We’ve made it to the third and final day of Governors Ball 2018 (June 4), which was filled with a rollercoaster of weather changes. But despite receiving even more rain, all of the artists on the bill delivered rocking performances that made festival-goers temporarily forget about the slightly annoying forecast.
Younger attendees came out very early for the likes of rising singers Billie Eilish and Khalid. The respective stages for Lil Uzi Vert, N.E.R.D. and headliner Eminem were all flooded with thrones of fans of all ages eager to capture the special moments on their phones. The Billboard team was on the island all day; here’s our hour-by-hour recap of what went down during Day Three of Governors Ball. Catch up on the highlights from Day One here and Day Two here.
1:58 p.m. You would have thought teen gloom-pop star Billie Eilish already took the American Eagle stage by the deafening, high-pitched echo of screams coming from the crowd. Nope: Fans are just that excited for an upcoming performance from the 16-year-old star, whose tiny blonde head should emerge any minute now… — TATIANA CIRISANO
2:38 p.m. Moments after Billie Eilish begins teasing a special “surprise” during her set, Khalid hops onstage, pulling the teen singer in for a hug. As herds of fans overhearing the news surge in from across the field, the duo of young talents perform their recent collab “lovely,” and the duet is lovely indeed. It’s not the first time today that Eilish has involved another artist in her performance — a couple songs earlier, the singer offered a ukelele cover of Drake’s Views hit “Hotline Bling” as videos of the rapper flashed on the screen behind her. — T.C.
3:32 p.m. Aminé is known for his kooky personality, and the Portland rapper just caught the crowd off guard by blasting one of the best pop songs of our time — Spice Girl’s “Wannabee.” His fans are going into a frenzy after the catchy and familiar beat surprisingly dropped, and of course everyone can’t help but to belt every single word. — BIANCA GRACIE
3:51 p.m. After a seven-minute wait for Kali Uchis to arrive on the American Eagle stage, her fans begin to chant her name with anticipation. Soon, the singer emerges wearing an iridescent, crystal-fringed two-piece outfit with matching elbow-length gloves that had just as much unicorn vibes as her effervescent music. Governors Ball marks the first time Uchis is performing her debut album Isolation, and treated the audience to highlights like “Nuestra Planeta,” “Flight 22,” “In My Dreams” and “After The Storm.” The singer knows just how to own the stage, executing slinky belly dance moves that would make fellow Colombian singer Shakira proud. — B.G.
3:57 p.m. Festival-goers stop by the State Farm Neighborhood of Good area to complete tasks — writing a note of encouragement for at-risk youth, stuffing food kits to be donated — and earn pins and other small tokens in exchange. There are also charging stations and shaded picnic tables to relax at. — GAB GINSBERG
4:00 p.m. Margo Price is technically playing her second show of the day, after rocking an after-midnight Gov Ball afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl the night before. Under overcast skies, her storytelling alt-country is guiding a modest crowd of festival goers through their afternoon. The crowd here’s a little older than the average Gov Ball teen, and they’re sipping beers and warming up to outlaw country-inspired Price tracks like “Cocaine Cowboys.” — CHRIS PAYNE
4:53 p.m. On the main stage, Khalid congratulates the high school class of 2018 on graduation — the perfect way to close out his dance-filled performance of “American Teen,” which the 20-year-old penned somewhere around his own senior year of high school. Visibly out of breath, he slows things down for an acoustic rendition of “Saved,” throwing off his white jacket to reveal a t-shirt adorned with the words “KIDS OF IMMIGRANTS” (from the Los Angeles-based brand of the same name). He’ll pick things up again by the end of his hour-long set as the sun finally comes out, performing upbeat new tracks like “Silence” (sans his collaborator Marshmello) and “OTW,” and of course, his breakout 2016 SoundCloud hit “Location.” — T.C.
5:22 p.m. Third Eye Blind frontman Stephen Jenkins admits he’s been battling throat illness lately and that he was bugging out a bit before taking the stage. “This song works really well as a group singalong,” he implores; the track is “Jumper,” so the sizable Honda Stage crowd really needs to further encouragement. — C.P.
5:52 p.m. Donning a black vest that read “White Riot” on the back, Vic Mensa storms the American Eagle stage with vigor. Sporting a low cut caesar after recently chopping it off his signature dreads, Vic zips through a bevy of tracks including “Didn’t I, “U Mad,” and “6 Shots.” — CARL LAMARRE
6:02 p.m. With plenty of kids on the way back from Khalid’s heavily-attended set, heads are turning and ears are perking up to the dazzling four-part vocal harmonies of Dirty Projectors. Dave Longstreth and company are attracting a crowd with majestic indie rock tracks like “Cannibal Resource.” — C.P.
6:03 p.m. Festivalgoers stop by the Love, Tito’s Festival Experience in an oasis known as the 21+ area. You can record a time capsule video that they’ll send it to you in a year, play Plinko to win Tito’s swag like sunglasses, and hang out in an air conditioned airstream while enjoying sparkling lemonade cocktails. — G.G.
6:46 p.m. It’s been overcast all day so far, but when CHVRCHES take the GOVBALLNYC (main) Stage, the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry looking like a goth fairy in a black dress with a sheer tulle skirt and glitter around her eyes. She thanks the crowd for their patience; this performance is a rain check of sorts from 2015, when Gov Ball got rained out Sunday and the band’s set got canceled. They tear through hits like “Bury It” and “Mother We Share,” and newer bops like “Get Out” and “Graffiti.” There’s a sizable crowd, considering the conflict with Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D. — G.G.
8:00 p.m. N.E.R.D. ends a raucous set with “Lemon.” Even with Rihanna only present through her recorded vocals, the trio’s 2017 hit got the crowd amped, launching it into one last shakedown. Well actually two — right after it was over, the crowd begged for a “Lemon” encore and N.E.R.D. and its team of onstage dancers gladly obliged. — C.P.
8:12 p.m. Though he was entangled in a messy altercation with his arch nemesis Rich The Kid on Saturday (June 2), Lil Uzi Vert seems unfazed by his recent skirmish. Known for his high-octane sets, the Philly star kicks things off with a bang, performing “Sauce It Up,” “444+222” and “Do What I Want.” — C.L.
9:38 p.m. In between his set, Eminem keeps the rumor mill buzzing after he sends a shout-out to his “wifey” Nicki Minaj. “I know she’s gonna see this,” he says to his hype-man Mr. Porter and the crowd. “Nicki! Let’s do this!” Em continued tantalizing fans when he later quipped, “I’m gonna tell you something about Nicki that she don’t even know: We go together.” — C.L.
10:08 p.m. After firing off hit after hit, Eminem decides to call upon a dear friend to help take his headlining performance to the next level. None other than 50 Cent emerges onto the stage to join Em for their militant “Patiently Waiting” collaboration. He also performs party favorites like “I Get Money” and “In Da Club” that made the audience go absolutely wild. — B.G.