Normally, the summer music festival season would be in full swing now, but this year it has been put on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So instead, the Governors Ball Music Festival is hitting the rewind and playing some memorable sets from the past few years on Thursday and Friday on YouTube.
Thursday’s show is Travis Scott (8 p.m.) and the Black Keys (9:30 p.m.), while Friday’s programming includes Post Malone (8 p.m.) and Major Lazer (9:30 a.m.).
The two-night special event comes with a good cause: Spectators are asked to donate whatever they can to raise money for the Fair Justice Initiative, the Food Bank for New York City, and Crew Nation, a fund global help for music staff.
Gov Ball 2020 was originally scheduled for the first weekend of June but was canceled in March, one of the many live music casualties of COVID-19.
Taking control of Randall Island, the festival was set to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a spectacular lineup that included everyone from Missy Elliott, Vampire Weekend, and Miley Cyrus to Tame Impala, Solange, and Stevie Nicks.
But don’t throw away your fanny pack just yet – plans are already taking shape for next year.
“We are moving forward and we are already launching into plans for 2021,” said Team Governor Ball. “We send you all our love and support, and we will see you in June 2021.”
This year’s Governors Ball Music Festival would be held on Randall’s Island from June 5-7, featuring a lineup featuring Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Solange, and Flume.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit New York especially. Of the more than 75,000 cases in the United States, nearly a third are in New York City.
Along with Governors Ball, several other major music festivals have been canceled due to the coronavirus, including Glastonbury, Firefly Music Festival, and Sonic Temple. You can find an updated list of affected events here.