Toes: bruised. Brain: concussion. Hair: pulled back. Telephone: abandoned. Head: empty. It was the day after A $ AP Rocky’s Governors Ball mosh pits, especially for an event attendee who stacks up to five feet three inches.
It was worth it.
Last weekend my friends and I took the train to New York City for the Governors Ball, a music festival featuring artists such as Billie Eilish, J Balvin, Megan Thee Stallion, A $ AP Rocky, King Princess, Phoebe Bridgers and Post Malone. .
Gov Ball was the first live music event we attended after the pandemic. To enter, we had to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, but masks were not required. Being in New York City, taking the subway, and standing within six feet of someone – let alone the center of a crowd – are three things I couldn’t have imagined doing a year ago. Even though it was exciting to be at a festival after such a long lockdown, feeling everyone’s breath without the barrier of a mask still seemed risky. But it was easy to adapt. Maybe we can finally find some semblance of normalcy in our lives.
Besides the masses of bodies that characterize any festival, the performances also took me back to the good old days before COVID. Megan Thee Stallion coming out forcefully with “WAP” was insane. A $ AP Rocky shouting at attendees to “open that bitch!” and King Princess making eye contact and pointing fingers at me (which, of course, made me cry) were other highlights.
Nonetheless, as a Chicago native, I remain convinced that Lollapalooza is the top festival. When I tried to climb onto my friend’s shoulders, which I did in many Lollas, the security of the Gov Ball shouted at me. What kind of festival doesn’t let you climb on people’s shoulders? What are they going to suppress next? Mosh pits and pre-game?
Gov Ball was the first time my friends and I had left New Haven since we started at Yale. Getting to Grand Central Station and being in New York for the weekend made us feel like we were at Gossip Girl (not the reboot). It was a dream, but maybe it was the concussion speaking.