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Festival Information

Festival Dates & Hours

Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7th 2020
11:45am – 11:00pm, each day

Rain or Shine

The festival is a rain or shine event. In the event of rain, we advise ponchos, boots, umbrellas, and rubber duckies. In the event of sunshine, we advise sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and pink flamingos.

ADA & Accessibility

Go to the ADA & Accessibility information page to learn more about our Access Program for patrons with disabilities. 

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Small backpacks or bags, no larger than 16”x 16”x 8”
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call, entry and/or to drink alcohol. Please visit 18+ Age Policy for more information on acceptable IDs for entry.
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • (2) Factory sealed bottles of water (non-glass containers) or better yet, bring an empty refillable bottle.
  • Phone charging case or phone charger
  • A super sweet outfit
  • Blankets or beach towels
  • Comfortable shoes
  • At least two good Dad jokes
  • Not just a good attitude…a GREAT attitude

What NOT to Bring

  • Weapons of ANY kind
  • Fireworks/explosives
  • Illegal Substances
  • Tobacco/smoking products of any kind (including e-cigs, vape, etc.)
  • Outside Food – A personal sized food item is allowed for those with specific dietary restrictions, with a doctor’s note only.
  • Large backpacks or suitcases. Bags must be smaller than: 16”x16”x8”
  • Large or hard sided coolers
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
  • Large Umbrellas (personal sized are okay)
  • Hard back chairs / Lawn Furniture
  • Totems made of wood, metal and/or PVC material will NOT be allowed (this includes flap poles and heavy sticks.) No totems taller than 6ft, and thicker than 1/2 inch. Must be made of light material.
  • Pets
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the Festival)
  • Instruments
  • Chains/Chain Wallets
  • Nun chucks
  • Selfie Sticks (they block sight lines and someone, somewhere will judge you)
  • Laser pointers
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • Audio/video recording equipment
  • Drones or hover cameras
  • Emotional baggage
  • No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.
  • Anything really valuable! Theft isn’t common at the festival at all but better safe than sorry!

Lost & Found

Lost something at the festival other than your mind? Find something at the festival other than your true self? Email lostandfound@govball.com with as much information as you can provide and we will get right back to you.

Random Bad Joke

Why was the musician arrested? He was in treble.

Cash & Credit Cards

There are ATMs at several locations throughout the festival grounds with applicable service fees. Please don’t pull a Patrick Bateman on the ATMs. Many vendors accept credit cards, including the merch tents and the food and beverage tents.

Another method of payment, right on your wristband, is Gov Ball Cashless. Simply register for Gov Ball Cashless when you activate your wristband, create a secure pin, and you will be able to make payments with your wristband. This will quicken lines, save everyone time, and make life easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus it’s the absolute most secure form of payment!

Food & Drinks

Delicious food & drink is a huge part of what Gov Ball is, and once again we have curated our 2020 food lineup to bring you some of the best eateries, food trucks, and chefs the city has to offer. 2020 vendors will be announced in spring 2020, along with specific food items each vendor will be serving.

As far as drinks go, a wide variety of beverages (including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be served all over the festival grounds, and there will be enclosed Liquor Lounges in both the General and VIP areas, for those of you who prefer the sauce.

Free Water Stations

Free Water stations will be located throughout the grounds for you to use at your convenience and satiate your thirst. It is EXTREMELY important that you stay hydrated at the festival, regardless of how hot it is outside. And don’t forget what Derek Zoolander said: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty,” which essentially means water rules and you should drink a ton of it.

Cell Phones & Valuables

There has been an increase in cell phone thefts at music festivals around the world. Please remember to always keep yourself and your belongings safe (i.e. cell phones, wallets, etc.). Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items at ALL times to avoid pickpockets or potential loss of items. If you find something OR lose something, email lostandfound@govball.com or head to the Lost & Found tent.

Safety & Medical

There is nothing we care more about than your safety and well-being. As such, medical tents will be located throughout the festival grounds, and they will be clearly marked and able to be seen from afar. Trained EMTs will be on-hand in these tents to address any and all medical incidents, and please don’t be afraid to stop by a medical tent – even if you just have a question.

Additionally, if you see anyone at the festival who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our medical or security team, or even help him/her find their way to the medical tent(s). We are all in this together, so please look out for one another! Lastly, anyone bringing prescription medication or a syringe for medical purposes (including epi-pens) will need to show your medication, prescription label and a photo ID at the festival entrance.

