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Festival Information

  1. Festival Dates & Hours
  2. Box Office Location & Hours
  3. Map
  4. Re-Entry Policy
  5. Rain or Shine
  6. What to Bring
  7. What NOT to Bring
  8. Cash & Credit Cards
  9. Food & Drinks
  10. Free Water Stations
  11. Safety & Medical
  12. ADA & Accessibility
  13. Set Times
  14. Lockers
  15. Children
  16. Volunteering
  17. Lost & Found
  18. Gov Ball Gives Back
  19. Random Bad Joke
  20. Contact
  1. Festival Dates & Hours

    Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th 2017
    11:45am – 11:00pm, each day

  2. Box Office Location & Hours

    There are two main box offices, each located at the two entrances to the festival on Randall’s Island.

    The box offices will be open each day of the festival for will-call pick up and ticket purchases (if still available) from 11:00am until 10pm

  3. Map

    Stay tuned for the 2017 Festival Map.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. What to Bring
    • Sunscreen
    • Hats
    • Sunglasses
    • Earplugs
    • At least two good Dad jokes
    • 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
    • Small backpacks or bags
    • Blankets or beach towels
    • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Not just a good attitude…a GREAT attitude
  7. 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 with a note only.
    • 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
    • Nunchucks
    • Large backpacks
    • 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 this is NYC and better safe than sorry
  8. 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, and you will be able make payments with your wristband. This will quicken lines, save everyone time, and make life easy peasy lemon squeezy.

  9. Food & Drinks

    Delicious food & drink is a huge part of what Gov Ball is, and once again we are teaming up with our great friends at The Infatuation to curate our 2017 food lineup and bring you some of the best eateries, food trucks, and chefs the city has to offer. A list of 2016 food vendors can be seen on our Food page, and 2017 vendors will be added and announced in early 2017, 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 medication or a syringe for medical purposes will need to show your medication, prescription and a photo ID at the festival entrance.

  12. ADA & Accessibility

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

  13. Set Times

    Set times will be released for the festival in late Spring. Why the wait, you ask? That’s because artists’ schedules change, production requirements shift, and we would hate to tell you info only to have to change it later. Stay tuned!

  14. Lockers

    Want a safe and secure place to store your things while you attend Gov Ball? Personal lockers will be available so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the fest.

    Stay tuned for 2017 locker rental information!

  15. Children

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

  16. Volunteering

    If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, click HERE for more information.

  17. 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.

  18. Gov Ball Gives Back

    Gov Ball Gives Back is a festival volunteer program where we partner with local NYC not-for-profits and give back to the city we love. New Yorkers interested in giving back and doing good can earn a 3-day GA ticket to the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival by volunteering at local not-for-profit programs. GBGB 2017 will be partnering with NYC soup kitchens, pantry programs and Randall’s Island Park Alliance to help reduce hunger and improve the lives of New Yorkers in need.

  19. Random Bad Joke

    Why didn’t Beyonce get injured in the Jay-Z/Solange elevator fight? Because she moved “to the left, to the left”.

  20. 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!

    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.


Getting To Gov Ball

  1. Festival Location
  2. How To Get There
  1. Festival Location

    Randall’s Island Park
    20 Randalls Island Park
    New York, NY 10035
    USA, Earth

    The festival takes place in two adjacent fields of the park: the Harlem River Event Area (right by Icahn Stadium) and the Randall’s Island Golf Center Driving Range. There are two main entrances:

    The East Entrance: Located right next to Icahn stadium, this entrance is for people who arrive by MTA bus, Williamsburg Shuttle, taxis/ubers, the Queens RFK bridge walkway, and the 103rd street footbridge.

    The West Entrance: Located right by the ferry dock, this entrance is for people who arrive by Manhattan Ferry and the Manhattan RFK bridge walkway.

