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Published: 2014/06/10

Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes and More Rock Gov Ball

Photo: Tamara Lee

Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex and more rolled through New York City over the weekend for the Governors Ball Music Festival. While most of the shows were solid, the festival was fairly short on surprises, as most artists more or less stuck to the script.

Outkast held things down on Friday night with what was by far the most crowded set of the festival. The hip-hop legends worked there way through a set that featured plenty of fan favorites like “Aquemini,” “SpottieOttieDopalicious,” “Ms. Jackson,” “Roses” and “So Fresh, So Clean,” while Sleepy Brown helped Big Boi with “The Way You Move,” Janelle Monae joined in for “Hey Ya” and Killer Mike took the stage for a “The Whole World” finale.

Meanwhile, Daman Albarn treated fans to a genuinely special set that saw two-thirds of De La Soul sit in for “Feel Good Inc.” before Chicago rapper Vic Mensa did a verse on “Clint Eastwood.” Albarn then surprised fans with his first-ever solo rendition of the Blur classic “Song 2.” Phoenix and Janelle Monae also played stand out sets on the main stage earlier in the day. Particularly Monae, whose high energy, 45-minute set left many clamoring for more.

Jack White was the big headliner for Saturday night. The rock icon’s set conflicted with Skrillex, which kept the crowd a bit older and more subdued. White delivered a career-spanning set that included material by The White Stripes (“Hotel Yorba,” “Icky Thump,” “We’re Going to Be Friends,” “The Hardest Button to Button” and “Seven Nation Army”) and The Raconteurs (“Top Yourself” and “Steady, As She Goes”), as well as his solo material, including tracks from his new album Lazaretto, which was released today.

The Strokes drew a massive crowd for their show earlier in the evening. Though the band was not technically a headliner, the anticipation for their set was as palpable as any of the acts that closed the main stage. Despite having only played two shows in the past three years, they seemed polished as they sent the crowd into a frenzy with songs like “Barely Legal,” “Reptilia,” “Someday” and “Last Nite.” The Strokes then returned for a raucous and very much appropriate “New York City Cops” encore that reminded everyone that this is a hometown band. Other notable Saturday acts included Broken Bells, Disclosure (who got a serious turnout for their afternoon set at the Honda Stage) and Spoon.

Vampire Weekend closed things out on the Main Stage on Sunday with an all around enjoyable set that featured material from their latest album, Modern Vampires of The City, such as “Hannah Hunt,” “Ya Hey,” “Unbelievers,” “Diane Young,” “Obvious Bicycle” and “Everlasting Arms,” as well as older hits like the crowd-pleasing “A-Punk.” Interpol also drew a decent-sized audience for their set, which saw takes on hits like “Evil,” “C’Mere” and “Lights.” James Blake once again proved that the electronica and singer-songwriter thing can mix quite nicely, while even finding a way to put his own spin on Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier.”

You can check out a gallery of photos from throughout the weekend here.

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