June 4, 2016


Governors Ball 2016: The 10 Best Things We Saw on Friday

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball
Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball

Governors Ball 2016 started with loads of big moments on opening day, June 3, as headliners Robyn and The Stokes shut down New York's Randalls Island in style. Even just as festivalgoers were warming up for the weekend, there was tons to see, watch and experience.

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Check out the 10 coolest things we saw on Day 1 of Governors Ball 2016 below, and stay tuned to all of Fuse's on-the-ground coverage from Governors Ball right here.

1. A Cause for Celebration: While the anticipated rain forecast mostly held off, a heavy drizzle during Years & Years' set got to singer Olly Alexander's nether region, inspiring the singer to call for a "cheers to a wet crotch."

2. Blessing of Two Roses: During her rocking set, Christine and the Queens brought three roses onto the stage. The French singer called one Beyoncé as she sung a bit of “***Flawless,” another was dedicated to Rihanna (which came with an adorable "Kiss It Better"). And the last droopy rose? In a self-deprecating moment, she dedicated that one to herself!

3. How Action Bronson Does Gifting: As expected, Action Bronson brought a large helping of ridiculousness to his set. At one point, a fan offered the rapper a whole watermelon with a message scribbled on it that he proceeded to smash on the Big Apple stage. Naturally, Bronson returned the favor with a blunt.

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball
Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball

4. Weirdest Guest of the Fest?: Because there's never just one thing to talk about after an Action Bronson, the rapper later brought out famous chef and his "friend" Mario Batali -- who has a food stand at Gov Ball. We know it's only Day 1, but we're going to call this the most unexpected onstage guest of the whole festival.

5. A 30 Seconds to Mars Mix-Up: While we were taking in Father John Misty, we overheard a festivalgoer ask his friends this great question: "Are we sure that's not Jared Leto?"

6. Happy '90s Kids: Outside of Duke Dumont’s set at the Bacardi House tent, dozens of festival attendees transformed the grounds into a happy raver pit, and everyone was invited. The British DJ brought his usual mix of '90s-inspired house jams, while his singles like "I Got U" had the crowd cheering, even though the producer has yet to truly land a hit stateside.

7. A Tribute to an Icon: Beck paid homage to the late Prince three times during his set: The "Wow" artist covered both “Raspberry Beret” and “1999,” and also referenced that infamous 2015 Grammy moment when Prince presented him the Album of the Year award. Beck called it “the strangest, most amazing moment of my life.”

8. An Unfamiliar Hit: Instead of playing Drake’s “One Dance” during his DJ set, Jamie xx went the original route by playing the song it was sampled from: Kyla’s 2008 single, “Do You Mind?"

9. Remembering a Friend: During their lively set, The Strokes took a moment to honor their late friend Brett Kilroe, who passed away from cancer in March. He was well-known for his album artwork designs including Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s solo debut Return to 36 Chambers and The Strokes’ Is This It?

10. Robyn's Pants: There was much to be mesmerized by during the Swedish singer's headlining set, but this fringed pant leg was one of the most majestic. It swayed to and fro as if it was dancing to its own (get it?), and it seemed like Robyn was enjoying shimmying and shaking more than usual to keep her pant leg groovin'.

Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball
Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Governors Ball