Age Policy

Gov Ball 2020 is open to all ages, but attendees 17 & under must be accompanied by someone 21 or older. Please visit New Age Policy for detailed information on this new policy and how it affects you!

Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. Strollers are allowed. Children of the Corn are not welcome.

Re-Entry Policy

All ticket holders will be allowed to enter and exit the festival grounds once each day. As such, there is no re-entry each day of the festival.

Contact

  • Questions regarding our ADA and Accessibility program at Gov Ball:
  • Become a Gov Ball Food Vendor:
    • We don’t accept Food Vendor applications but thank you for your interest!
  • Submit an Artist to perform:
    • We don’t accept artists submissions for the festival but thank you for your interest!
  • Press & Editorial Inquiries:
    • For any questions related to press/media at the festival, contact press@govball.com. The application for press credentials isn’t live yet but check back soon!

Gov Ball and Front Gate Tickets staff is ready before, after, and during the festival to answer any of questions or concerns you might have. Please have patience – we receive a large number of emails each day and will answer questions in the order in which they are received.

Travel & Lodging

Where To Stay

Check out our partner Hotels.com for a variety of accommodations for every style and budget. Hotel with a pool? They got those! Room with a view? Yep. On a budget? No worries, Hotels.com has the guaranteed LOWEST rates.

Where to Fly/Train/Bus Into

Flying? There are three airports that service the NYC area: LGA, JFK, and EWR. EWR is located in New Jersey and is bit a further away so keep that in mind when booking.

Taking the Choo-Choo? You can take Amtrak, NJ transit or LIRR into into Penn Station, and you can take Metro North into Grand Central Station.

Rocking the Bus? You can take most major bus lines into Port Authority, and some smaller bus lines to other parts of the city. Just make sure your final destination is in the city and you’ll be good.

Before Buying Tickets

What Types of Tickets Are Available?

  • 3-Day General Admission Ticket – Enjoy all three days of the festival and the entire lineup
  • 3-Day VIP Ticket – All the access of a General Admission Ticket with added comfort and premium viewing
  • 3-Day VIP LUXE Ticket – All the access of a VIP Ticket plus access to an elevated viewing platform for the festival’s main stage, catered snacks and all-inclusive beverages.
  • 3-Day Platinum Ticket – All the access of a VIP ticket, plus on-stage viewing for participating artists, access to backstage, open-bar hospitality areas, and more
  • Cabanas – Secure, private, exclusive areas for large parties, plush with high end hospitality service and so much more. This is the most high end way to experience the festival and perfect for corporate groups and upscale guests.

Purchase your ticket and read additional details on our Tickets Page.

How Many Tickets Can I Buy? Is there a Limit?

Yes, there is an event ticket purchase limit of 6 tickets. This limit applies per person, per transaction, per credit card, per billing address, per email address, and other factors.

Any person or group that exceeds the ticket limit in any way is subject to and at risk of order cancellation and refunding at the discretion of Gov Ball and its partners at any time after initial purchase.

Do I Pay Full Price For My Child?

Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. Strollers are allowed.

Ticket Protection

We now offer 100% Ticket Protection in the event that you cannot attend the festival for a valid, documented reason. The cost is a small percentage of the ticket price and can be added to your order during the purchase process. For additional information on ticket protection, please refer to Front Gate Tickets page or call 888.512.SHOW.

Craigslist, StubHub & Scalping

Every year, some of our fans think that buying a wristband via Craigslist, StubHub, or any broker site will save them some cash and allow them to access the festival. Unfortunately, many of these are either already used or are counterfeits. Once a wristband has changed hands from its original owner, there is nothing we can do to remedy any issues.

If you want 100% confidence, you must purchase your Tickets at www.govball.com/tickets every single time.

Often times, fans will try to sell their wristbands to others if they cannot attend a certain day. Unfortunately, the removing of a wristband automatically voids it. Our security team will ensure that every wristband has not been tampered with. If caught, you will be escorted away from the festival grounds.

Late Night Show Tickets

Gov Ball After Dark shows take place around NYC after the festival has concluded each night. Your Gov Ball Festival wristband does not grant you access to these shows. You will need to buy a ticket through the venue. More info on the 2020 After Dark shows coming soon!