  2. How To Get There

    Randall’s Island Park is accessible by Subway/Bus, Water Taxi, Shuttle Bus from Williamsburg Brooklyn, Walking, Biking, and Car. Additional information on each method is below, and please note that there is absolutely NO parking on the island due to construction.

    • Subway/Bus: Take the 4/5/6 trains to 125th Street and transfer to the x80 Special Event Bus. There are a TON of busses and they will be running all day and night. Make sure you have money on your Metrocard – the bus charges a roundtrip fare of $6.50.
    • Water Taxi from Manhattan: Leaves from 35th Street and the FDR drive and arrives right at the festival gates. If you’re on the east side of Manhattan this is the best way to get to/from the fest. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance HERE.
    • Williamsburg Shuttle: Leaves from Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th and 12th Streets) and arrives right at the festival gates. If you’re in Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick, this is the best way to get to/from the show.Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance HERE.
    • Walking/Biking: You can walk over the RFK bridge, which is a 20 minute walk from the 125th Street 4/5/6 subway station, or you can walk over the 103rd Street Footbridge which is also a 20 minute walk and located at 103rd street and the FDR drive. The 103rd street route is more scenic and usually less crowded, especially leaving the festival. We are happy to be partnering with Central Park Sightseeing to allow our attendees to ride to the fest in style. All Gov Ball ticket holders are able to rent a bike in store with the presentation of a valid festival ticket or voucher, including passes or wristbands. You are able to rent bikes at a discounted price at any of their store locations. Central Park Sightseeing is offering a 24-hour rental for $35 and 3-Day Bike Rentals for $99 to all Governors Ball concert-goers! You will have to purchase your bike rental with a credit card, and will be able to keep the bike for a full 24 hours, or can return it to the garage by 12:30 at nightBike rack will be near the entrance to the festival for you to lock up your bikes too! Give them a call or visit their website to reserve your bike!
    • Cars: We expect lots of traffic, and we highly discourage taking cars, cabs, ubers, etc. to the show. If you must take cars to and from the show you should take them to the RFK or 103rd street bridges and walk from there. Trust us this will save you time. Additionally, you will NOT be able to request an Uber, black car, or cab between the hours of 9pm-1am, as for ­hire vehicles will not be permitted on the island then. We suggest you take other means to get off the Island, and then request an Uber/black car/cab once you are off Randall’s Island.

Travel & Lodging

  1. Where to Fly/Train/Bus Into
  2. Where To Stay
  1. 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.

  2. Where To Stay

    Check out our partner Hotels for Hope 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 for Hope has the guaranteed LOWEST rates (yep, even compared to those DIY book your own hotel sites). Best part: when you book with Hotels for Hope a donation will be made to one of our favorite charities: Answer The Call.


Before Buying Tickets

  1. What Types of Tickets Are Available?
  2. How Many Tickets Can I Buy? Is there a Limit?
  3. Is There a Payment Plan for Tickets?
  4. Do I Pay Full Price For My Child?
  5. Craigslist, StubHub & Scalping
  6. Ticket Protection
  7. Late Night Show Tickets
  8. Legal Information
  1. 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 class
    • 3-Day VIP Plus Ticket – All the access of a VIP Ticket plus access to a two story, elevated viewing platform for the festival’s main stage
    • 3-Day Platinum Ticket – All the access of a VIP ticket, plus Artist passes which get you on-stage viewing for participating artists, access to backstage, open-bar hospitality areas, and more
    • Cabanas & Luxury Suites- 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.

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

    Yes, there is an event ticket purchase limit of 8 for GA and VIP. 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.

  3. Is There a Payment Plan for Tickets?

    Payment Plans are available for all ticket types. The payment plan option can be selected during the transaction process. For more information about the payment plan, and existing orders on a payment plan, please contact our official ticket provider, Front Gate Tickets via http://support.frontgatetickets.com or call 888.512.SHOW (7469).

