Governors Ball 2022 Preview

Queens, New York’s CitiField isn’t just for The Mets (as good as they are right now), but the Big Apple’s big pop music fest Governors Ball, Friday-Sunday, June 10th-12th....
Governors Ball
Governors Ball

Queens, New York’s CitiField isn’t just for The Mets (as good as they are right now), but the Big Apple’s big pop music fest Governors Ball, Friday-Sunday, June 10th-12th:


GovBallNYC Stage presented by Verizon


Kid Cudi, 8:45 PM

Kicking out the beats back at Governors Ball (QRO photos at Governors Ball ‘12) for a will be Kid Cudi (QRO photos outdoors), who’s work with GOOD Music labelmates like Kanye West, Common, and David Guetta, and earned major plaudits for his live show (QRO live review) & records like 2010’s Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (QRO review) and this year’s Entergalactic.

Kid Cudi

A$AP Ferg, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

From out of the acclaimed hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, New York’s own A$AP Ferg (QRO photos) has made his own name (QRO photos at a festival), most recently with 2020’s Floor Seats II, and now returns to Governors Ball.

A$AP Ferg

Black Pumas, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada have quickly launched into the big-time as Black Pumas. Their psychedelic soul brought them a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, and their 2019 self-titled debut was nominated for Album of the Year. They’ve even played the inauguration activities for President Joe Biden and last year’s Tibet House Benefit (QRO live review), albeit virtually, but since then they’ve been active on the road (QRO 2021 photos), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival), now coming to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Black Pumas

beabadoobee, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Filipino-British beabadoobee (QRO photos) built up her own following with five self-released EPs, bringing her (QRO photos) to her successful debut full-length, 2020’s Fake It Flowers, and a slew of ‘next big thing’ awards that she’s been living up to (QRO live review), including at festivals (QRO photos at a festival the month before).



Samia, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Julia Wolf, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Plastic Picnic, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM


Gopuff Stage


Louis the Child, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

While their name & electronica might make you think of France, duo Louis the Child (QRO photos at a festival) actually hails from a high school in suburban Chicago (QRO photos at a Chicago festival). They make it to Governors Ball for a third time, now behind 2020’s hit dance debut full-length, Here for Now.

Louis the Child

Quinn XCII, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Detroit’s Mikael Temrowski mixes a slew of genres as Quinn XCII (QRO photos at a festival), and returns to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival a month prior).

Quinn XCII

Skepta, 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Randall’s Island definitely needs some British grime rap, and it recruited one of the key figures in the scene, north London’s Skepta (QRO photos at a festival), who comes back to Governors Ball behind his latest U.K. hit record, 2019’s Ignorance Is Bliss.


Coi Leray, 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM

Governors Ball welcomes rapper & Trendsetter Coi Leray.

Coi Leray

Blu DeTiger, 2:35 PM – 3:20 PM

NYC’s Blu DeTiger came up playing bass for the likes of Caroline Polachek, Bleachers, and FLETCHER, but now hits her hometown all on her own.

Blu DeTiger

Aly & AJ, 1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

Come early to the Gopuff Stage for pop sister duo Alyson & Amanda Michalka, a.k.a. Aly & AJ.

Aly & AJ


Ultra Q, 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Ultra Q

Bacardí Stage


Jack Harlow, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

In just the last few years, rapper Jack Harlow (QRO photos at a 2021 festival) has come from deep in Kentucky (QRO photos headlining a hometown festival) to Saturday Night Live last year, behind his hit debut record, That’s What They All Say. Harlow (QRO photos at a festival) is “First Class”, and comes back to Governors Ball, now to top the Bacardí Stage, after the release of follow-up Come Home the Kids Miss You.

Jack Harlow

The Knocks, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Electronic duo Ben ‘B-Roc’ Ruttner and James ‘JPatt’ Patterson form The Knocks (QRO photos at a festival).

