UofMixtape: Gov Ball 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:31pm

This year’s Governors Ball (cutely dubbed Gov Ball) has the sort of jaw-dropping lineup that’s become a festival standard in recent years. Stacked in its upper tiers by pop stars and rap phenoms, solid indie and alternative acts round out a weekend that — hopefully — won’t get rained out this year.

One of the biggest names of the fest is Kiwi pop diva Lorde. Just a few weeks before her highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama is set to drop, we can expect her to play some new music. She has been teasing new singles on her twitter all week as well, so we might not have to wait until June 16 for new music from our Lorde and savior.

In a similar position is the French band Phoenix, who has been teasing new music and is on tour for the first time since 2014. They’re joined by fellow frenchies Air, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

After dropping a video and remixed version of the track “May I Have This Dance,” Francis and the Lights and Chance the Rapper are both set to perform on Friday. That, along with their work together on Chance’s “Summer Friends” suggest they might be joining each other on stage this weekend for some synchronized dancing.

Rounding out the hip-hop end of the lineup are Detroit-native Danny Brown and comeback queen Kehlani, two artists making some of the most interesting music in the industry.  

Indie hearts will be satisfied by established names like Car Seat Headrest and The Orwells, as well as newcomers like Lo Moon, who have dropped just one seven minute song that shares its name with a certain My Bloody Valentine album. They’re a fun mystery and seem poised to blow up any minute now.

But, perhaps the lineup’s real hidden gem is a Nancy Whang DJ set on Friday night. Between her work on The Juan MacLean and LCD Soundsystem’s imminent album, Whang finds time to spin her signature dance-punk mixes. She’s impossibly cool, shreds on a keyboard that says “Resist,” and is doing incredible work to combat domestic violence and abuse. Don’t miss it.

There’s also going to be a Marshmello. I don’t know what that is. Sorry.