    All Payment Plans will include the following: 

    • All shipping & fee’s are paid in full at the time of purchase.  The percentage connected to the plan comes from the base price of the ticket only.
    • There will be a $7.00 payment plan fee for anyone opting in to the layaway option.
    • Any plans that miss a scheduled payment will get an automated email as well as at least 3 touch points prior to any tickets being voided out.
    • Payment plans can be paid off in full at any point via the customers account on the ticketing page or by calling in to Front Gate.

    Available For Purchase From:  March 6th to April 5th @ 11:45pm

    Time of Purchase: 50% Down + All Fee’s & Shipping
    April 6th:  50% Payment
  4. Do I Pay Full Price For My Child?

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 6% 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 (7469).

  7. Late Night Show Tickets

    Gov Ball After Dark Shows take place around NYC after the festival has concluded each night. You do not need a Gov Ball Festival Wristband to attend these shows, and more information on the 2017 GBAD shows can be found HERE!

  8. Legal Information

    The Governors Ball Music Festival is a rain or shine event.

    You ticket is for The Governors Ball Music Festival, not for a specific artist. Artists and schedule subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for refund. The ticket is a revocable license for the time/date listed on the ticket.

    “Management” means Founders Entertainment, LLC, and their affiliates. Management reserves the right without the refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by Management. Persons entering the facility are subject to search for contraband. Ticket user bears all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring before, during or after the event. Ticket user bears all risks, including cancellation of the event and of inclement weather. The resale or attempted resale of the ticket for a price higher than that appearing on the ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund. The ticket may not be used for advertising promotion (including contests and sweepstakes), or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Management. Ticket user consents to Management’s use of their image or likeness incidental to any video display, transmission, or recording of the event.

    View the full legalese on our Legal & Privacy Page, as well as on our Terms & Conditions Page.


After Buying Tickets

  1. I Need To Update My Shipping Address
  2. Wristband Shipment Info
  3. Do I Have To Activate My Wristband?
  4. How Do I Upgrade to a VIP or Platinum Ticket?
  5. Questions About An Order Already Placed
  1. 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.

  2. 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 http://support.frontgatetickets.com or call 888.512.SHOW (7469).

  3. Do I Have To Activate My Wristband?

    We 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 ticketholders will receive quicker assistance.

  4. 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 http://support.frontgatetickets.com or call 888.512.SHOW (7469), and have your original order number and information handy.

  5. 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 (7469).

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


Wristbands & Cashless

  1. Official Wristband Policy
  2. Lost or Stolen Wristband
  3. Do I Have To Activate My Wristband?
  4. Can I Mess With My Wristband?
  5. How Does Gov Ball Cashless Work?
  6. I Already Activated My Wristband, But Missed Gov Ball Cashless. What Should I Do?
  7. What Are Gov Ball Cashless Benefits?
  8. Are There Fees? Will My Wristband Run Out of Money?
  9. Can I Link Multiple Credit or Debit Cards to My Wristband?
  10. Can I Link the Same Card to Multiple Wristbands?
  11. Is My Credit Card Information Stored on My Wristband?
  12. Is Gov Ball Cashless Secure?
  13. What Happens if My Wristband is Damaged?
  14. I Have a Question About Wristband Activation Not Answered Here.
  1. Official Wristband Policy
    • All wristbands will be mailed, no hard tickets or PrintPasses will be available this year.
    • All sales are FINAL – no refunds and no exchanges.
    • Only wristbands purchased through Front Gate Tickets are valid. If you purchased from an unauthorized source and/or the ticket is counterfeit, you will not be allowed entry.
    • Wristbands MUST be worn securely on the RIGHT wrist so they cannot be slipped on and off.
    • Wristbands cannot be scanned for entry more than once each day.
    • Wristbands are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-EXCHANGEABLE.
    • Do NOT remove between days, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way or you will not be allowed entry.
    • Subsequent and/or multiple presentations of a counterfeited wristband are VOID and will be confiscated by security.
    • If your wristband is removed by Festival security/event staff for any reason, it WILL NOT be replaced.
    • All ticketholders must pass through security and bags are subject to inspection. Prohibited items will be confiscated.
    • The festival takes place rain or shine.
    • THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS WRISTBAND POLICY.
  2. Lost or Stolen Wristband

    If your wristband has been lost or stolen, please contact our ticket provider, Front Gate Tickets at http://support.frontgatetickets.com or call 888.512.SHOW (7469) in advance of the festival.