The Knocks

JPEGMAFIA, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

From Flatbush to the Air Force to rap stardom for Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, a.k.a. JPEGMAFIA (QRO photos). He’s a Veteran (QRO photos), and to him, All My Heroes Are Cornballs.


Channel Tres, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Actually straight out of Compton, rapper Sheldon Young, a.k.a. Channel Tres (QRO photos in Los Angeles), has made it on his own with singles like “Controller” and “Topdown”.


Paris Texas, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Between Friends, 12:20 PM – 1:05 PM

Channel Tres

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions


Blu DeTiger, 6:05 PM

Julia Wolf, 4:35 PM

Kaleena Zanders, 3:05 PM

Blu DeTiger


GovBallNYC Stage presented by Verizon


Halsey, 8:45 PM

Killer pop singer Halsey (QRO photos) is the perfect fit to return to Governors Ball to headline. She’s got hits like last year’s epic If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power and “Without Me”, not to mention her 2016 “Closer” with Chainsmokers, though it can’t match her teaming up with Charli X to cover The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” (QRO photos of that at a festival).


Roddy Ricch, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Out of a few 2018 mixtapes and single “Die Young”, Compton’s Roddy Ricch burst out big when featured on Nipsey Hussle’s hit single “Rack in the Middle”, and on Mustard’s “Ballin’”. The following year saw his chart-topping debut full-length Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and in 2020 he was “Rockstar” by DaBaby.

Roddy Ricch

Still Woozy, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Check out the genre-bending psychedelic bedroom-pop of Still Woozy (QRO photos), who comes back to Governors Ball (QRO photos just prior) behind last year’s debut full-length, If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is.

Still Woozy

Tove Lo, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Out of Stockholm, Ebba Tove Lesa Nilsson – a.k.a. Tove Lo (QRO photos at a festival) – has written for numerous other artists like Icona Pop, Ellie Goulding, and Hilary Duff, but 2013 hit single “Habits” has made her a leading lady all of her own (QRO live review). She comes back to Governors Ball (QRO photos in NYC) behind 2019’s Sunshine Kitty.

Tove Lo

Benee, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

New Zealand’s been gifting the rest of the world with pop stars going back to Crowded House, but more recently it’s been leading ladies like Lorde, Kimbra, and Auckland’s Benee (QRO photos the week prior).



Almost Monday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Octavio the Dweeb, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Almost Monday

Gopuff Stage


Flume, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Bringing electronics from the other side of the world is Sydney’s Harley Streten – a.k.a. Flume (QRO photos at a festival). He’s coming off winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, and more recently 2019’s mixtape Hi This Is Flume. He plays his third Governors Ball, making up for missing 2020.


Joji, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Absurdist YouTube star George Miller became world famous for starting the Harlem Shake viral dance, but in 2017 stepped away from such antics to focus on his music career, as Joji (QRO photos at a festival).


Chelsea Cutler, 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Chelsea Cutler’s career was just getting started with her debut studio album How to Be Human – at the start of 2020 (QRO photos in March ’20). She played Governors Ball in 2019, and now returns, bigger than ever (QRO photos at a festival the month prior).

Chelsea Cutler


YG, 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM

Peach Tree Rascals, 2:35 PM – 3:20 PM

Valley, 1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

Dehd, 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Peach Tree Rascals


Bacardí Stage


Ashnikko, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Ashnikko (QRO photos at a festival) found popularity on TikTok with her 2019 single “Stupid” with Yung Baby Tate, and comes to Governors Ball behind last year’s debut mixtape, Demidevil.


Denzel Curry, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Florida’s Denzel Curry (QRO photos) first got attention from SpaceGhostPurrp, and since released some hit hip-hop records such as 2019’s Zuu and this year’s Melt My Eyez See Your Future. Now he comes to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival).

Denzel Curry

Diesel (Shaq), 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

One of, if not the, most-loved personalities in basketball is Shaquille O’Neal. The giant known worldwide as just Shaq is a celebrity even outside of sports, including movies & music, and at Governors Ball DJs as ‘Diesel.’

