Governor’s Ball in New York seems to be doomed by bad weather. This does not stop the masses from showing up to party and watch their favorite artists perform in the humid city weather, inevitably dumped on by rain . Some of the highlights included an incredible Friday night rock show from The Strokes, Jamie Xx playing some of his most popular tunes including “It’s Gonna Be a Good Time” featuring Young Thug, and who could have forgotten that insane throwback from De La Soul that felt like a 90’s high school house party? Another show stealer were The Killers, because who doesn’t like singing along to teenage favorites? I’ve got to give it up to Governor’s Ball putting on one hell of a show with amazing artists and just an all-around good time.
All of this being said, in true Kanye fashion, the headliner himself took over and brought down the whole city with him. Sunday turned out to be a bummer for fans as the festival was shut down due to weather conditions. Festival go-ers expecting to see Ye were to say the least, pissed. With social media floods reacting to the news, Yeezy responded by announcing a secret show that night, not revealing the location until very late into the evening. The city and its lively self waited for the breaking news of Webster Hall being the secret location at 2 am. People ran, biked, rushed into Ubers to get to the legendary 1500 capacity venue and it was mayhem. The streets were flooded, packed and quickly turned into a riot. Unfortunately, due to police involvement and trying to avoid an even more dangerous situation, Kanye could not perform at Webster Hall.
As a witness to this, I’ve never seen people rush so fast, smashed in lines, and climbing on cars, fire escapes etc. just to see one artist. It was mind blowing to see this kind of reaction for an artist. Whether you are a fan of Kanye or completely hate the guy, you can’t really argue his presence and stamp on this generation. Whether your love or hate him, you can’t deny that there is something about him that separates him from pretty much every other musician in pop music today. His gravity is unrivaled.
Music festivals are so incredibly tied to our music culture and can become so saturated with artists that we almost become lost in it and forget the real reason for why we are there. Sunday night affirmed why I appreciate music, love certain artists, and reminded me what it’s like to be a real fan.