  3. Do I Have To Activate My Wristband?

    We 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 ticketholders will receive quicker assistance.

  4. Can I Mess With My Wristband?
    • DO NOT remove your wristband between days.
    • If wristbands are removed or tampered with whatsoever, they are void and will be confiscated.
    • If wristbands are too loose and look like they can be slipped on and off, they will be confiscated.
  5. How Does Gov Ball Cashless Work?

    It’s easy! You just need to take three simple steps:

    • Activate your festival ticket with the unique ID located on the wristband during which time you will also have the option to link your credit card to your wristband and set a required PIN for security. Now you’re registered for Cashless too!
    • Next, order at any bar location and select vendors, and let them know you are paying with your wristband.
    • Then tap your wristband, add a tip amount, enter your PIN, and go!
  6. I Already Activated My Wristband, But Missed Gov Ball Cashless. What Should I Do?

    Don’t stress! Visit either box office or the festival information tent inside the festival, and our staff can help you add Gov Ball Cashless and set your PIN right there!

    For more immediate assistance before the festival, please contact our ticket service provider, Front Gate Tickets, or by calling their friendly support team at 888.512.SHOW (7469) Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST.

  7. What Are Gov Ball Cashless Benefits?
    • Save time and makes lines faster
    • No need to carry cash or a credit card
    • Accepted at all bars, food vendors, and festival merch tents
  8. Are There Fees? Will My Wristband Run Out of Money?

    There are no fees for using Gov Ball Cashless. Your wristband will not run out of money unless the card you linked it to does. No funds are stored to the wristband, it’s just linked to your credit or debit card. As long as you could still use your card, you will still be able to use your Cashless wristband.

  9. Can I Link Multiple Credit or Debit Cards to My Wristband?

    No. You will only be able to link a single credit or debit card to your wristband.

  10. Can I Link the Same Card to Multiple Wristbands?

    Yes. If you wish to allow your card to be linked to multiple wristbands, you certainly can. Each wristband will require a separate PIN. The PIN must be entered when using the wristband to purchase anything participating in the Cashless program at the festival.

  11. Is My Credit Card Information Stored on My Wristband?

    No. We do not actually store any financial data on the wristband. The PIN you choose upon Cashless registration will always be required to make a purchase. However your card number and billing details are not stored on the wristband. So don’t worry about someone snagging your info.

  12. Is Gov Ball Cashless Secure?

    Yes! It works in conjunction with your credit card so it carries all the same security features and protection. You will also set a PIN during registration (just like a debit card), so no one else will be able to use your wristband or your Cashless Account without your PIN.

  13. What Happens if My Wristband is Damaged?

    First, don’t panic. We can help! Bring your damaged wristband to the Info Tent at the festival and we can replace any activated wristband after verifying your ownership. You will have to re-link your credit card for security purposes. Then you will be back in action!

  14. I Have a Question About Wristband Activation Not Answered Here.

    Please contact our ticket service provider, Front Gate Tickets, or by calling their friendly support team at 888.512.SHOW (7469) Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST


ADA & Accessibility

  1. Access Customer Service
  2. Transportation Options
  3. Description of the Festival Site
  4. Mobility Devices
  5. American Sign Language Interpreters
  6. Viewing Platforms
  7. Accessible Portable Toilets
  8. Entering and Exiting Systems for Patrons with Mobility Disabilities
  9. Medical
  10. Service Animals are Welcome, Pets are Not
  11. Hearing Protection for Your Kids
  1. Access Customer Service

    Before The Festival: If you have questions about our Access Program or requests for accommodation, please email access@govball.com before June 1, 2017.

