2016 was a big year for Chance The Rapper, who put out the wildly successful project Coloring Book in May, and saw it resonate with fans and audiences alike for the remaining seven months of the year before dropping another project with Jeremih, the seasonal Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama, just before the year’s conclusion. Now, Chance is already on his way to continuing that winning streak, as he’s atop the bill for the 2017 iteration of NYC’s Governors Ball Festival. He fills a slot that’s previously been manned by Drake, Outkast, and Kanye West as the festival’s top hip-hop act.
Chance was a headliner-of-sorts at October’s inaugural The Meadows festival in Queens, which is also organized by Founders Entertainment, who oversee Gov Ball. He was slated to be the second-to-last main stage act of the night, but wound up stealing the show with his set, as, you may recall, Kanye West—the slated headliner—cut his set short due to his wife, Kim Kardashian, being robbed at gunpoint.
GOV BALL 2017 pic.twitter.com/JfYnh1Y13Z
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 4, 2017
Chance is joined atop the Governors Ball lineup by another performer with a dynamo 2016 under his belt, in Childish Gambino. With the best album of his career in the funky and velvet-smooth “Awaken, My Love!” and the excellent series Atlanta on FX, Donald Glover is another looking to keep his winning streak going. His performances have been rare, and he recently wowed with his vocals with a performance of “Redbone” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. His live act in support of the new album should be a blast, and, Glover is, after all, a natural performer.
Also atop the bill for the three-day Randall’s Island festival are Tool—putting on their first NYC show in 11 years—and Phoenix, who played the festival in 2014 and have also previously headlined Coachella. Other major acts fill the bill out from all different genres, as Lorde will also play a primetime slot, as will Wu Tang Clan, Beach House, and ScHoolboy Q.
The big names don’t stop there, though: keep looking down the bill and you’ll see chart toppers like Rae Sremmurd, Charli XCX, and YG, mixed in with exciting and more experimental acts like Car Seat Headrest and Danny Brown.
The festival is always a blast, and the lineup looks pretty stout from top to bottom. Early bird tickets will be available on Friday:
tickets on-sale this friday, jan 6th @ 12pm est – very limited early bird & advance priced tix available pic.twitter.com/4MfFaNZNn0
— The Governors Ball (@GovBallNYC) January 4, 2017