Festivals are the ultimate platform to unleash new music, and HAIM returned to the Governors Ball stage after three years with new songs from the follow-up to their debut LP, Days Are Gone. HAIM's sole album under their belt may have dropped in 2013, but an unsuspecting festival-goer wouldn't have any rust on the tracks during the dynamic set.
Their vibrant performance at the main stage began with the swaying "If I Could Change Your Mind," but the sun disappeared without warning. The Gov Ball grounds soon darkened under an overwhelming downpour, yet the band used the unexpected opportunity to transform their set into a rain-dance party. Even Este (whose infamous bass face was on another level) joined in on the fun, as she exclaimed, "In solidarity, I'm getting wet with you!" while dousing herself with a water bottle.
Umbrellas quickly became optional once the crowd shimmied and embraced the storm, while HAIM whizzed through favorites like "Don't Save Me," "My Song 5," "Falling" and "The Wire." But the main highlight came in the form of two fresh and exciting tracks from their sophomore LP: "Give Me Just A Little Bit Of Your Love" and "Nothing's Wrong," both of which elevated the dancing vibes.
Keeping up with the ongoing tributes to Prince throughout the festival weekend, Este dedicated 1984's Purple Rain hit "I Would Die 4 U" to her late idol. It was in that moment where the frustrating rainfall escaped everyone's mind just for a moment as the crowd, cheered on her impassioned cover.