    At The Festival: Stop by one of the ADA Access Info Booths. One is located just inside the East Entrance, the other is for those who come by ferry. Turn left after getting off the ferry and look for the booth with the wheelchair symbol sign. At these booths people with mobility disabilities may check out an access wristband for permission to use the raised viewing platforms, recharge wheelchairs and scooters, find the ASL interpreting schedule (if a request has been made in advance), Braille and Large Print program guides, learn where to meet for assistance with exiting, get assistance and information about the Access Program, and fill out a feedback form.

    After The Festival: Write access@govball.com with your comments. Help us improve each year.

  2. Transportation Options

    Parking is not provided at the festival. Transportation options are listed here: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/getting-there, and a description of accessibility for these options is here:

    Bus: The buses from 125th St. are city buses. They are all accessible and equipped with lifts.

    Shuttles: The shuttles from the Brooklyn Bowl are a mix of city buses and school buses – not all school buses are equipped with a lift but accessible transportation is available upon request. Williamsburg Shuttle patrons needing wheelchair-accessible service should notify the shuttle operators when making their reservations.

    Walking: 103rd St Footbridge appears to be accessible but is a long journey from the base of the bridge to the entrance of the festival. The bridge is about .25 miles and the walk from the bridge to the festival entrance is approx. 1.5 miles. RFK 125th Bridge: This bridge is not very accessible, with periods of steep incline and decline and rough terrain. The 125th Street elevator is operational and accessible.

    Ferry: The East River Ferry states that all parts of the ferry are accessible except for the top deck.

    Car, Paratransit, Taxi: No parking is available on Randall’s Island. NYC paratransit will pick up and drop off at Randall’s Island, and cars are allowed onto the island for pick up and drop off. Follow signs to Lot E to pickup and drop off patrons with disabilities.

  3. Description of the Festival Site

    Gov Ball is held in a somewhat hilly park with some paved pathways, and much traveling to be done over mowed grass. The site has potential to become muddy in heavy rain. Some hills are a bit steep so some persons may want to bring power chairs or scooters or someone to help push if that is needed. Others will be able to manage with a manual wheelchair if they are feeling strong. The length of the festival is about a third of a mile and about half of that in width.

  4. Mobility Devices

    Mobility devices such as manual and motorized wheelchairs, three and four-wheeled scooters, walkers, crutches, braces and canes, are welcome at this event. Other mobility devices need to be pre-approved by GovBall to make sure they are safe to use in this situation. Contact access@govball.com with the make and model of your device and a link to the manufacturer’s website. Send your request at least one week before the event. We may need time to research the device.

    Because of the distances that need to be covered, some people who do not always use mobility devices such as wheelchairs or scooters may wish to bring one. They are typically available to rent from your local medical supply house, or ask your search engine “rent wheelchair/scooter near me.” Explain that you will be operating the chair on grass so larger, fatter tires are best. You may want to get a chair with large wheels that you may operate yourself, as well as handles in the back in case you need help getting through the grassy sections.

  5. 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 5, 2017. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Accessible Portable Toilets

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

  8. Entering and Exiting Systems for Patrons with Mobility Disabilities

    West (Ferry) Entrance: As you arrive, look for access volunteers under the sign with the wheelchair symbol. They can escort you into the festival. Stop by the ADA Access Info Booth to learn where to meet for assistance with exiting and for other Access Program services as described in “Access Customer Service”.

    East Entrance: As you approach the East Entrance, use the right lane with the wheelchair symbol. Once inside you will be right by the ADA Access Info Booth. Ask about assistance with exiting and lining up for the shuttle.

  9. Medical

    There are two medical stations, one in each field.

    If you use portable oxygen tanks, please write to access@govball.com for our procedures.

