New York Metropolis festivals are all the time tough. Not solely is there a basic lack of enormous, open fields ripe for 1000’s of pageant goers, it’s troublesome to compile a music pageant that aligns with town’s fusion of cultural identities. Governors Ball has been adamant about providing each elements of their 10+ 12 months historical past, and their 2023 lineup, introduced on Tuesday, January seventeenth, is a testomony to that mission.
With Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and ODESZA topping the invoice this 12 months, Governors Ball is taking after their older pageant siblings by prioritizing distinctive, international, and must-see artists. Although you possibly can catch an act like ODESZA at nearly every other North American pageant and Lizzo’s been making the headlining rounds for some time, there’s a international twist that stands out this 12 months. Notably, South Korean woman group aespa is ready to be Governors Ball’s first-ever Ok-pop act, whereas Nigerian star Tems — who additionally made our 2023 15 Rising Artists to Watch listing — additionally seems on the lineup.
Nevertheless, the largest change to Governors Ball isn’t in its lineup, however in its location: This 12 months, the pageant shall be transferring down the road from the Citi Discipline parking zone in Queens to Corona Park within the neighboring Flushing Meadows. Although Citi Discipline was a logistical improve from Randall’s Island (which had some great grass fields, however led to some situations of being stranded on the island throughout a ridiculous summer season rainstorm), multi-day festivals that happen in parking tons have a reasonably gnarly impression in your toes, particularly by the tip of the weekend. Hopefully, transferring the occasion to fields in Corona Park will result in a extra snug pageant expertise.
With so many thrilling, breakout artists to select from this 12 months, Governors Ball 2023 — and the general way forward for the pageant — is trying fairly strong. Try the lineup poster and see for our full breakdown of this 12 months’s Governors Ball lineup under.
Tickets to Governors Ball 2023 — together with basic admission and VIP passes — go on sale beginning Thursday, January nineteenth at 10:00 a.m. ET through the festival’s website. Followers are inspired to enroll through Governors Ball’s website for early entry to tickets.