What are you doing June 23 and 24? If you're in New York (or feel like road trippin'), Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Duck Sauce and Chromeo will be among 25 bands to appear at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island. Now in its second year (making it a veteran by New York festival standards), we're excited for a slew of reasons. Here's our top 10.
1. It’s Beck’s first New York show in four years: Minus his contributions to the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World soundtrack and some productions for other artists, our favorite troubadour has been pretty silent since 2008's Modern Guilt. Does this mean a new album is on the way?
2. It’s expanded to two days: The festival will now take place over the course of a weekend. And while you can't camp out on Randall's Island (and you really wouldn't want to if you could, trust me), organizers can now space out performances to avoid overlapping acts.
3. It’s more diverse: Last year's inaugural festival went pretty hard on dance and hip hop, but more days means more diversity. As the organizers themselves noted, "There will be a distinct vibe to each day, with Saturday mirroring the lineup featured at Governors Ball 2011, and Sunday's bill focusing primarily on the expanded genres [of indie rock, americana and pop]."
4. LCD Soundsystem is sortakindaalittle Back!: Fine, James Murphy retired his band last year, but Special Disco Version, his DJ set with fellow LCDer Pat Mahoney, remains in full effect.
5. They spent a lot of work on the preview video: Please welcome The Dancebulance (which we assume is a real thing in Brooklyn), soundtracked by Chromeo, Beck, Duck Sauce and Penguin Prison.