Shaquille O’Neal


Gus Dapperton, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Tom Odell, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Millington, 12:20 PM – 1:05 PM

Tom Odell


Bud Light Seltzer Sessions


Valley, 6:05 PM

De’Wayne, 4:35 PM

Davie, 3:05 PM



GovBallNYC Stage presented by Verizon


J. Cole, 8:30 PM

North Carolina’s J. Cole (QRO photos at Governors Ball ‘15) got notice very quick with his first mixtape, The Come Up, signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. Two more mixtapes, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights followed before 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, which came out at #1 (even if he did lose the Best New Artist Grammy to Bon Iver, prompting the “Who the fuck is ‘Bunny Bear’?” meme…). He’s only risen since then, with five platinum records, as well as 2020’s Grammy-nominated compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III.

J. Cole

Glass Animals, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Out of Oxford and discovered by Adele’s producer, Glass Animals (QRO live review) bring their more mixed indie (QRO photos outdoors) on 2020’s Dreamland back to the road (QRO 2021 live reviewQRO 2022 photos) to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival).

Glass Animals

Clairo, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Boston electro-pop artist Claire Cotrill (QRO photos at a festival) first got notice at just age seventeen with lo-fi single “Pretty Girl”, earning her a record deal, and she’s delivered two critical & commercial successes in 2019’s Immunity (QRO photos in 2019) and last year’s Sling, whose tour (QRO live review in 2022) she brings back to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival the month prior).


J.I.D, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Praise & success has followed rapper Deston Choice Route, a.k.a. J.I.D, since his 2017 debut album The Never Story and the following year’s follow-up DiCaprio 2.



DUCKWRTH, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

The Brummies, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Kaien Cruz, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM



Gopuff Stage


Playboi Carti, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Atlanta’s Playboi Carti does everything from rapping to modeling, including his own gothic fashion. He comes back to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival) after a two-year hiatus, behind 2020’s chart-topping Whole Lotta Red.

Playboi Carti

Jazmine Sullivan, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Check out the award-winning R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, who recently was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’.

Jazmine Sullivan

Becky G, 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Catch the genre-crossing R&B/Latin star Rebecca Gomez, a.k.a. Becky G, at Governors Ball behind this year’s hit Esquemas.

Becky G

COIN, 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM

Nashville indie-pop outfit COIN (QRO live review) comes to Governors Ball (QRO photos) behind this year’s Uncanny Valley for happy crowds (QRO photos at a festival the month prior).



Surf Curse, 2:35 PM – 3:20 PM

Ken Car$on, 1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

De’Wayne, 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM


Bacardí Stage


Kaytranada, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Haitian by way of Montreal, Francophile DJ/producer Kaytranada won two Grammy Awards, including Best Dance/Electronic Album, for 2019’s Bubba, and now returns to Governors Ball.


Japanese Breakfast, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

The solo project of Michelle Zauner (QRO photos at a festival), Japanese Breakfast (QRO photos outdoors) already brought Soft Sounds from Another Planet (QRO review) in 2017, and last year wowed the world with Jubilee (QRO review) and Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, including a wonderful return to touring (QRO 2021 photos) with her beautiful show, gong included (QRO photos at a ’22 festival). And she’s returning to NYC after playing the season finale of Saturday Night Live!

Japanese Breakfast

100 gecs, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Be sure to catch the kinetic & crazy hyperpop of duo 100 gecs (QRO live review).

100 gecs

Soccer Mommy, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Sophie Allison, a.k.a. Soccer Mommy (QRO photos), emerged from the music scenes of both Nashville and New York, coming back to Governors Ball (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Sometimes, Forever (QRO photos in ’22).

Soccer Mommy


Del Water Gap, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Jax, 12:20 PM – 1:05 PM

Del Water Gap

Bud Light Seltzer Sessions


Del Water Gap, 6:05 PM

Jax, 4:35 PM

Chris Andrews, 3:05 PM

Del Water Gap


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