To be honest, I was initially less than thrilled about the Gov Ball lineup when it first came out. There were some acts I was excited about, but overall it seemed weaker than prior years. But of course, I’m super glad I went in the end because I got to see some really great sets. The music highlights are below, and don’t forget to check out the logistics wrap-up!
Third Eye Blind
High school me was so excited about this! I had no idea 3EB was still a thing, but I’m so glad they are.
Pharrell is right up there with Dave Grohl, Gwen Stefani and other musicians who never seem to age. I was really sad to learn that Chvrches was playing opposite this set, but it was so good that I don’t regret missing Chvrches (okay, I regret it a teeny bit). It was super high energy and they had amaaaazing backup dancers. They played their current big hit, “Lemon,” as the set closer…and then played it again. Everyone loved it.
I normally love Sylvan Esso but this sounded terrible to me. Honestly hard to listen to because something about the singer’s voice really just pierced my eardrums in a very unpleasant way. Here’s a much more pleasant video of a great Sylvan Esso track.
Oh. Man. High school me was also super amped about this set, largely because I haven’t listened to much Eminem since that time. But his first 3 albums were my JAM and it was so incredible to finally get to experience Eminem live. He had great energy and the crowd was right up there with him.