What We Loved About The Governors Ball Music Festival 2019
With the chaotic weather-fueled devolution of Day 3 at Governors Ball, it’s easy to get caught up in the mayhem, mania, and Twitter-storm surrounding the unfortunate festival cancellation.
However, Music & Mojitos wants to remember Gov Ball 2019 not by the events of Sunday, but by the two awesome festival days that preceded it. Full of great music, delicious food, fun art installations, and great cocktails, Friday and Saturday at Gov Ball knocked it out of the park. If you couldn’t snag a ticket, don’t worry—we’re highlighting our favorite things about this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival.
The Bud Light Dive Bar
At Music & Mojitos, we can’t think of a better mashup than a beer-based dive bar within a music festival. That’s why we think the Bud Light Dive Bar was one of the best additions to this year’s Gov Ball. Not only was the Bud Light Dive Bar serving up delicious beers in rainbow-colored bottles for Pride Month, but it also held intimate performances from artists like SHAED in a setting that legitimately looked like a dive bar. Someone please hold my beer so I can give Bud Light two thumbs up.
L Train Brass Band
This year, Gov Ball NYC hosted a variety of “pop-ups” throughout the festival, including a barbershop quartet, a mariachi band, and a dance crew. One of our favorites was Brooklyn-based L Train Brass Band.
We were able to catch them on Saturday night after The 1975’s set on the Gov Ball NYC stage, and are so happy we did! Fun and energetic, this rambunctious bunch of brass instrumentalists included a bevy of saxophone players, trumpeters, drummers, and even a tuba player! Exuding cool vibes, charisma, and colorful clothes, The L Train Brass Band certainly knew how to get the party started right.
Delicious Craft Cocktails
Given that the first two days of the festival featured absolutely beautiful warm weather, Music & Mojitos of course searched for refreshments in the form of delicious summery cocktails. We were pleased as (alcoholic) punch with the variety of options available at Gov Ball. Our favorites included offerings from Bacardi and Don Julio, like the deliciously fruity “Gov Ball Punch” and “Don Julio Paloma. And of course, unless you’re this writer from the New York Times, you can never go wrong with an Aperol Spritz.
Photo-Worthy Art Installations
The Governors Ball Music Festival is known not only for its awesome music and food, but for its ability to create an entire well-rounded experience—and that includes elements like art installations. Gov Ball 2019 was especially decked out in colorful gear as they placed a special emphasis on Pride celebrations this year. Many rainbow-themed art installations, including the illuminated and iconic Gov Ball NYC sign, acted as perfect backdrops to commemorate the festival experience. Snap photos in front of a Lady Liberty lookalike sculpture or one of the many brightly-painted street art signboards spreading positive messages and good vibes, and you’ll have pictures that will last a lifetime.
Music & Mojitos may be biased, but we can think of no more a perfect home for such an iconic festival than New York City. Gov Ball NYC is a New York City event through and through. As such, festival organizers take great care to show off their NYC pride. Of course, New York City doesn’t need much help showing off. Those iconic views of Manhattan from Randall’s Island Park are enough to take anybody’s breath away and make them think, “Damn, I’m lucky to be in NYC.”