It was Kanye West’s Yeezus preview that stole the show at the Governors Ball, the epic music festival that took over Randall’s Island in NYC with it’s A-list marathon of a lineup earlier this month.
Scanning through Instagram photos, though, it would appear that some of the quaint details of the gathering went unnoticed, unless you were there. Christen Hooks, a self-described “Violist/pianist/world traveler/Philadelpian, lover of all things unique/weird/original/beautiful” was there and also was one of the thousands of people uploading frantically.
Here are some of her memories…
“I saw an entire field that had turned into a mud hole full of beer cans, trash and the few brave people who were left fighting the heavy downpour that was still falling. My friend and I didn’t even make it half way to the stage before we decided to cut our losses (RIP black combat boots that I thought were good for any type of weather) and head back to her house for the night.”
“The first band we caught was an Australian band, Cut Copy. I had never heard of them before but they were pretty good. As I was dancing to their set, somebody behind me threw what seemed like several trash bags full of glittery confetti all over the crowd. I looked down at my muddy boots that were now covered in glitter and realized that I didn’t even care about the horrible conditions of the festival grounds, and neither did anyone else.”
“It was during Cut Copy’s set … Two dudes in the middle of the crowd towards the stage had blow-up kangaroos on their shoulders and were rocking out the whole time. These kangaroos ended up popping up at several other sets I caught over the next two days and I think those guys walked around with them on their shoulders for the entire festival. I saw them walking away from the Animal Collective set, kangaroos still in place, trudging through the mud to the next band. … Governor’s Ball didn’t get as crazy as Bonnaroo with all the naked people walking around but it was still pretty insane.”