Governor's Ball 2012: Saturday
  • MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

  • Posted by: Malcolm Donaldson

Good times and heavy beats were enjoyed from the get-go at Governor's Ball last Saturday. The coordinators of the festival on Randall's Island wisely split up the weekend of music into a day mainly of hip-hop and a day of mainly rock. While rumors before this weekend circulated that the festival would be a financial bust, Governor's Ball was well attended, seeing upwards of approximately 10,000 people. James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem Djed as Special Disco Version and aimed for a "Blockparty" vibe, according to Murphy. They absolutely got what they aimed for as they sampled a cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People" as the sun shone down on the idyllic festival.

Santigold gets the gold medal for surprisingly good live set: the band's coordinated dance moves and costumes helped along Santigold's dirty beats and powerful voice. The crazy live antics of Major Lazer's twerk-tastic dancers and Chromeo's infectious pop hooks kept the party going, while the strangely hilarious Duck Sauce took the party into the evening, tossing hundreds of plastic duck bills into the audience.

Passion Pit's headlining set combined a great mixture of old hits and new material -- including an unreleased track from Gossamer "It's Not My Fault That I'm Happy." Kid Cudi's closing set, backed by a stereotypically flashy rock band, started off on the awkward side, but began building as he was cut off by the 11PM curfew. There were too many good moments to note on day one of Governor's Ball, so check out the pictures from Saturday's action below and see our coverage of Sunday here.






BIG GIGANTIC:








SANTIGOLD:










SPECIAL DISCO VERSION: Featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem










MAJOR LAZER:
















ATMOSPHERE:








CHROMEO:












DUCK SAUCE:












PASSION PIT:
























KID CUDI:





















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