Festival Recap: Gov Ball 2024 Brings Truly Iconic Performances - Local Wolves


Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, NY — June 7 – 9, 2024

The Governors Ball this past weekend brought headlining performances from Post Malone, The Killers, and SZA, as well as many other iconic performances. This year the festival was held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park—a wooded park, deep in Queens, NY. Festival goers were first greeted by a larger than life sculpture of a globe, one that gave the festival its name and provides the perfect photo-op for selfies and IG posts. Once inside the festival, a long corridor of wooded trees instinctively leads you to a clearing where the main stages live. Hidden in the trees were plenty of food trucks and water stations for festival goers to enjoy while they took a break from the sun.


Day one brought such great acts as Yung Gravy, Goth Babe, and Teezo Touchdown. Dominic Fike began his set with an unbelievable performance. Rauw Alejandro brought some of the greatest production value of the whole festival. Each song was choreographed, backed by a troupe of dancers and pyrotechnics. Post Malone closed out the show in appropriate fashion, with a setlist of hits that almost everyone could sing along to.





Day two brought the only kpop group of the festival, P1Harmony. More iconic sets from Doechii, Sabrina Carpenter, Sexxy Red and Carly Rae Jepson followed. Sabrina made headlines with her iconic Nonsense outro, where she changes the words according to each show. 

“Do I text him back? It’s such a tough call.

That won’t fit inside me bro, I’m dumb small.

People who hate pride can suck my Gov Balls.”

The lyrics were followed by roaring applause. She paused to smile before screaming “Happy Pride New York!” and running off-stage. 





Day three was the day of the festival to sell out the quickest, and it was clear to see why. With Chappell Roan quickly rising to popularity, she brought a massive crowd out for her set. Even those who haven’t heard her music have heard about her and want to see for themselves. Each major festival for Chappell comes with a different look and no one could predict how she would appear this time. First her band appeared in yellow taxi-driver getups. Then in a cloud of smoke, a giant apple appeared on stage, moved by a crowd of people in black suits. They each passed around a comically large joint before beginning to spin the apple around. A giant gape in the apple was revealed, out of which Chappell appeared dressed as the statue of liberty with another joint in hand. She took her time slowly smoking the joint as she stared out into the crowd, who were going absolutely ferrell with applause and screams. Her set didn’t disappoint either, and she debuted an unreleased song which had never been performed before. During the set, she took a moment to pause and address the camera. 

“I am in drag of the biggest queen of all, but in case you had forgotten what’s etched on my pretty little toes, ‘Give me your tired, your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breath free. That means freedom and trans rights,” The crowd errupted with applause. “That means freedom and women’s rights, and it especially means freedom for all oppressed people in occupied territories… In response to the White House, who asked me to perform for Pride, we want liberty, justice, and freedom for all,” Roan said, looking directly into a camera. “When you do that, that’s when I’ll come.” Her words speak for themselves. Day three also brought acts such as Renee Rapp, Stephen Sanchez, and Faye Webster. SZA closed the evening (as well as the festival) with a grand performance. Her dynamic set was complete with changing screens, dancers, a wrecking ball which she hung from, and the new addition of a catwalk. 



Words & Photography: Emma Fischer

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