10 Artists to See at Governor’s Ball 2023

We’re excited to share that Staged Haze is headed to the East Coast next weekend to cover Governors Ball! Gov. Ball has been a staple in the summer music festival scene over the last several years, featuring artists on their lineups before they hit it big (Bleachers and The 1975 in 2014, Dua Lipa in 2017, Billie Eilish in 2018, to name a few).

Governors Ball started in 2011 and has been held at Randall’s Island Park from 2014-2022, with a new location set for this year in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, and Odesza.
Below are a handful of artists we think you should check out during the festival – we hope you find someone new you love!

Matt Maltese: 12:15-12:45pm
Indie Rock
RIYL: Vansire, Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski

With his new album “Just To Drive” straight out of the oven, British-Canadian Matt Maltese is at an all time high to take over the stage next weekend. If you’re into heartfelt and way-too-relatable lyrics, paired up with some sad little pianos and some sad little guitars, Matt is your man. This is the 25-year-old’s only festival date besides Lollapalooza (and its corresponding Lolla aftershow.) – Javi

MICHELLE: 3-3:45pm
Genre: R&B
RIYL: Blu DeTiger, Spill Tab

Like I wrote in this 2021 post, I’ve been wanting to see MICHELLE perform live for some time – and still haven’t had the chance to (hoping this changes this summer, as they’re performing at Lollapalooza). MICHELLE, a group featuring six musicians who all collaborate in all processes of creating a song, have been releasing music together since 2018—their debut album HEATWAVE highlights “snapshots of youth through a New York summer.” What better time to see them live than in the early days of summer in New York? – Kristin

Kim Petras, 7:45-8:45pm
RIYL: Charli XCX, Rebecca Black

With a massive 2022 under her belt, thanks to her collaboration with Sam Smith on “Unholy,” which won the duo a grammy, Kim Petras is set to dominate the rest of 2023 and onward in 2024. Her debut album Feed The Beast is out in June, and as of right now, I’m not seeing any other tour dates announced..so don’t miss your chance to see Petras in New York while you can. – Kristin

flipturn: 12:30-1pm
Genre: Indie Rock
Briston Maroney, The Greeting Committee

Fresh off a massive tour with sold out shows across the country in support of their debut album Shadowglow, flipturn is on a roll and show no sign of slowing down. The band, made of friends who grew up together in Florida, have been touring extensively with the likes of Mt. Joy, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more, and just signed with Dualtone Records, home to artists like The Lumineers and Shaky Graves. – Kristin

Sarah Kinsley: 1:15-1:45pm
Ashe, Dora Jar

Gen Z artist Sarah Kinsley has skyrocketed to landing on some of the country’s biggest music festival lineups this year after her song “The King” found viral success on TikTok in 2021, and her debut EP of the same name was named one of the “top debuts” of the year by NME. Thanks to Sarah’s classically-trained background as well as her experience studying music theory in college, Kinsley has quickly become an artist to watch this year. – Kristin

EVAN GIIA: 1:30-2pm
Genre: Pop
Allison Wonderland, Ryn Weaver

The name Evan Giia may not ring a bell, but I guarantee if you’re a fan of pop and dance music, you know Giia’s voice. She’s done collaborations with major DJs, including Illennium, Louis The Child, and Snakehips. But the bangers don’t stop there – her biggest single, “WESTWORLD,” is well on its way to 50 million streams on Spotify. – Kristin

Amber Mark: 3:15-4pm
Genre: R&B
Sza, RAYE, Ravyn Lenae

Amber Mark’s 2022 album Three Dimensions Deep clocked in at #5 on Staged Haze’s Best Albums of 2022, so it’s safe to say we recommend checking out Amber Mark’s set at Governor’s Ball this year. She’s only set to play a handful of festivals this summer, so take this opportunity while you can! – Kristin

Ella Jane: 12:30-1pm
Genre: Pop
RIYL: Olivia Rodrigo, Chappell Roan

For those of us who are old enough to know who Ella Fitzgerald is, she is not only one of the best jazz singers of all time, but she’s also the person that 21-year-old pop musician Ella Jane was named after. 

Jane has been playing piano since she was four-years-old and started writing music at the ripe age of 11. After posting a song she wrote for a high school final project on TikTok, she was signed to Fader Label in 2020. So what I’m saying is, Jane knows what she’s doing. I’m certain that she’s going places, and what better time to see her live before she’s the next household name in pop music? – Kristin

Charlie Burg: 1-1:30pm
Genre: Indie Rock, Alt. R&B
RIYL: Dreamer Boy, Christian Leave, Public Library Commute

I think it’s fair to say that Charlie can be qualified as one of Staged Haze’s protégés; we’ve loved his music for a while and we’re extremely excited to see him on this lineup (the only show he has scheduled for this year at the moment). After releasing his album Infinitely Tall in 2022, he also recently gave us a little live version of it, Infinitely Tall Live from The Tea Factory, which promises an amazing performance from Burg and his band at Gov. Ball. – Javi

Maude Latour: 2:30-3:15pm
MUNA, Lorde

If you’ve read our publication for awhile, you already know that we’re big fans of Maude Latour and have been so for some time. Though she’s been making the rounds of festival lineups for the past year or so, her debut at Governors Ball is going to be special: she just graduated from Columbia University and said performing at Gov. Ball is “a dream come true.” – Kristin

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