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Governors Ball’s Bad, Bad, Not Good 2020 Lineup

This must be the first year ever that an entire day is essentially worthless. On Saturday the headliners are Flume, Ellie Goulding, Vampire Weekend, Portugal, The Man, Carly Jepsen Rae: only Vampire Weekend could sell out  Forest Hills Stadium if you kidnapped their son and held him ransom till they did. I am not saying they’re talentless acts, I’m saying you can’t hang a full day on em.

Like all these festivals the action doesn’t start till 3pm, and if it is raining they will have a real problem getting people out to any day except Sunday. Friday , if I could get there in time I’d try and catch Frankie Cosmos, and have an interest in Nancy Whang. My niece Juliet wants to see Miley Cyrus, and while I know there is a market for Stevie Nicks singing “Landslide” again I’m not it, plus the last time I saw Tame Impala they were a snooze fest of immense proportions and their new album is a dog. That leaves Danny Brown, a fantastic rapper and worth the rest of the bill combined.

I bought a three day pass but I am skipping Saturday because

1 – Jason Isbell and David Crosby are at Pier 17


2 – the line up is entirely terrible

I wouldn’t mind catchting UK grime star Slowthai and maybe Earthgang but nobody else is worth anything approaching the pain in the ass of getting there.

Sunday is the money shot, and Missy Elliott is the money. The only star over three days that blows your eyes out of its sockets, and then you have Solange, H.E.R., Summer Walker, and further down my fave emo rapper since Juice WRLD died, YBN Cordae. Sunday is an absolute must see. But whoever did the booking should be fired, this won’t be a good weekend for Gov Ball unless the weather is killer and, as always, early June is far from a sure bet.

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