After Buying Tickets

I Need To Update My Shipping Address

You may have moved recently or would like your order shipped to a different address. Our friends at Front Gate Tickets can now update your shipping address! Follow these easy instructions to begin the process.

Wristband Shipment Info

Wristbands will ship 2-4 weeks prior to the festival.

If you have not received your wristband(s) 72 hours prior the start of the festival, please contact our ticket provider, Front Gate Tickets, at support.frontgatetickets.com .

Do I Have To Activate My Wristband?

Uh, yeah! We strongly encourage you to activate your wristband for Gov Ball. Wristband activation ensures a smooth process when entering the festival each day and makes sure that your investment remains yours. Once you have activated your wristband, you will have the option to register for Gov Ball Cashless which adds quick and easy payments throughout the park.

Whether you choose to join the Gov Ball Cashless party or not, you will definitely want to activate your wristband. Equipped with RFID technology, each wristband will be personalized to YOU! But only after you activate your wristband!

Taking this simple action will secure your investment and make sure the unique ID associated with your wristband is tied to the right person. In the event you encounter any issues as you enter or exit the festival grounds, activated ticket-holders will receive quicker assistance.

How Do I Upgrade to a VIP or Platinum Ticket?

If you’d like to upgrade your Gov Ball tickets in advance, please contact our ticketing partner, Front Gate Tickets, for assistance at support.frontgatetickets.com, and have your original order number and information handy.

Questions About An Order Already Placed

If you’ve already purchased your 3-Day or 1-Day Ticket and need to change your shipping address, want to know the status of your order, look up your order history, or have a general question about your order, please contact our official ticket provider, Front Gate Tickets via http://support.frontgatetickets.com or call 888.512.SHOW.

Refunds and/or exchanges are not allowed after a ticket is purchased.

ADA & Accessibility

Service Animals are Welcome, Pets are Not

Persons with disabilities and their service dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at the Gov Ball, as are service animals in training accompanied by a documented trainer from a formal training program. Other types of animals and pets are not allowed.

A service animal must be trained and if it does not adhere to the following conditions the handler will have to remove the animal from the site. The handler may return without the animal. The animal must:

  • be housebroken
  • be under the control of its handler at all times
  • not threaten the health or safety of any person or animal

Anyone bringing an animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury caused by the animal. If a service animal is injured the result may be fines and/or imprisonment.

Anyone who has questions or needs regarding their service animal may write to access@govball.com or stop by the ADA Access Info Booth during the festival.

Viewing Platforms

Stop by the ADA Access Info Booth to request a wristband giving permission to use these platforms. These raised viewing platforms are reserved for patrons with mobility disabilities and one companion, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each of the four stages. Folding chairs are provided. Look for the wheelchair symbol sign. Families with 2 adults and children under 18 may remain together on the platforms.

American Sign Language Interpreters

American Sign Language interpreter services will be provided upon request only. Please contact access@govball.com. We ask that you submit your request as soon as you purchase a ticket, and if possible, by May 1, 2020. The sooner we have your request, the sooner we can confirm the most experienced music interpreters available – you know, the ones that book way in advance. Also, interpreters are most successful when they have time to study the music, learn lyrics etc. Last minute requests can be difficult to fulfill but we’ll do our best.

Accessible Portable Toilets

Are available at the ends of each row of restrooms throughout the festival grounds and near to most accessible viewing platforms.

Hearing Protection for Your Kids

To help protect your child’s hearing, stop by the ADA Access Center to borrow a set of Baby Banz earmuffs. We have sizes for infants and children up to age 12. Put down a $30 refundable deposit by registering for the cashless RFID system and if you return the muffs at the end of the day/weekend, your deposit is returned. If you don’t return them, we’ll deduct the $30 from your Cashless account after the festival. Supplies are limited so be sure to get them when you first arrive.

Partners, Media & Press

This Year’s Festival Partners

Please visit our Partners page for a complete list of Festival partners and sponsorship contact information.

Become A Gov Ball Partner

Interested in being a festival partner? Please contact sponsors@govball.com for more information.

Press & Photo Inquries

For any questions related to press/media at the festival, contact press@govball.com. The application for press credentials to Governors Ball 2020 will open in the spring. Stay tuned!

Marketing & Media Partnerships

For inquires about marketing and media partnerships, please email media@govball.com.