Governors Ball Announces 2013 Lineup – Kanye, Kings and more

By on January 22, 2013


Founders Entertainment is thrilled to announce the lineup for the 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival. The 3rd annual edition of New York City’s marquee live music event is expanding to three days of Music, Art, and Entertainment. Held Friday June 7th through Sunday June 9th in Randall’s Island Park, the festival will feature over 60 world class performers, showcasing a wide spectrum of Dance, Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Americana, Electronica and Pop all weekend long. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Noon EST on Friday, January 25th on 


For full pricing break down including VIP packages visit

December Holiday Pre-Sale at $160 (SOLD OUT in under two hours)

Early Bird Tickets at $190 (Limited Quantity On Sale 1/25 at Noon EST)

Advance Tickets at $205 (Limited Quantity On Sale after Early Bird Sell-Out)

Regular Tickets at $220 (On Sale after Advance Tickets Sell-Out)


All listed tickets for sale on January 25th will be 3-day festival passes. Single day tickets may or may not become available at a future date. To guarantee entrance to the festival fans are advised to purchase 3-day tickets now.


From the inception of the Governors Ball Music Festival three years ago as a one day event in the summer of 2011, to the expansion to two days in its sophomore year, Founders Entertainment have been committed to increasing the quality and scope of the festival experience from year to year. Along with expanded programming in 2013, Founders Entertainment will unveil a new festival site layout to the grounds at Randall’s Island Park, giving music fans extra space to spread out and fully enjoy the amazing performances, art installations, highly regarded NYC food-trucks and restaurants, as well as high end beer, wine and spirits.


As in years past the Governors Ball grounds will feature an array of fun activities including a silent disco, ping-pong, lawn games, a life sized game of Connect 4, and more. After working up a sweat dancing to a favorite band or competing in an intense game of ping-pong, attendees will be able to help themselves to one of the 8 free water refill stations on the grounds. The stations will feature state of the art filtration systems (including ultraviolet sterilization), bringing music fans refreshing and great tasting drinking water free of charge, so they can keep hydrated while at the same time reducing the amount of plastic bottles used at the event.


The support of music fans over the past two summers has been overwhelming, allowing Governors Ball to thrive in a challenging market that has seen many similar events come and go over the past few decades. “It has been our goal since day one to build a world class music festival for our hometown of New York City,” says Founders Entertainment partner Jordan Wolowitz. “With the incredible support of the fans, and the artists involved, we are taking the next big step towards achieving this goal. Gov Ball ’13 will feature the very best acts in live music over what are sure to be 3 epic days in June. We can’t wait.”


The 2013 edition of the festival will once again be held at Randall’s Island Park. Founders Entertainment continually strives to ensure that transportation to and from the festival is as smooth and easy as possible. Commenting on last year’s event, Huffington Post was “amazed by how organized and thought out the festival was. From walking out of the train station at 125th Street directly onto a waiting bus that whisked my friend and me to the grounds on Randall’s Island in mere minutes to walking in the gate shortly after, it couldn’t have been easier.” Gothamist, noted that unlike other events held at Randall’s Island, there was “nothing to cry about” at Governors Ball. And in the end the lack of commentary on getting to and from the festival is probably the most ringing endorsement of all. In addition to being accessible by bus, foot, bike, car, and cab, in 2013 the festival will again offer shuttle bus service from Williamsburg Brooklyn, and ferry service from Mid-Town Manhattan to and from the festival grounds.


Randall’s Island Park is supported, maintained and programmed by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance 


Stay for further announcements over the coming weeks! (For on-sale and pricing breakdown) 


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Kanye West (First show as sole headliner in NYC since 2008)

Kings of Leon (First NYC show since end of 2010)



Pretty Lights

The Avett Brothers

Grizzly Bear

The xx

Cut Copy

Beach House

Kendrick Lamar

The Lumineers

Animal Collective

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Young the Giant


Thievery Corporation

Bloc Party


Of Monsters and Men

DFA 1979

Crystal Castles

Azealia Banks


Local Natives

Gary Clark Jr

Best Coast

Dirty Projectors

Portugal. the Man


Dinosaur Jr

Holy Ghost!

Divine Fits

Twin Shadow




The Vaccines


Steel Pulse


Dillon Francis

Paper Diamond

Fucked Up

Wild Nothing

Icona Pop

The Knocks


St. Lucia

Freddie Gibbs

Robert DeLong


Solid Gold

Bear Mountain

Pacific Air


The Revivalsists

Swear & Shake

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics

Moon Hooch





About Founders Entertainment:

Founders Entertainment, promoters of the Governors Ball Music Festival, is a New York City based event production and promotion company formed by former employees of Superfly Productions, ICM and Paradigm Talent Agencies, and Zenbu Media Group. With wide-ranging experience within the music business and event promotion industries, Founders Entertainment is built upon a strong foundation of knowledge when it comes to throwing unique and highly entertaining world-class events. As the former Director of Superfly Events Group, partner Tom Russell played an integral part in producing and project managing Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and the Superfly Jazzfest Concert Series. Partner Jordan Wolowitz has years of experience within the talent booking industry, having spent time at Paradigm Talent Agency and International Creative Management, handling day to day booking operations of Neil Young, Muse, and The Strokes, among others. Since receiving his MBA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, partner Yoni Reisman has taken part in all facets of the music business, working closely with Record Labels, Artist Management Companies, and large scale Festivals. Drawing upon this well-rounded experience base, Founders Entertainment’s mission is to conceive, curate, and execute incredibly enjoyable events that not only feed peoples’ passion for live music, but also leave a lasting, positive impression on everyone involved.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.