Halsey Got the Governors Ball Main Stage Smoking With Her Best Hits -- and Actual Fire

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Halsey performs onstage during Day 2 of 2018 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 2, 2018 in New York City. 

The ‘Eyes Open’ singer brought pyrotechnics and incredible vocals to her Saturday set.

Halsey’s Gov Ball set on June 2 took place before sundown, but by the time she came out (at 6:52 PM) a more than sizable crowd had gathered. To kick things off, an enormous white curtain that covered the whole stage was dramatically ripped away, and the pop singer launched into an energetic performance of “Eyes Closed.”   

Though she had just one backup dancer, Halsey managed to fill the stage with her strong voice, and by strutting around in a red bikini and iridescent cargo pants. A staircase on stage flickered with light in time with the beat, and periodically, pyrotechnics and smoke cannon jets came into play, elevating the otherwise minimalist set. During “Castle,” orange lights glowed behind the smoke, making it look like the whole stage was aflame.    

Halsey also gave her LGBTQ friends and fans a shout-out before performing the Lauren Jauregui-assisted hit “Strangers.”

“June is pride month. If you are a proud member of the LGBT community, or a proud friend of someone who is, you gotta...you gotta...dance,” she yelled. While Jauregui didn’t make an appearance for the duet, Halsey held her own as visuals of diverse couples kissing played on the screen behind her.

The singer later shared an emotional anecdote about her career. “This is a particularly special day for me for a couple reasons. The first is that today is the one-year anniversary of my second platinum-certified album hopeless foundation kingdom,” she began. “The second thing is a little bit of a story. Four years ago on this day, I signed my record deal. I had one song, and I signed a very small deal for a very little bit of money and just crossed my fingers that it would work the fuck out,” she continued.

Halsey explained that after signing the deal — on top of the Empire State Building — she got in the elevator and raced downstairs to get over to Gov Ball at Randall's Island.

“I was standing somewhere in the back, just like you,” she said, concluding: “If there’s something you want to do, just fucking do it, make it yours.”


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