    All prescription medication must be in prescription packaging with your name on the prescription label. Bring only the amount needed for your own personal use. Be ready to show photo ID. Syringes must be accompanied by prescription medication. Tip: Ask your pharmacist for small travel-size prescription bottles. Ice is available for purchase if you need to keep meds cool.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. The ADA Access Center is just inside the East Entrance. 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

  1. This Year's Festival Partners
  2. Become A Gov Ball Partner
  3. Press & Photo Inquries
  4. Marketing & Media Partnerships
  1. This Year's Festival Partners

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

  2. Become A Gov Ball Partner

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

  3. Press & Photo Inquries

    To inquire about press or photo credentials at the festival, or for any press and editorial inquiries, please fill out the 2017 Press Application.

  4. Marketing & Media Partnerships

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


MyFest

  1. What is MyFest?
  2. What Happens If I Don't Create a MyFest Account?
  3. What Is the Difference Between "E-List" And "MyFest"?
  4. What Can I "Add" To MyFest?
  5. How Do I Sign In To MyFest?
  6. What Is The Music Player?
  7. MyFest Custom Page Privacy
  8. Additional Questions
  9. Legal & Privacy Information
  1. What is MyFest?

    MyFest allows you to create and keep a customized schedule based on artists you want to see. You can then share your schedule with your friends so you can plan beforehand together.

  2. What Happens If I Don't Create a MyFest Account?

    Basically nothing, except you can’t customize and save your festival schedule. Signing up for MyFest does not sign you up for our e-mail list and it doesn’t mean we’ll bug you with unwanted updates. So, there really is no reason to not sign up, ammi right?!

  3. What Is the Difference Between "E-List" And "MyFest"?

    MyFest is how you customize your Gov Ball experience. It is how you create a Custom Schedule, Custom Lineup and Custom Festival. Anything you add will be added to your customized MyFest on govball.com.

    To stay even more connected to what’s happening with Gov Ball, sign up for our E-list to receive email updates directly to your e-mail inbox about:

    • Gov Ball After Dark Late Night Shows
    • Artist giveaways
    • Super-special deals
    • Updates on future festival tickets and future lineups!
  4. What Can I "Add" To MyFest?

    Anything that has a “+” or “+ ADD” button. This can include, but not limited to:

    • Bands on the Lineup Page
    • Individual Artist Pages
    • Set Times from the Schedule Page

    Keep an eye out for the “+” or “+ ADD” and make sure to click that button. Once you add something to MyFest, you will see the green bar on the left light up. This means your time has successfully been added to your MyFest so that you can stay updated with special notifications.

    You can always remove something from MyFest as quickly as you can add it. Just look out for the “-“ or “- REMOVE” button.

  5. How Do I Sign In To MyFest?

    You can access MyFest by clicking on the horizontal “MyFest” green bar at the top of each page.* Simply click on your picture, if you’ve already logged in. If this is your first time logging in, click on the silhouette image in the circle at the top of the side bar to get going on MyFest.

    This bar lives on every page and will keep you signed in once you log in. So you can go explore artists and craft your schedule, and always have access to your MyFest from every page.

    *If you’re planning your festival from your mobile device, the MyFest access bar will be at the top of every page.

  6. What Is The Music Player?

    The music player is a collection of Soundcloud tracks from artists appearing at Gov Ball. It will stream continuously as you navigate throughout different pages of the website. You can activate the player without being signed into MyFest, either by clicking the play button on the left side of this page, on the Lineup or Schedule Page or any Band’s Page.

  7. MyFest Custom Page Privacy

    If you don’t want your custom MyFest page to be public, go to the MyFest Account Page (located in the footer) and click the “Make Your Festival Private…” button.

  8. Additional Questions

    Contact us at info@govball.com for any questions not answered here and we’ll help you out! Please be patient – we receive many emails and will answer them in the order received.

  9. Legal & Privacy Information

    You can find that info at our Legal & Privacy Page or our Terms & Conditions Page.