What the Governors Ball Got Right -- And Wrong

June 29, 2012 12:00 AM

What the Governors Ball Got Right -- And Wrong

" Field Day. All Points West. Music To Know. Escape To New York. 

The New York summer concert season is littered with the bones of music festivals that wanted badly to be the East Coast answer to Coachella or Bonnaroo, and were sometimes produced by the companies responsible for those institutions, but none of them were ever able to establish a beachhead in the market.

It's too soon to say if the Governors Ball -- which was held on Randall's Island last weekend after debuting last year with a dance-music heavy line-up at Governor's Island -- will succeed where past festivals failed, but it's worth looking at what the organizers of the event did correctly and what they will need to work on if they want to come back for a third year.

1. All Points West debuted strongly in 2008 by anchoring their line-up to the only New York-area shows that Radiohead would play that year. It made the festival a must-see event for fans. In 2009 the festival returned with a line-up anchored by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Vampire Weekend, The Gaslight Anthem, Tool, Jay-Z and Coldplay, amongst others "

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