June 5, 2016


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

Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Governors Ball

Just as it did for Day 1Governors Ball 2016 continued with tons of exciting moments for Day 2, as headliners M83 and The Killers wowed New York's Randalls Island and the blazing heat earlier in the day turned into unexpected heavy rain as the sun set.

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Check out the 10 coolest things we saw on Day 2 of Governors Ball 2016 below, and stay tuned to all of Fuse's on-the-ground coverage from Governors Ball right here.

1. A Few Unexpected Guests: The Knocks took their already spirited dance set to another level, thanks to not one, but two special guests: Carly Rae Jepsen and Wyclef Jean

2. Dreams Come True: Misterwives frontwoman Mandy Lee is known for her exuberant onstage personality, but the singer seemed to be an especially good mood on Saturday, commanding the audience to "promise to never let go of your dreams!" before bringing out a group of kids from La Guardia High School to sing along with her onstage.

3. F--k Ignorance: While Gov Ball is known for its cool and accepting demeanor, Against Me! front woman Laura Jane Grace told the audience a story about someone who didn't know whether she was a man or woman. It wasn't a downer, though, as Grace led the audience in throwing their middle fingers in the air and yelling a few "Fuck you's" to the unfortunate, ignorant soul in an empowering moment of the set.

4. Genre Clash: Mac Miller's bass-heavy rap set at the Honda Stage received a fresh R&B twist when Miguel snuck from the side of the stage to perform their 2015 "Weekend" collaboration.

5. The Endless Prince Tributes Continue: HAIM and Mac Miller both honored the late icon in their unique ways: the Pittsburgh rapper began a "Purple Rain" singalong, while Este Haim held her own with an impassioned "I Would Die 4 U" cover.

6. Doing Their Best in a Downpour: Despite a mostly rainy forecast this weekend, Day 2 of Gov Ball called for clear skies and hot temperatures. When it unexpectedly started showering around 7:00pm—during HAIM and Miguel's sets—festivalgoers weren't prepared, with many losing theirs shirts and stripping down to their underwear and bathing suits for the rest of the day. We certainly don't remember seeing so many six-packs at a festival before.

7. A Perk for Getting Wet: Miguel certainly did his best with the showers, getting close with attendees who were enduring the rain for some shirtless crowd surfing.

8. The Show Must Go On: Despite the frustrating downpours that never seemed to slow down, M83 provided a neon-colored escape with new songs like "Do It, Try It" off their new Junk album.

9. Sick Stage Setup: So far, Purity Ring's stage setup is the one to beat, with the Canadian duo draping the Bacardi House stage in glowing, beaded strings as instrumentalist Corin Roddick played beats on what looks like a collection of cotton swabs. It was like a trippy, futuristic hippie den that coincided quite nicely with their experimental pop sound.

10. Unexpected, Killer Tributes: While there have been several tributes to Prince at Gov Ball to date, The Killers closed out their headlining set with covers of Interpol and Elvis Presley in an unexpected but very much welcome addition to their hit-heavy set.

Watch Governors Ball 2016 performers Bloc Party talk about their festival experience below and stay tuned to all of Fuse's on-the-ground coverage from Gov Ball right here.