as the last festival act on the Big Apple stage, who promised a "turnt up" set where he would perform his 'Everybody' album for the first time. Among the selections were the title track "Everybody," "Killing Spree" with Ansel Elgort, "Take It Back," "America" alongside Big Lenbo and the powerful number, "Black SpiderMan." The Rubik's Cube master smashed the puzzle in less than 30 seconds when a fan threw him a cube. He also had a fangirl moment over his inspiration and "the nicest guy ever" Mac DeMarco and lived up to his peace love and positivity mantra. Before performing the powerful cut named after the suicide prevention lifeline "18002738255," he offered an uplifting message. "Anybody that needs this, I'm talking to you, please keep living." — A.P.
Thank you New York City! That was awesome!— Bobby Tarantino (@Logic301) June 5, 2017
See you again when I Headline Barclays Center on August 8th
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9:22 p.m. Wiz Khalifa turned Randall's Island into a stoner's paradise as blunts lit up his 80-minute set. The lean MC fired up hit after hit like "Roll Up," "Work Hard, Play Hard," "Black and Yellow," and "No Sleep." Wiz's Taylor Gang family Ty Dolla $ign made his second cameo of the weekend (he popped up for Chance The Rapper's set) for performances of "You and Your Friends" and "Blasé." Wiz Khalifa also saluted his transgender brother who passed earlier this year, who told Wiz, "Don't ever feel like you need to fit in." It prefaced his emotional performance of the Charlie Puth collaboration "See You Again." Wiz then sent the crowd home with "We Dem Boyz" and "Young, Wild and Free." — A.P.
9:32 p.m. A few songs into Tool’s highly-anticipated festival-closing set, vocalist Maynard James Keenan addressed the crowd -- one of the few times he did so all evening. After naming a horde of publications across the political spectrum -- Fox News, Huffington Post, Breitbart, and the like -- he announced, “None of these things are your enemy. Your enemy is ignorance. That’s the fight. If you disagree, this next song is for you.” That song? “Opiate,” featuring the opening line, “Choices always were a problem for you.” — C.P.
11:00 p.m. Tool plays the final notes of “Stinkfist,” to a barrage of fireworks overhead, jubilantly proclaiming the end of another year of Gov Ball. Somehow, some way, these weirdo prog-rockers headlined a big ol’ mainstream hip-hop and EDM-friendly fest in 2017, and you know what? It was a trip. — C.P.