Governor's Ball After Dark

Governors Ball Music Festival returns to NYC this weekend, bringing an eclectic mix of indie rock, hip hop, electronic and pop music, and an abundance of trendy food stalls to Randall’s Island.

While we love the music festival and all it has to offer, it can become an overwhelming feat to catch the ferry to the island and stand in the hot summer sun. Which is why we were thrilled to hear that Bacardi is hosting this year’s Governors Ball After Dark, a concert series in which bands play venues around the city throughout the weekend.

Tickets to the festival itself are currently sold out so don’t sweat it if you didn’t grab a wristband. Below is a rundown of all the shows we’ll be sure to catch around the city this weekend!


Rüfüs Du Sol (DJ Set)

Friday, June 2 | 10PM (21+)


Rüfüs Du Sol is an Australian group and is a sure fire way to bring tropical vibes to any party. Rüfus returns to NYC for a DJ set at Schimanski, the Brooklyn club formerly called Verboten. If you like soft-core raves and beautiful Australians, this is for you.



Friday, June 2 | 12am (21+)

Brooklyn Bazaar

Roosevelt is a German DJ, singer and producer whose synth-pop indie music you’ve likely heard at every cool rooftop bar you’ve been to recently. Tonight, Roosevelt will be doing a live performance at Brooklyn Bazaar for the late night crew starting at 12am.


Parquet Courts 

Saturday, June 3 | 11PM (18+)


Garage rock meets indie rock with Parquet Courts, a band that makes you want to grab a beer and learn how to skateboard. Their GovBall After Dark show takes place at Villain in Brooklyn, a warehouse space with DIY vibes.


Zane Lowe presents YG, Charli XCX & Anik Khan

Saturday, June 3 | 10PM (21+)


A small music festival within the larger music festival, Zane Lowe’s lineup brings an eclectic mix of indie pop, hip-hop and electronic musicians to Schimanski. Doors open at 10pm, so you’ll have your whole night’s schedule sorted.



Saturday, June 3 | 12pm (16+)

Irving Plaza

Some of the original indie rock badass chicks, Warpaint comes to Irving Plaza for a late night set to warm up for theirSunday performance at Governor’s Ball. Their songs range from ethereal echoing vocals to shoe-gaze guitar anthems. This is a show where you will not be judged for standing contently by yourself, and maybe even engaging in the “hipster sway”.


Franz Ferdinand

Monday, June 5 | 8PM

When was the last time you heard Franz Ferdinand? All the more reason to catch them at Warsaw on Monday night. The alternative rockers are back with new music, along with their cult favorites (cue head-banging to “Take Me Out”) – a great way to start the week and come down from an epic music weekend.