In a post-pandemic world full of different music festivals, the main focus is usually appealing to one specific genre of music fans or a particular age group. Governors Ball 2022 took it by the reigns and threw that idea out the window.
With a star-studded lineup boasting the generational icon Kid Cudi, pop music princess Halsey, and split headliner sets that made up a hip-hop fan’s dream of Playboi Carti and J Cole, Governors Ball was truly a treat for all music lovers.
Day one started strong with artists such as Coi Leray, Channel Tres, JPEGMAFIA, A$AP Ferg and Jack Harlow dished out a preview of what’s to come for the weekend.
ASAP Ferg was a fashionably late addition to the festival, with his performance being announced a mere two hours before it started after the removal of Lil Wayne (who was originally filling in for Migos), who was experiencing flight delays.
The vibes continued throughout the night with a sonically beautiful set by headliner Kid Cudi, who mixed nostalgia and current bangers for an impressive closing set.
Furthermore, the heavy rap presence of Day 1 was replaced with much more indie artists on Day 2, which brought more hype and chill vibes.
Not to be lost in the lack of rap was an incredible DJ set by DJ Diesel, known to most people as Shaq. Additionally, the news of Roddy Rich’s arrest for gun charges upon his arrival to the festival were announced.
Day 3’s lineup provided some sizzling heat that only the warmth of a New York summer day could compete with.
With up-and-coming star Ken Carson setting the tone early for rage and hype-filled vibes, followed by a fantastic set by J Cole’s Dreamville counterpart JID. Jasmine Sullivan then mellowed out the crowd as the sun set, and it was time for the crowd to pick between the carnage of a Playboi Carti set or the pure artistry of a J Cole set. There was no wrong choice; both artists performed their hearts out, leaving fans satisfied with their choice of which icon they should see.
Ultimately, Governors Ball’s overall energy had an amazing balance between hype and chill sets while appealing to a diverse crowd.