Governor’s Ball 2018 Highlights

Watching live music is one of my favorite activities, yet I had never been to a full-blown music festival. Unless you count Warped Tour (which I don’t), my knowledge of the festival experience was limited to what I saw as I scrolled through my Instagram feed.

Now, I can proudly say that’s no longer the case. The first weekend of June, I flew down to New York City for Governor’s Ball, the annual music fest that takes place only a quick ferry ride away on Randall’s Island Park.

Let’s just say that three full days of nonstop music, drinks, food, and walking around is beyond exhausting and proof that I’m clinging tightly to my youth. The majority of the crowd was comprised of rowdy, drunk teenagers who spent more time posing for selfies than they did actually watching the artists. Thankfully with acts in the lineup like Third Eye Blind and Gaslight Anthem, there was still a decent-size older crowd (that was much calmer, might I add).

Would I do a full 3-day festival again? My wallet and body would like me to vehemently say no. What I would consider doing in the future is buying a single-day wristband to see a handful of artists on my radar.

Despite the exhaustion and the shrieking teens, it was a fun weekend packed with a number of highlights. Below are just a few snapshots, which will hopefully entice you to attend a music festival of your own at least once.

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Obligatory music fest photoshoot. By the end of the weekend, most of these balloons had deflated from the heat.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Soundtrack is Packed with Female Empowerment Anthems

For the past few days, all I’ve been able to think about is The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m itching for new episodes, and I haven’t felt this much anticipation for a tv series in quite some time. Although I’m only three episodes in, there’s a good reason for my obsession.

The newly added Hulu series adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name eerily resembles current events and brings the importance of women’s rights to the forefront. With the dystopian world set in the age of dating apps and contraception usage, as a character rightly points out, it’s hard not to draw parallels to a novel that is supposed to be simply a work of fiction.

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If you’re still not over the fact that Samira Wiley is no longer in Orange is the New Black, you’ll be happy to hear she’s in this series.
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