The Governors Ball Music Festival returned to Randall's Island for its fourth year as New York City's biggest music festival. The three-day event runs from Friday to Sunday. Friday's lineup included a performance by headliners Outkast as well as performances by Phoenix, Damon Albarn, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, Janelle Monae and Bastille. Best of all, unlike last year, there was no mud or rain to dampen the mood of festival goers.
Friday's lineup offered an eclectic range of choices, giving fans numerous options without causing too many conflict headaches. Early highlights included Run the Jewels and Janelle Monae. The former added humor and a sense of fun to the thundering bass and rap while Monae added a theatrical element that matched her powerful voice. UK sensation Bastille drew a huge crowd at the Big Apple Stage with plenty of screaming and cheers when "Pompeii" was played. Another highlight from the set was an interesting mashup of TLC's "No Scrubs" and the xx's "Angels."
While the Strokes are set to play the Governors Ball on Saturday, lead singer Julian Casablancas performed as a solo act, backed up by the Voidz, on Friday. Casablancas announced plans for a new solo album for September and his set included his contribution to Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" and "Instant Crush." La Roux hit the Gotham Tent stage with some new material from her eagerly awaited follow-up to her 2009 self-tilted debut. Grimes, who performed later in the day, also took the opportunity to perform some new material as well as songs off 2012's "Visions." Phoenix served as the opener for Outkast and the French pop band delivered a polished set that included songs from their latest release, "Bankrupt!", as well as deeper cuts such as the "If I Ever Feel Better/Funky Squaredance" medley.
The Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Day 1 photos can be viewed below.