New York Metropolis festivals are all the time difficult. Not solely is there a common lack of enormous, open fields ripe for hundreds of pageant goers, it’s troublesome to compile a music pageant that aligns with town’s fusion of cultural identities. Governors Ball has been adamant about providing each parts of their 10+ yr historical past, and their 2023 lineup, introduced on Tuesday, January seventeenth, is a testomony to that mission.
With Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and ODESZA topping the invoice this yr, Governors Ball is taking after their older pageant siblings by prioritizing distinctive, world, and must-see artists. Although you may catch an act like ODESZA at just about some other North American pageant and Lizzo’s been making the headlining rounds for some time, there’s a world twist that stands out this yr. Notably, South Korean woman group aespa is about to be Governors Ball’s first-ever Okay-pop act, whereas Nigerian star Tems — who additionally made our 2023 15 Rising Artists to Watch listing — additionally seems on the lineup.
Nonetheless, the largest change to Governors Ball is just not in its lineup, however in its location: This yr, the pageant can be shifting down the road from the Citi Area parking zone in Queens to Corona Park within the neighboring Flushing Meadows. Although Citi Area was a logistical improve from Randall’s Island (which had some great grass fields, however led to some situations of being stranded on the island throughout a ridiculous summer season rainstorm), multi-day festivals that happen in parking tons have a reasonably gnarly influence in your ft, particularly by the tip of the weekend. Hopefully, shifting the occasion to fields in Corona Park will result in a extra snug pageant expertise.
With so many thrilling, breakout artists to select from this yr, Governors Ball 2023 — and the general way forward for the pageant — is trying fairly stable. Try the lineup poster and see for our full breakdown of this yr’s Governors Ball lineup under.
Tickets to Governors Ball 2023 — together with common admission and VIP passes — go on sale beginning Thursday, January nineteenth at 10:00 a.m. ET by way of the pageant’s web site. Followers are inspired to enroll by way of Governors Ball’s web site for early entry to tickets.