As the U.S. dives into the depths of winter, the summer festival season teases itself with various lineup announcements with each event trying to one-up each other. New York's biggest event, Governors Ball is now the latest to toss its hat in the ring and it has a strong case for best lineup this summer. With a strong 2016 lineup from top to bottom, it boasts headliners in Kanye West, Beck, The Strokes, M83, The Killers and Robyn.
Also included on the varied lineup are Chet Faker, Of Monsters and Men, CHVRCHES, Miike Snow, Death Cab For Cutie, Jamie xx, Miguel, Two Door Cinema Club and Father John Misty.
Many other festivals have been skewing heavily towards dance music, giving the youth-friendly genre its own stage and booking a lot of DJs or live electronic acts, but Governors Ball seems to have stepped back some from electronic music this year. There are some tastefully booked dance acts like The Knocks, Jamie xx, Duke Dumont, Thomas Jack, Galantis, Miike Snow and Bob Moses to keep the genre well-respected at the festival.
There are plenty of hip-hop acts, punctuated by the return of Kanye West who also headlined in 2013. Looking down the lineup, he will be joined by names like Joey Bada$$, Vince Staples, De La Soul, Vic Mensa, Action Bronson and Big Grams, who bring an electronic element to their show.
The lineup is dominated by rock and indie acts such as Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, The Killers, Bloc Party, Eagles of Death Metal, Albert Hammond Jr., Torres, Misterwives and of course The Strokes. There is a nice balance to this lineup that should appeal to all audiences.
The lineup is rehashing some of the older headliners who have played in the past. Kanye headlined in 2013, Beck headlined in 2012 and The Strokes played to a massive crowd in 2014.
Kanye is not only performing at the festival, but his creative agency DONDA also designed the flyer.
Check out the complete lineup above on the DONDA designed poster and get your tickets starting at $315 for GA passes after fees (the cheaper tickets sold out). Watch the video recap from last year below and read what happened from our perspective here.