Governors Ball Music Festival

Festival Info
August 11, 2015 – 02:00 pm
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  • 11:00AM – Buses and Ferries Start Running to Island
  • 11:00AM – Box Office Opens
  • 11:45AM – Festival gates open
  • 12:15PM – Music starts
  • 10:00PM – Box Office Closes
  • 11:00PM – Music ends (unless you’re a Grateful Dead fan, in which case The Music Never Stopped)

Rain or Shine

The festival is a rain or shine event. In the event of rain, we advise ponchos, boots, umbrellas, and rubber duckies. In the event of sunshine, we advise sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and pink flamingos.

Box Office Hours

The box offices, located at the entrances to the festival at the Harlem River Event Area on Randall’s Island, will be open for will-call pick up and ticket purchases (if still available) from 11:00am until 10pm on Friday June 5th, Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th.


New to the festival in 2015, all patrons who purchase tickets will receive RFID wristbands in the mail. These wristbands are how you enter the festival each day, and wristbands will be shipped until May 25th (any ticket orders after May 25th will be in the form of a PDF ticket which will be emailed to the buyer and will need to be exchanged for a wristband at the festival box office).

Words of Wisdom

Don’t litter! There will be waste reclamation stations located throughout the site for waste, compostables and recyclables. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as Dancing + NYC summer heat = lots of sweating. Please keep all valuables with you at all times. There will be a Lost & Found available at the general information tent, which will be close to the entrance. For your safety, absolutely no weapons or illegal substances will be permitted. Be kind to one another, pace yourselves, and feel free to give a random stranger a high five.

Refund Policy

There will be no refunds. Festival is Rain or Shine. Artists subject to change.


Festival t-shirts for men and women, a limited edition festival poster, hats, and many other items will be sold at the main merch stand which will be clearly marked and easily found at the event. Artist merch will also be available there. Merch is also available for purchase online here. Important Note: Governors Ball staff LOVE festival merch, and we LOVE comfortable festival merch even more. All event merch items will be printed on super soft items from a variety of suppliers, and we have chosen each piece with the comfort level of the consumer and the wearability of the item in mind.

Re-Entry Policy

3-day ticket holders will be allowed to enter and exit the festival grounds once each day. As such, there is no re-entry each day of the festival. Camping on-site at the festival is not allowed, as per NYC park rules.

How To Get There

Getting to Randall’s Island Park is super easy! Check out our Getting There page for more info. Additionally, be sure to remember how you entered the venue, as you will want to leave the venue the same way if you plan on returning to the borough you came from.


Children 5 years old and younger admitted free. Strollers are allowed.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • (2) Factory sealed bottles of water (non-glass containers) or better yet, bring an empty refillable bottle.
  • Small backpacks or bags
  • Blankets or beach towels
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
  • Dancing shoes
  • A good attitude

What NOT to Bring

  • Weapons of ANY kind
  • Fireworks/explosives
  • Illegal Substances
  • Large coolers
  • Hard sided coolers
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Pets
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the Festival)
  • Instruments
  • Chains/Chain Wallets
  • Large backpacks
  • Selfie Sticks (they block sight lines!)
  • Laser pointers
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • Audio/video recording equipment
  • No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.

Medical & Well Being

There is nothing we care more about than your safety and well-being. As such, medical tents will be located throughout the festival grounds, and they will be clearly marked and able to be seen from afar. Trained EMTs will be on-hand in these tents to address any and all medical incidents, and please don’t be afraid to stop by a medical tent – even if you just have a question. Additionally, if you see anyone at the festival who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our medical or security team, or even help him/her find their way to the medical tent(s). We are all in this together, so please look out for one another! Lastly, anyone bringing medication or a syringe for medical purposes will need to show your medication, prescription and a photo ID at the festival entrance.

Water Stations

Free Water stations will be located throughout the grounds for you to use at your convenience and satiate your thirst. It is EXTREMELY important that you stay hydrated at the festival, regardless of how hot it is outside. And Don’t forget what Derek Zoolander said: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, ” which essentially means water rules and you should drink a ton of it.

Food & Drinks

We are putting a big emphasis on food and drink this year, and we are working with local food trucks, restaurants, caterers, and vendors to provide top notch food, drink, and deliciousness for all. A list of 2014 food vendors can be seen on our Food page, and 2015 vendors will be added and announced in early 2015, along with specific food items each vendor will be serving. If you are interested in being a food vendor at the festival, please email with comprehensive information on your restaurant/food-truck/specialties. A variety of beverages (including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be served all over the festival grounds, and there will be enclosed Liquor Lounges in both the General and VIP areas, for those of you who prefer the sauce.


There will be a number of ATMs on the festival grounds. Please do not pull a Patrick Bateman with the ATM.

Performance Schedule

Set times will be released for the festival about a month before the festival. Why the wait, you ask? That’s because artists’ schedules change, production requirements shift, and we would hate to tell you info only to have to change it later. Stay tuned!

Working or Volunteering

If you’re interested in working at the event, please email and let us know what positions you are interested in possibly filling. Please also be sure to send your resume and your best contact information. Someone will be in touch soon after! If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, click HERE for more information.

Playing The Festival

We love that you want to play our festival. In fact, we would probably make out with you if you told us this in person. Unfortunately, all slots for the festival have been filled, and we won’t be accepting artist submissions for the event. Sorry!


This year we are thrilled to partner with to offer a variety of accommodations for every style and budget! Hotel with a pool? They got those! Room with a view? Yep. On a budget? No worries, Hotels for Hope has the guaranteed LOWEST rates (yep, even compared to those DIY book your own hotel sites). Best part: when you book with Hotels for Hope a donation will be made to one of our favorite charities: .

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