During the weekend of June 7, Randall's Island—a sliver of land primarily occupied by psychiatric patients and homeless people—will officially become the coolest place in New York City. Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Nas are headlining the third annual Governors Ball 2013, which has expanded from two to three days this year to make room for what is easily its best lineup yet.
'Ye and KoL are joined by a remarkably diverse (and uber-talented) array of artists like EDM heavy-hitter Pretty Lights, folk-rock giants the Avett Brothers, rap's favorite son Kendrick Lamar, R&B smoothie Miguel, chill-out kings Thievery Corporation, ramshackle folkies the Lumineers and indie favorites like Animal Collective, Feist, Grizzly Bear and the xx. Also, hardcore punk champions F-cked Up will be there, playing one of three U.S. shows scheduled this year.
This will be Kanye's first headlining NYC show since 2008, which is bound to raise the profile of NYC's Gov Ball from a mostly-local fest to a national destination (although excellent, Beck and Kid Cudi were the comparatively smaller headliners at last year's Gov Ball).
For those of you who prefer their festivals a little more intimate, the lineup for the Roots Picnic 2013 has been revealed as well. Gary Clark Jr, Solange, Naughty By Nature (!!), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Grimes will play Philly on June 1. Oh, the Roots will also play the Roots Picnic, but that kinda goes without saying.
Oh, Lady Gaga. You're the best.