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Governors Ball’s 2016 Lineup: One Day Later

on January 09, 2016, 12:30pm

Highlights

Kanye West

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Kanye West has the tendency to upgrade any festival lineup, especially this year. If this week’s resurgence of G.O.O.D. Fridays didn’t key you in, then write this down: “Yeezy comin’.” After a year of irritable teasing and meh offerings, his long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus is now just around the block, looming over us like some kind of monster. And while “Real Friends” is nice and all, it’s the scorching preview of the Kendrick Lamar-featuring “No More Parties in LA” that has us losing our minds waiting to hear the full thing. It’s only a snippet, but it’s just enough to set aside any doubts about what’s to come. And if you recall, the first live performances off of Yeezus happened at Gov Ball three years ago, so perhaps history will repeat itself. —Michael Roffman

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The Killers

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Photo by Ben Kaye

For many, The Killers could be viewed as sturdy festival headliners, but with their experience and parade of hits, at this point they are much more. The band’s built-in theatrics play well at the end of a long day of music, and with an expected new album possibly as soon as this year, their headlining set could be an opportunity for Brandon Flowers and co. to debut some new music. And there is a nice synergy when paired with The Strokes and Kanye West, as all three released some of the biggest music of the aughts. —Philip Cosores

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Eagles of Death Metal

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Now that’s more like it. Just a few days ago we questioned how Coachella — the festival that shares a desert area code with Eagles of Death Metal — could overlook a band with such a triumphant resolve to rock in the face of tragedy. Nobody would have blamed Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme for laying low after the events that unfolded in Paris last October, but they should be celebrated for doing the exact opposite. The organizers behind Governors Ball rightly understood that any EODM show in 2016 will be a reminder of why live music matters. Shouldn’t that be something that all festivals strive for? —Collin Brennan

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Beck

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Photo by Autumn Andel

There are few headliners out there more reliable or generally respected than Beck, so having him on any bill is an easy win. Besides being the biggest festival so far on his docket, what makes this get particularly interesting is the circumstances around it. Beck’s been working on a follow-up to his 2014 Grammy Winning Morning Phase for while now, and our first taste was the hooky, vibrant “Dreams”. A near 180 from Morning Phase, the danceable track signals an album that’s going to play like gangbusters in front of a big NYC crowd. What’s more, this will be the first time Beck and Kanye West have performed at the same festival since the latter pulled a Kanye by calling out the former’s Grammy win. The anticipation of whether Governors Ball’s scheduling will pit them against each other or give one space to welcome the other out as a guest is killing me already. –Ben Kaye